Salary: $41.65 – $50.63 Hourly
Location: Tacoma, WA
Job Type: Classified
Closing Date: 8/21/2023 5:00 PM Pacific

The City of Tacoma, Environmental Services Department , is recruiting for the position of an Engineering Construction Coordinator that will be used to fill vacancies at Environmental Services for one year. This will be a lead position for the Construction Inspection staff in the Field Operations Group within the Science and Engineering Division. We are seeking an outgoing, highly motivated person who is interested in joining The Field Operations Group in the Science & Engineering Division, comprised of the Construction Inspectors and Surveyors. The Field Operations Group provide critical pre-design, design, close out, construction services including inspection and field survey during our capital projects. The Engineering Construction Coordinator will assist the field operation activities of a Construction Inspector and Survey crews assigned to Environmental Services construction projects and other related work to assure compliance with applicable specifications related to ES projects. The Engineering Construction Coordinator is essential in facilitating and coordinating communication between project participants including contractor, inspectors, design staff, other City departments, governmental agencies, private entities, and the public.

If the below list of personal abilities sounds like you, then you are just the type of person we are searching for to join our team! 

  • A skilled, strategic thinker who sets objectives that align with broader organizational goals.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including strong ability in the development of partnerships and teams, and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Strong personal motivation and drive – an ambitious and committed self-starter. 

Engineering Construction Coordinators oversee, inspect, and coordinate the field operation activities assigned to City construction projects and coordinate work between the City and private contractors.

Responsibilities include:

  • May oversee the activities of a Construction Inspector and survey crew assigned to City construction projects including substations, hatcheries, parks, transmission right-of-ways, road building and other related work to assure compliance with applicable specifications, City ordinances and federal, State and City regulations.
  • Act as point of contact for construction issues including making recommendations, coordinating and facilitating problem resolution.
  • Facilitate the start of project construction in pre-construction meetings with the developer’s engineer and contractor.
  • Visit construction sites and monitor progress. 
  • Coordinate work between the City and private contractors; inspect related construction work being performed by the City.
  • Inspect work of contractors.
  • Prepare cost estimates and monitor contractors’ work in progress; recommend engineering field changes on construction work.
  • Account for contract bid items in preparation of payment to contractors.
  • Coordinate with contractors to facilitate construction and installation projects and to adjust project plans as necessary; account for contract bid items in preparation of payment to contractors.
  • Work with project engineers, review project plans and specifications for completeness, accuracy and compliance with City ordinances and regulations.
  • Prepare and maintain various records and reports concerning projects, job status and progress.
  • Coordinate efforts of private and public utility adjustments and installations during course of an assigned project.
  • Train and provide work direction to others as assigned.
  • Advise and confer with the general public concerning problems as the result of projects adjacent to their property.
  • Communicate with a variety of departments, engineering, outside organizations and others to coordinate work activities and to provide and receive technical information and assistance.
  • Utilizing a variety of software programs, prepare and maintain a variety of records and reports related to work progress and activities.
  • Assist with the management of Tacoma Power’s small Group A and Group B water systems


  • Graduation from high school or equivalent
  • Five years of increasingly responsible experience in construction and inspection


  • An Associate’s degree or equivalent in civil engineering AND 
  • Three years of increasingly responsible experience in construction and inspection.

Valid Washington State driver’s license at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Construction plans and specifications.
  • Regulations related to construction by contract.
  • Design of concrete mix and the placing and finishing of concrete structural work.
  • Structural steel construction.
  • Principles and practices of engineering.
  • State and local codes as applied to safety and protection of public rights-of-way.
  • Basic math including geometry and trigonometry.
  • Record-keeping techniques.
  • Oral and written communications skills.
  • Telephone techniques and etiquette.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Computer software equivalent to MSWord, MS Excel, MS Access, and a scheduling program.


  • Prepare, interpret and understand complex field survey notes and difficult legal descriptions.
  • Oversee and coordinate the field operation activities assigned to construction projects and coordinate work between the City and private contractors.
  • Read engineering plans and specifications.
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Read, interpret, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Plan and organize work.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Work from written specifications, engineering drawings, shop drawings and sketches.
  • Utilize appropriate computer software to schedule work, enter data, and write correspondence.
  • Work independently with little direction.
  • Assign and review the work of others.
  • Operate a motor vehicle.
  • Meet schedules and time lines. 

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their responses to the supplemental questions rated by a panel of subject matter experts. Candidates must earn a passing score in order to be placed on the eligible list for hiring consideration. This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local 17. Employees must successfully complete the probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

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