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Assistant County Engineer
Location McHenry Couny Division of Transportation
# of openings 1
Pay Range $127,614
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The Assistant County Engineer manages and directs  the implementation of McHenry County’s Transportation Improvement Program (capital and major maintenance projects), including Phase I and Phase II Engineering, Construction, and Construction Engineering under the general supervision of the County Engineer and Director of Transportation.  Primary contact for other outside and resource agencies.  Represents the Division at public meetings, prepares and negotiates consultant contracts, and reports on program development and project implementation matters to County Board, Transportation Committee and Director of Transportation/County Engineer.  Work is performed with professional independence within established policy and applicable laws and ordinances.

POSITION:  Assistant County Engineer  Full Time

LOCATION:  McHenry County Division of Transportation

SALARY: $127,614 



Assigns work load and provides project management oversight of work performed by the design and construction sections.

Supervises survey, design, and construction of County and Township projects and any resulting land acquisition with Division negotiator and State’s Attorney Office.

Prepare any necessary documentation required by the Director of Transportation and County Engineer to coordinate with the Transportation Committee, Committee of the Whole and County Board. May include monthly presentations, preparation of contract change orders, amendments and any other documentation to maintain project schedules.

Coordinate all project activity with Federal Highway Administration, Illinois Department of Transportation, municipalities, adjacent county agencies, utility companies, private contractors, and consultants when necessary. 

Guides projects from design through to bidding and construction.  Manage multiple projects, personnel, consultant design engineering and construction engineering agreements, and intergovernmental agreements.

Assist maintenance section with major maintenance contracts including resurfacing, pavement management, guardrail, striping, and pavement marking.

Assist the County Engineer and other County Departments and officials in the formulation of an effective working relationship with a variety of agencies and private parties on transportation and related matters.

Point-of-contact with Federal and State regulatory or resource agencies.  Liaison to Illinois Department of Transportation for Federally- or State-funded projects.  Responsible for securing necessary permits for County Transportation projects.

Plan, coordinate, supervise and direct activities of staff to facilitate implementation of the 5-year transportation improvement program.

Responsible for internal coordination with other sections within the McHenry County Division of Transportation: Maintenance, Planning & Programming, Finance & Budgeting, and Traffic Operations & Permitting.


General coordination of all departments of the Division of Transportation. 

Assists County Engineer/Director of Transportation on any issues as it relates to any of the goals and responsibilities of the Division.

Ensuring efficient and safe utilization of equipment, personnel and operating supplies.

Serve as the Assistant FOIA Officer for DOT.

Coordinates State’s Attorney reviews and log data.

Responsible to provide overall assistance to all seventeen (17) Township Highway Commissioners.

Responsible to ensure timely completion and cost control of all capital improvement projects.


The Assistant County Engineer supervises the Construction Manager, Design Manager and all personnel in these sections to accomplish Transportation Improvement Program goals.


Requires over ten (10) years of related experience with at least five (5) years of progressively responsible project management and supervisory capacity experience in civil and highway engineering or in the construction and maintenance of streets or highways. Requires comprehensive knowledge of modern highway design, construction and maintenance procedures; relevant civil engineering practices; and regulations and agencies that are relative to highway project programs on the County transportation system.

Thorough knowledge of Federal and State procedures to effectively complete Federal- or State-funded transportation projects: Illinois Department of Transportation Administrative Policies, Federal Aid Procedures for Local Highway Improvements.

Proficiency with AASHTO Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets (Green Book), Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Illinois Department of Transportation Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Design, the County Access Control & Right-of-Way Management Ordinance and other relevant design guidelines or construction standards.

Familiarity with State statutes pertaining to highways and transportation, including the Illinois Highway Code (605 ILCS), the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS) and various other relevant statutes pertaining to right-of-way and permitting.

General knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook) productivity tools; familiarity with AutoCAD and/or Micro station a plus.


Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Business Management, Planning, Public Administration or a related field.


Requires possession of a certificate as a Licensed Professional Engineer issued by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation

A valid Driver's License, supplemented by a satisfactory driving record.


Must be able to successfully pass a background check


McHenry County offers the following benefits:

Health insurance with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, H.S.A. PPO, Free insurance for single coverage, Health Savings Account with contributions to the Health Savings Account, Dental/Accident insurance with MetLife, 2 vision plans, Standard Life policy, (with a buy-up option for additional coverage) IMRF pension plan, deferred comp plan and Roth457 with Nationwide Retirement Solutions, Paid Vacation, sick and personal days and Holidays.


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Applications will be accepted until January 21, 2021. Interested candidates must attach a resume to the online application for consideration.


No applicant for employment shall be discriminated against because of age, race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, Veteran or disability. 




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