STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
HUMAN RESOURCES


 

CLASSIFICATION:  SOILS ENGINEER III

 

Class Code:  8369-27                                      Date Established:  12-31-56           

 

Occupational Code:  7-5-9                              Date of Last Revision:  08-04-11

 

BASIC PURPOSE:  To supervise geo-technical engineering activities involving the analysis and evaluation of soils types and suitability for use in engineering or environmental projects.

 

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

          o    Supervises subordinate soils engineers in identifying soils types and suitability potential or alternate locations for agency projects.

 

          o    Evaluates reports on soils data and correlates findings with related project reports in order to make project suitability determinations.

 

          o    Reviews inspection reports and makes inspections or investigations on locations which present unusual problems or require special attention.

 

          o    Analyzes cost estimates on earth materials for engineering or environmental projects.

 

          o    Acts as liaison regarding geo-technical engineering issues between agency and construction companies or other interested parties.

 

          o    Determines the suitability of earth materials to be used in construction projects.

 

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DISTINGUISHING FACTORS:

 

Skill:  Requires skill in analyzing and interpreting data, policy and procedures OR in using equipment in order to arrive at logical conclusions or recommendations.

 

Knowledge:  Requires logical or scientific understanding to analyze problems of a specialized or professional nature in a particular field.

 

Impact:  Requires responsibility for achieving major aspects of long-range agency objectives by planning short- and long-term organization goals, reviewing recommendations for procedural changes, and developing or revising program policies.  Errors at this level result in incorrect decisions at an administrative level, and are detected subsequent to implementation in an overall evaluation process.

 

Supervision:  Requires direct supervision of programs or of employees doing work which differs from the supervisor, including disciplining employees, solving personnel problems, recommending hiring and terminating employees, and developing work methods.  The supervisor in this position manages a working unit or section with responsibility for employee performance appraisal.

 

Working Conditions:  Requires performing regular job functions in an environment which includes exposure to continuous physical elements or a number of disagreeable working conditions with frequent exposure to minor injuries or health hazards.

 

Physical Demands:  Requires medium work, including continuous strenuous activities such as frequent reaching, bending, or lifting as well as performing work activities which require fine manual dexterity or coordination in operating machines or equipment.

 

Communication:  Requires reviewing summaries and reports and making management level decisions to solve problems or to achieve work objectives as well as articulating and expressing those solutions and goals.  This level also requires formal presentations of solutions and goals to employees and the general public to increase the responsiveness of the agency toward the demands of its client system.

 

Complexity:  Requires evaluating a combination of wide-ranging job functions to determine work procedures, to solve problems, and to reach conclusions by applying analytical, technical, or scientific thinking.  This level also requires planning policies and long-term strategies, drawing conclusions based on available criteria, and evaluating the effectiveness of program objectives.

 

Independent Action:  Requires independent judgment in planning and evaluating work procedures and in supervising the development of professional, technical and managerial standards under administrative direction and according to broad departmental guidelines.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

 

Education:  Bachelor's degree from a recognized college or univeristy with major study in civil engineering or geology.

 

Experience:  Seven years' experience in highway engineering with emphasis on soils analysis work, one year of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity.

 

License/Certification: Possession of a valid driver’s license.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must be a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New Hampshire.

 

RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS:  Extensive knowledge of soil mechanics, design and testing.  Extensive knowledge of geophysical survey methods and soil exploration techniques.  Thorough knowledge of the engineering principles and practices applied in the location, design and construction of roads, dams and comparable structures.  Considerable knowledge of the earth's strata and geological structure with particular emphasis on native New Hampshrie soils, their composition and structure.  Knowledge of mathematics sufficient to perform moderately complex algebraic computations.  Knowledge of basic physics.  Some knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration.  Ability to plan and supervise the work of a professional and technical staff.  Ability to interpret soil profiles, maps and construction plans.  Ability to prepare clear and concise engineering reports.  Ability to express ideas effectively, orally and in writing.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, consultant engineers, co-workers and the public.  Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.

 

DISCLAIMER STATEMENT:  This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.

 


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