Civil Engineer (Dam Safety)

  • Civil Engineer (Dam Safety)
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Exam Components: 
Non-Competitive Registration
Annual Salary Range:
$58,896.00 – $82,656.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$2,454.00 – $3,444.00
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This is professional civil engineering work in the application of dam and reservoir safety technology.

Job Duties

Conducts engineering reviews and analysis of registration permits for dams.

Reviews geotechnical, hydrologic, structural, and geological details of dam and reservoir plans and specifications for new construction, repairs, alteration, enlargement, reduction, or removal.

Inspects dams to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, and requirements; provides guidance to other engineers and staff inspectors.

Confers with government officials, engineers, attorneys, contractors, owners, and operators of dams regarding laws, regulations, and requirements.

Prepares or directs the preparation of charts, tables, and maps for the interpretation of engineering data;  prepares reports of findings and analyses; and reviews reports of other engineering staff.

Prepares papers and lectures on subjects relating to dams and reservoirs.

Provides short courses and seminars on dam safety.

Uses surveying instruments to do reconnaissance surveys of dams and appurtenances.

Updates records on the status of construction, safety, and registration permits for dams.

Conducts special investigations and issues responses to unsafe dams in imminent danger of failure.

Participates in the preparation of maintenance and operation manuals and general technical guidelines for dam safety.

Exercises significant independence, judgment, and initiative under general administrative direction; work is reviewed through conferences, reports, and achieved results.

Performs other related work as assigned.

Areas of Interest: 

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility.  Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted.  These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

Two or more years of experience as an Engineer (Dam Safety) with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.


A Bachelor's degree in Engineering from an accredited college or university with a curriculum approved by the Accreditation Board For Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET); and,

Four or more years of engineering experience including two or more years of civil engineering experience.

(24 earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the specified fields may substitute for one year of the required general experience.)

(A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in the specified fields may substitute for the two years of required general experience.)

Special Requirements

Possession of a Missouri Professional Engineer license issued by the Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors, and Professional Landscape Architects or possession of a Professional Engineer license and the ability to obtain a  Missouri Professional Engineer license issued by the  Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors, and Professional Landscape Architects within three months of appointment.

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Comprehensive knowledge of the engineering principles and practices applied in the planning, location, design, construction, and operation of dams, reservoirs, and other water control structures.

Comprehensive knowledge of hydrology, geology, and geotechnical principles and practices to include use of slope stability, Hydraulic Engineering Center (HEC) 1, and HEC 2 computer programs.

Ability to prepare, interpret, and utilize civil engineering plans, maps, specifications, and reports.

Ability to communicate effectively.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, consultants, government officials, and the general public.

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