Role of the State Engineers Office and Staff
The mission of the State Engineers Office is to provide general supervision related to transportation matters for the State of Arizona, including transportation appropriation, distribution, and prioritization to meet the changing needs of the citizens of Arizona.
The State Engineer and Deputies oversee development and delivery of the ADOT construction program, maintenance and operation of more than 6,000 miles of interstate and state highways in Arizona.
Roles of Key Staff on a Project
The Project Manager (PM) is a leader familiar with the project needs and serves as a single point of contact for stakeholder issues. The PM is also responsible for coordinating and communicating with all internal and external project stakeholders.
A Technical Leader is assigned to a project by the technical manager of each discipline involved in the project. The technical leader is in charge of that discipline's work performed on the project including technical content and quality, project staff work-task assignments, budgets and schedule. The technical leader monitors and reports progress on assigned project activities and is responsible to correct negative variances from planned progress.
A District Engineer (DE) is the head of the District and is the closest link between the traveling public and the Department. Districts are ultimately responsible for planning, constructing, operating and maintaining the highway facilities within their jurisdiction. During the construction phase of the project, the DE supervises the Resident Engineer and, in this regard, serves in the role of technical manager.
A Resident Engineer (RE) is the authorized agent for ADOT and the state on a construction project. The RE has the responsibility and authority for administering the construction contract. The Resident Engineer should be familiar with the project purpose and needs, important design considerations and any joint agreements made. Where the RE has not followed the project throughout its development, consultation with the Project Team is necessary to clarify the intent of design plans and specifications.
An ADOT Consultant provides professional services for a wide range of functions. This can include, but not limited to, serving as an ADOT project manager, the lead designer, a technical team member, the construction manager, or the lead inspector. The role and responsibility of the person or firm will vary depending upon the project needs. Each consultant contract describes project requirements, needed professional services, length of services, and responsibilities of the parties to the contract.
The Project Team includes project initiators, designers, technical staff, and reviewing/approving agencies. While individual team members have responsibilities for unique aspects of the project, the Project Team as a whole is responsible for the total project. Should technical, policy, or project issues arise; the team will resolve issues by consensus.