I have been working at City of Ottawa full-time
Given the City's size, Engineer's are expected to have a working knowledge and skill set for various Civil components including: Land Development, Traffic Optimization, Capital Improvement Projects. Assignments and responsibilities remain fluid forcing skill adaptation. Will never have the same day twice.
May be limited for advancement. Like many government entities, the ability to "move up" is limited to available positions/titles which are usually occupied by members for extended periods of time.
Advice to Management
Keep up the good work. Continue being the supportive force behind staff. That support is much needed when constituents often do not recognize the effort.
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at City of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON (Canada)) in February 2017.
I was selected through my university coop program. I met with the office manager and then advanced to an interview with the councillor a week later. They were both very friendly and informative. The questions were good, but it is important to research the ward and committees beforehand. I was asked at the end of the interview to look into something specific about the coop process, so expect that and make sure to have a good response email.