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Under direction of a Senior Engineer, Division Manager or Department Director, performs field and office civil and transportation engineering work related to the planning, design, construction and maintenance of City and regional projects and programs in the areas of capital improvement, traffic operations and safety, and building services, including conducting plan checks, preparing project schedules, plans, specifications, and cost estimates; advertises for construction, coordinates engineering activities with contractors and other agencies and monitors contracts; and performs related work as required.

Class Characteristics:

This is the journey-level in the professional engineering classification series and incumbents may perform the full range of the engineering functions, but with primary emphasis on infrastructure development and traffic issues in a developing City. Incumbents may be assigned to either the Engineering Services Department or the Transportation Services Department. This class is distinguished from the higher level of Senior Engineer in that the Senior Engineer handles complex projects and has full supervisory authority over lower-level Engineers and Inspectors. It is distinguished from the lower-level of Assistant Engineer in that the Associate Engineer has project management responsibilities in addition to performing the full range of professional engineering duties on routine projects and performs more complex plan checks.

Examples of Key Duties: (Duties are illustrative and not inclusive and may vary with individual assignment.)

  • Serves as plan check engineer or project manager on projects, including defining project scope and selecting consultants; negotiates contracts, change orders and amendments; prepares and monitors project schedules; monitors, reviews and coordinates project design and construction; evaluates contractor requests for extra work; monitors contractor’s work and enforces terms of the contract; and processes payments and change orders; coordinates projects with businesses, utilities and other City departments.
  • Conducts field and construction site inspections; ensures contractor compliance with contract documents and time and budget estimates; recommends field changes.
  • Prepares and reviews traffic signal timing plans and updates as needed; constructs traffic signal computer models used to prepare timing plans and prepares traffic signal designs and specifications.
  • Prepares designs, specifications, plans, estimates and reports for assigned Capital Improvement projects and the development and modification of City infrastructure.
  • Conducts civil and traffic engineering and related studies, evaluates alternatives, makes recommendations and presents reports to superiors and others; conducts studies and confers with the public regarding transportation and traffic issues.
  • Prepares a variety of written materials, including staff and engineering reports and grant applications for engineering and transportation projects.
  • Prepares Requests for Proposals and administers consultant selection process for the design of assigned capital projects; administers construction contracts during the construction phase.
  • Coordinates projects with activities of businesses, utilities, special districts and other City departments.
  • Serves as the City representative at meetings and promotes department and/or City objectives.
  • Responds to complaints and assists in solving problems related to construction or City plans; interprets plans and policies; confers with and provides information to property owners, contractors, engineers, consultants and the general public on conformance to standards, plans, specifications and codes.
  • Maintains accurate records and files.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.


Education and Experience:

Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in an engineering curriculum or a field related to the area of assignment and three years of professional engineering experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job as listed above.


At the option of the appointing authority or the City, persons hired into this class may be required to either possess at entry or obtain within specified time limits designated licenses, professional registration, certification or specialized education and training relevant to the area of assignment. Must possess and maintain a valid California class C driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer, and to attend meetings at various sites within the City and away from the City and to inspect various work, building or construction sites; strength to lift and carry materials and equipment up to 25 pounds, vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone and/or radio.

Knowledge of: (at entry)
  • Engineering theories and principles related to the area of assignment;
  • Construction theories and principles;
  • Principles of project management;
  • Computer applications related to the work including basic GIS and AutoCad concepts and applications;
  • Principles of capital improvement cost estimation and contract administration;
  • Basic supervisory principles and practices;
  • Practices of researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations and preparing and presenting effective staff reports; and
  • Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with government agencies, community groups, various businesses, professional and regulatory organizations and the public.
Skill in: (at entry)
  • Preparing engineering designs and plans;
  • Preparing, negotiating and managing contracts and monitoring the work of contractors and consultants;
  • Writing technical reports and preparing cost estimates;
  • Reading blueprints, plans and technical specifications;
  • Coordinating and managing multiple projects, often with competing deadlines; and
  • Communicating effectively with officials, co-workers, contractors, consultants, representatives of organizations and others sufficient to convey information, both directly and over the telephone.


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