Associate Civil Engineer

City of Alameda , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Mid Level


$104,797.00 - $127,382.00 Annually

Application Deadline 


09/17/2020 05:00 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


Associate Civil & Transportation Engineer

Alameda is a beautiful island community located in the heart of the Bay Area. Well known for its downtown, family-friendly facilities, beaches, parks, bike trails, special events, and so much more. The City of Alameda is a progressive organization seeking to recruit a talented, energetic, and versatile civil engineer who will be instrumental in a wide range of projects and programs. We are seeking an Associate Civil Engineer with a strong focus in transportation/traffic engineering.

Salaries range from $104,797 - $127,382 and are based on a 4 day, 36 hour full-time work week.  We offer fully paid health and dental coverage for you and your family and a generous pension plan.

The Department
Alameda’s Public Works Department is delivering on an aggressive $57 million two-year capital program that includes over $30 million in grant funded transportation programs. We have broken ground on dozens of acres of new parks, constructed a new emergency operation center and fire station, and in the last two years, our engineers paved more than 12 miles and repaired more than 10 miles of sidewalk. We are also a Vision Zero city and are in the process of adopting an Active Transportation Plan.  Traffic safety and transportation infrastructure modernization are among the highest priorities of the Department. At the same time, Alameda is an island city on the forefront in addressing engineering challenges related to climate change and sea level rise.

Alameda is also seeing an historic boom in land development with the transformation of Alameda Point from a former Naval Base to a new thriving community and the redevelopment of much of the northern waterfront. We are a Public Works Department working to be the best organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. That is our vision and with the right team we can achieve it.

Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate is an experienced engineer with exceptional interpersonal skills and, with minimal direction, should be capable of completing high-quality professional engineering work related to traffic/transportation engineering, land development, Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), project management, and addressing resident service requests with excellent customer service.

The ideal candidate for this position will also have:
  • Work experience in a governmental/municipal setting
  • Valid registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists.
  • Registration as a Traffic Engineer by the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists is highly desirable
  • Strong communication skills (both written/oral) 
  • The ability to manage multiple high priority projects with demonstrated ability to be creative, versatile, and innovative
  • Provide traffic engineering support to Signal Operations team
  • Review traffic impacts analysis and traffic signal plans for land development projects
  • Evaluate and manage high priority projects related to traffic safety, traffic calming, signal system modernization, signal timing, and other operational improvements
  • Independently manage assigned projects from start to finish


Distinguishing Features

This is an advanced level classification in the professional engineering series.  Work in the class is distinguished from that of lower classes by the administrative responsibilities performed in supervising a group of engineering personnel and/or for assigning and reviewing major projects and requires registration as a Civil Engineer in the State of California. 

Examples of Duties


  1. Directs and reviews the operation and maintenance of traffic signals and recommends adjustments to traffic signal timing plans to optimize multimodal safety, efficiency, and convenience. 
  2. Reviews and recommends traffic signal infrastructure upgrades and modernization.
  3. Leads signal modification projects from conceptual phase through project completion
  4. Reviews and directs work on master plans, traffic studies, geometric design plans, traffic signal designs, contract drawings, and specifications for transportation/traffic infrastructure improvements.
  5. Responds to traffic related service requests from residents, businesses, property owners, school groups, public officials, and various civic organizations.
  6. Manages existing grant funded projects and supports Transportation Planners seeking grant opportunities for the City.
  7. Works collaboratively with developers, planners, inspectors, and other stakeholders in the review and approval of land development projects.
  8. Provides support in the design, maintenance, and construction of streets, sewers, drainage facilities, and structures.
  9. Directs the preparation of drawings, engineering cost estimates and preliminary reports for construction and improvement projects.
  10. Writes specifications, drafts standard details, reviews plans and construction for conformance to current standards and specifications.
  11. May supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff.


Employment Standards

Any combination equivalent to education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge and abilities.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in civil or structural engineering or related field.
Three years of civil engineering experience at least one year of which shall have been in public works engineering.

Other Requirements
Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer with the State of California

Desireable Qualification: Registration as a Professional Traffic Engineer in the State of California
Possession of a valid California Driver's License and satisfactory driving record as a condition of initial and continued employment.

Knowledge of civil engineering principles and practices as applied to municipal engineering including streets, storm drainage, sewers, construction, structures, etc.; civil engineering materials and equipment; drafting and mapping principles and techniques; surveying methods and instruments; building codes and standards pertaining to construction and development policies; construction methods.
Ability to perform engineering design, planning and computations; make, read and interpret construction plans, survey notes, engineering specifications and legal property descriptions; prepare engineering specifications and technical reports; interpret and apply established City policies, procedures and codes; interpret and apply complex governmental regulations; establish and maintain accurate records; plan, administer and evaluate work programs and schedules; draw valid conclusions and project consequences of decisions and recommendations; set priorities, meet deadlines and make sound decisions; maintain level of knowledge required for satisfactory job performance; communicate effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public and supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.

How To Apply 
Please submit an online application detailing your work experience and attach a cover letter and resume.

SELECTION PROCESS: The examination process may include an application and supplemental questionnaire evaluation, a written exam, a performance exam, and/or an oral interview. The examination process may test for, but is not limited to, the essential knowledge and abilities listed in the job specification and announcement and will be designed to provide a comprehensive review of each candidate's technical knowledge and overall suitability for the position. Qualified applicants will be notified of the exact date, time, and location of examinations approximately two weeks in advance. If applicants have not received written notice at least one week prior to the test date listed in the flyer, they should contact the City of Alameda Human Resources Department at (510) 747-4900.

Candidates passing all components of the examination process will be placed on an Eligible List. A list of names is certified to the department(s) having vacancies based on the type of examination conducted pursuant to the provision of the City's Civil Service Rules. Final selection will be made from the Eligible List by the Department Head subject to approval by the City Manager. The Department Head may utilize additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision. Placement on an Eligible List does not guarantee employment. Prior to appointment, a thorough reference check will be conducted which may include a credit check and background. Pre-employment testing will also include a city-paid medical evaluation which may include a drug test. The selection process may be evaluated and revised based on the number of qualified applicants. Federal law requires that prior to employment, you must furnish proof of your identity and eligibility for employment in the United States, as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

E-VERIFY: The City of Alameda utilizes the Federal government's E-Verify program and new employees must provide documentation to establish both identity and work authorization, which includes showing a valid United States Social Security card at the time of hire (photocopies not accepted).

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE CREDIT: A job applicant qualifies as a veteran if honorably discharged from active military, reservist, or National Guard duty of at least 18 consecutive months within the past five (5) years of the date of application. In case of discharge attributable to service-connected injuries or illnesses, the 18 months active duty requirement need not be fulfilled. An applicant claiming veteran's preference credit must attach to their application, a legible copy of their DD-214 verifying the type of discharge and date(s) of active service. NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply. It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age. Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace. Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department. Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.


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