Associate Civil Engineer Job at Belmont, San Mateo County, California

Associate Civil Engineer

City of Belmont , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Mid Level


$8,817.18 - $11,253.20 Monthly

Application Deadline 


01/29/2021 05:00 PM PST

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of Belmont Public Works Department is recruiting for the position of Associate Civil Engineer.

Recruitment will close by Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. or upon receipt of the first 50 applications and supplemental questionnaires, whichever occurs first. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Associate Civil Engineer performs a variety of complex engineering work for design, investigation, and management of public works projects and oversight of private development and permitted construction, prepares a variety of engineering documents, drawings and specifications, to act as project manager in assigned capital projects; and to perform a variety of professional public works and engineering tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.  The current vacancy is in Land Development.

This is the full journey level class within the professional Civil Engineer series. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Assistant Civil Engineer by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned, including by the greater complexity of the assignments received and by the greater independence with which an incumbent is expected to operate. Incumbents are expected to complete complex engineering assignments requiring the use of judgment and initiative in developing solutions to problems, interpreting general policies, and determining work assignments. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the Assistant Civil Engineer level, or when filled from the outside, have prior advanced technical or professional engineering work experience. This class is distinguished from the Senior Civil Engineer in that the latter performs the most difficult and responsible duties assigned to the classification including management of the most complex engineering projects or exercising lead direction over lower level staff.

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Perform a variety of engineering duties in support of capital improvement projects including road construction, storm drains, sewers, traffic systems and related construction projects.
  • Perform design and engineering studies for capital improvement projects, including the preparation of project plans, research project design requirements, drawing specifications, cost estimates and project schedules.
  • Preparation of Request for Proposals, including scope of work for a variety of engineering projects and studies. Management of engineering consultant procurement process and oversight of engineering consultants.
  • Manage advertisement and award of construction projects including the review of contract bids and proposals; management of construction contracts including participating in the review of contractor work activities; ensures contract compliance with contractual obligations, prepares and reviews change orders and manages contract close out and acceptance.
  • Coordinate projects and assignments with businesses, utilities, special districts, and other City departments. Respond to complaints and assists in solving problems related to City projects and policies; provides information to property owners, contractors, engineers, consultants, and the general public on conformance to standards, plans, specifications, and costs.
  • Conduct or oversee field inspections or investigation of capital projects during construction; ensure compliance with applicable codes and regulations; provides resolutions to construction problems; conduct or oversee survey, mapping, and data collection.
  • Perform a variety of engineering complex calculations and computation; prepare project cost analyses; prepare estimates of time and materials costs.
  • Investigate field problems affecting property owners, contractors, and maintenance operations.
  • Develop revised design and construction standards for public works structures and appurtenances.
  • Prepare estimates and feasibility reports for new or modified services and structures.
  • Prepare special engineering studies and reports.
  • Prepare applications for state and federal grants.
  • Review and provide plan check comments for private development applications and building, grading, and encroachment permits in accordance with City codes, ordinances, and policies. Review of required studies and coordinates with consultants to provide peer review of special studies.
  • Exercise professional engineering judgment in accordance with current accepted practice of civil engineering and appropriate laws and codes.
  • Maintain a variety of public works department and engineering division program and project files and records.
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Ideal Candidate

Experience and Training:

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Three years of increasingly responsible civil engineering experience.


Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major  course work in civil engineering or a related field.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and valid driver's license.
  • Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.


Knowledge of:

  • Methods and techniques of engineering project management. Principles and practices of project and construction management.
  • Basic operations, services and activities of assigned public works engineering program. Principles and practices of civil engineering.
  • Methods, materials, and techniques of preparing engineering drawings, plans, sketches and specifications; methods and techniques of engineering design.

Ability to:

  • Ensure project compliance with appropriate Federal, State and local rules, laws and regulations. Coordinate phases of construction projects and prepare progress reports.
  • Learn and apply methods and techniques of engineering construction, drafting, and surveying.
  • Learn and apply principles and practices of construction project management for scope, cost and schedule control, coordination of construction project phases and preparation of progress reports.
  • Develop, review, and modify civil engineering plans, designs and specifications using applicable computer software programs for computer-aided drafting/design, hand-held electronic devices, computers, word processing and spreadsheets.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.


Salary:  $8,817.18 - $11,253.20 / month

The City offers a comprehensive benefits package, including PERS retirement, PERS health plans, dental, vision, deferred compensation, etc.  The City does not participate in the Social Security Program.  For specific details regarding the benefits offered for this position, please refer to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City and its Mid-Management/Confidential Employees Association (MMCEA) labor group.

Special Instructions
Recruitment will close by Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. or upon receipt of the first 50 applications and supplemental questionnaires, whichever occurs first. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

All applications and supplemental questionnaires received will be reviewed for minimum qualifications. Resumes are strongly recommended but do not take the place of completing the required information requested on the application.  Do not put “see resume” in place of requested information.  A limited number of the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the examination process which may consist of an oral panel interview, tentatively scheduled for January 20, 2021.

Candidates who successfully pass the oral panel interview and placed on the employment list may be selected by the hiring department to move forward in the process to the department level interview.

DISCLAIMER: This general announcement does not constitute an express or implied contract. The City reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process.  Any provisions contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.  Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures as deemed appropriate by the City, in order to evaluate job knowledge, skills and/or abilities as they relate to the position. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.


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One Twin Pines Lane

Belmont, CA 94002