Associate Civil Engineer Job at Berkeley, Alameda County, California

Associate Civil Engineer

City of Berkeley , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Mid Level


$56.96 - $68.83 Hourly

Application Deadline 


05/17/2021 05:00 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of Berkeley is seeking highly motivated and skilled individual(s) to join our capital improvements team(s).   Capital improvement teams are located in the Public Works Department (Engineering, Sanitary Sewer, Storm Drainage, Streets, Undergrounding, Facilities, and Transportation Divisions), and the Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Department.  Capital improvement teams oversee the delivery of the City’s Capital Improvement Projects; coordinates with stakeholders on scoping, grant funding, and logistics; manages contracts for design consultants to get projects ready for bidding and construction; and coordinates and provides overall project management of capital improvement projects throughout the City.
The Associate Civil Engineer is a City-wide classification and  functions as a project leader with emphasis on field and office engineering design of capital improvement projects, engineering specifications, legal descriptions, cost estimation and contract compliance within engineering standards and specifications; prepares the more difficult and complex specifications, drawings, legal descriptions and cost estimates.

Typical duties may include:
  • Examines plans, calculations and specifications for public works construction, alteration and repair projects to ensure compliance with engineering standards and specifications;
  • Performs engineering work on more complex designs for public works construction projects;
  • Coordinates, assigns, reviews and evaluates the activities of staff performing engineering design, specification, calculations and inspection activities for assigned projects;
  • Directs and reviews the work and evaluates activities and performance of assigned staff;
  • Makes recommendations for work assignments and disciplinary actions;
  • Assists in the preparation of budgets for Capital Improvement Projects;
  • Checks legal descriptions and cost estimates, interprets plans and specifications for contractors and determines contractual compliance within engineering standards and specifications;
  • Interprets and administers applicable ordinances relating to project requirements;
  • Prepares necessary engineering reports, legal descriptions, contract and correspondence;
  • Acts as a project engineer in dealing with other departments, divisions, other jurisdictions and agencies;
  • Responds personally or in writing to questions or complaints related to projects and engineering policy;
  • Prepares progress reports and recommends or authorizes progress payments;
  • Approves change orders;
  • Coordinates and directs technical staff in the performance of drafting, survey and inspection activities;
  • Researches and implements computerized engineering applications.
Candidates who apply by the final filing date and pass all examination phases will have their names placed on an eligible list that will be used by multiple City departments to fill career full-time, part-time, or temporary positions.
 Required Qualifications:
Equivalent to graduation from a four year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering. Progressively responsible related experience may be substituted for the college coursework on a year-for-year basis.


Three (3) years of professional engineering experience in design and construction work at a level equivalent to the Assistant Civil Engineer class.


Must possess a valid California Registration as a professional Civil Engineer.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record.
 Knowledge and Abilities:
Knowledge of: Principles and practices of civil engineering design and construction; Principles and techniques of supervision; Principles and practices of contract administration and project management and evaluation; Applicable codes, regulations, standards and safety practices; Construction materials, methods and equipment; Microcomputer engineering applications; Engineering mathematics. 

Ability to: Perform detailed analysis of designs, specifications and plans; Apply engineering principles and techniques to the solution of complex civil engineering problems; Schedule, assign, review and evaluate the work of others; Organize work, set priorities and exercise independent judgment; Deal tactfully and effectively with the public, City staff, other agencies, engineering firms, contractors, developers, manufacturers and others; Prepare clear, concise and accurate reports and correspondence; Analyze complex civil engineering data and reports, evaluate alternatives and reach sound conclusions.
 Application Process:

Applicants must submit the following:

All materials must be received no later than the closing date, at 5:00 p.m. PST. Postmarks, faxes and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Resumes are not a substitute for a completed application.

The examination process will consist of:
  1. Review of applications for minimum qualifications for the position and to ensure all materials have been submitted.
  2. Applicants meeting the minimum requirements will undergo an evaluation of their education, training, and experience to determine the best qualified applicants.
Applicants passing all examination phases will have their names placed on an employment eligible list that hiring department(s) will use to conduct final selection interviews. Hiring Department(s) will contact applicants directly if selected to participate in their hiring/selection process.
Candidates under final consideration for employment with the City should expect to undergo an employment background / reference check that may include, but is not limited to: employment history, confirmation of educational credentials and degrees, licenses including driver's license, registrations, certificates, and other credentials as part of the appointment process. Some positions, depending on the nature of the work, also require a credit check and a review of Summary Criminal History obtained from the State Department of Justice through Live Scan Fingerprinting.
DISCLAIMER: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures that test content. Components may include, but are not necessarily limited to, typing, math, reading, writing and analytical skills; problem solving ability; computer and software proficiency, or any other job-related knowledge, skill, ability or qualification. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.
All City employees are required to provide services as Disaster Service Workers in the event of an emergency/disaster.

Exam Access Accommodation: In compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations, the City of Berkeley will employ and promote qualified individuals without regard to disability. The City is committed to making reasonable accommodations in the examination process and in the work environment. Individuals requesting reasonable accommodations in the examination process must do so no later than the final filing date for receipt of applications, otherwise it may not be possible to arrange accommodations for the selection process. Such requests should be addressed to the Human Resources Department | 1-510-981-6800 | |2180 Milvia 1st Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704.  Requests can be made via email, phone, or in writing via U.S. mail.
Alternative Application Formats: This application material is available in alternative formats upon request. Alternative formats include audio-format, braille, large print, electronic text, etc. Please contact the ADA Coordinator, 2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley | Phone: 1-(510)-981-6300 | TTY: 1-(510)-981-6347| and allow 7-10 days for production of the material in an alternative format.
The City of Berkeley is an EEO/ADA Employer.


2180 Milvia Street # 3

Berkeley, CA 94704