Associate Civil Engineer Job at Galt, Sacramento County, California

Associate Civil Engineer

City of Galt , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Mid Level


$4,923.00 - $9,357.00 Monthly

Application Deadline 


05/09/2021 05:00 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive



Assistant Engineer (Non-Exempt - GPSU): $28.40/hr. -$34.53/hr.

Associate Civil Engineer (Exempt - Unrepresented): $ 7,696 Monthly - $9,357 Monthly

***Please note Benefits for each classification differ. For more details regarding benefits for each please visit:

Under general supervision and direction, performs various professional field and office engineering work related to the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of City works infrastructure and programs, including land development, traffic engineering, Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and project development, daily departmental operations, and providing project management and administration; performs a variety of studies and prepares and presents staff reports; if appropriately registered, signs drawings, submits reports, and performs similar work within state guidelines; confers with developers, contractors, and representatives of other agencies regarding facility and infrastructure development; administers professional services and construction contracts; provides professional assistance to the Deputy Public Works Director; and performs related work as required.
Receives general supervision and direction from the Deputy Public Works Director.  Assistant Engineer exercises no supervision of staff. Associate Civil Engineer may exercise some supervision of technical staff.
Assistant Engineer: This is the entry-level non-registered class in the professional engineering series. Initially under direct supervision, incumbents perform basic project planning, design and estimating; plan reviews, report preparation and other technical engineering work as assigned.  As experience is gained, assignments become more varied and are performed with greater independence.  Positions at this level usually perform most of the duties required of the positions at the Associate level, but are not expected to function at the same skill level and usually exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures, methods, and engineering standards.  Work is usually supervised while in progress and fits an established structure or pattern.  Exceptions or changes in procedures or standards are explained in detail as they arise.
Associate Civil Engineer: This is the journey-level registered class (licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of California) in the professional engineering series, capable of performing a full spectrum of City engineering and project management work.  Incumbents are expected to perform project planning, design, review, and construction oversight; including cost estimating, preparation of plans and specifications, and environmental reviews; as well as assisting with other activities and daily departmental operations.  Positions at this level are distinguished from the Assistant level by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned, working independently, and exercising judgment and initiative.  Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are aware of applicable operating procedures, policies, and engineering standards.
This class is further distinguished from the Senior Civil Engineer in that the latter is the full supervisory-level class in the series and has ultimate responsibility for organizing, assigning, supervising, and reviewing the work of staff involved in a major functional area or project/program.
Positions in the professional engineer class series are flexibly staffed, and positions at the Associate level are normally filled by advancement from the Assistant level requiring three (3) additional years of experience and after gaining the knowledge, skill, experience, licenses, and certifications which meet the qualifications for and after demonstrating the ability to perform the work of the higher level class. When filled from the outside, the employee is required to have four (4) years of prior related experience that allows the employee to meet the qualification standards for the Associate level and to possess and maintain registration as a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California.


Example of Duties

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Prepares designs, specifications, plans, estimates, and reports for the development and modification of City infrastructure, including streets, traffic controls, curbs, gutters, underground utilities, and various facilities and appurtenances.
  • Reviews construction plans prepared by consulting engineers and private contractors to verify compliance with City sidewalk, public utility, and improvement requirements; checks plans for conformance with regulations regarding line, grade, size, elevation, and location of structures; reviews engineering calculations of other engineers or engineering technicians; participates in pre-design, construction, and utility coordination meetings, and issues construction permits.
  • Coordinates the development of consultant requests for proposal for professional and/or construction services and the advertising and bid processes; evaluates proposals and recommends project award; administers contracts after award.
  • Assists in or manages design and construction projects for public works projects; ensures contractor compliance with contract documents, time and budget estimates; recommends field changes as required.
  • Conducts engineering and related studies, evaluates alternatives, makes recommendations and prepares reports for the City Council.Conducts studies and confers with the public regarding traffic and transportation issues; addresses traffic control and signage problems.
  • Investigates field problems affecting property owners, contractors, and maintenance operations; responds to citizen inquiries and complaints; provides information to the public at the front counter in person, via telephone, or other means of communication regarding grading, encroachment permits, right-of-way and property line information, utility information, slope stability and groundwater issues, improvement plan check, and payment processes.
  • Participates in City long- and short-range capital improvement and preventive maintenance activities.
  • Interprets and administers applicable laws and ordinances governing engineering work.
  • Researches, prepares, and recommends methods of financing various improvements, including the use of assessment districts and areas-of-benefit; reviews, analyzes and makes recommendations concerning engineering, project costs, operations and control aspects of land development proposals including environmental and other documentation.
  • Performs the full scope of construction inspections to confirm contractual compliance to engineering and construction standards.
  • Acts as the City's liaison with a variety of committees, commissions, construction and design engineers, and developers; represents the City and the department in meetings with other public, regulatory, and private organizations.
  • Prepares a variety of written correspondence, reports, grant applications, plans, procedures, ordinances and other written material.
  • Maintains accurate records and files.
  • Monitors changes in laws, regulations and technology that may affect operations; recommends policy and procedural changes as required.
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions; municipal engineering and other types of public services as they relate to the area of assignment
  • May provide technical direction and training to other planning and technical staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Typical Qualifications


 Knowledge of:
 Assistant Engineer / Associate Civil Engineer:

  •  Civil, traffic, and transportation engineering principles, techniques, policies, and procedures.
  • Methods, materials, and techniques used in the construction of public works projects, including water and wastewater systems, stormwater, street, and traffic signal design.
  • Basic principles, practices, procedures, and standards related to City public works infrastructure and facility development and maintenance.
  • Basic principles and practices of CIP budgeting, cost estimation, project management, and contract administration.
  • General design, layout, and construction practices for public improvements such as streets, storm drains, water and sewer systems, grading, and landscaping.
  • Subdivision engineering, plan review, practices.
  • Modern developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding engineering.
  • Engineering plan types, review practices, and permit filing and approval procedures.
  • Principles of advanced mathematics and their application to planning work.
  • Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation.
  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work such as computer-aided drafting (CAD) concepts and applications and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups; various business, professional, educational and regulatory organizations; and with property owners, developers, contractors, and the public.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.
  • Safe driving rules and practices.
 Associate Civil Engineer:
  • Project management principles and techniques.
  • Practices related to researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations and preparing and presenting effective staff reports.
  • Principles, practices, procedures, and standards related to City public works, engineering infrastructure development and maintenance, and surveying.
  • Principles and practices of civil and transportation engineering in a municipal setting.
  • Principles and practices of CIP budgeting, cost estimation, funding, project management, and contract administration.
  • Practices related to surveying, including reviewing and preparing maps and legal descriptions.
  • Modern office practices and technology, including computer hardware and software applications related to the work, such as CAD concepts and applications and GIS programs.
 Ability to:
 Assistant Engineer / Associate Civil Engineer:
  •  Learn to develop and review plans for municipal public work projects.
  • Learn to develop and administer contracts for professional services and construction in a public agency setting.
  • Prepare, understand, and interpret engineering construction plans, specifications, and other contract documents.
  • Read and understand technical drawings and specifications.
  • Perform mathematical and planning computations with precision.
  • Coordinate assigned activities with other City departments and agencies as required.
  • Prepare reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written material.
  • Make sound, independent decisions within established policy and procedural guidelines.
  • Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software application programs.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Associate Civil Engineer:
  • Conduct comprehensive engineering studies and prepare reports with recommendations.
  • Design engineering projects.
  • Develop and review plans for municipal public work projects.
  • Develop and administer contracts for professional services and construction in a public agency setting.
  • Instructing staff in work procedures.
  • Conduct civil engineering research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical staff reports.
  • Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Effectively represent the department and the City in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups, various business, professional, and regulatory organizations and individuals.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.


Supplemental Information


Education and Experience:
Assistant Engineer / Associate Civil Engineer: Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering or a related engineering field.
Possession of an advanced degree is desirable.

Assistant Engineer: One (1) year of professional engineering design, plan review, and project administration experience, preferably in a public agency setting. 
Associate Civil Engineer: Four (4) years of professional engineering design, plan review, and project administration experience, preferably in a public agency setting, or three (3) years of experience equivalent to Assistant Engineer at the City of Galt.
Licenses and Certifications:
 Assistant Engineer / Associate Civil Engineer:

  • Possession of a valid Class C California driver's license within 60 days of hire and have a satisfactory driving record.
 Assistant Engineer:
  •  Possession of an Engineer-In-Training certification is desirable. 
Associate Civil Engineer:
  • Possession of a valid certificate or registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of California.

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer, to inspect City development sites, including traversing uneven terrain, climbing ladders, stairs, and other temporary or construction access points, to operate a motor vehicle, and to visit various City and meeting sites; vision to read printed material and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone.  This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing and walking between work areas and performing field inspections of project and construction sites is occasionally required.  Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment.  Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information.  Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances.  Employees may work in the field and occasionally be exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes.  Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.
Must be able to pass a pre-employment physical and background investigation, including fingerprinting.


380 Civic Drive

Galt, CA 95632