Associate Civil Engineer

City of Rancho Cordova , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Mid Level


$92,703.72 - $113,172.24 Annually

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


Are you looking for the opportunity to make a difference? The City of Rancho Cordova is looking for an energetic and results driven Associate Civil Engineer.  The successful candidate will be a team player with skill in building relationships, project management, and have excellent written, communication and interpersonal skills.  The ideal candidate has concept through construction, bicycle and pedestrian project implementations, traffic engineering, experience with grant applications, and understanding of federally funded projects.  We hope you consider joining our team.


  • First review of applications is scheduled for October 5, 2020.  
  • This job will remain open until filled.
This is the journey level class in the professional engineering series and is distinguished from the Assistant level by the assignment of the full range of duties and possession of registration as a Professional Engineer.  Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new, unusual or unique situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit. 

This class is distinguished from that of the Senior Civil Engineer in that the latter is an advanced journey level class, responsible for complex and difficult engineering projects and programs and may exercise direct supervision over professional engineering staff.

Receives direction from an assigned supervisor or manager.  May exercise direct supervision over technical and administrative support personnel.




  • Project Manager for the City's Capital Improvement Program (CIP); defines scope of work on engineering projects; selection of engineering consultants; review and pay invoices; obtain Caltrans approvals for projects that use Federal funds; and oversee project construction inspections, invoicing, change orders, and documentation.
  • Provides complex professional engineering assistance by reviewing engineering projects completed or in progress; prepares and/or directs the preparation of plans, estimates, maps, property descriptions, detailed drawings and specifications; conducts complex engineering analysis and prepare reports on engineering and budgetary problems.
  • Reviews plans and inspects or initiates the inspection of construction projects to determine conformance with standards and specifications; supervises the checking of subdivision development maps, plans and workmanship during construction, and completed projects; meets with other departments and agencies regarding plans, problems, and joint projects.
  • Works with consultant engineers and other agency representatives on private and public projects; and assists in development of various projects including roadway design, site development, land development, traffic signals, neighborhood traffic calming, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
  • Provides project budget analysis and preparation by making preliminary design and estimates and feasibility reports for determining budgetary needs for construction and design project and assisting staff in preparing public works project plans, specifications, and estimates.
  • Perform contract management by negotiating, preparing and managing consultant contracts and contractors. Oversees professional and sub professional staff by supervising, assigning, monitoring, evaluating, and providing professional and technical guidance to staff engaged in operation, maintenance, and control of drainage facilities and other relevant activities.
  • Prepares staff reports and correspondence by presenting a variety of information and statistics in the form of written, graphic, or oral reports for use by elected and appointed officials, special committees, or community organizations involved in public works matters; and preparing and reviewing various traffic studies of development plans such as traffic volume studies, collision diagrams, speed surveys, and other related projects and tasks.
  • Facilitates communication, building consensus and resolving conflicts on projects and policy matters by conferring with, facilitating and conducting meetings with elected and appointed officials, other City departments, members of the public, and neighborhood organizations; participates in developing and conducting citizen involvement/public participation events to explain policies, procedures, proposed development, proposed regulations and policies, and code enforcement; and develops and conducts demonstration projects, workshops and other training events.
  • Responds to public inquiries and complaints and answers complex technical questions related to City projects and functions by researching, interpreting and explaining policies and regulations.
  • Maintains internal and external customer relations by using tact and diplomacy in all interactions with customers; establishes and maintains positive and effective working relationships with co-workers and those contacted in the course of the work; coordinates with departments and outside agencies; and acting as liaison to departments.
  • Maintains attention to detail by prioritizing work and coordinates several activities simultaneously despite interruptions.
  • Maintains integrity of work by taking responsibility and accountability for completion of work and customer interactions and maintains punctuality and attendance at work.
  • Maintains inventory and prioritizes maintenance needs and drainage infrastructure for roadways and sidewalks.
  • Acts as a representative of the City by representing the City in community and official meetings with other City departments, organizations and professional groups on planning matters.
  • May perform other work as assigned.



MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination of education and experience that will provide the ability to perform the work and provide the performance results as stated above. A typical way of gaining the education and experience for this position would be:
Two years of experience comparable to that of an Assistant Civil Engineer at the City of Rancho Cordova.

Equivalent to the completion of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with course work in civil engineering or a related field.
Possession of, or ability to obtain a valid Class C California Driver's License and a satisfactory driving record as determined by the City.

Possession of a valid registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California or possession of registration in another state with ability to obtain registration in California within one year. 



Requires the mobility and manual dexterity to work in a standard office environment, use standard office equipment and attend off-site meetings; speech and hearing to communicate in person and by telephone; vision to read handwritten and printed materials and a computer screen; and strength and agility to lift and carry items weighing up to 30 pounds. On a continuous basis work in an office environment sitting at a desk for long periods of time; travel from job site to job site sitting in vehicle; bend, squat, climb, kneel and twist while performing field work; may be exposed to dust, noise, machinery, moving objects and other vehicles while performing field work; may work on uneven or slippery surfaces; and may intermittently perform field work while exposed to various types of weather including extreme heat during summer months and cold temperatures during the winter months. Some accommodations may be made for some physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodations.

FLSA - Exempt status


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