Assistant Engineer Job at Salinas, Monterey County, California

Assistant Engineer

City of Salinas , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Mid Level


$6,000.00 - $7,658.00 Monthly

Application Deadline 


04/22/2021 05:00 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of Salinas invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Assistant Engineer. The current vacancy is in the Water, Waste and Energy division of Public Works and candidates with strong Sanitary Sewer and Industrial Wastewater engineering and capital improvement experience are encouraged to apply. This recruitment may also be utilized to establish a list of qualified candidates for future Assistant Engineer vacancies.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: All applicants must provide proof of education at the time of application or submit to the Human Resources Department by the filing date. Applications are incomplete without the required document. Oral Board interviews will be held remotely via Zoom video communications.

Summary of Duties: The Assistant Engineer assists in the management, direction, planning, plan check, and design of various traffic, engineering, and construction projects across the City. Manages consultants, oversees design teams, and ensures project completion and compliance with City Standards.

Distinguishing Characteristics: This is a journey level job in the engineering series of the Public Works department. This position has experience and expertise to perform generally complex, supervisory, design, and managerial tasks.  

Supervision Received and Exercised: Receives general supervision from a higher-level professional engineer and performs most work with limited supervision. Provides direction to lower level employees.


Essential Job Functions
  1. Manages, leads, and directs engineering teams handling traffic, construction, and other tasks; prioritizes work, assigns tasks appropriately, develops project scope and objectives, reviews project status, quality, progress and budget, and provides direction and training when necessary
  2. Designs, prepares, and reviews plans, specifications, and cost estimates; performs engineering calculations for various Capital Improvement Projects and provides a wide range of engineering support for projects under construction; reviews and approves consultant's invoices for payments
  3. Monitors, maintains, and manages the traffic signals, signage, and roadway markings; responds to reports of malfunctions, performs studies to determine new signals that are needed, and implements timing plans for current intersections; solicits and reviews estimates for repairs, schedules maintenance, and determines which equipment is needed
  4. Performs, evaluates, reviews, and provides feedback for various traffic studies, analysis reports, and engineering studies; documents and communicates data and statistical research professionally and accurately; presents findings to appropriate Councils ensuring the proper initiatives are instituted
  5. Participates in the plan check, review, and processing of improvement plans for private developments affecting city streets, streetlights, sewers, and related public works facilities to ensure compliance with City standards and requirements
  6. Provides project management for various projects across the City and ensures deadlines are met; delegates work, assigns tasks, ensures proper funding, mitigates risk, evaluates plans and specifications, and oversees the successful completion of projects and initiatives
  7. Responds and engages with the public, other departments, or outside parties to assist with information, data, or documentation and assists with the solution of difficult problems
  8. Researches, gathers, and compiles information related to grant deeds, grant of easements, and other legal description data; investigates traffic and transportation issues and communicates needs and concerns professionally and with strong recommendations
  9. Prepares council reports, correspondence, special engineering studies and related documents.
  10. Oversees billing and approval for payments; creates, submits, and gathers purchase orders for supplies, equipment, and other material needed for the department
  11. Performs other duties as assigned


Typical Decisions: The incumbent will make consistent managerial, supervisory, coordination, and project management decisions.  Most decisions are made independently and with little to no supervision.


Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of engineering and construction management
  • Employee training, supervision, and delegation; supervisory roles and responsibilities
  • Principles of project and program management
  • Federal, State, and local regulations and laws; codes and ordinances affecting Public Works engineering
  • Budget management and basic accounting
  • College level English writing and grammar
  • Professional software literacy including design software like AutoCAD

Skill in: 

  • Reading and  interpreting plans and understanding specifications and standards
  • Managing multiple projects at one time
  • Leading a team and managing a budget with limited supervision
  • Developing and administering grants
  • Public speaking and communicating clearly and concisely  verbally and in writing
  • Understanding regulations, laws, ordinances, and codes
  • Supervising and directing staff

Ability to: 

  • Make complex engineering designs and computations
  • Prepare engineering plans and studies
  • Prepare reports, Request for Proposals and various related agreements and contracts
  • Make effective recommendations


Education: Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering or other closely related engineering discipline

Experience: Two years of engineering experience

Licenses and Certifications: A valid State of California Driver's License


Supplemental Information

Physical Demands and Working Conditions: Physical, mental, and emotional stamina to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position; manual dexterity sufficient to write, use telephone, computer, business machines, and consistently stand or walk up to four hours per day as required. Vision sufficient to read fine print and display monitors; hearing sufficient to conduct conversations occasionally over the noise from groups of people, in-person, and using the telephone; speaking ability in understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard in normal conversational distance, occasionally in crowds of people and for addressing groups; physical ability to push, pull, squat, twist, turn, bend, stoop, and reach overhead; physical mobility sufficient to move about the work environment, walk on uneven surfaces and occasionally leap, jump, run for short distances; physical strength to lift twenty pounds from the floor; physical stamina sufficient to stand, walk and/or sit for prolonged periods of time; mental acuity to collect, interpret and analyze data, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, make valid judgments and decisions.

Working environment is shared between an office and outside.  Work outdoors under adverse condition in heat, wind, cold, and rain. Work in an around potential hazardous substances including pesticides, herbicides, and motor fuel. Must drive a vehicle and travel for meetings, seminars, and classes.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required.

VETERAN’S PREFERENCE: A veteran is defined in accordance with California Government Code 18540.4. In order to exercise this preference, the veteran must submit the City’s Veteran’s Preference Application (Download PDF reader) and provide a copy of the DD-214 form at time of application as proof of military status. Failure to submit the required forms will be deemed a waiver of veteran's preference. Military veterans shall be given preference in initial appointment to City service. Further details can be obtained from the Human Resources Department, at 831-758-7254.

SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants’ qualifications will be evaluated based on the information provided on the employment application. The exam process may consist of an application appraisal, oral interview, and/or written exam. The City reserves the right to use alternate testing procedures if deemed necessary. CITY COMMUNICATION REGARDING THE SELECTION PROCESS WILL BE VIA E-MAIL. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THE E-MAIL ON YOUR APPLICATION. Finalist interview/assessment will be held with the City of Salinas.  


The City of Salinas does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor. The City of Salinas makes reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with a disability. Individuals requiring any accommodation in order to participate in the testing process must inform the Human Resources Director in writing no later than the final filing date stated in this job announcement. Requests for accommodation should include an explanation of the type and extent of accommodations needed to participate in the selection process and/or to perform the duties of the job for which they have applied. EEO Utilization Report is available for candidate review upon request.

SALARY STEPS: Appointments are normally made at the first step. Consideration is given for increase to the second step after successful completion of a six-month probationary period. (Employees appointed at a higher step will be eligible for consideration for the next step after one year, providing they successfully complete a six-month probationary period.) 


For questions, please contact Patricia Peñaloza, Senior Human Resources Analyst, at (831) 758-7416 or


200 Lincoln Aveue

Salinas, CA 93901