Associate Engineer

City of San Jose , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Mid Level


$93,662.40 - $118,580.80 Annually

Application Deadline 


08/13/2020 11:59 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


About the Department 
The Department of Public Works is responsible for delivering capital improvement projects for a wide variety of City facilities and infrastructure, maintaining City facilities and fleet assets, facilitating and regulating development activities, and providing animal care and services. The Department is committed to high-quality service, partnering with the community, and providing an excellent environment in which to work.  
Positions & Duties
Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at   
The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience.  In addition to the starting salary, employees in the Associate Engineer classification shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation pay.   
The Public Works Department is recruiting to fill one (1) Associate Engineer position in the Engineering Services Division. The ideal candidate will possess a high level of professionalism, excellent customer service skills, and a supreme work ethic. Requirement include excellent judgment, initiative, perseverance, integrity, organizational skills, flexibility, and written and verbal communications skills. This position will be responsible for code reviews as it pertains to structural and architectural safety and processing permits for Citywide capital facilities/building projects.  This position will also perform occasional structural engineering design for Citywide capital projects as assigned. 
The Associate Civil Engineer assigned to these positions will be under the general direction of the Senior Structural Engineer who conducts structural engineering review, design and manage capital improvement project.  
Duties include, but are not limited, to the following:  
  • Advises professional engineers, architects and other concerning code requirements, engineering and planning problems arising in the preliminary design of buildings and other structures. 
  • Occasionally prepares structural engineering design for the Senior Structural Engineer and makes independent engineering analysis on proposed buildings and other structures to justify structural safety. 
  • Examines plans, structural calculations, and specifications for City owned buildings such as fire stations, libraries, convention center, and the airport for compliance with the governing laws, building codes, and City Ordinances for structural, fire-life safety, energy conservation, CALgreen standards, and ADA aspects. 
  • Prepares and manages consultant agreements. 
  • Performs field observations and conducts safety assessments of older buildings and other structures, when required, and prepares a typed-written report of findings and recommendations. 
  • Responsible for interfacing with the public, consultants, contractors, other City departments/sections, and other agencies, and is responsible for timely response to the stakeholders' requests and concerns on projects. 
  • Manage capital improvement project such as fire station renovation, Convention center tenant improvement project, etc. 
  • Consults with construction inspectors and attends field meetings regarding problems arising in the field during the construction of a public improvement project. 
  • Supports code inspection staff in construction issues investigation and resolution. 
  • Support permitting staff in processing permits in a timely manner 
This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.   
The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.  Desirable competencies for this position include: 
Job Expertise - Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices and the California Building Codes; including knowledge and experience of the City of San Jose’s designs, improvement plans, estimates, specifications, and contract documents for capital improvement projects, private development projects or other engineering related projects; experience in Enercalc and RISA 3D; Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations. 
Communication Skills - Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts. 
Computer Skills - MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel. 
Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills - Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills. 
Analytical Thinking - Approaches a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach. 
Creativity – Addresses objectives and problems while questioning traditional assumptions/solutions in order to generate creative ideas and new ways of doing business; exhibits creativity and innovation when contributing to organizational and individual objectives; seeks out opportunities to improve, streamline, reinvent work processes. 
Decision Making – Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities; uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions. 
Planning - Acts to align own unit's goals with the strategic direction of the organization; Defines tasks and milestones to achieve objectives, while ensuring the optimal use of resources to meet those objectives. 
Problem Solving – Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem; collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome. 
Project Management - Ensures support for projects and implements agency goals and strategic objectives. 
Supervision -  Sets effective long and short-term goals based on good understanding of management practices; establishes realistic priorities within available resources; provides motivational support; empowers others; assigns decision-making and work functions to others in an appropriate manner to maximize organizational and individual effectiveness. 
  1. Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering or Architecture or possession of an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certificate. 
  2. Experience: Three (3) years of increasingly responsible professional engineering or Architectural experience. 
Acceptable Substitution: A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in the Structural Engineering discipline may be substituted for one (1) year of professional engineering experience. 
Exception: Associate Engineers working in Building Division as plan reviewers must have four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in professional Civil Engineering work with at least two (2) years of experience in design and construction of buildings. An EIT certificate is not acceptable as replacement for the required Bachelor’s degree. 
Licenses or Certificates: 
  • Possession of a valid driver's license in the State of California is required. 
  • Possession of a valid professional registration with the State of California as a Civil Engineer (PE) or Architect is required. 
  • Possession of a valid California Structural Engineering License is desirable. 
  • Possession of a Certified Access Specialist Program (CASP) certification is desirable. 
  • Possession of an International Code Council (ICC) Plans Examiner Certification is desirable; however, it will be required to obtain within six (6) months of employment. 
Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application. 
Selection Process 
The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process.  Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise 
You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process.  Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response.   
  1. Do you possess a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from an accredited college or university? If yes, please identify the name and location of the college/university. Do you possess an Engineer-In-Training (EIT) certificate?  If yes, please provide your EIT certificate number.
  2. Please attach a resume that includes your professional engineering experience, including the number of years and the scope of your experience. 
  3. Do you have a valid California Civil Professional Engineer (PE) Civil license? If so, please indicate your registration certificate number, year the registration certificate was awarded to you and the expiration date of your registration. Also, please list all professional certificates indicating year awarded and expiration date. 
  4. Do you possess a valid California Structural Engineering License? If yes, please indicate your license number and expiration date. (Please attach a copy of your license to your application). 
  5. Do you possess a valid Certified Access Specialist Program (CASP) certificate? If yes, when does your certificate expire?  (Please attach a copy of your certificate to your application). 
  6. Do you possess a valid International Code Council (ICC) Plans Examiner certificate?  If yes, when does your certificate expire? (Please attach a copy of your certificate to your application). 
  7. Describe your code review experience including the type, size, design complexity of systems, and the code(s) you applied. 
  8. Describe your design experience including the type of work, size, design, and complexity of systems that you designed. 
  9. Describe your experience supervising and/or leading staff. Include the length of time you supervised or led staff, the number of employees under your direct supervision, and a description of your methods for developing employees. 
You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.    

Please note - applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at  
If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact April Hanson at 
Additional Information 
-Link to Benefits page 
-Link to Department website 
The application deadline has been extended to Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 11:59 PM. Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application.If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email and we will research the status of your application. Please contact Human Resources at (408) 535-1285, or if you have any questions.  

Job: Engineering Architectural

Schedule: Full-time

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Standard

Job Posting: Jun 4, 2020, 2:49:32 PM

Minimum Salary: 93,662.40

Maximum Salary: 118,580.80

Bargaining Unit 1: Association of Engineers and Architects






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