Assistant/Associate Engineer Job at San Mateo, San Mateo County, California

Assistant/Associate Engineer

City of San Mateo , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Mid Level


$8,169.00 - $10,719.00 Monthly

Application Deadline 


10/19/2020 12:00 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of San Mateo Public Works Department is looking for an Assistant/Associate Engineer

This recruitment is scheduled to close on October 19, 2020, or upon receipt of the first 100 applications, résumés (Resumes are not required but strongly recommended), required certificate and supplemental questionnaires, whichever occurs first.

Why Join our Department?
When you join the Public Works Department, you will work among collaborative and energetic colleagues who share a passion for serving our San Mateo citizens and improving the community in which we live and work. Our team is comprised of individuals with diverse talents and experience in various fields. We will provide you with a wide range of opportunities in a team-based collaborative environment while helping you achieve your professional goals. Collaboration, Innovation, Respect, Creativity, Transparency and Informed Risk-taking are attributes within the City’s mission, values and organizational principles that we are seeking in the candidates.

The City of San Mateo Public Works Department is seeking one Assistant/Associate Engineers for the Traffic Engineering Section.  Candidates should be highly motivated, experienced, seek professional growth, and desire to lead and support in the delivery and review of various City projects.

As Assistant/Associate Engineer, you would support the Department’s mission to operate, maintain and improve the City’s infrastructure. The Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance, repair, cleaning, and construction of the City’s major capital improvement projects and infrastructure, which include: sewer and storm conveyance systems, wastewater treatment plant, streets, street lights, traffic signals, publicly owned parking lots and garages, pump stations, a major lagoon, and dams and levees. The Department also reviews plans and inspects the construction of public improvements to serve new private residential, commercial, and industrial developments and administers contracts for the collection, disposal, and recycling of solid waste. The Department is also responsible for the City’s review and management of right-of-way impacts associated with private development and traffic operations. The Department’s primary function is customer service and response to public needs.

While this recruitment is focused on the Traffic Engineering Section assignments, all engineering disciplines are encouraged to apply as this recruitment may be utilized in the future to support other Public Works Department programs, which include the Pavement Management Program, Traffic Operations, Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning, Private Development, and Stormwater and Flood Protection.  This is an exciting opening for you to be engaged and challenged with the opportunity to improve our San Mateo community.

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What You’ll Do
The City of San Mateo is a very progressive City that encourages staff and resident engagement to develop positive solutions that meet the demands of the community and regulatory landscape.  To this end, the Assistant/Associate Engineers will help support efforts to accomplish short and long-term project deliveries, while sustaining the City’s missions, visions and goals.  The Public Works Department is committed to high performance levels and standards, utilizing best practices relative to performance management and team-oriented approaches.  The Department supports staff development through a variety of internal and external training opportunities.  Each Assistant/Associate Engineer will be given the opportunity to participate in team building efforts to accomplish the collective services, goals, projects, initiatives, and work plans of the Department and City.

The Traffic Engineering Section’s Assistant/Associate Engineer’s key assignments include PS&E development and review, traffic engineering policy implementation, traffic impact analysis review and conducting engineering studies. PS&E development includes roadway modifications, traffic signal and communications improvements, bike, ped, and complete streets elements, and traffic control plans. The Assistant/Associate is expected to work independently to coordinate with consultants, contractors, and other agencies on behalf of the City, as well as communicate with project stakeholders including property owners, other City staff, and public officials.

Under the direction of a Senior Engineer, the Assistant/Associate Engineer will perform the duties relative to their position. Demands of this position will continue to evolve and change to respond to community needs. Adaptability and flexibility are important for success in this position. For a complete list of duties, reference our job specifications at

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Ideal Candidate

Who You Are
Assistant Engineer:

  • You possess the knowledge of principles and practices of engineering as applied to public works, utilities or building construction projects; analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • You possess the ability to learn and apply pertinent Federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations; and use and care for engineering and drafting instruments and equipment.

Associate Engineer (In addition to the qualifications for an Assistant Engineer):

  • You possess the knowledge of engineering policies and procedures; principles of supervision and training; pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • You have the ability to make and/or review complex engineering designs and computations and prepare engineering plans and studies with minimum supervision; perform complex professional engineering work with a minimum of supervision; and supervise and train subordinates.

What You Bring Any combinations of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities are qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge skill and abilities would be:

For an Assistant Engineer:

  • Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering or a related field.
  • One year of experience in professional engineering work in the area of assignment.
  • Possession of an Engineer-in-Training Certificate. Please attach certificate to your on-line employment application.  REQUIRED.  (Your application will not be considered if not attached).
  • For an Associate Engineer (in addition to the qualifications of an Assistant Engineer):
  • Two years of professional engineering experience comparable to that of an Assistant Engineer in the City of San Mateo.
  • Possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of California.

ADA Special Requirement:

Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:  Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, squat, stoop, reach, twist and climb; exposure to cold, heat, extreme noise, outdoors, confining work space, vibration and dust.


 What We Offer

The City of San Mateo offers an excellent compensation package:

Salary:    Assistant Engineer:   $8,169 to $9,739 per month

                Associate Engineer:  $8,984 to $10,719 per month

  • Comprehensive benefits package including generous paid leave and health benefits
  • CalPERS retirement 2% @ 55 for classic members; 2% @ 62 for new members.  Classic employees contribute 7.84% to CalPERS and New members contribute 6.75% to CalPERS with participation in the Social Security Program
  • Programs:  City contribution of 1% of base salary to Retirement Health Savings Account. Deferred Comp City match up to 0.5% of base salary
  • Free Fitness classes through City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation, Employee Assistance Program and Credit Union Membership
  • Bilingual Differential:  $195 monthly (if applicable)
  • Employee Housing Loan Program up to $7,500 for certain costs associated with either a home purchase or rental assistance
  • This classification falls within an employee bargaining unit, employees of which may elect to join

Special Instructions
Are You Ready?

Submit an online application, supplemental questionnaire and required certificate at or to the Human Resources Department, City of San Mateo, 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403, (650) 522-7261. All applicants must submit a completed official City of San Mateo employment application and supplemental questionnaire (resumes strongly recommended) and required certificate by the filing date or upon the receipt of the first 100 applications, whichever occurs first, to be considered for this recruitment.

Application Deadline:

Recruitment will close by Monday, October 19, 2020, at 12:00 PM

Examination Process

All applications, résumés (highly recommended) and supplemental questionnaires received will be reviewed for minimum qualifications.  A fully completed application is required; a resume does not replace the information required on the employment application.

An employment list will be established from those applicants that meet the minimum qualifications for this position.  Current and future vacancies may be filled from this list. The list will remain in effect for 6 months, unless exhausted sooner.

The Public Works Department will contact applicants from the employment list for a departmental interview.

    Date Posted:  September 28, 2020

Fine Print

 Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a driving record review, reference check, and a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint check. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose a conviction will result in disqualification from the recruitment process.  

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should contact Lourdes Coles, Sr. Human Resources Analyst at or (650) 522-7264.  Do not upload any documents related to your request for accommodation in CalOpps.

The policy of the City of San Mateo is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual preference, marital status or national origin. It is the intent and desire of the City of San Mateo that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment. The City of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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330 West 20th Avenue

San Mateo, CA 94403