Associate Civil Engineer Job at Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, California

Associate Civil Engineer

City of Santa Clara , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Mid Level


$10,354.42 - $13,252.85 Monthly

Application Deadline 


02/01/2021 04:00 PM PST

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City

The City of Santa Clara is a "full service" city – one of only a few communities in the Bay Area that has its own police, fire, library, recreation, and electric, water, and sewer utilities, as well as all of the other departments and civic amenities expected in a thriving community. Santa Clara is a family-oriented and business-friendly city, led by a city government that has developed an award-winning ethics program and a commitment to fostering public trust. Located in Santa Clara County at the southern tip of San Francisco Bay, about 45 miles south of San Francisco, Santa Clara is a strategic regional hub, convenient to freeways, airports, railroads, expressways, light rail, and other public transportation.  

Department of Public Works

The City of Santa Clara's Department of Public Works seeks a results-oriented and innovative engineer to serve out the Department's mission to provide the highest quality public works services to the residents of Santa Clara, the development community, and our customers. The ideal candidate will have engineering experience, excellent project management skills, and a strong oral and written communication background in addition to experience working in a team environment on significant projects, including working collaboratively with developers, contractors, technicians, field staff, outside agency staff, and the general public.

The Position 

The current opportunity is within the Design Division of Public Works. The incumbent will be required to perform capital improvement projects for various city infrastructures, including streets, traffic, storm drain, sanitary sewer, parks, city buildings, and other facilities. The Division furthermore processes and manages the city infrastructure and assets to prolong its service life and enhance our residents' and customers' experience.

We are looking for an Associate Engineer who can adapt and grow in a fast-paced working environment and possesses top-notch expertise in design, project management, and customer service. You will aid in the preparation of plan specifications and cost estimates for storm drain and sanitary sewer systems, urban roadways, bridges, public building, and other public projects using AutoCAD, as well as participate in moderately complex projects involving technical work in engineering, surveying, construction or other activities related to the civil engineering profession.

**The eligible list for this position can be used for multiple departments such as Public Works and Water and Sewer Utilities. 

The current opening is the Department of Public Works.**

Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee admittance into the oral examination process. Only the most qualified candidates who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications in relation to the requirements and duties of the position will be invited. Candidates must attain a passing score on the oral examination process to qualify for the Eligible List. A department interview will be required prior to the appointment.

Applications must be filled out completely. Please do not substitute "see resume" or "see personnel file" in the application employment history section. To be considered for this position, candidates must submit a 1) City Employment Application, 2) Resume, 3) Cover Letter, and 4) Supplemental Questions no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2021.


Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

Under direct supervision:

  • Conduct studies and analyses of engineering projects or problems, including  public works planning activities, public works maintenance programs, traffic and transportation engineering, and other public project

  • Prepare plans, specifications and cost estimates for  storm drain and sanitary sewer systems,  urban roadways, bridges, traffic and transportation systems, public building and other public projects

  • Compile engineering data and make calculations

  • Perform calculations and prepare estimates of time and material costs

  • Perform drafting involved in the preparation of maps, drawings, plans, easement and right-of-way documents, and other related matters

  • Tabulate field data, design routine civil engineering projects and structures

  • Write land descriptions, prepare contracts, agreements and other documents

  • Write reports,  minutes, conditions of approval and actively participate in the City's staff committees on review of projects and subdivisions

  • Run surveying equipment,  perform general survey work, or inspect and/or administer public works construction projects

  • Answer questions, write replies, review permit requests, determine and collect development fees, review and comment on developer public improvement plans, subdivision maps, and easement/right of way documents  as generated by general public, contractors, developers, engineers and other public agencies

  • Issue Encroachment Permits (EP) and determine and collect fees

  • Assist with the department's annual and five-year capital improvement budgets and the operating budget

  • Manage the operation of City traffic signals and transportation systems

  • Coordinate engineering activities with other City departments and other public agencies

  • Provide technical information to other City departments and to the general public

  • Write, review and edit City Council agenda reports and engineering reports

  • May prepare and coordinate project construction schedules

  • May prepare and/or revise design construction standard documents

  • Provide construction management, construction contract administration, and consultant contract administration for public works projects

  • Train and supervise professional and paraprofessional engineering staff

  • Represent the Public Works Department in community, other public agency and professional meetings

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from a college or university that is accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET)

  • Two (2) years of experience in civil engineering office and field work.

Possible Substitutions:

  • A Master's Degree in any branch of Civil Engineering from an ABET accredited college or University may be substituted for one (1) year of experience


  • Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license is required at time of appointment and for duration of employment

  • Possession of a State of California Engineer in Training (E.I.T.) Certificate or Registration as a Civil Engineer in the State of California is required at time of appointment and for duration of employment

  • Registration as a Civil Engineer in the State of California is desirable

  • Other licenses and certificates directly related to the Civil Engineering field (e.g. Geotechnical Engineer, Traffic Engineer, Structural Engineer, Land Surveyor, Qualified Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan Developer (QSD), Qualified Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan Practitioner (QSP))is desirable

  • Current city employees appointed to Associate Engineer (Civil) prior to September 1, 2015 are waived of the required State of California Engineer in Training (E.I.T.) Certificate or Registration as a Civil Engineer in the State of California


  • Must be able to perform all of the essential functions of the job assignment.

  • May be required to work shifts, weekends, and odd and unusual hours in the performance of duties and emergency situations.

Incumbents assigned to the Field Services position are required to file a Conflict of Interest statement upon assuming office, annually, and upon leaving office, in accordance with City Manager Directive 100.

Current permanent employee candidates who receive a passing score on the examination will have an additional five (5) points added to his/her final score. 

Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of Santa Clara will not sponsor, represent, or sign documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.   


Knowledge of: 

  • Principles, practices, methods and techniques of civil engineering as applied to the planning, design, construction, repair, maintenance and operation of urban roadways, storm drain and sanitary sewer systems, bridges, traffic and transportation systems including, but not limited to land surveying, grading and drainage, hydraulics of open channel and pipe flow, highway engineering, traffic and transportation engineering, economic analysis, project scheduling, construction testing and inspection, strengths properties and uses of material for public works projects, soil investigation, structural analysis, drafting, report writing, mapping, and project technical specification writing

  • Federal, State and local laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, and policies pertaining to public works projects and transportation infrastructure operation

  • Approved construction and field safety standards, practices, and procedures related to public works projects

  • Hydrology and hydraulics as they relate to civil engineering

  • Transportation planning and traffic signal operation

  • Project and construction management

  • Consultant and construction contract administration

  • Means, methods, materials and equipment used in construction of public works projects

  • Project cost estimating and project plan preparation

  • Principles of supervision and training

  • Computer applications (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite, project management software, scheduling tools, computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) with civil engineering modules and geographic information system (GIS))

  • Environmental and safety practices, procedures and standards

Ability to:

  • Follow oral and written directions;

  • Prepare, review, interpret and evaluate plans, specifications, cost estimates, project schedules, proposals, land surveys and engineering reports for public works projects

  • Read, interpret and apply laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, and policies governing public works projects and transportation infrastructure operation

  • Maintain records, logs and databases

  • Prepare comprehensive engineering and administrative staff reports

  • Perform quantity take-off work from construction plans

  • Compile and analyze data, prepare reports and make recommendations

  • Make accurate mathematical calculations and engineering computations and drawings

  • Effectively communicate both orally and in writing

  • Prepare and make public presentations

  • Write clear, concise reports, using correct composition, English grammar and spelling

  • Comprehend, carry out and issue oral and written technical instructions

  • Supervise and train other professional or paraprofessional engineering personnel

  • Analyze facts and to exercise independent judgment

  • Grasp new ideas and concepts

  • Understand and use administrative and engineering computer applications and software (e.g., project management software, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Word, computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) with civil engineering modules, and GIS)

  • Use drafting and survey instruments, and other engineering aids

  • Operate personal computer, plotter, and other standard office equipment

  • Interact, establish, and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including the public, other agencies and coworkers

  • Work in a team based environment to resolve problems, achieve common goals, and successfully deliver projects

  • Deal tactfully and courteously with others

  • Focus on the important matters, effectively handle multiple priorities, organize workload and meet deadlines

  • Make sound decisions in a manner consistent with the essential job functions; and

  • Bend, stoop, reach, carry, crawl, climb and lift as necessary to perform assigned dutie



1500 Warburton Ave

Santa Clara, CA 95050