Associate Civil Engineer Job at Seaside, Monterey County, California

Associate Civil Engineer

City of Seaside , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Mid Level


$87,518.08 - $104,413.92 Annually

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


Under general direction, performs a wide variety of professional engineering work in support of the City's Capital Improvement Program (CIP), land development, traffic engineering, public works infrastructure, and departmental operations; serves as a technical resource and advisor for assigned engineering programs; manages small to large engineering projects from planning and design to construction and close-out; confers with developers, contractors, and representatives of other agencies regarding facility and infrastructure development; provides professional staff assistance to the Senior Civil Engineer, other departments, and the public in areas of expertise; performs a variety of studies and prepares and presents staff reports; and performs related work as required.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED                               
Receives general direction from the Public Works Services Manager/City Engineer or assigned management staff.  Exercises no direct supervision of staff.  May provide technical and function direction to lower-level staff.
Class Characteristics 
This is the full journey-level class in the professional engineering series.  Incumbents are expected to perform the full range of professional and technical engineering work.  Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.  Incumbents use independent judgment and decision-making authority to resolve complex problems.  Work is typically reviewed upon completion for technical soundness, appropriateness, and conformity to policy and requirements and the methodology used in arriving at the end results are not reviewed in detail.  This class is distinguished from the Senior Civil Engineer in that the latter is the full supervisory-level class in the series and has ultimate responsibility for organizing, assigning, supervising, and reviewing the work of staff involved in a major functional area or project/program of the Engineering Division.


Examples of Duties
Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job. 
  • Manages small to large engineering projects from planning and design to construction and close-out; leads project teams; develops work plans consisting of objectives, scope of work, budget, schedules, and baseline requirements; secures adequate funding from Federal and State grant programs and other funding sources; manages project budget; coordinates with permitting and public utility agencies; coordinates construction schedules with other projects and agencies; and inspects construction of projects.
  • Serves as a technical resource and oversees assigned programs such as, but not limited to, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) storm water permit; proposes related projects and studies, assesses program effectiveness, and analyzes a variety of unusual conditions, problems, or questions; oversees quality assurance, quality control, and regulatory compliance activities.
  • Oversees the issuance of encroachment permits.
  • Conducts complex engineering studies, investigations, and analyses; prepares engineering calculations; researches, collects, and analyzes engineering data, statistics, and surveys.
  • Prepares engineering specifications, drawings, maps, sketches, and other supporting documentation for proposed engineering projects; reviews drawings, plans, and other work submitted by external consultants, engineers, contractors, and developers for conformance with professional codes, standards, and City specifications; prepares technical and administrative correspondence and reports.
  • Coordinates regulatory, environmental, and/or construction permit activities and processes within the City and with outside agencies.
  • Oversees construction and inspection of maintenance improvement and repair projects, including reviewing and inspecting work to ensure conformance with plans and specifications and coordinating schedules, and providing public notices of projects.
  • Administers construction and engineering contracts; approves invoices and tracks and maintains all project accounting; oversees the work of contractors and consultants including coordinating work with other City departments, residents, and external agencies and ensuring compliance with plans, budget, timeline, contracts, and City standards.
  • Investigates field problems affecting property owners, contractors, and maintenance operations; responds to citizen inquiries and complaints; provides information to the public in person, via telephone, or other means of communication.
  • Reviews building permit plans for compliance with City requirements including storm water and sanitary sewer requirements, as well as easements and right of way.
  • Evaluates projects for compliance with the State Map Act by coordinating with the contract professional land surveyor.
  • Participates in development of the annual CIP budget and identification and planning of new projects.
  • Represents the City with groups, organizations, committees, professional groups, other public agencies, and the public; participates in special projects as assigned.
  • Prepares staff reports and makes recommendations; may make presentations to the City Council and various committees.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of and interpret new trends, laws, regulations, and innovations in the related field of engineering and their impact on the City; develops and recommends compliance strategies.
  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Typical Qualifications
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering or a related engineering field and three (3) years of professional engineering design, plan review, and project administration experience, preferably in a public agency setting, or two (2) years of experience equivalent to Assistant Engineer at the City of Seaside.

Licenses and Certifications: 

  • Possess and maintain a Registered Professional Civil Engineer License in the State of California
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver's License by time of appointment


Knowledge of:

  • Advanced principles, practices, concepts, and standards of civil engineering.
  • Methods, materials, and techniques used in the construction of public works projects.
  • Basic principles, practices, procedures, and standards related to City public works, engineering infrastructure development and maintenance, and surveying.
  • Principles and practices of project budgeting, cost estimation, funding, project management, and contract administration.
  • General design, layout, and construction practices for public improvements.
  • Engineering plan types, review practices, and permit filing and approval procedures.
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility.
  • Recent and on-going engineering related developments, including information technology, current literature, and sources of information related to the operations of assigned area of responsibility.
  • Modern office practices and technology, including personal computer hardware and software applications related to the work.
  • Principles of advanced mathematics and their application to engineering work.
  • Practices of researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective staff reports.
  • Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, various business, professional, and regulatory organizations, and with property owners, developers, contractors, and the public.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.
Ability to:
  • Apply engineering principles, practices, concepts, and standards to complex engineering problems.
  • Effectively manage engineering projects and project teams.
  • Independently conduct comprehensive and complex engineering studies, evaluate alternatives, and prepare reports with recommendations.
  • Prepare, understand, and interpret engineering construction plans, specifications, and other contract documents.
  • Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations, technical written material, and City engineering policies and procedures.
  • Perform mathematical and engineering computations with precision.
  • Effectively represent the department and the City in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, and regulatory organizations and individuals.
  • Prepare and present clear, concise, and logical written and oral reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, legal descriptions, and other written materials.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of filing, record-keeping, and tracking systems.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Supplemental Information

 Physical Demands

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer, to inspect City development sites, including traversing uneven terrain, climbing ladders, stairs, and other temporary or construction access points, to operate a motor vehicle, and to visit various City and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone.  This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing and walking between work areas and to conduct inspection may be required.  Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment.  Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information.  Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Environmental Elements
Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances.  Employees may work in the field and occasionally be exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes.  Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures. 


440 Harcourt Avenue

Seaside, CA 93955