Engineering Assistant III Job at West Sacramento, Yolo County, California

Engineering Assistant III

City of West Sacramento , California

Job Information 


Community Development

Mid Level


$64,404.00 - $97,116.00 Annually

Application Deadline 


10/18/2020 11:59 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of West Sacramento is actively recruiting for an Engineering Assistant within the Development Engineering Division of the Community Development Department.   The Engineering Assistant performs difficult sub-professional civil engineering work related to the design, operation, inspection, and maintenance of public works improvements, and collaborates with the Finance Department to track related fee payments.  

The ideal candidate for this position will be competent in the use of Microsoft Office products, and will have substantial hands-on experience in the field of public works, particularly related to the review of applications for related city approvals, such as encroachment permits, and engineering plan check submittals for commercial, industrial, single family and multi-family development projects.

DEFINITION:  The Engineering Assistant I/II performs difficult sub-professional civil engineering work as well as less difficult professional civil engineering work related to the design, operation, inspection, and maintenance of public works improve­ments. The Engineering Assistant III performs a variety of complex and difficult para-professional office and field engineering functions.  Specific duties performed will vary depending upon the division or section to which assigned.
Advancement to the Engineering Assistant II level shall occur after satisfactorily performing the duties of an Engineering Assistant I for two (2) years.  Satisfactory performance means an overall satisfactory or higher rating on the performance evaluation during the last evaluation period.  An employee may be advanced to the Engineering Assistant II level in less than two (2) years if the employee's performance is noted as exceptional by the Department Head and the employee is recommended for early advancement by the Department Head.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  (Illustrative Only):  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.

  • Interprets City and department policy regarding project design, construction and operations.
  • Provides department, division, or section information to the public and other governmental agencies, in person or through other forms of communication.
  • Attends community meetings to respond to public questions, concerns, and complaints.
  • Maintains accurate records and files.
  • Plans, schedules and coordinates the work of subordinate technical staff.
  • May supervise and evaluate subordinate technical staff.
    Examples of additional responsibilities/duties if assigned to:
Development Engineering:
  • Performs complex technical plan checks of City engineering plans, subdivision plats, improvement drawings, assessment district plans and maps, etc. to ensure accuracy and compliance with development conditions, municipal code provisions, City specifications, sounds engineering practices and City and state policy, including parcel and subdivision criteria.
  • Interprets and explains City policies and ordinances to the public relating to public works projects, including but not limited to roads, drainage, water, sanitary, parks, buildings and related projects.
  • Prepares recommendations and Council agenda reports for abandonments of rights-of-way, easements, street name changes, and release of agreements, etc.
  • Answers inquiries by providing information shown on maps and in-office files including researching for easements, right-of-way restrictions, and other restrictions on the use of property and parcels.
  • Issues and prepares permits such as public encroachments, transportation, water hydrant and grading permits including proper accountability for fees collected,
  • Assigns street addresses within the City and maintains street index.
  • May conduct field inspections to verify plan coordination with existing conditions and other requirements, including suggestions for correcting non-compliance.
  • Validates engineering calculations and cost estimates.


Minimum qualifications & Requirements

Engineering Assistant I:

Engineering Assistant II:

Engineering Assistant III:


Supplemental information

WORKING CONDITIONS:  May be required to attend off-hour and/or off-site meetings.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Must possess mobility to work in a construction or field environment including exposure to loud noise, frequent exposure to chemicals, fumes, and other environmental substances; depending upon assignment, mobility to inspect various commercial and residential development sites, including traversing uneven terrain, climbing ladders, stairs and other temporary or construction access points; mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; to attend meetings and to operate a motor vehicle; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen and make inspections; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone.  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, climb, push and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information.  Positions in this classification occasionally lift, move, and carry objects that typically weigh up to 50 pounds.
ENVIRONMENTAL ELEMENTS:  Employees generally work in a construction or field environment including inclement weather conditions and construction and traffic hazards.  Employees may also work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances.  Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing department guidelines, policies and procedures.


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