Job: Assistant/Associate/Associate Civil Engineer (Open & Promotional)

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Pay: $76,960 to $127,400/year

Salary : $37.00 - $61.25 Hourly $2,960.00 - $4,900.00 Biweekly $6,413.33 - $10,616.67 Monthly $76,960.00 - $127,400.00 Annually

Posted: 03/09/2018

Job Status: Full Time

Job Reference #: 2008181

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Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Assistant/Associate/Associate Civil Engineer (Open & Promotional)
Closing Date/Time:Thu. 03/22/18 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$37.00 - $61.25 Hourly
$2,960.00 - $4,900.00 Biweekly
$6,413.33 - $10,616.67 Monthly
$76,960.00 - $127,400.00 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
San Mateo County Public Works Department is seeking an Assistant/Associate/Associate Civil Engineer to join our skilled and dedicated team. The current vacancy is in the Utilities-Flood Control-Watershed Protection unit. This unit oversees 30 Specialty Districts that include flood control, drainage, domestic water, sanitary sewer and street lighting. The primary responsibilities of the position include the design and management of various capital improvement projects from the conceptual stage to construction close out. Additional duties include providing assistance with the day to day operational tasks of administering these Districts.

Assistant Engineer is the entry and trainee level in the professional civil engineering series. Associate Engineer is the journey level job classification and Associate Civil Engineer is the registered journey level classification in the engineering series. At both levels, a high degree of technical expertise and some periodic lead responsibilities are required. Under general supervision, incumbents may perform a variety of professional engineering services in such areas as planning, design and construction inspection of roads, park trails, bridges, drainage, sanitary sewer systems, water supply, and other public works projects. Associate Civil Engineers may provide lead direction to other staff in completing projects of greater difficulty and complexity. Incumbents will be required to perform field work in support of the planning, the design and/or construction inspection of public works projects.
The ideal candidate for this position is:
  • Technically knowledgeable and experienced in the principles and practices of civil engineering, and public works design, construction, and maintenance.
  • An effective communicator, both orally and in writing; able to represent the County in meetings and presentations to various groups including community groups, regulatory and other governmental agencies, and the general public.
  • Customer-focused and interpersonally effective in dealing with staff, engineers, contractors and the public, and in coordinating with law enforcement agencies, emergency responders and other agencies when necessary.
  • Provide information to the public and other governmental agencies, in person or over the telephone, regarding County procedures and regulations, facility locations, plan requirements and property ownership, which may require the interpretation of policies and procedures.
  • Perform development plan reviews and prepare plan review comments.
  • Able to analyze and evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations and prepare effective technical staff reports.
  • Accountable and able to schedule and carry through with assignments with independence.
  • Proficient in computer aided drafting and design software.

NOTE: Associate Civil Engineer differs from the Associate Engineer classification in that employees in the former must be registered as professional engineers in the State of California and may provide lead direction to other staff in completing projects of greater difficulty and complexity.


Licensure/Certification: Candidates for Associate Civil Engineer must possess a valid Certificate of Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California at the time of hire. Some positions require possession of a class C California driver license or equivalent.

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is possession of a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or Engineer in Training Certificate, plus two years of professional civil engineering experience which has included field and office work in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of a variety of civil engineering projects. Experience in designing public works projects such as road improvements, drainage improvements, parks facilities, and sewers, is ideal with work experience using computer aided drafting software such as AutoCAD/Civil3D.

Knowledge of: 
  • Civil engineering practices and procedures including design and construction methods and techniques 
  • Strength and properties and uses of materials and hydraulics
  • Civil engineering design and drafting principles
  • Project management principles and practices
  • Basic principles of supervision
  • Surveying methods
  • Methods, materials and equipment used in civil engineering projects
  • Methods, materials and equipment used in civil engineering construction work
  • Construction inspection techniques
  • Hydraulics and strength of materials
  • Principles of engineering as they apply to public works projects
  • Engineering mathematics and their application to engineering problems

Skill/Ability to: 
  • Perform engineering calculations and routine design work
  • Solve surveying problems
  • Prepare neat and accurate maps, drawings, notes and reports
  • Inspect civil engineering work in progress
  • Prepare clear, concise correspondence and reports
  • Comply with safety procedures
  • Supervise subordinate staff
  • Operate survey equipment

Open and Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position are accepted online only. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click on the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: Pass/Fail). A screening committee will select those applicants whose training, experience and responses to the questions on the employment application and supplemental questionnaire appear to best meet the needs of the position and invite them to interview. Because of this process, all applicants meeting the minimum requirements are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the recruitment process. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%) which may include a written or performance exercise. Depending on the number of applications, an application appraisal of training and experience may be used in place of examinations. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and all applicants must participate at their own expense.

Application Deadline:  March 22, 2018
Application Screening:  March 27, 2018
Panel Interviews (tentative):  April 18, 2018 or April 19, 2018

At the County of San Mateo, we welcome and celebrate the diversity of our employees, and strive to create a workplace where they feel valued every day.  County of San Mateo is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Analyst: Krysta Caronongan (03092018) (Assistant/Associate/Associate Civil Engineer (N033/N018/N020)


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