Associate Civil Engineer

City of Sacramento, CA
January 12, 2022
Sacramento, CA
Job Type


The City of Sacramento requires all newly appointed employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

PERS retired annuitants or individuals currently receiving CalPERS Retirement Benefits are not eligible to apply.

The Engineering Services Division in the Department of Public Works
The Public Works Engineering Services Division focuses on managing the City's investment in new transportation infrastructure. By planning, funding and delivering capital improvement projects, and reviewing private development projects, the division improves the safety and usability of the City's transportation system for all users: pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles. The division delivers road, bridge, traffic signal, and streetlight improvement projects, and provides planning, design, inspection, and survey services.

The Transportation Division in the Department of Public Works
The Transportation Division's primary focus is maintaining and enhancing traffic operations, traffic safety and multimodal mobility for our citizens and customers. The Division has several unique business lines and is responsible for traffic operations, design, management, studies, entitlements, education, investigation, traffic signs and markings, and traffic signals and street lighting. Transportation staff manages many projects such as transportation studies for new development areas and controlling the traffic operations center. Maintenance functions of traffic signals, signs and street lighting ranges from new installations to repairing knocked down street signs and reinstalling stolen copper wire to reestablish neighborhood lighting.

The Building Division in the Community Development Department
The City of Sacramento Building Division regulates construction and development to safeguard and ensure the health and safety of the public. As part of the permit process, plans and calculations are reviewed to ensure compliance with adopted City, State, and Federal building code requirements. Building permits are issued for new construction as well as for additions to and remodeling of existing buildings and structures.

The Engineering and Water Resources Division in the Department of Utilities
The Engineering and Water Resources Division (E&WR) is one of 5 divisions within the Department of Utilities. E&WR provides engineering and technical support to the Operations and Maintenance Division; plans, designs and constructs several millions of dollars of capital improvements each year; develops short and long-range capital improvement priorities and works with the Director and the Business and Integrated Planning Division to strategically plan for future funding requirements; works closely with other city departments and the development community to plan for and build high quality, reliable infrastructure to serve new neighborhoods; and assures compliance with the ever increasing and demanding regulatory requirements and mandates that face the Department.


To perform professional civil engineering work in the planning, design, technical investigation, and construction of projects in the areas of public works, transportation, hydraulics, and structural engineering.


Assistant Civil Engineer

This is the journey level class in the professional civil engineering series not requiring registration. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the lower class of Junior Engineer. Incumbents of this class perform the moderately difficult professional engineering work in civil engineering. Assistant Civil Engineers are normally considered to be of a continuing training status and as assigned responsibilities and breadth of knowledge increase with experience, and registration is received, may reasonably expect their positions to be reassigned to the next higher class of Associate Civil Engineer.

Associate Civil Engineer

This is the full journey level class in the civil engineering series requiring registration. Positions in the class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the lower class of Assistant Civil Engineer, or, when filled from the outside, require prior advanced professional civil engineering work experience. An Associate Civil Engineer works under general supervision and is expected to complete complex civil engineering assignments requiring the use of judgment and initiative in developing solutions to problems, interpreting general policies, and determining work assignments. Work in this class is distinguished from that of the Assistant Civil Engineer class by the greater complexity of the assignments received and by the greater independence with which an incumbent is expected to operate.


Direction is provided by a higher level professional engineer or a division head level position. Responsibilities of an Associate Civil Engineer may include the direct or indirect supervision of lower level professional engineers and technical personnel. Responsibilities of an Assistant Civil Engineer may include the technical or functional supervision of technical personnel.
Depending upon assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Supervise and participate in the preparation of plans and specifications for the construction of water utility, street, storm drain and sanitary sewer pump stations, street lighting, traffic signal, buildings, and related public works and City building projects; research project design requirements; perform complex calculations and prepare estimates of material costs and time considerations.
  • Assign routine inspection, investigation, design, and drafting tasks to technical subordinates; review completed work; assist in the solution of difficult problems.
  • Research building codes, publications and industry information sources.
  • Develop and revise design and construction standards.
  • Participate in the implementation of the City's traffic and transportation engineering programs; prepare and revise plans and specifications for traffic related projects; prepare special studies and reports and coordinate major projects.
  • Participate in the City's Building Code Compliance program.
  • Investigate field problems affecting property owners, contractors, and maintenance operations.
  • Order survey, mapping, and data collection.
  • Prepare estimates and feasibility reports for new or modified services and structures.
  • Administer contracts for construction projects.
  • Participate in the plan check, review, and processing of plans for private developments affecting streets, sewers, drains and related public works facilities and ensure that they meet all City imposed requirements.
  • Check building plans for compliance with City building codes and ordinances.
  • Prepare special engineering studies and reports.
  • Serve as staff to a variety of City commissions, boards, and committees on public works, utility matters, or building code appeals issues.
  • Coordinate planning, design, and construction activities with other City departments, divisions, and sections, and with outside agencies.
  • May supervise, train, and evaluate lower level professional, technical and clerical subordinates.
  • Other related duties may also be performed; not all duties listed may necessarily be performed by each individual holding this classification.

Assistant Civil Engineer

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to public works, utilities, traffic, or building construction projects.
  • Methods, materials, and techniques used in the construction of public works, building and utilities projects.
  • Modern developments, current literature and sources of information regarding civil engineering and building codes and ordinances.

Ability to:

  • Make complex engineering computations and to check, design, and supervise the preparation of engineering plans and studies.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Use and care for engineering and drafting instruments and equipment.


Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

One year of experience in professional civil engineering work in one of the areas of assignments and

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in civil engineering.


Possession of an Engineer-In-Training (EIT) certificate.

All education requirements must be verifiable from records of satisfactory completion of courses.

Associate Civil Engineer

In addition to the qualifications for Assistant Civil Engineer:

Knowledge of:

  • City engineering policies and procedures.
  • Principles of supervision and training.

Ability to:

  • Perform complex professional engineering work with a minimum of supervision.
  • Supervise and train subordinates.


Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Two years of experience comparable to that of an Assistant Civil Engineer in the City of Sacramento.

License or Certificate:
Possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of California. Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer must be verifiable.


Proof of the required certificate and/or license should be submitted with your application and will be required at the time of appointment. Unofficial documents and/or copies are acceptable.


Employees must successfully complete twelve (12) months of probation at a satisfactory performance level prior to gaining permanent status.
Please note, the City of Sacramento's preferred method of communication with applicants is via e-mail. As such, please ensure you verify the e-mail address on your application, and check your e-mail frequently, including your spam and junk folders. All e-mail notifications can also be accessed through the applicant inbox.

1. Application: (Pass/Fail) - All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application by the final filing deadline ;

  • Employment applications must be submitted online; paper applications will not be accepted.
  • Employment applications will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified:
    • If applicants do not list current and/or past job-related experience in the duties area of the "Work Experience" section. Note: Qualifying experience is based on 40 hours per week (pro-rated if less than 40 hours/week).
    • If "see resume" is noted in the "Work Experience" section; a resume will not substitute for the information required in the "Work Experience" section.
  • Proof of certification and/or license should be submitted online with your application. Proof of certification and/or license will be required at time of appointment.
  • Position/job titles will not be considered in determining eligibility for meeting the minimum qualifications for this position.
  • If you're requesting Veteran's credit, a copy of your DD214 must be submitted online with your application, delivered in person, or sent to the Employment Office by email/fax or mailed by the final filing deadline. Information regarding the use of Veteran's credit can be found in the Civil Service Board rules under rule 4.9C.
  • Applicants are responsible for attaching a copy of their DD214 to each position for which they apply.

2. Screening Committee: (Pass/Fail)- Human Resources will evaluate employment applications for the minimum qualifications stated on the job announcement.

3. Training and Experience Test: (Weighted 100%) - The Supplemental Questionnaire located at the end of the application is the Training and Experience Exam. Only the applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will become candidates and their supplemental questionnaire will be rated and scored. This exam will evaluate the relevance, level, and progression of a candidate's education, training and experience. Therefore, your responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough and complete because the exam score will determine your ranking on the eligible list for this job. When completing the supplemental questionnaire, please note:

  • Responses to the supplemental questionnaire must be submitted online; paper questionnaires will not be accepted.
  • Incomplete supplemental questionnaires will not pass the review process; omitted information cannot be considered or assumed.
  • A resume will not substitute for the information required in the supplemental questionnaire.

4. Eligibility: Candidates who pass the Training and Experience Test will be placed on the eligible list. The hiring department may contact candidates for interview at any time during the life of the one-year list.

5. Conditional Hire: Upon receipt of a conditional offer, the selected candidate must complete and pass LiveScan/fingerprinting; and provide proof of receiving a complete COVID-19 vaccination. If applicable, candidates may also need to pass a pre-employment medical exam, controlled substance and/or alcohol test, and possess any required licensure or certification prior to receiving a start date from the Department. Failure to meet these prerequisites will be grounds for withdrawal of your conditional offer of employment.

For questions concerning this job announcement and the application process:

  • For technical support between 6 AM - 5 PM PT, contact Live Applicant Support at (855) 524-5627.
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