Assistant Engineer
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Assistant Engineer
Job Classifications
City of Foster City
Estero Municipal Improvement District
Job Specification
DEFINITION:
Under supervision, performs journey level professional civil/traffic engineering work in design, construction, inspection and coordination of a variety of public works and transportation projects; serves as project managers for assigned projects and performs a variety of engineering support services including plan checking, preparation of bid summaries and cost estimating.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS, FEATURES, REQUIREMENTS:
This is the first journey level classification in the professional engineering studies. Positions in this class are filled by advancement from the entry level classification, or recruitment of individuals with prior experience. Incumbents of this classification perform moderately difficult professional engineering work and are expected to increase the breadth of their knowledge and experience by performing increasingly complex and more responsible work with more independence.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED AND RECEIVED:
Receives general supervision from a higher level professional engineer. Exercises functional supervision over lower level engineering and technical support staff.
IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Designs and prepares engineering plans, specifications and cost estimates for public works projects including streets, street lighting, traffic signals, parks and recreation facilities, storm, sanitary sewer and water systems, parking facilities and other structures; assists in and prepares preliminary design studies to determine the most economical and satisfactory type of installation; checks subdivision and construction plans for conformance to City standards; checks for adequacy of design, traffic geometrics, hydraulics, grading, cost estimates, soils reports, and other factors; performs computer analysis of engineering problems; coordinates with outside engineering firms; prepares and compiles engineering and special reports and recommendations; prepares property descriptions and does right-of-way work; supervises technical personnel.
OTHER JOB-RELATED DUTIES:
Provides information to the public on department operations and current proposed projects; attends meetings and conferences; makes presentations to City Council and other legislative bodies.
JOB-RELATED QUALIFICATIONS:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of:  principles, practices and methods of civil engineering as applied to the planning, designing and construction of streets, storm drainage and other systems; knowledge of design principles, strength of materials, stress analysis and principles of mechanical, electrical and structural engineering and surveying as they apply to the design of public works structures.
Ability to:  derive standard design formulas and text table information; prepare accurate plans, specifications, cost estimates, staff and engineering reports; make accurate engineering computations and drawings; communicate effectively orally and in writing; develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with others to coordinate public works activities with other City departments, divisions and outside agencies; operate computer system and associated engineering applications; learn, retain and apply various laws and regulatory codes relevant to assigned area of responsibility.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING GUIDELINES:
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way would be:
Education:  Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related field from a recognized college or university.
Experience:  Two years in professional civil engineering work involving engineering design, plan checking and project management. Additional related experience may be substituted on the basis of two years experience for each year of formal college education. An Engineer-In-Training Certificate will be considered the equivalent of two years of formal college education.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, jump; physical mobility to negotiate difficult construction terrain; mental alertness and comprehension to learn and retain technical and administrative information, terminology, equipment, policies, procedures and safety practices.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, REGISTRATION:
Licenses:  Possession of a valid Class C California Driver's License.
Registration:  An Engineer-In-Training (EIT) Certificate is highly desirable. Possession of a valid State of California Professional Civil Engineer registration allows the incumbent to use the distinction of Civil in the job title (i.e. Assistant Civil Engineer).
SALARY:  $6,933 - $8,427 per month

City Hall - 610 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 286-3200