Associate Engineer

City of Menifee | Menifee, CA

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Posted Date 6/03/2019

The City of Menifee is recruiting for an Associate Engineer that has been added to the Capital Improvement Projects team.

$81,177.00 - $104,169.00 Annually

Under general supervision, the incumbent performs various professional field and office engineering work related to the management, planning, design, construction, and maintenance of the City's development, special projects, transportation and construction sections, land development, traffic engineering, public works infrastructure, capital improvement projects, and daily departmental operations; provides project management and administration; confers with developers, contractors, and representatives of other agencies regarding facility and infrastructure development; administers professional services and construction contracts; administers Federal and State grant funds associated with construction projects; provides professional staff assistance to the City 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 assigned.

Receives general supervision from the Assistant City Engineer or other assigned staff.  Exercises no direct supervision of staff.  May provide technical and functional direction to contract staff on a day-to-day or project basis, as needed.
Class Characteristics
This is a full journey-level professional engineering classification.  Incumbents are expected to perform the full range of professional and technical engineering work in all of the following areas:  the City's development, special projects, transportation and construction sections, land development, traffic engineering, public works infrastructure, capital improvement projects, and daily departmental operations, in addition to providing project management and administration.  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.

Examples of Essential Functions

Examples of TYPICAL JOB 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.

  • Plans, designs, and inspects all phases of civil engineering construction projects, including defining the scope of the project; coordinates with permitting and public utility agencies; performs document research and review; surveys and engineers analysis of alternatives; prepares plans, specifications, and cost estimates; performs research, map, and field studies and surveys; drafts site plans with specialized computer software; applies engineering principles and practices to specific problems; coordinates construction schedules with other projects and agencies; prepares and reviews cost estimates; and inspects construction of projects to ensure compliance with construction documents; and performs related planning and design work.
  • Reviews construction plans prepared by consulting engineers and private contractors to verify compliance with City public utility and improvement requirements; checks plans for conformance with regulations regarding line, grade, size, elevation, and location of structures; reviews engineering calculations of other engineers or engineering technicians; participates in pre-design, construction, and utility coordination meetings and issues construction permits.
  • Provides application and procedures for encroachment and grading/improvement permits; oversees processing of permits, calculates fees/deposits; arrange and distribute permit packages to inspector, applicant, and file; closes permit once finalized by inspector.
  • Verifies approval of precise grading plans for issuance of building permits, compaction, satisfaction of conditions of approval, and receipt or grade certification.
  • Issues Building Certificates of Occupancy, verifies or collects impact fees, receives final grade certification, and satisfaction of conditions of approval.
  • Reviews and approves cost estimates for bonds and agreements; prepares necessary forms for staff input, directs staff to complete forms, and coordinates approval with City Attorney, City Engineer, and applicant.
  • Receives, reviews, and follows through with processing various requests and forms.
  • Coordinates plan checks, grading plans, parcel maps, parcel mergers, and various minor projects.
  • Identifies timing issues, coordinates with traffic engineer and CalTrans to resolve timing issues and traffic congestion relating to traffic signals.
  • Prepares documents and information to be posted on City website; assists callers on how to navigate the website.
  • Provides construction administration, management, and inspection of City construction projects, including coordinating work with other City departments, reviewing and inspecting work to ensure conformance with plans and specifications, tracking and maintaining all project accounting, coordinating schedules, and providing public notices of projects.
  • Investigates field problems affecting property owners, contractors, and maintenance operations; responds to citizen inquiries and complaints; provides information to the public at the front counter in person, via telephone, or other means of communication regarding grading, encroachment permits, right-of-way and property line information, utility information, improvement plan check, and payment processes.
  • Reviews tract and parcel maps, lot line adjustments, and other subdivision documents.
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas.
  • May provide technical direction and training to other engineering and technical staff.
  • Prepares and maintains records and inputs data.
  • Performs arithmetic calculations related to the area of assignment.
  • Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, State/local agencies and associations, City management and staff, and the public.
  • Coordinates activities with other City departments, outside agencies, and organizations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



Knowledge of:

  • Civil engineering principles, techniques, policies, and procedures.
  • Methods, materials, and techniques used in the construction of engineering projects, including water and wastewater systems, storm water, street, and traffic systems design.
  • Principles, practices, procedures, and standards related to City public works, engineering infrastructure development and maintenance, and surveying.
  • Basic principles and practices of capital improvement program budgeting, cost estimation, funding, project management, and contract administration.
  • General design, layout, and construction practices for public improvements such as streets, storm drains, grading, and landscaping.
  • Subdivision engineering, plan review, mapping, and construction practices.
  • Bidding requirements for public works projects.
  • Project management and contract administration principles and techniques.
  • Engineering plan types, review practices, and permit filing and approval procedures.
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations, ordinances, and organizational policies and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility.
  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work, such as computer-aided drafting (CAD) concepts and applications and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs.
  • Modern developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding engineering.
  • 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.
  • Record keeping principles and procedures.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.

Ability to: 

  • Conduct complex civil engineering research projects, analyze complex problems, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical staff reports.
  • Prepare, understand, and interpret engineering construction plans, specifications, and other contract documents.
  • Conduct comprehensive engineering studies and prepare reports with recommendations.
  • Assist in and develop and administer contracts for professional services and construction in a public agency setting.
  • 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.
  • Design engineering projects.
  • Read and understand technical drawings and specifications.
  • Perform mathematical and engineering computations with precision.
  • Recognize discrepancies from as-built to contract specifications and recommend reconciliation.
  • Make engineering design computations and check, design, and prepare engineering plans and studies.
  • 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.
  • Make sound, independent decisions within established policy and procedural guidelines.
  • 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.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of filing, record keeping, and tracking systems.
  • Operate office equipment and computer applications related to the work.
  • 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.

Education and Experience: 
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:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and three (3) years of professional engineering design, plan review, and project administration experience, preferably in a public agency setting.
Licenses and Certifications: 

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


Additional Information

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; inspect City development sites, including traversing uneven terrain, climbing ladders, stairs, and other temporary or construction access points; to operate a motor vehicle to visit various City and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone.  Acute hearing is required when providing telephone and personal service.  This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing in work areas and walking between work areas and to conduct inspections 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.  Employees in this 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. 


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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