Associate Engineer

Port of San Diego | Port of San Diego, CA

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Posted Date 12/02/2019

The Port of San Diego has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Associate Engineer. Are you ready to take on a new challenge and elevate your career to the next level? The Port is seeking a highly motivated Associate Engineer who is excited to become part of our Engineering Construction team.

The Associate Engineer must ensure the performance of assigned work complies with the requirements of the plans, standard specifications, and special provisions. The Associate Resident Engineer is in charge of field inspection as well as some administrative duties. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required, as well as eagerness and enthusiasm to work in a team environment on a wide variety of construction management projects.

Primary duties, depending upon qualifications and experience, include construction management and inspection including processing of construction contractor's submittals and RFI's, full-time or part-time on-site inspection and construction quality control, plan and attend construction meetings, document ongoing construction activities, preparation of daily inspection reports, contractor pay request review, change order review & processing, coordination of soil, concrete and materials testing, construction closure activities including punch lists, startup and performance testing, and management of as-built documentation.

This is a Limited Position


Under direction, performs standard to complex professional engineering work in the research, design and construction of capital improvement, major maintenance, electrical or other engineering-related projects; reviews and monitors the work of professional engineer consultants, as well as construction contractors; and performs related duties as assigned


Associate Engineer is the full working level professional class in the engineering class series. Incumbents of this class complete complex engineering design and construction project management assignments on major capital and maintenance projects that improve Port tidelands infrastructure. Incumbents in this class must utilize independent judgment and initiative in developing solutions to problems and interpreting policies.

Associate Engineer is distinguished from Senior Engineer in that the latter class is the advanced professional level class in the professional Engineering class series and an incumbent in that class typically is independently responsible for major projects and provides supervision to assigned staff.

Associate Engineer is further distinguished from Assistant Engineer in that the latter class is the entry-level class in the professional Engineering class series and is typically assigned the more routine engineering tasks.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

1. Performs professional civil, electrical, mechanical and/or structural engineering design and construction contract management work; conducts specialized field, site and office studies, investigations and research; performs complex calculations and analyses; develops clear and concise reports and reviews and summarizes highly technical and complex engineering reports for senior management; drafts and completes preliminary and final designs, drawings and specifications for designated capital improvement and major maintenance programs and general services, electrical or other engineering-related projects.

2. Performs planning and administrative tasks associated with assigned projects, requiring a full proficiency of engineering knowledge; analyzes and develops project scopes, cost estimates and schedules; drafts, composes, completes, maintains or creates necessary documents, records and correspondence.

3. On assigned design projects, acts as the project manager and oversees professional engineering consultant activities; reviews, comments on and approves consultant drawings and specifications and verifies compliance with established Port, federal, state and local codes, rules, laws and regulations; identifies issues and directs changes to drawings and specifications; develops annual and other consultant agreements; completes consultant requests for professional services in conformance with agreements; develops Request for Statement of Qualifications and Requests for Proposals; interviews, evaluates and recommends selection of consultants for assigned projects and may assist in negotiation of consultant fees.

4. Represents department and the Port in interactions with other departments, outside governmental agencies, tenants and the public; conducts project meetings with stakeholders and obtains agreement for project scope and basis of design; represents department in public forums to respond to inquiries regarding assigned projects; attends planning meetings and develops and provides technical expertise, recommendations and back-up documentation for various projects; completes and submits permit applications and documentation to necessary regulatory agencies; compiles information for and corresponds with federal, state and local governmental agencies; responds to tenant inquiries or concerns related to area of responsibility.

5. On assigned construction projects, acts as the resident engineer and duties may include: advertising and coordinating bidding processes for assigned construction projects, evaluating bids and recommending award of contracts, responding to requests for information and clarifying and interpreting engineering issues, regulations, codes and requirements; inspects and monitors engineering work during construction for conformance with plans and specifications; monitors contractor performance; assesses, identifies and facilitates resolution of non-compliance issues; reviews and recommends approval of contractor invoices and identifies and resolves invoice discrepancy issues; reviews, negotiates, processes and approves submittals, change orders, schedule revisions and updates; develops construction "punch list" items; leads and facilitates coordination meetings between contractors and pertinent Port departments; serves as primary liaison between Port and contractors.

6. Provides professional support and assistance to other department staff; reviews the work of other professional and para-professional staff and provides technical input and suggestions; actively participates on project design teams and in other appropriate meetings.

7. Performs a variety of special projects and may be assigned as project manager for special projects.


1. May plan, organize, supervise and evaluate the work of assigned personnel.

Knowledge of:

1. Theories, principles and practices of civil, mechanical, structural and/or electrical engineering design and construction.

2. Principles and modern techniques of and commonly used materials and equipment used in design, construction and maintenance of various engineering projects.

3. Project management methods and practices for planning, budgeting, scheduling, monitoring perform¬ance and evaluating results.

4. Administrative practices and policies related to budget, personnel and cost control.

5. Principles and practices of contract administration.

6. Federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations and Port policies and practices pertinent to areas of responsibility.

7. Principles and practices of sound business communication.

8. Information technology and computer capabilities applicable to functional responsibilities.

Ability to:

1. Prepare, direct preparation of and review complex engineering designs, plans, specifications and legal contracts.

2. Prepare, review and evaluate engineering studies.

3. Administer construction contracts, provide field solutions to construction problems and ensure contractor compliance with plans, specifications and other requirements.

4. Perform difficult technical research and analyze complex engineering and mathematical problems, evaluating alternatives and recommending or adopting effective courses of action.

5. Understand, interpret, apply and explain applicable laws, regulations and codes.

6. Organize, set priorities and exercise sound independent judgment within areas of responsibility.

7. Prepare clear and concise reports, drawings, notes, correspondence and other written materials and review, revise and edit materials.

8. Efficiently conduct field and office research and investigations.

9. Monitor, review and evaluate the work of professional consultants, construction contractors and designated staff.

10. Negotiate consultant and construction contract agreements and change orders.

11. Communicate effectively orally and in writing, including communicating technical material clearly, logically and persuasively to non-technical audiences and the public.

12. Operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks.

13. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of work.


Education, Training and Experience:

Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in civil, electrical, mechanical or structural engineering or a related engineering discipline; and four years of progressively responsible civil, electrical, mechanical or structural engineering experience. A Master's degree may be substituted for one year of the required experience. Experience in the design of marine facilities is preferred. Time served as a District Intern will count towards the years of experience.

Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:

Registration as a professional Civil, Electrical, Mechanical or Structural Engineer with the California State Licensing Board is highly preferred.

A current, valid California Class C driver's license at time of appointment and maintained at all times thereafter in order to operate a vehicle on District business.

Supplemental Information

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this class with reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis and depends, in part, on the specific requirements for the job, the limitations related to disability and the ability of the hiring department to accommodate the limitation.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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