Associate Civil Engineering

City of La Habra | La Habra, CA

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Posted Date 7/25/2022

Salary: $93,619.00 - $116,917.00 Annually

Do you have a passion for leading sophisticated projects?
Are you currently a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California who is eager to use your engineering experience to develop, lead, and implement programs?

Has your collaborative work style allowed you to bring value that has made positive impacts on your team?

Then APPLY TODAY and employ your engineering skills while bringing value to the community we serve!

The City of La Habra is accepting applications for a highly motivated individual for the position of Associate Civil Engineer with strong leadership qualities that will foster teamwork and create a positive work environment to work in the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department. The Associate Civil Engineer is an exempt position which reports to the Deputy Director of Public Works/City Engineer.


Under general supervision, performs professional engineering duties in support of the City’s engineering services, programs, and activities including planning, designing, project management and construction management, and implementing various complex capital improvement projects such as streets, storm drains, water, sewer, traffic and transportation projects; assist with the completion of the City’s multi-year Capital Improvement Program; to supervise projects and other department personnel as assigned; reviews plans, designs, and specifications and recommends changes for compliance; ensures project completion in a timely and cost effective manner; evaluates projects and provide solutions to ensure compliance with applicable criteria, regulations, and codes; coordinate grant funding submittals and reporting, apply for Federal, State and other local grants and responds to questions and inquiries from the general public, property owners, developers, architects, surveyors, contractors, and City staff.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES (Duties may include, but are not limited to the following):

  • Performs professional engineering work as related to the design, construction, inspection, and maintenance of public infrastructure facilities.
  • Plans and prepares work schedules and project assignments.
  • Checks designs submitted by consulting engineers, street surveying and mapping, traffic engineering, procurement of rights-of-way, easements, and other properties, and inspections of construction projects.
  • Supervises, evaluates and provides lead supervision to professional and technical engineering staff.
  • Assigns daily work and monitors work progress.
  • Reviews plans, specifications, estimates, and contract documents for street, water, sewer, storm drain, traffic, bridge and other projects.
  • Directs the maintenance of records, assessment roles, field notes, reports, maps, plots, deeds, bench marks, monuments, and similar engineering information records.
  • Reviews final subdivision maps and improvement plans.
  • Confers with subdividers, contractors, utility companies and engineers on matters relating to subdivision and public works design and construction, providing engineering information and advice.
  • Resolves citizens’ inquiries and complaints.
  • Reviews and checks the work of engineering consultants engaged by the City.
  • Prepares requests for proposals and contracts for consulting services; and reviews proposed development projects.
  • Performs plan reviews of developer or consultant submitted street lighting plans, signing and striping plans, and construction traffic control plans.
  • Assigns, reviews, and participates in the design, preparation, and checking of signing and striping plans, construction traffic control plans and street lighting plans.
  • Performs reviews of development projects for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements.
  • Assists in the preparation of the annual budget estimates and directs activities and programs in accordance with the approved budget.
  • Develops, monitors and updates project schedules.
  • Prepares and administers professional engineering and professional service contracts.
  • Prepares and presents reports and agenda items for City Council and City Commissions.
  • Participates as member of interdepartmental and intradepartmental teams and committees as required.
  • Performs development reviews of building and planning submittals.
  • Participates in design review committee meetings, providing expertise in civil engineering issues related to development submittals.
  • Performs related duties as required.



Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of Civil Engineering; pertinent Federal, State, and local regulations.
  • Basic principles and practices of project management.
  • Principles of supervision.
  • Methods, materials and techniques used in the construction of public works projects.
  • Administration, engineering, planning, design, construction, inspection and maintenance.


Skill In And Ability To:

  • Apply the principles of administration, budgeting, supervision, personnel, and training.
  • Prepare plans, specifications, agreements, and contracts accurately.
  • Make engineering design computations and check design, and prepare engineering plans.
  • Understand and interpret engineering construction plans, specifications and other contract documents.
  • Resolve difficult engineering situations.
  • Conduct comprehensive engineering studies and prepare reports with appropriate recommendations.
  • Ensure project compliance with Federal, State, and local rules, laws, and regulations.
  • Prepare and monitor a program budget.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with other officials and employees, contractors, and public.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Effectively operate a computer using various software systems, including Windows, AutoCAD, Excel, MS Project, Word and Access.



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and three years of progressively responsible professional civil engineering experience is required. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering is preferred.



Must possess and maintain a valid California Class C driver’s license.  Possess registration in the State of California as a Professional Engineer.



To be considered for this opportunity, please submit a City application online through the Human Resources Department webpage at Completed applications and resume will be accepted until 6:00 p.m., Thursday, August 18, 2022.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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