Assistant in Civil Engineering

El Dorado County | Placerville, CA

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Posted Date 4/28/2020

Salary: $67,932.80 - $82,576.00 Annually 

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The County of El Dorado is recruiting applicants for Assistant in Civil Engineering. This recruitment will establish a list for the purpose of filling current and future full time, part time and extra help vacancies for at least three (3) months. If you are interested in the position of Assistant in Civil Engineering with the Transportation department, please submit your application.

We currently have the following vacancy:
  • One (1) full time vacancy in the Department of Transportation, Engineering Division located in Placerville, CA.

A training and experience evaluation will be utilized to determine an applicant's ranking for referral to specific vacancies.  Based upon the information in the application and/or responses to supplemental questions, the applicant's education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula. 

Supplemental questions play an integral role in this recruitment process. Please take the time to provide thoughtful and thorough responses. The information you provide will be used to determine your ranking for referral to this specific vacancy. All work experience that is described or included in your response(s) MUST be included in the "Work Experience" section of your application. Do not refer to a resume or other documentation.
Many job classifications require a pre-employment medical screening. Depending on the job classification, medical screening may include testing for drugs, including but not limited to marijuana; a positive test may result in revocation of an employment offer.   

Under general supervision, performs a variety of difficult to complex pro­fessional civil engineering field and in the office; provides project coordination, direction, and review for other staff.

This is the first working level for professional engineering work. Incumbents perform a variety of difficult engineering work, exercising great latitude for independent judgment. This class is distinguished from Associate in Civil Engineering, which exercises major supervisory responsibilities over an assigned function, whereas incumbent in this class perform a variety of professional work and exercise project coordination and training responsibilities.


Examples of Essential Functions


  • Designs, prepares and evaluates preliminary and final plans and specifications for a variety of road, bridge, drainage and related public works projects, requiring professional engineering expertise.
  • Performs a variety of project development and coordination responsibilities related to professional assignments, including training and overseeing the work of technical support staff.
  • Performs complex resident engineering work on assigned projects, including contract administration, inspection, and coordination activities, ensuring that contractors meet proper standards, specifications, cost control, and time requirements and reviews and approves change orders and progress payments.
  • Coordinates and/or directors the work of survey crews as necessary, as well as performing and reviewing the reduction of field data and the production of requisite maps, cross-sections, and documents.
  • Oversees and performs hydraulic and hydrological studies.
  • Collects, organizes summarizes and analyzes a variety of technical engineering data, preparing appropriate studies and reports.
  • Develops, proposes, and implements solutions to complex engineering problems.
  • Computes and verifies land, earthwork, and other quantity calculations.
  • Oversees and performs foundations studies.
  • Completes the preparation of contract documents and specifications in accordance with State and local requirements.
  • Receives, reviews, approves, and issues a variety of permits, providing a variety of technical engineering advice to the public and other agencies, including the review and response to concerns about grading activities, drainage problems, and code compliance.
  • Prepares grant applications, reports for grants, and coordinates grant activities.
  • Prepares draft recommendations of grants of easement, easement acquisitions agreements, certificates of acceptance, quit claim deeds, subordination agreements, and right-of-way abandonment resolutions.
  • Prepares request for proposal, reviews contract proposals, recommends contract awards, and coordinates contract development procedures.
  • May oversee water quality programs and serves as a resource regarding CEQA and other requirements effecting construction projects.
  • Analyzes projects and data for engineering, legal, economic, and other considerations.
  • Represents the Department and County at meetings with contractors, engineers, developers, property owners, attorneys, and representatives of other public and private organizations.
  • Directs, reviews, and coordinates the work of technical and support staff as assigned, including job training.
  • Attendance and punctuality that is observant of scheduled hours on a regular basis.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Education & Experience Requirements (typing "See Resume" in application will not be accepted)


Where college degrees and/or college course credits are required, degrees and college units must be obtained from a regionally accredited college or university. Courses from non-regionally accredited institutions will not be evaluated for this requirement.

If you are in your final quarter/semester of a bachelor's degree program in an engineering discipline, you may apply and participate in the recruitment process, however, you cannot be hired until completion of your degree.

Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in an engineering discipline. Additional work experience at a level equivalent to the County's class of Senior Engineering Technician may be substituted for the education requirement on a year for year basis.
Possession of a valid California certificate as an Engineer-in-Training,
Four (4) years' work experience at a level equivalent to the County's class of Senior Engineering Technician.

Other Requirements:
Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license. Possession of a valid California certificate as an Engineer-in-Training is desirable.

Knowledge of:
  • Civil engineering principles, practices, terminology, especially as applied to public works planning, design, and construction.
  • Laws, codes, regulations, standards application to public works engineering.
  • Preparation of designs, plans, and specifications for the development of roads, bridges, drainage, erosion control, and public works facilities.
  • Construction methods, materials, and equipment.
  • Fundamentals of engineering including engineering mathematics.
  • Data collection and analysis.
  • Use of computers and computer applications related to engineering work.
  • Project development and coordination.
  • Principles of training.
Skill in:
  • Preparing plans, designs, and specifications for public works facility development, construction, and maintenance projects.
  • Performing comprehensive engineering reviews of design, plans, and specifications prepared by others.
  • Developing and coordinating a variety of assigned projects.
  • Providing training engineering advice for other staff.
  • Preparing comprehensive and concise engineering reports.
  • Developing accurate records, sketches, and notes.
  • Performing a variety of construction inspection and administration, ensuring compliance with plans and specifications.
  • Making accurate records, sketches, and notes.
  • Using a computer and computer applications in the performance of professional engineering work.
Ability to:
  • Analyzing and evaluating engineering and statistical data and information, developing sound recommendations.
  • Dealing tactfully and effectively with the public, other County staff, other agencies, engineering firms, contractors, developers, and others.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted during the course of work.


Other Requirements


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Work is primarily performed indoors in an office environment with occasional trips in the field in all weather conditions, occasionally exposed to fumes, dust and noise levels associated with construction equipment.

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in an office setting with occasional trips in the field; vision in the normal visual range with or without correction sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents; hear in the normal audio range with or without correction. Constant sitting. Frequent repetitive use of the hands and fine manipulation; use of keyboard and mouse. Occasional standing, walking, climbing, and squatting; bending and twisting at the neck and waist; reaching above and below shoulder level and simple grasping; lift or carry up to 25 pounds.


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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