Civil Engineering Associate 1 - Capital Projects - Public Works

Marion County | Salem, OR

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Posted Date 2/06/2024

Civil Engineering Associate 1 - Capital Projects Announcement (Download PDF reader)

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When applying, be sure to include, in the Education and Work Experience sections of your application, sufficient details to show us how you meet the Experience and Training requirements for the position.   

Salary: $30.33 - $40.69 Hourly


Typical Duties - Duties include, but are not limited to the following


  • Performs preliminary and final engineering design using applicable computer software.
  • Develops cost estimates, prepares plans, and specifications for county and federal public works improvement projects, including roads, storm drains and sanitary sewers.
  • Produces preliminary and final design drawings using Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software.
  • Assists with grant applications including preliminary estimates, federal prospectus, and environmental scoping.
  • Provides construction support and guidance on Capital Projects; responds to contractor issues and change order requests in support of the project engineer.
  • Maintains Marion County Engineering Section’s CADD standards, file management system, drafting templates, and standard drawings and details; develops new standards as needed.
  • Reviews the work of others; assists and trains others in the operation of CADD and design software applications.
  • Performs other engineering tasks, as needed, including verification of field conditions for use in design, coordination of utility locates, review of construction submittals, development of quantity estimates, construction cost estimates, scheduling and final acceptance reports, and related assignments.
  • Function as a project coordinator for less complex projects in various stages of development in support of Project Engineers and the Capital Projects Manager.
  • Operates a motor vehicle in the performance of duties; maintains a current Oregon Driver’s License (within 30 days of hire) and an acceptable driving record.
  • May participate in basic incident command training and drills to maintain proficiency in supporting ECC activities, including carrying out field work in connection with ECC operations.   May be assigned clerical/support, incident liaison, or other duties at any location within or near the county.   Emergency Management duties may require working long hours outside normal business hours, weekend/holiday work, and may occur with little or no advance notice.


Requirements for the Position


  1. A Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or a closely related engineering degree; AND
  2. One (1) year of experience applying engineering theory, principles, and methods.  (Depending on the position experience in a specialized field may be required i.e., design, traffic, environmental), OR
  3. Any satisfactory combination of work, education, training, or experience relevant to the position, as determined by Marion County.
  • Possess, or obtain registration as an Engineer in Training (EIT) within six months of date of hire.  The requirement for the EIT (FE) may be waived if the applicant possesses a master’s degree (or higher) that is highly pertinent to the specific position or possesses a unique combination of work experience and skills that are especially pertinent to the needs of the position.
  • Must possess a current driver's license in the applicant's state of residence and an acceptable driving history.  Marion County will obtain a copy of the driving record for all qualified applicants from Driver and Motor Vehicle Services and review the driving record according to the Marion County policy and procedure for Driving on County Business.  The policy can be found at:
  • The finalist for this position will be required to pass a criminal history background check; however, conviction of a crime may not necessarily disqualify an individual for this position.
  • This assignment is represented by a union.
  • This is a full-time job, which is eligible for overtime.
  • Typical Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Knowledge of civil engineering principles and methods, with special reference to public works facilities at the level of local government; civil engineering materials and methods of construction; engineering aspects of land use and development; modern traffic engineering principles and practices.
Skill and ability to do complex calculations, prepare cost estimates, plans and specifications; effectively communicate orally and in writing with engineers, planners, developers and members of the general public; engage in creative problem solving and to blend theory with practical application; establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with coworkers, other jurisdictions, and the general public, including significant interpersonal skill in defusing emotional and/or adversarial situations; and use CAD and other engineering related computer software; conduct engineering analyses and impact studies; use complex computer software for analysis and modeling; prepare and make presentations; work safely in and around traffic, and in weather extremes. 
Operates a motor vehicle safely; stands; sits may be continual at times; moves about the work area; climbing stairs 1 floor; bends forward; stoops; reaches overhead; crawls on hands and knees; lifts, carries up to 50 lbs. for up to 50 feet unassisted; pushes and pulls up to 50 lbs.; work is performed in a field environment or a simple office structure; office work includes the use of a computer using word processing and email programs or programs specific to the position; work in inclement weather conditions in a safe manner; may work unusual hours at times; sometimes working in close proximity to roadway traffic; must be able to traverse rough and uneven terrain; may work on uneven ground or wet ground in active construction sites, works safely among moving traffic and construction equipment; operates field instruments; moves carts weighing up to 150 lbs.; operates a keyboard; uses rapid mental/hand/eye coordination; uses depth perception; speaks clearly and audibly; reads a 12 pt. font; distinguishes colors and shades; hears a normal level of speech and able to discern traffic speeds, proximity, moving traffic, and construction equipment; works in areas that may be exposed to heat, cold, humidity, smoke, dust, vibration, and noise.


Marion County is a qualifying public employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  Through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, full-time employees working at the County may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan.  Questions about your loan eligibility should be directed to your loan servicer or the US Department of Education.

Applicants are eligible to use Veterans’ Preference when applying with Marion County in accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230, and 408.235 and OAR 105-040-0010 and 105-040-0015.  Preference will be awarded only if the applicant meets the minimum requirements of the position and attaches the required documentation at the time of application.


  • One of the following:
    • MEMBER COPY 4 of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215); OR
    • Letter from the US Department of Veterans Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service connected pension; OR
    • Certification that discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate.
  • In addition to one of the above documents, Disabled Veterans must also submit one of the following:
    • A copy of their Veterans disability preference letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs; OR
    • Certification that medical separation from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate.

You can request copies of your military service record through the National Archives website at

Marion County is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, Veteran and Disability employer committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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