City of Newport Beach, CA - Newport Beach, CA

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Currently there is one (1) full-time vacancy in the Transportation Division of the Public Works Department. The position will assist the Traffic Engineer, manage various transportation-related projects, work directly with the public and oversee/attend public meetings. General knowledge of Traffic Engineering, Transportation Planning, Construction Project Management, and Traffic Signal Operations are highly desirable.

The eligibility list created from this recruitment may be used to fill future Associate Civil Engineer vacancies as they occur.

The first part of the selection process is a complete evaluation of the application. Candidates are required to submit a Resume and Cover Letter along with a completed on-line application in order for the application package to be considered complete.

DEFINITION: To perform professional and technical engineering work in assigned area of responsibility such as plan and development review, contract administration and design; and to provide technical staff assistance to higher level engineering staff.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is the full journey level class within the professional Engineering series. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Junior Civil Engineer by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned. Employees 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 within the work unit. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the Junior level.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED: Receives direction from higher level engineering staff. May exercise technical supervision over less experienced professional staff within the work unit, and technical or functional supervision over technical staff within the Division.

Essential Duties:

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Review and check residential and commercial building plans or plans related to structures such as streets, sidewalks, gutters and other offsite construction; check plans for conformance with regulations regarding line, grade, size, elevation and location of structures; check calculations;

• Maintain records of all plans and contract documents;

• Prepare progress reports on projects under construction; maintain records or changes and field notes;

• Investigate field problems affecting property owners, contractors and maintenance operations;

• Coordinate assigned activities with consultants, engineers, developers, contractors, other City departments and divisions, and with outside agencies;

• Develop plans, specifications and other contract documents;

• Provide technical and professional engineering support services relative to assigned area of responsibility;

• Prepare special engineering studies and reports; perform special assignments on engineering problems as necessary;

• Plan, prepare and design a variety of engineering projects such as roads, bridges, structures and hydraulics;

• Calculate the quantity, quality and cost of materials used for various projects;

• Review engineering calculations of other engineers or engineering technicians;

• Prepare plans and specifications, maps, deeds and legal descriptions;

• Review plans for traffic signals, traffic signing, and traffic striping for conformance with City policies and State and Federal requirements;

• Plan, prepare, and design a variety of engineering projects, such as traffic signals, traffic striping, and traffic signing;

• Assist the Traffic Engineer in all functions of committees, consisting of meetings, minutes, follow-up, including preparation of City Council memos;

• Review all permits involving work in public streets; review any and all traffic control plans required due to work in streets;

• Prepare traffic control plans and requirements for construction projects, special events and athletic events impacting City streets;

• Respond to traffic signal issues, review traffic signal operations and monitor the Traffic Signal Management Center; and

• Perform related duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Knowledge of:

Basic principles and practices of civil and traffic engineering;

Methods, materials and techniques used in the construction of public works projects;

Modern developments, current literature and sources of information Regarding engineering;

Principles of advanced mathematics and their application to engineering work;

Applicable laws and regulatory codes relevant to assigned area of responsibility; and

City engineering policies and procedures.

Ability to:

Prepare plans and drawings neatly and accurately;

Make engineering design computations and check, design, and prepare engineering plans and studies;

Learn and apply City engineering policies and procedures;

Learn applicable laws and regulatory codes applicable to areas of assigned responsibility;

Learn to prepare, understand and interpret engineering construction plans, specifications and other contract documents;

Perform technical research and solve engineering problems;

Conduct comprehensive engineering studies and prepare reports with recommendations;

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;

Appear for work on time;

Follow directions from a supervisor;

Understand and follow posted work rules and procedures;

Accept constructive criticism; and

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationship with those contacted in the course of work.

This position may be required to work overtime hours as needed.

Experience & Training and License/Certificate:

A combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities may be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Two years of increasingly responsible professional civil engineering experience.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field.

License/Certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license.

Additional Requirement

: Prior to employment, the prospective candidate must successfully complete a thorough background review, including being fingerprinted by Newport Beach Police Department. Disaster Service Worker: In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, City of Newport Beach Employees, in the event of a disaster, are considered disaster service workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.