Associate Civil Engineer
City of Modesto, CA - Modesto, CA

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The City of Modesto is seeking applications for an Associate Civil Engineer to perform professional engineering work related to the investigation, planning, design, construction, and maintenance and operations of a variety of public works facilities, systems, and projects as well as residential, commercial, industrial and multi-family building and development projects.

This classification is the journey registered level in the professional engineering series. This class is distinguished from Associate Engineer by the requirement for possession of registration as a professional engineer within the State of California and the ability to independently review, approve and stamp engineering documents.

The current vacancy is in the Utility Planning and Projects Department and is assigned to water and/or wastewater related projects. We are presently looking for candidates with a strong background in civil engineering water and wastewater projects, however over the life of the eligible list created for this recruitment, vacancies could arise in other areas or departments.

Tentative Schedule

The following information is provided for you to use as a reference and as a planning tool in scheduling time off. The Human Resources Department is UNABLE to schedule make-up examinations.

Recruitment Open: January 11, 2013

Recruitment Close: February 11, 2013

Interview Panels: Week of February 25, 2013

Applicants considered to be the most qualified will be invited to continue in the testing process. The Human Resources Department reserves the right to revise the selection process to best meet the needs of the City.

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Essential Functions : Prepare and review plans and specifications for design, construction, and maintenance/operation of a variety of public works facilities and projects, including water and wastewater utility, street, storm drain, storm water management and traffic systems as well as residential, commercial and industrial development projects; ensure conformance with City standards and practices. Research project design requirements and perform calculations; conduct plan checks to ensure compliance with City and various environmental regulatory standards; prepare time and material cost estimates. Participate in and prepare engineering studies and reports; coordinate public works and development related activities with other City departments, divisions, and sections, outside agencies, citizens, consultants and developers; provide staff support to City boards, commissions and committees, as assigned. Research and revise City standards as required. Prepare Requests for Qualifications and Requests for Proposals; assist in the selection of consultants; manage consultant contracts; review consultants’ work and provide technical guidance. Manage a variety of projects simultaneously, from conception through construction, which involves developing project schedules, monitoring project progress and budget, obtaining necessary permits, preparing and maintaining project files, monitoring quality of projects, and ensuring deadlines are met. Research and issue Will Serve letters to allow or deny connection to City’s water and sewer systems. Prepare profiles and cross sections, compute stresses and strains; makes foundation studies and lay out water mains, sewers, wastewater facilities and drainage systems. Review the work of field survey parties in the preparation of plans, maps, charts, and diagrams. Review routine field and laboratory tests of construction materials; write related memoranda and reports. Perform engineering design using various computer applications and draw plans on CAD systems. Perform complex engineering calculations and field inspections. Delegate routine research, design and drafting tasks to technical staff; review completed work and assist in identifying solutions for routine problems; research publications and industry information sources as needed. Receive and review public requests for traffic control device changes; collect and analyze data to evaluate request and prepare recommendations; perform intersection traffic control analyses to determine need for traffic control measures. Conduct site investigations; develop design plans, specifications and cost estimates for traffic engineering projects. Prepare and administer Federal and State grants. Monitor traffic signal system; make appropriate timing modifications as directed; prepare new signal timing plans. Check and analyze Environmental Impact Reports and other CEQA documents. Respond to citizen complaints concerning engineering problems. Prepare permit applications to various regulatory agencies related to public works projects. Manage or assist in developing Master Plans for sewer collection, storm drain collection, water treatment plant and water distribution systems. Perform health-related investigations or studies, and coordinate engineering and regulatory activities involving domestic water supply, sewage treatment systems, sewage collection, and disposal systems. Prepare Council agenda reports. May prepare and check legal descriptions for deeds, easements, and rights-of way. May coordinate engineering projects between contractors and the City. May assist in gathering and analyzing data concerning rainfall, run-off, stream flow, water level, water quality, and ground water infiltration. Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service. At the Associate Civil/Traffic Engineer level, sign and stamp plans and documents prepared under their direction. Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge of : Principles and practices of professional engineering as applied to a variety of public works, utilities, building/facilities construction, traffic, water quality, environmental protection, and private development projects. Basic methods, materials and techniques used in the design, construction, inspection, and maintenance and operation of public works and development programs and activities. Statistics and advanced mathematics, including algebra and analytic geometry. Basic surveying, drafting, computer-aided design and modeling techniques and terminology. Current developments and trends related to professional public works engineering. Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment. Principles and practices of work safety. Pertinent local, State, federal rules, regulations and laws related to area of engineering assignment. Methods, materials, and techniques used in the area of engineering assignment. Procedures and requirements used in preparing and administering Federal and State grant applications. Computer-aided design and modeling techniques and technology. Budgeting techniques and capital improvement program management. Principles of project management. Principles and practices of supervision, training and performance management. Ability to : Perform professional engineering computations and learn to check, design, and prepare engineering plans, studies, profiles, and maps. Use and care for engineering surveying instruments and computer equipment. Learn and understand City standards and regulations and engineering policies and procedures. Learn applicable laws and regulations related to area of assignment. Learn to prepare accurate cost estimates and make related recommendations. Learn to analyze and prepare technical reports. Learn to obtain information through interviews, handle multiple assignments, work with frequent interruption, and deal professionally with the public, developers, consultants, and contractors. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Check engineering plans and specifications; prepare and check engineering reports and studies. Prepare accurate cost estimates and make related recommendations. Analyze and prepare technical reports. Interpret and explain City policies, procedures, regulations and engineering policies and procedures. Obtain information through interviews, handle multiple assignments, work with frequent interruption, and deal professionally with the public, developers, consultants, and contractors. Perform the full range of professional public works engineering duties with only occasion instruction or assistance as new or unusual situation arise. Prepare accurate estimates of costs, schedules, personnel/materials and other resources related to engineering project responsibilities; make recommendations related to existing or anticipated project budgets. Work effectively with a variety of internal and external customers to accomplish goals and objectives; deal professionally with the public, developers, consultants, and contractors. Prepare and present oral presentations to a variety of internal and external customers, at public meetings and council. Supervise, train and evaluate staff, as assigned. EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING GUIDELINES Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience : Four years of responsible experience equivalent to Assistant Engineer with the City of Modesto. 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 or Certificate : Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as a professional civil engineer in the State of California.

Mobility : frequent use of keyboard; frequent sitting for long periods of time; occasional bending or squatting. Lifting : frequently up to 10 pounds; occasionally up to 25 pounds. Vision : constant use of overall vision; frequent reading and close-up work; occasional color and depth vision. Dexterity : frequent repetitive motion; frequent writing; frequent grasping, holding, and reaching. Hearing/Talking : frequent hearing and talking, in person and on the phone. Emotional/Psychological : frequent decision-making and concentration; frequent public and/or coworker contact; occasional working alone. Environmental : frequent exposure to noise. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is performed in a typical temperature controlled office environment subject to typical office noise and environment. Some positions may be assigned to remote locations. Positions may require occasional overtime or weekend work and travel is rare.