Associate Civil Engineer

City of South Pasadena | South Pasadena, CA

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Posted Date 5/21/2020


Applications will be accepted until May 25, 2020 or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early, this recruitment may close at any time.
Under supervision of the Deputy Public Works Director, performs responsible professional engineering work both in the office and in the field in connection with design, development, investigation, and completion of public works projects; serves as project engineer.  The City of South Pasadena has an extensive transportation CIP including over $100M in local, regional, state and federal funds to improve traffic and circulation.  The preferred qualifications of the applicant include knowledge of the California Highway Design Manual, California Manual on Uniform Control Devises, ITE Trip Generation Manual, Street Improvement Design, Traffic Signal Design and operations, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and managing complex transportation projects.
Examples of Duties
Contract administration of public works projects, including the technical review and preparation of design plans, estimates, reports, and specifications for the City construction projects, such as street widening, street paving, curbs, gutter, culverts, street light systems, drainage facilities, and storm drains; act as project engineer to coordinate capital improvement projects.
Evaluate public works project proposals and recommend award of contract.
Make field inspections of construction projects and existing structures to determine that the work is in accordance with approved plans; meet with contractors to resolve items of non-compliance.
Investigate and resolve disputes and complaints from developers, contractors, engineers, and citizens involving public works construction and design issues.
Review and evaluate plans of consulting architectural/engineering firms; make construction contract modifications and negotiate contract change orders.
Prepare reports and recommendations related to civil engineering projects.
Provide technical civil engineering information to developers, contractors, engineers, and the general public.
Make engineering calculations in connection with field and office assignments; make plan layouts, details, and drawings.
Review and check tentative and final land divisions and subdivision improvement plans and agreements for accuracy and conformance with City codes, ordinances, and policies; and make recommendations to the City Engineer and Assistant City Engineer for revisions and improvements.
Review legal descriptions for public easements for street right-of-ways and across private property.
Supervise, train and evaluate sub-professional, technical, and clerical subordinates.
FLSA Status


Qualification Guidelines


Employment Standards
Must possess a combination of experience and education that would likely produce the required knowledge and abilities, and enable the individual to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. A typical combination would be three years of experience in professional civil engineering work, including one year of supervisor experience; and equivalency to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major work in civil engineering or closely related field.
Knowledge of
Principles and practices of engineering as applied to public works, utilities, and construction projects; modern methods, materials, and techniques used in the design and construction of a wide variety of public works projects; modern developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding civil engineering; applicable federal and state laws and regulatory codes relevant to civil engineering design and construction; principles and practices of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
Ability to
Apply civil engineering principles and practices to the solution of engineering problems in the design and construction of public works projects; make moderately complex engineering 
computations to check, design and supervise the construction of a wide variety of public works projects; use a variety of drafting and engineering apparatus; interpret and apply federal and state laws and regulatory codes; communicate clearly and concisely federal and state laws and regulatory codes; estimate project costs; prepare and review specifications; establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, co-workers, supervisors, City officials, and the general public; coordinate public works engineering projects; supervise, train, and evaluate sub-professional, technical, and clerical personnel.


Working Conditions & Physical Demands


Working Conditions
Exposure to vibrations and pitch of computer and other office equipment; construction and automobile traffic and noise; may be exposed to inclement weather.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here 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 functions. 

Frequently required to sit, stand, reach, lean, twist, turn, grasp, lift, push, pull, bend, and kneel; sit for a prolonged period of time; walk to different areas at project construction sites; hear and speak to contractors, the general public, and City staff on the telephone and in person; read engineering drawings, plans, specifications, reports, contracts, correspondence, memorandum, and other records.


Special Requirements

Special Requirements:

Possession of a valid Engineer-in-Training certificate issued from the California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers. Possession of a valid Class "C" California Driver's License.


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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