City of San Carlos - Current Job Openings
Job Details

Position:Civil Engineering Assistant
Position Code:PR-124
Division:Public Works
Compensation:$40.22 - $48.89 per hour
Job Status:Full Time, Salary

Job Summary

Final filing date: 5:00pm, Friday, March 31, 2017 (Supplemental Questionnaire Required)

Tentative Interview Date: Week of April 17, 2017

Appointment to this position is contingent upon:

*A pre-employment fingerprinting criminal history records check

*Employment and educational background check

About the Position

The City of San Carlos is seeking an energetic, results-oriented Civil Engineering Assistant to join the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department.  Under the supervision of the Public Works Director and/or City Engineer, the Civil Engineering Assistant is assigned to perform basic civil engineering projects both the field and in the office. 

Essential Duties

      Prepare or assist in the preparation of specifications, plans, estimates and reports pertaining to the construction, maintenance and operation of a variety of engineering projects.

      Perform design and drafting duties in connection with street, sewer, storm drain, traffic facilities and other Public Works projects.

      Provide field inspection of public/private improvements in the public right of way for compliance with established City standards and procedures.

      Provide information regarding existing infrastructure to satisfy inquiries from staff, developers and citizens.

      Plan check parcel maps, tract maps and private/public agency development plans.

      Provide technical advice and counsel to developers and others in the interpretation of City Ordinances and established City policies relative to land development.

      Review and process all Public Works permits.

      Compute appropriate fees for engineering permits, plan checks and related functions.

      Disseminate, modify, and maintain all Public Works records, maps, files, databases and associated GIS base map.

      Provide backup and support to the general services division as needed.

      Independently plan work details for technical determinations.

      Assist in traffic calming and transportation design related activities.

 Job-Related and Essential Qualifications

Knowledge of: principles and practices of civil engineering as related to the design of a wide variety of public  works  projects;  surveys  principles  and  practices;  street,  highway,  sewer  and  storm  drainage construction and practices, methods and techniques; approved standards of safety as related to structural projects; environmental engineering principles and low impact development designs.

Ability to: understand and comply with the Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit including tracking deadlines for implementation, inspection, and reporting, and integrating permit requirements with capital projects; analyze data and a variety of problems by determining options with the use of engineering methodology.   Work effectively as part of a group or team; secure the cooperation of construction contractors and developers.  Prepare reports and maintain records, logs and databases; make mathematical calculations and accurate engineering computations and drawings; make oral and written presentations for professional meetings with consultants, contractors, staff and project teams.  Deal tactfully and effectively with others to provide excellent customer service to the public, and other City employees.  Operate standard office equipment including typewriter, photocopier, facsimile machine and personal computer; knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and computer aided drafting software.

Skills to: instruct subordinate engineering personnel in proper work methods and to supervise their work; adapt approved engineering methods and standards to the design and construction of a variety of public works project.  Travel to various and remote sites within the city; follow complex written or verbal instructions and procedures; ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with others; operate a motor vehicle or motorized equipment; communicate over telephone or two-way radio and work occasional overtime and irregular hours.

Education and Training

Sufficient education and experience to satisfactorily perform the duties of this classification.  A typical qualifying background would be graduation from an accredited engineering college with major work in Civil Engineering, and professional or paraprofessional engineering work experience at the level of Engineering Intern or higher.


Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record.  Possession of an Engineer-In-Training certificate highly desirable

Special Requirements

Position requires prolonged sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, jump; physical mobility to negotiate difficult construction terrain; mental alertness and comprehension to learn and retain technical and administrative information, terminology, equipment, policies, procedures and safety practices. Ability to operate a motor vehicle and to visit various City and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups and over the telephone. The need to lift, drag, and push files, paper, and documents weighing up to 25 pounds also is required.  Ability to maintain cooperative working relationship with all those contacted in the course of work.

Incumbent generally works in an office setting. The noise level in the work environment is generally moderate to quiet.  On occasion, incumbents may work in outside weather conditions and be exposed to wet and/or humid conditions.

Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.

How to Apply
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