DEFINITION:Under direction of a Public Works Director/City Engineer, performs field and office civil engineering work related to the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of City projects and programs in the areas of streets, capital improvement, traffic operations and safety, and building services, including conducting plan checks, preparing project schedules, plans, specifications, and cost estimates; advertises for construction, coordinates engineering activities with contractors and other agencies and monitors contracts; and performs related work as required.DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:The Associate Engineer is the journey-level in the professional engineering classification and incumbents may perform the full range of the engineering functions, but with primary emphasis on street rehabilitation, infrastructure development and traffic issues in a developing City. This class is distinguished from the higher level of Public Works Director/City Engineer in that the Public Works Director/City Engineer handles complex projects and has full supervisory authority over lower-level Engineers. It is distinguished from the lower-level of Engineering Technician in that the Associate Engineer has project management responsibilities in addition to performing the full range of professional engineering duties on routine projects and performs more complex plan checks.SUPERVISION RECEIVED/EXERCISED:Receives general direction from the Public Works Director/City Engineer. Exercises direct and indirect supervision over Engineering Technician.
QUALIFICATIONS: (The following are minimal qualifications necessary for entry into the classification.)Education and/or Experience: Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in an engineering curriculum or a field related to the area of assignment and three years of professional engineering experience.License/Certificate/Special Requirements:At the option of the appointing authority or the City, persons hired into this class may be required to either possess at entry or obtain within specified time limits designated licenses, professional registration, certification or specialized education and training relevant to the area of assignment. Must possess and maintain a valid California class C driver's license and a satisfactory driving record.KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES/SKILLS: (The following are a representative sample of the KAS's necessary to perform essential duties of the position.Knowledge of:Engineering theories and principles related to the area of assignment; Construction theories and principles; Principles of project management; Computer applications related to the work including basic GIS and AutoCAD concepts and applications; Principles of capital improvement cost estimation and contract administration; Basic supervisory principles and practices; Practices of researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations and preparing and presenting effective staff reports; and Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with government agencies, community groups, various businesses, professional and regulatory organizations and the public. Ability to:Prepare plans and drawings neatly and accurately. Prepare engineering design computations and check, design, and prepare engineering plans and studies. Learn and understand City engineering policies and procedures. Administer contracts and coordinate and review the work of outside consultants. Learn applicable laws and regulatory codes. Prepare quantity and cost estimates. Use and care for engineering and drafting instruments and equipment. Prepare reports encompassing raw technical data; prepare effective cost estimates and recommendations. Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Skill to:Preparing engineering designs and plans; Preparing, negotiating and managing contracts and monitoring the work of contractors and consultants; Writing technical reports and preparing cost estimates; Reading blueprints, plans and technical specifications; Coordinating and managing multiple projects, often with competing deadlines; and Communicating effectively with officials, co-workers, contractors, consultants, representatives of organizations and others sufficient to convey information, both directly and over the telephone