Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary $98,052.00 - $131,400.00 gross per year
  • Costa Mesa



Under minimal direction of the City Engineer, performs a broad range of highly complex and professional civil engineering and administrative responsibilities in support of the City Engineer.


An incumbent in this class exercises independent judgment and discretion in establishing work plans and priorities; to accomplish the Engineering Division's goals and objectives; responsible for ensuring activities are consistent with City policy.

Applications must be completed and submitted online. This recruitment will remain open until filled and may close without prior notice, therefore prompt application is encouraged.
First application review date isThursday, November 7, 2019.

Applications must be completed andsubmitted on-line by the specified deadline. Candidates are requested to provide specific information regarding their education and experience as it relates to the position by completing all fields of the application.Applications may be rejected if incomplete.Do not include"see attached resume"in your responses, as they will not be accepted or reviewed in the application process.

Based upon the information presented on the application, a limited number of candidates who possess qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process. The selection process may include, but is not limited to the following components: application review and evaluation, written examination or exercise, physical examination, practical exercise and interview evaluation. Please notify the Human Resources Division 72 hours in advance of the test date if you have a disability which requires accommodation for the testing process.The eligibility list will be in effect for one (1) year, unless exhausted sooner. The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be utilized to fill lower-level vacancies which occur during the life of the list.

It is recommended you use a personal email address on your application instead of a work email address.Notifications during this recruitment will be sent by email only(regardless of the notification preference selected during the on-line application process). Notifications will be sent to the email address that is listed on your online application.

All employment offers made by the City are contingent upon establishing proof of a prospective candidate's legal authorization to work in the United States and successfully passing all components of the pre-employment process which may include, but is not limited to: comprehensive background check, criminal history check (livescan fingerprint check), polygraph examination, post-offer psychological evaluation and post-offer medical evaluation (may include drug screen). Based upon current and/or future assignments, an employee may be subject to pre-employment, random, reasonable and post-accident drug and alcohol testing pursuant to the Department of Transportation Regulations.

Note: The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained within may be modified or revoked without notice.

Essential Functions
These functions may not be present in all positions in this class. When a position is to be filled, the essential functions will be noted in the announcement of position availability. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.

Reviews engineering plans, specifications, and documents; reviews and approves grading and encroachment permits; checks computations and specified materials for accuracy and compliance with regulations and laws.

Prepares and processes Request for Proposals.

Assists in the selection and supervision of professional consultants for the development of plans, specifications, studies, and reports; manages and administers professional service contracts.

Administers project development for the City's Capital Improvement Program including construction, coordination and compliance to state and federal requirements.

Assists in the preparation and administration of budgetary and annual Capital Improvement Projects.

Reviews specifications and improvement plans, tract maps, and other engineering design work for composition and accuracy.

Represents the engineering division to other City departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; coordinates the engineering division's activities with other City departments and outside agencies and organizations.

Coordinates with the Planning Division staff on matters concerning compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for all engineering/public works projects.

Prepares City Council agenda items on public works/engineering matters and attends meetings as required.

Directs engineering counter assistance; plans and records maintenance, storage and retrieval; issues street work permits; provides technical and policy information to the public developers, contractors and engineers.

Develops and maintains the City's Engineering and Public Works procedures manual.

Participates and attends professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the engineering and maintenance fields.

Coordinates the review of planning applications and represents the Public Services Department at Planning Commission and Parks and Recreation meetings, as required.

Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.

Represents the City Engineer in her/his absence.

Establishes, maintains and fosters positive and harmonious working relationships with City staff, the general public and others contacted in the course of work.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualification Guidelines
A typical way to obtain the requisite knowledge and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of this classification is as follows:


Four years of progressively responsible experience in the field of civil engineering, including three (3) years supervisory and administrative experience related to municipal public works planning, design, construction and administration.

Graduation from a four year accredited college or university with a major course work in civil engineering.


Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer from the State of California.

Certification as a Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD) and Practitioner (QSP) is highly desirable.

Possession of a valid Class C driver's license issued from the California Department of Motor Vehicles by date of appointment. Revocation of license during employment may result in disciplinary action or reassignment.


Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering, particularly as applicable to municipal public works.

Extensive knowledge of operating procedures and policies related to the assigned area of responsibility.

Extensive knowledge of the investigation, design, and construction of general public works projects.

Thorough knowledge of modern approved practices in subdivision control, including their relation to municipal planning and zoning.

Thorough knowledge of and skill in applying the principles and practices of budget development and administration.

Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of administrative management, technique and control.

Excellent written and verbal communications skills


Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative

Ability to plan and supervise the work of technical and professional personnel in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.

Ability to assist in directing the development of timely division goals, policies and strategic plans and reorganizations.

Ability to assist in the selection and supervision of consultant professional engineers; supervise the development of plans, specifications, studies and reports; the preparation and maintenance of engineering records, and to read and write concise technical reports.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, City officials, City commission and committee members, officials of other government agencies, and the public.

Ability to make clear and effective oral presentations before councils, commissions, committees, public groups and organizations.

Ability to respond and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquires and complaints.

Supplemental Information

Please contact Human Resources for a summary of the essential tasks and environmental factors for this classification.

Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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