CIVIL ENGINEERING ASSISTANT

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 13, 2017
Full Time Engineering Public Works
  • Salary: $5,643.27 - $6,640.82 Monthly

Job Description



COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

TYPE OF RECRUITMENT
Open Competitive Job Opportunity

EXAM NUMBER
C3424O

APPLICATION FILING DATES

Monday, November 6, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Filing will be suspended when the first 1,000 applications are received OR on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. (PST), whichever comes first. Applications received after the first 1,000 will not be considered. The exam will reopen as the needs of the service require.

This exam includes a Supplemental Questionnaire on the application that is also viewable on the bulletin. We encourage you to review the questionnaire prior to the opening of the application filing to prepare your responses. To view the Supplemental Questionnaire on the bulletin, select the "QUESTIONS" tab near the top.

Essential Job Functions

A Civil Engineering Assistant is responsible for the following essential functions: prepares plans, specifications and cost estimates for minor flood control or road maintenance projects such as retaining walls, parking lots and similar projects utilizing commonly used software applications and specialized engineering software applications such as Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD); assists in field investigations and studies and in the preparation of preliminary and final plans, specifications, and cost estimates for a variety of construction and maintenance engineering projects such as drainage and wastewater systems, dams, mountain roads, highways, street lighting and water distribution systems, debris basins, storm drains, spreading grounds, and other flood control and water conservation facilities; performs calculations requiring knowledge of algebra, trigonometry, calculus, elementary mechanics, strength of materials, statics, geodesy, and structural analysis; assists in conducting hydraulic and hydrologic studies to determine design criteria and operational requirements for flood control and water conservation structures; compiles data for and assists in making studies or tests relating to the location, size and capacity of other engineering structures or facilities; and assists in the review portions of plans for engineering structures prepared by other public agencies or by private firms to determine if they conform to department standards and practices and sound engineering principles.

Requirements

SELECTION REQUIREMENTS
A Bachelor's degree or higher* from an accredited college or university in a civil engineering curriculum approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).**

LICENSE
A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

PHYSICAL CLASS
Physical Class II - Light: Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit, and some bending, stooping or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION
*A qualifying postgraduate degree is one where either the undergraduate or postgraduate engineering curriculum is accredited by ABET, as supported by the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

**Applicants who will be receiving their bachelor's degree or higher in civil engineering by June 30, 2018, may compete in this examination; however, the names of such candidates, if successful in the examination, will be withheld from certification for employment until they present documentation that they have satisfied all the requirements for a bachelor's degree or higher in an ABET approved civil engineering curriculum. Applications from persons with degrees from foreign universities will be accepted ONLY if the course work completed is found to be equivalent to a degree from a school accredited by ABET.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS
  • Membership in professional organizations such as the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Public Works Association, American Water Works Association, City and County Engineers Association, etc., is encouraged.

Additional Information

EXAMINATION CONTENT
This examination will consist of a structured video interview covering education, experience, desirable qualifications, personal fitness, and general ability to perform the duties of the position weighted 100%.

Invitation letters for the structured video interview may be sent via e-mail or U.S. postal mail. Candidates are responsible for providing a valid mailing address and an e-mail address that can receive e-mail from dpw.lacounty.gov. Candidates must notify the department contact of any updates to their contact information (e.g., mailing address, phone number) and are encouraged to check their junk mailboxes to ensure proper receipt of notices.

The structured video interviews are tentatively scheduled to begin on November 27, 2017.

Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the structured video interview in order to be placed on the eligible register.

Final results will be sent by U.S. postal mail. Test scores cannot be disclosed over the phone.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
Applications will be processed on an "as-received" basis and those earning a passing grade will be promulgated to the eligible register accordingly. The names of candidates receiving a passing grade in the examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of eligibility. NO PERSON MAY COMPETE IN THIS EXAMINATION MORE THAN ONCE EVERY TWELVE (12) MONTHS.

SPECIAL INFORMATION
FINGERPRINTING AND SECURITY CLEARANCE:
Before a final appointment is made to this position, candidates are subject to security clearance which includes fingerprinting. An individual may be withheld from appointment, if he/she has a conviction record incompatible with the essential duties of the position for which he/she has applied. Any false statement or omission of material fact may cause forfeiture of employment rights. Information presented on employment applications, resumes and during the examination process is subject to verification. Disqualifying factors may include but are not limited to: felony convictions, certain job-related misdemeanor convictions, certain serious traffic convictions or patterns of traffic violations (e.g., 4 or more moving violations within the past 2 years, failure to appear, at-fault accidents, and driving under the influence), illegal use of certain controlled substances and/or poor employment history.

VACANCY INFORMATION
The resulting eligible register for this examination will be used to fill vacancies throughout the Department of Public Works.

APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION
Fill out your application completely. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job.

The acceptance of your application will depend on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the Selection Requirements. Please be sure your application shows complete information, including dates for education and jobs held which relate to this position. In the space provided for education, include the names and addresses of schools attended, titles of courses completed, dates completed, and number of credits earned. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, description of work performed, and salary earned. All information supplied by applicants is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the examination or selection process.

Applicants must provide a copy of their transcripts with their application or within fifteen (15) calendar days from filing. Transcripts must indicate the degree major, degree level, and degree confer date. Applicants who will graduate and meet the requirements by June 30, 2018 must indicate their expected graduation date on their application and attach a copy of their most current transcript as proof of their current school enrollment and degree major within fifteen (15) calendar days from filing. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, official transcripts will be verified at the time of appointment. Applications submitted without the required information will be rejected as incomplete.

IMPORTANT NOTES
  • Please note that ALL information included in the application materials is subject to VERIFICATION at any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made.
  • FALSIFICATION of any information may result in DISQUALIFICATION or RESCISSION OF APPOINTMENT .
  • Utilizing VERBIAGE from Class Specification and/or Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to meet the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and you may be DISQUALIFIED .

ONLINE FILING ONLY
APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED VIA U.S. MAIL, FAX, OR IN PERSON WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Apply online by clicking on the green "Apply" button at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.

We must receive your application by 5:30 p.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST), on the last day of filing.

Note: if you are unable to attach required documents, you must e-mail them to jliu@dpw.lacounty.gov or fax them to (626) 979-5440 within fifteen (15) calendar days from application filing. Please include your name, exam number, and exam title on the faxed documents.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

NO SHARING USER ID AND PASSWORD
All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT LIBRARIES
For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Department Contact Name: Jennifer King
Department Contact Phone: (626) 458-2141
Department Contact Fax: (626) 979-5440
Department Contact Email: jliu@dpw.lacounty.gov

ADA Coordinator Phone: (626) 458-2141
Teletype Phone: (626) 282-7829
California Relay Services: (800) 735-2922