Engineering Assistant/Senior Engineering Assistant

  • City of Woodland
  • Woodland, California
  • Feb 12, 2018
Full Time Engineering Planning and Development Utilities Entry-Level, Trade and Technical
  • Salary: $5,099.70-$6,838.15 Monthly
  • Phone: 530 661 5811
  • Apply By: Feb 23, 2018


To perform complex paraprofessional technical duties and support work involving current and planned development and public works projects and programs. Incumbents are responsible for the scope of work in their assigned area of discipline. Assignments include Capital Program Implementation, Construction Programs, Development Services, Traffic/Transportation Engineering or Utilities Infrastructure Engineering. The purpose of this recruitment is to fill a current vacancy in the Community Development Department Utilities Infrastructure Engineering Division, as well as establish an eligibility list for future vacancies.


Job Description


The following are typical illustrations of general duties encompassed within the job series regardless of branch assignment. This is not an all-inclusive or limiting list: · Supervise, coordinate and/or perform paraprofessional engineering work appropriate to the branch of assignment. · Conduct or assist in the preliminary study of engineering projects and prepare and/or support the preparation of plans for public streets, water, sewer and storm improvements and other public projects. · Prepare preliminary drawings for public works projects, tabulate field data, evaluate and modify standard specifications. · Prepare and process contract documents, payments, and other documents. · Review plans, maps, specifications, cost estimates and other work to ensure compliance with laws, codes, standards and engineering practice. · Confer with engineers, contractors and developers in relation to public works projects and subdivision plans and recommends changes or modifications as necessary. · Prepare reports and applications for State and Federal funding. Administer funding programs and projects. · Supervise, train, evaluate and coordinate the work of assigned subordinate staff. · Attend public meetings to respond to public questions, concerns and complaints. · Update various City maps through Auto CAD or GIS mapping. · Maintain files and perform record keeping concerning parcel maps, private improvements and/or construction project records. · Prepare written staff reports for departmental use and/or present them to the City Council and City Commissions. · Provide technical information, assistance and support to personnel in other departments and to the public. · Respond and work to resolve internal and external customer complaints, questions and concerns. · Prepare and write specifications and technical reports. · Evaluate technical engineering problems and make independent decisions and recommendations. · Perform field inspections in area of assignment, which can include public infrastructure construction, Utility projects, traffic designs, and other Engineering projects as necessary to ensure the public works are in conformance with City policies and standards and City approved plans and specifications. · Regular and consistent attendance.

Engineering Assistant: This is the journey-level class in this paraprofessional engineering series. Positions at this level are distinguished from the Senior Engineering Assistant level by the performance of less than the full range of highly responsible duties and essential functions assigned within this series. Engineering Assistants may also supervise staff and assist in staff training. The Principal or Senior Civil Engineer typically provides supervision over the branch of assignment.

Senior Engineering Assistant: This is the advanced or senior-level class in this paraprofessional engineering series. It is distinguished from the Engineering Assistant level by the performance of the full range of duties and essential functions assigned within this series. The Senior Engineering Assistant is capable of working independently, under minimal instruction or assistance. Incumbents assigned to this class are expected to perform highly responsible and more demanding/difficult types of paraprofessional engineering support in the office and field. Senior Engineering Assistants may also supervise staff and assist in staff training. The Principal or Senior Civil Engineer typically provides general direction over the branch of assignment.

The following are examples of additional responsibilities associated with specific areas of discipline assignments:

Capital Program Implementation:

· Serve as project manager for projects. · Prepare preliminary studies, plans, specifications and estimates for capital project improvements. · Ensure proper, timely inspection and reporting for assigned construction projects. · Manage projects to verify contractor performance and to support contractor payment estimates, identify potential construction scheduling problems and enforce construction safety procedures; · Assist in preparation of long-range capital improvement programs and budgets. · Complete calculations for design, surveying and other construction work.

Construction Programs:

· Perform field inspections of public infrastructure construction (grading, street improvements, water, sewer and storm drain) for private development and/or City projects to ensure the public works are in conformance with City policies and standards and City approved plans and specifications. · Serve as construction manager for small projects. · Perform or oversee materials testing, survey work and calculations. · Perform proper, timely inspection and reporting for assigned construction projects. · Inspect projects to verify contractor performance and to support contractor payment estimates, identify potential construction scheduling problems and enforce construction safety procedures; · Complete calculations for surveying and other construction work.

Development Services:

· Supervise, coordinate and perform complex technical plan checks and reviews of City engineering plans, engineering reports, technical memoranda, subdivision plats, improvement drawings, assessment district plans, and maps, etc. to ensure accuracy and compliance with development conditions, municipal code provisions, City specifications, sound engineering practices and City and State policy, including parcel and subdivision criteria. · Coordinate with other divisions and departments in the writing of conditions and agreements for land entitlements. · Interpret and explain City policies and ordinances to the public relating to public works projects, including but not limited to roads, drainage, water, sanitary, parks, buildings and related projects. · Prepare recommendations and Council agenda reports, resolutions and attachments, for abandonments of rights-of-way, easements, street name changes, Final map approvals, Improvement Acceptance, and release of agreements, and other items related to development engineering. · Answer inquiries by providing information shown on maps and in-office files including researching for easements, right-of-way restrictions, and other restrictions on the use of property and parcels. · Issue and prepare permits such as public encroachments, transportation, water hydrant and grading permits including proper accountability for fees collected, · Conduct field inspections, as necessary, to verify plan coordination with existing conditions and other requirements, including suggestions for correcting noncompliance. · Validate engineering calculations and cost estimates. · Represent the City with applicants and the Development community. · Operate and modify the City’s enterprise information system for various types of permits and fee collection, record management · Check legal maps, parcel maps, tract maps, lot line adjustments, and easement deeds for accuracy, completion, and legal conformance. · Determine and collect fees and bonds as required by conditions of approval; · Prepare legal descriptions for public rights of way, easements, dedications, annexations and re-zonings. · Prepare plans and legal descriptions for right-of-way acquisition.

Utilities Infrastructure Engineering:

· Monitor the production and quality of the city's water supply. · Plan, organize, coordinate activities within water and wastewater collections departments associated with permit and compliance requirements, special studies and reporting. · Establish regulatory compliance and related programs and priorities, direct the review and analysis of new and changing regulations; interpret Federal and State regulations related to drinking water quality, wastewater collections; provide technical expertise to other environmental aspects of department operations to ensure compliance; assists to develop and update City ordinances. · Coordinate department programs with regulatory agencies to comply with applicable regulations; represent the City and works closely with regulatory agencies and public and private organizations to provide information and technical assistance to facilitate cooperative and timely resolution of issues and problems; represent the City in interactions with the public in regard to permitting and water quality issues concerning water, wastewater, and storm water. · Understand basic chemistry as it relates to water and water quality.

Job Requirements

Engineering Assistant

Minimum Education and Experience:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education: High School Diploma supplemented with additional college level coursework in civil engineering, construction technology, land development, project management or a closely related field from an accredited college. Associate’s Degree in a related field is highly desirable.

Experience: Four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience in para-professional engineering. Related education beyond two (2) years of full time college level work may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

License or Certificate: Required upon hire, possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License.

Senior Engineering Assistant:

In addition to the above qualifications for Engineering Assistant:

Experience: One (1) year of increasingly responsible work experience comparable to an Engineering Assistant with the City of Woodland.

Special Instructions

Apply with a City of Woodland application by visiting or the Human Resources Office, City Hall, 300 First Street, 2nd Floor, Woodland, CA 95695 by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 23, 2018.  Supplemental questionnaire must be submitted with application by the final filing date to be considered.  Résumés and cover letters are encouraged but will not be accepted in lieu of the application form. Postmarks will not be accepted.

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Additional Information

Panel interview is tentatively scheduled for the week of March 5, 2018.