Associate Civil Engineer

  • Stanislaus County, CA
  • Modesto, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Engineering
  • Salary: $91,665.60 - $111,404.80 Annually USD

Job Description

About the Opportunity


Public Works Engineering Division is looking for a candidate with strong leadership qualities that will foster teamwork and create a positive work environment to work in the Design Division. This candidate should be technically knowledgeable and experienced in the principles and practices of civil engineering and engineering related to the area of assignment, public works design, and construction methods. The ideal candidate will be an effective communicator, both orally and in writing, and be able to represent the County in meetings and presentations to various groups, including community groups, other governmental agencies, and the public. This candidate should be customer focused and interpersonally effective in dealing with staff, other county departments, engineers, contractors and in coordinating with other agencies when necessary. The ideal candidate will carry through assignments with independence and thrive in a team environment that encourages cooperation, communication, and mutual sharing of risk, responsibility, and reward.

To learn more about the Public Works Department, click here .


The Associate Civil Engineer is assigned difficult projects and is given latitude for exercising independent judgment and initiative. This individual may also be in charge of an engineering section in the Public Works Department and has continuing responsibility for the work of that section. This position performs professional engineering work in the investigation, planning, design, construction and maintenance and operations of a variety of public works projects and systems including, but not limited to transportation, water quality, development projects, traffic, community services areas and trains and supervises technical and professional personnel. This position is subject to overtime, standby, and callback assignments. Performs related duties as assigned.

Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Classified Service of the County and is assigned to the Mid-Management/Supervisory bargaining unit for labor relations purposes.

Individuals who are in a full-time classification position are required to serve a twelve-month probationary period, which may be extended an additional six months, for a total of eighteen months.

Incumbents may also be subject to overtime, standby, callback, weekend, holiday and shift assignments as identified in their MOU (Memorandum of Understanding).

The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at under "Disability Management".

Typical Tasks
  • Participate in and prepare engineering studies and reports; coordinate public works and development related activities with other departments, divisions, outside agencies, citizens, consultants and developers;
  • Design difficult and complex public works projects;
  • Research and revise County standards as required;
  • Prepare Requests for Qualifications and Requests for Proposals; assist in the selection of consultants; manage consultant contracts; review consultants' work and provide technical guidance;
  • Project management of a variety of projects simultaneously, from conception through construction, which involves developing project schedules, right of way certification, utility relocation, monitoring project progress and budget, obtaining necessary permits, preparing and maintaining project files, monitoring quality of projects and ensuring deadlines are met;
  • Review routine field and laboratory tests of construction materials; write related memoranda and reports;
  • Perform engineering design using various computer applications and draw plans on CAD systems;
  • Receive and review public requests for traffic control device changes; collect and analyze data to evaluate requests and prepare recommendations; perform intersection traffic control analysis to determine need for traffic control measures;
  • Conduct site investigations; develop design plans, specifications and cost estimates for transportation engineering projects; prepare and administer Federal and State grants; signal timing plans; check and analyze Environmental Impact Reports and other CEQA and NEPA documents;
  • Prepare permit applications to various regulatory agencies related to public works projects;
  • May prepare and check legal descriptions for deeds, easements, and rights of way;
  • May coordinate engineering projects between contractors and the County;
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service;
  • Sign and stamp plans and documents prepared under their direction as the Engineer of record;
  • Assign, direct, train and review the work of engineers and para-professional employees;
  • Meet and confer with officials, representatives from other governmental organizations, the general public, contractors and consultants regarding public works matters; and
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Skills, Abilities, Knowledge, Education/Experience)

  • Perform the full range of professional public works engineering duties with only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise;
  • Prepare accurate estimates of costs, schedules, personnel/materials and other resources related to engineering project responsibilities; make recommendations related to existing or anticipated project budgets;
  • Work effectively with a variety of internal and external customers to accomplish goals and objectives; deal professionally with the public, developers, consultants, and contractors;
  • Prepare and present oral presentations to a variety of internal and external customers at public meetings; and
  • Plan and supervise the work of both professional and para-professional employees.

  • Principles and practices of civil engineering;
  • Surveying and engineering mathematics;
  • Principles of Project Management, Construction Management or Contract Administration;
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and performance management;
  • Specialized equipment and technology used in engineering;
  • Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, drawings and models;
  • Records management principles and practices;
  • Map review and preparation of legal descriptions;
  • Common descriptions of real property; and
  • Various codes and court decisions affecting departmental operations.

We recognize your time is valuable, please only apply if you meet the following required qualifications.

  • At least two (2) years of professional civil engineering experience, one (1) year of which must have been in a supervisory or lead capacity; AND
  • Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as a professional engineer in civil engineering issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers. A Bachelor's degree is anticipated as part of certification.

Application and Selection Procedures


Applications cannot be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Make your online application as complete as possible so a full and realistic appraisal may be made of your qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications.


Most County recruitments consists of the steps detailed below and are governed by Merit Principles. The examination process ensures that all applicants are given the same opportunity to gain employment within Stanislaus County.
  • Application Review and Screening. Applications are carefully screened based on information provided. Those who submit incomplete applications that lack relevant qualifications or do not submit all required documents will not be invited to move on.
  • Written Examination. Applicants will be invited to participate in a written exam that tests knowledge for the position.
  • Oral Examination. Applicants are invited to a panel interview in which they will be evaluated by County subject matter experts.
  • Eligible Lists. Candidates who pass the examination will be placed on an eligible list for that classification. Eligible lists are effective for six months, but may be extended up to eighteen months.


Application Deadline: Continuous, but could be closed at any time.

Oral Examination: Interviews will be scheduled as applications are screened.

Note: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, part-time and full-time vacancies throughout Stanislaus County .


Final appointment will be conditional upon successfully passing a County paid pre-employment drug screening (if applicable for position) and a job-related background investigation.

Some positions may require possession or the ability to obtain, and maintenance of a valid California Driver's license or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job related essential functions.

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Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Modesto, California United States View Map