Assistant Engineer I (Office) (Open) (Continuous)

  • Oakland, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Accounting and Finance Engineering
  • Salary: $91,598.76 - $112,440.96 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

The City of Oakland is an equal opportunity employer that values workforce diversity, inclusion, and equity. Oakland has a long history of activism around issues of justice and equity. Both oppression and this resistance to oppression have shaped the city’s historical roots and the lives of its residents to this day. As public servants to one of the most diverse cities in the nation, we strive to develop employees who understand the harm and impacts of systemic inequity to create lasting, meaningful outcomes for everyone. Oakland strives to establish an environment that embraces the richness of culture, community, and individualism of employees.

The City of Oakland is currently recruiting to fill five (5) Assistant Engineer I (Office) vacancies within the Department of Transportation and the Oakland Public Works Department. The ideal candidate will work in a dynamic environment performing technical and non-technical reviews of building structures for compliance with state laws and local regulations, as well as possess basic knowledge of civil/structural engineering principles; excellent written and verbal communication skills; and works well in both a team and individual setting.

Oakland is experiencing an emerging urban renaissance of great significance. The appeal of living, working, and recreating in Oakland continues to draw new residents and a wider range of employers. Oakland is poised to experience continued growth and a corresponding upward demand for City services. Your work in this position will have an immediate impact on the City operations.

Under immediate supervision in the Oakland Public Works Department (OPW), the Planning and Building Department (PBD) or the Department of Transportation (DOT), an Assistant Engineer I (Office) performs routine civil engineering work; plans and designs street, storm, sewer, traffic systems, and other public works projects ; may act as resident engineer on small construction projects; reviews engineering reports, drawings and calculations for buildings structures and public infrastructure while performing plan check; may receive technical direction from Assistant Engineer II; and performs related duties as assigned.

This is an entry level classification in the professional engineering series . Incumbents typically have a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and limited related work experience . Assignments are generally limited in scope and are performed within an established procedural framework . Incumbents have working knowledge of various aspects of civil engineering in the planning and design of street, storm, sewer, and traffic systems and building codes . Assistant Engineer Is are responsible for routine office or field projects and are expected to direct them to completion . This classification can be distinguished from Assistant Engineer II in that the latter performs the full range of engineering duties, may act as resident engineer for medium to small sized construction projects, and requires an Engineer-in-Training certificate . An Assistant Engineer I may be assigned to work in the following areas: design, construction, engineering/land use, and plan check .

The incumbent receives immediate supervision from a Civil Engineer, Supervising Civil Engineer, Transportation Engineer, Supervising Transportation Engineer, Senior Transportation Planner or Transportation Planner III.

The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be used to fill other vacancies that occur within the City including full-time and permanent part-time positions, if applicable.

Flexible Staffing:
This classification has been designated for flexible staffing. Incumbents in the Assistant Engineer I classification may be eligible to advance without formal examination to the Assistant Engineer II classification in accordance with established City flexible staffing policies and procedures.

This recruitment may close without notice once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

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Examples of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Perform routine design duties of a limited nature on a wide variety of public works projects including street, storm, sewer, and traffic systems as well as review of building structures for compliance with state laws and local regulations .
  • Participate in the preparation and review of plans and specifications; prepare quantity and cost estimates .
  • Assist resident engineer on large public works construction projects or may act as resident engineer on small construction projects .
  • Prepare routine technical and non-technical reports and correspondence; prepare daily progress and final reports when assigned to field duties .
  • Participate in the preparation and review of conditions of approval for private subdivision mapping and other related projects .
  • Drive a vehicle to work site; may be required to walk uneven surfaces, climb ladders or crawl into closed areas to perform site inspections, take measurements or other field duties ; protective wear such as hard hat and boots may be required .
  • Operate a computer to perform computer aided design and may sit or stand for periods of time depending on assignment.

Minimum Requirements for Application

Any combination of education and experience that is equivalent to the following minimum qualifications may be acceptable.


A Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from a college or university accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology

A degree in civil engineering from a non-accredited college and possession of an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certificate .

Experience :
None required .

License or Certificate / Other Requirements:

Successful incumbents in this position are expected to operate automotive vehicles in the performance of assigned duties. Due to the nature of the assignment and the hours worked, public transportation may not be a cost effective or efficient method for traveling to the various locations required. Individuals who are appointed to this position will be required to maintain a valid California Driver’s License throughout the tenure of employment OR demonstrate the ability to travel to various locations in a timely manner as required in the performance of duties.


Incumbents in the Assistant Engineer I classification are eligible to promote to the Assistant Engineer II classification in accordance with established City policy related to flexible staffing.


Knowledge of :
  • Civil engineering principles and practices and their application to municipal public works and design of building structures .
  • Design principles, strength of materials and stress analysis required in planning public works construction projects and their applications to building structures .
  • Construction principles including survey , inspection, and engineering methods and materials; surveying methods and techniques .
  • Principle and practices of designing and drafting, including the use of computer aided design.
  • Computer systems and software applications .

Ability to :
  • Prepare accurate plans, specifications, cost estimates and engineering reports; to make accurate engineering computations; analyze and evaluate design drawings and specifications .
  • Learn and apply established principles and practices of municipal civil engineering and building codes and regulations .
  • Write clear , concise, and accurate technical and non-technical reports , correspondence, and memoranda .
  • Communicate effectively and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
  • Utilize computer systems and software applications.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.

Supplemental Information

The Selection Process

Stage I: The first stage in the selection process will consist of a review of each applicant's employment application, copy of the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certificate and/or the unofficial college transcripts from an accredited college or university , and supplemental questionnaire for minimum qualifications (weighted pass/fail). Be sure to scan and attach a copy of your Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certificate and/or your unofficial college transcripts from an accredited college or university to your online application. Applications submitted without all required materials will not be given further consideration.

Stage II: The second stage will consist of subject matter experts evaluating and rating the completed supplemental questionnaires. Applicant responses to the supplemental questions must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities listed in the qualifications section of this announcement. The evaluation of supplemental questions may be weighted 100% of an applicant score (before residency, seniority and/or veteran points, if applicable) and may determine rank on the eligible list. If a sufficient number of quality application packets are received, the supplemental screening may be followed by a third stage and the most qualified applicants will be invited to the next stage. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement to Stage III.

Stage III: The third stage may consist of an oral examination that may be preceded by a brief written exercise (weighted 100%) that will test the knowledge, skills and abilities listed in the qualifications section.

The ranked eligible list may be developed directly from the supplemental screening OR the results of Stage III. Candidates must earn a scale score of 70 in this examination process to be placed on the eligible list for employment consideration. This is a continuous recruitment; additional names of successful candidates may be added to the eligible list periodically; candidates’ names will be merged onto the existing eligible list and referred to hiring departments according to rank. Candidates who are on an active eligible list may not re-apply for the duration of the eligible list.

Applicants are required to submit criminal history information upon request after receiving a conditional offer of employment. If the requested information is not furnished in a timely manner, applicants will not qualify for further consideration and will be removed from the eligible list.

The City of Oakland reserves the right to modify the selection process and date of examination as necessary to conform to administrative or business necessity. The information contained in this announcement is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

How to Apply

Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least two to three hours to submit your application if you are a new user on the system. APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY. You may apply and view current openings by visiting our employment opportunities webpage at: .

If you do not have access to a computer, there are computer stations available at any City of Oakland Public Library. There are also work stations at the Human Resources Management Department, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. Work stations are available during regular business hours (normally 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Due to current events and pandemic-related safety concerns, City facilities may be closed to the public.

Our on-line application system is provided by NeoGov. If you have problems while applying online, please contact NeoGov's Live Applicant Support at (855) 524-5627 between 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific Time, Monday - Friday. You may also call the City of Oakland Human Resources Management Department during regular business hours at (510) 238-3112 for information; however, we are unable to provide technical support for the online application system.

Date of Examination:

The City of Oakland is an EEO/ADA Employer.

The City complies with all Federal, State and local laws mandating Equal Employment Opportunities. All qualified applicants will be considered in accordance with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

The City of Oakland is committed to the wellbeing of its employees and offers comprehensive health and wellness services along with an array of other benefits for most positions. Benefits may include*:

• CalPERS Medical
• Dental
• Vision
• Medical Waiver Plan - Cash-In-Lieu
• Flexible Spending Accounts
• Commuter Benefits
• Group & Supplemental Life Insurance
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
• Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH)
• Pension Benefits
• Deferred Compensation

* Specific benefits may vary depending on the assignedspecific bargaining unit. Information regarding most benefits can be reviewed here: Employee Benefits Information Current MOUs may be reviewed here: City of Oakland Labor Agreements

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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