Assistant Engineer II (Office) (Continuous)

  • Oakland, California
  • Mar 05, 2024
Full Time Accounting and Finance Engineering
  • Salary: 111,104 USD

Job Description

The Position

***Continuous Recruitment***
Recruitment may close at any time
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately

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 fifteen (15) Assistant Engineer II (Office) vacancies within the Oakland Public Works Department, the Planning and Building Department and the Department of Transportation . The ideal candidate will work in a dynamic environment performing extensive 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.

Under general supervision in the Oakland Public Works Department (OPW), the Planning and Building Department (PBD) or the Department of Transportation (DOT) , performs civil engineering work; plans and designs street, storm, sewer, traffic systems, and other public works projects; acts as resident engineer on medium to small size public works projects; reviews engineering reports, drawings, and calculations for buildings, structures, streets, sewers, and other similar facilities to ensure compliance with codes, regulations, and ordinances; may perform plan check; may provide technical direction to Assistant Engineer I and assigned personnel; and performs related duties as assigned.

This is a first working level in the professional engineering series and incumbents possess an Engineer-in-Training certificate. Incumbents have a good working knowledge of various aspects of civil engineering including land development, planning, design, construction, and maintenance of a wide variety of civil engineering projects, as well as building design standards and regulations. This classification can be distinguished from a Civil Engineer in that the latter requires the registration as a Civil Engineer, can perform as Engineer-in-Charge, is responsible for large and complex construction projects, and provides lead and technical direction. Assistant Engineer IIs may be assigned to work in the areas: design, construction, engineering/land use, and plan check.

The incumbent receives general supervision from a Civil Engineer, Supervising Civil Engineer, Transportation Engineer, Supervising Transportation Engineer, Senior Transportation Planner or Transportation Planner III and may provide technical direction to Assistant Engineer I and assigned personnel.

This is a public contact position. Although no current vacancies require a specific language, bilingual skills are highly desirable, and the eligible list may be used to fill future vacancies that may require bilingual skills.

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 a broad range of design activities in preparing plans, specifications, and cost estimates; assist in the development of design procedures; interpret the application of design criteria; check plans, calculations, and specifications for accuracy of design and completeness, and for conformance to applicable codes, regulations, and ordinances.
  • May assist Civil Engineer on large and complex Public Works construction projects or act as resident engineer on medium to small size projects; coordinate capital improvements projects with contractors, utility companies, other agencies, and the general public; interpret and plot survey data; performs some field inspection; administer construction contracts; prepare daily progress and final reports when assigned to field duties.
  • Interpret and enforce codes, regulations, and ordinances in the performance of plan check activities; calculate building valuation; review and approves routine subdivision and land development proposals for compliance with engineering standards; coordinate plan review process with other departments and agencies; process applications for street/path vacations, encroachments, and easements.
  • Prepare routine engineering reports, correspondence, agreements and Council resolutions; assist in preparing legal property descriptions; provide technical information, including code assistance to staff, design professionals, contractors, property owners, and the public; review and approve minor construction plans and related documents for compliance with state and local building codes and regulations; investigate routine complaints regarding existing conditions of buildings and public works facilities.
  • 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 duties 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. A Master's degree in a civil engineering related discipline may be substituted for one (1) year of experience.


Two (2) years of civil engineering experience.

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.

Possession of a valid Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certificate.


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 building structures and municipal public works.
  • Municipal public works design and construction of street, highways, bridges, and other public works facilities and transportation projects; strength of materials and stress analysis.
  • Construction methods and materials, including survey and inspection; building construction practices and cost estimating.
  • Contract administration.
  • Principles and practices of designing and drafting, including the use of computer aided design.
  • Building Codes, California Streets and Highways Code, and related codes and regulations.
  • Computer systems and software applications.

Ability to:
  • Apply established principles and practices of civil engineering.
  • Prepare accurate plans, specifications, cost estimates and engineering reports, utilize plot survey data, and make accurate engineering computations and drawings; interpret and plot survey data.
  • Write clear, concise reports, correspondence, and memoranda; prepare agreements and compile accurate records.
  • Analyze and evaluate design drawings and specifications; identify code deficiencies.
  • Provide technical direction and training to other staff.
  • 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 Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certificate, and supplemental questionnaire for minimum qualifications (weighted pass/fail). Be sure to scan and attach a copy of your Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certificate to your online application. Applications submitted without all required materials will not be given further consideration.

Candidates who demonstrate that they meet the minimum qualification requirements are then invited to participate in an assessment process (or testing) to measure their knowledge, skills, and abilities in job-related areas.

Candidates who do not demonstrate that they meet the minimum qualification requirements will have an opportunity to request a final review. Candidates must request a final review within 5 business days of being notified that they did not meet the minimum qualifications.

In the final review, candidates may clarify information already provided on their application. No additional work history, education, or certifications will be accepted. Any decisions made during this review process will be final.

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 online application system is provided by GovernmentJobs . If you have problems while applying online, please contact GovernmentJobs 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. For recruitment-specific questions, please contact Alanna Butler at .

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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