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Associate Civil Engineer job in San Marcos

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Organization:  City of San Marcos
Job Category:  Engineering and Technology
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  California (CA)
City:  San Marcos
Post Code:  92069
Salary and Benefits:  $6,952-$9,071 Month


Under direct or general supervision, performs various professional field and office engineering work related to the management, planning, design, construction, and maintenance of the City’s Capital Improvement Program, land development, traffic engineering, City public works infrastructure, and daily departmental operations; provides project management and administration; confers with developers, contractors, consultants, and representatives of other agencies regarding facility and infrastructure development; administers professional services and construction contracts; administers Federal and State grant funds associated with construction projects; provides staff assistance to the City Engineer and his/her senior staff, other departments and divisions, and the public in areas of expertise; performs a variety of studies and prepares and presents staff reports.


Duties include but are not limited to those listed on the attached Engineer Series Job description.

Department Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Knowledge of: Civil engineering principles, techniques, policies, and procedures; methods, materials, and techniques used in the construction of public works projects, including water and wastewater systems, storm water, street, and traffic system design; basic principles, practices, procedures, and standards related to City public works and engineering infrastructure development and maintenance; basic principles and practices of capital improvement program budgeting, cost estimation, funding, project management, and contract administration; general design, layout, and construction practices for public improvements such as streets, storm drains, grading, and landscaping; subdivision engineering, plan review, mapping, and construction practices; bidding requirements for public works projects; project management and contract administration principles and techniques; engineering plan types, review practices, and permit filing and approval procedures; applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility; modern office practices and technology, including personal computer hardware and software applications related to the work, such as computer-aided drafting (CAD) concepts and applications, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs; modern developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding engineering; principles of advanced mathematics and their application to engineering work; practices of researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective staff reports; methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation; English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation; techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, various business, professional, educational, and regulatory organizations, and with property owners, developers, contractors, and the public; techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.

Ability to: Conduct complex civil engineering research projects, analyze complex problems, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical staff reports; prepare, understand, and interpret engineering construction plans, specifications, and other contract documents; conduct comprehensive engineering studies and prepare reports with recommendations; assist in and develop and administer contracts for professional services and construction in a public agency setting; read, interpret, apply, and explain technical written material and complex laws, codes, regulations, ordinances, and City engineering policies and procedures; design engineering projects; read and understand technical drawings and specifications; perform mathematical and engineering computations with precision; recognize discrepancies from as-built to contract specifications and recommend reconciliation of any discrepancies; make engineering design computations and check, design, and prepare engineering plans and studies; effectively represent the department and the City in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional and regulatory organizations and individuals; direct the work of contract consultants; prepare and present clear, concise, and logical written and oral reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials; establish and maintain a variety of filing, recordkeeping, and tracking systems; make sound independent decisions within established policy and procedural guidelines; organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines; operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs; exercise good judgment, flexibility, creativity, and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs; use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing; use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines; establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education/Experience: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related engineering field.

Four years of professional engineering design, plan review, and project administration experience, preferably in a public agency setting.

License or Certificate: Possession and maintenance of a Registered Professional Civil Engineer license in the State of California. Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license with satisfactory driving record.


Holidays – The City observes thirteen (13) paid holidays that include ten (10) specifically designated days and three (3) floating holidays (27 hours).

Vacation Leave – A new employee will accrue eighty (80) hours of vacation per calendar year for the first five years of service (one hundred, twenty (120) hours for years five through ten, and one hundred, sixty (160) hours after ten years). Vacation accrual begins immediately; however, a new employee is not eligible to take vacation leave until the completion of six (6) months of service with the City.

Sick Leave – A new employee will earn ninety-six (96) hours of sick leave each year.

Group Health Insurance Program – A new employee will become a member of one of the City’s group health plans (Aetna HMO, Aetna PPO, or Kaiser HMO) effective the first day of the month following their date of hire. The City will pay 90% of the health care premium and employees will pick up 10% of the premiums of the plan they select.

Voluntary Dental/Vision Insurance Programs – The City offers two voluntary dental insurance programs, an HMO program and a PPO Program, as well as a voluntary vision insurance program.

Section 125 Flexible Spending Account – All employees are eligible to participate in the City’s Section 125 Flexible Spending Account plan. This is an IRS-approved plan which enables you to have withheld from your paycheck an amount equal to your group health insurance premiums, voluntary dental and/or voluntary vision insurance premiums; dependent care, and certain eligible medical expenses without being subject to federal income or social security tax on the income used to pay for these benefits.

Retirement - The City participates in both the Social Security (FICA) and the California Public Employees’ Retirement Systems (CalPERS). The City currently contracts with CalPERS for the 2% at 55 benefit formula, Post-Retirement Survivor Allowance, and 3 year average final pay for Classic members and 2% at 62, Post-Retirement Survivor Allowance, and 3 year average final pay for new members. Employee contributions will depend on membership (7% for classic and 50% of normal cost for new members).

Retiree Health Savings (RHS) – All employees participate in a Retiree Health Savings plan through the ICMA Retirement Corporation. Employees are eligible to receive medical expense benefits at age 50 while actively employed with the City and continuing to contribute to the plan.

All applicants are required to fully complete a City application form (Resumes without an application are not accepted.) Information and application are available at www.san-marcos.net or at the Lobby Information Desk, 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069, 760-744-1050, ext. 3200. Completed applications are accepted by mail, email HumanResources@san-marcos.net or in person only, not by facsimile, and must be received by 5:30 p.m. on the closing date. Applications must be submitted to the Human Resources Division, City of San Marcos, 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069

Applicants must clearly demonstrate, through their application materials that they meet EACH of the employment standards outlined. All properly completed application packets will be reviewed and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process. Examinations for the position may consist of any combination of written, performance and oral exams in order to evaluate the applicant’s skills, training, experience and personal qualifications.

The City of San Marcos is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, ancestry, national origin, political or religious affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, other non-job related physical or mental disability, medical condition, or other functional limitation in employment or the provision of service. The City is committed to making its programs, services and activities accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you require accommodation to participate in this recruitment, please contact the Human Resources Office prior to the filing deadline. We will attempt to reasonably accommodate applicants with disabilities upon request.

Note: All appointments are subject to the successful completion of a medical examination, including substance abuse screening, at the City’s expense. In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, all new employees must produce proof of eligibility to work in the United States within the first three days of employment.

The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any of the provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.


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