Assistant Engineer

City of Chico - Chico, CA4.3

Full-time$59,000 - $81,000 a year
Position Information
One vacancy currently exists in the Public Works -Engineering Department.

The ideal candidate will have experience with the design and construction of roadway maintenance treatments and applications.

This recruitment is open until further notice.

Job Description

Under general supervision, to perform responsible engineering work in the design, investigation, and construction of public works and facilities; to perform related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics:
This is the entry level for the professional engineering series. An employee in this class performs a variety of engineering tasks, increasing in scope and difficulty as knowledge and experience are gained. Work is normally reviewed on completion and for overall results.

Typical Duties:
Prepare plans and specifications for the construction of street, storm drain, sewer line and transportation facilities;*
Research project design requirements;*
Perform complex calculations and prepare estimates of time and material costs;*
Assign routine investigation, design and drafting tasks to technical subordinates;
Review completed work;*
Research publications and industry information sources;
Develop revised design and construction standards for public works structures and appurtenances as required;*
Prepare and revise plans and specifications for traffic related projects;*
Prepare special studies and reports and coordinate traffic and transportation major projects;*
Investigate field problems affecting property owners, contractors and maintenance operations;*
Prepare estimates and feasibility reports;*
Coordinate and participate in the review and processing of plans for private developments affecting streets, sewers, drains and related public works facilities and ensure that they meet all City imposed requirements;*
Coordinate public works activities with other City departments, divisions and sections, and with outside agencies;*
Supervise, train and evaluate technical subordinates;*
Perform related assignments as necessary.
  • =Essential Function
Duties recorded above are representative of the duties of the class and are not intended to cover all the duties performed by incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class; such assignments shall fall under the category of "other duties, as assigned."

Tools and Equipment Used:
Personal computer, including word processing; spreadsheet, and data base and computer-aided-design software; standard drafting tools; surveying equipment including level, theodolite, and electronic distance measuring devices; motor vehicle; phone; mobile radio.

Physical Demands:
Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments, construction sites, or public works facilities. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operating drafting instruments, computers and various pieces of office and field equipment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk and hear and smell.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of: Principles and practices of engineering as applied to public works or traffic; methods, materials and techniques used in the construction of public works projects; modern developments, current literature and sources of information regarding engineering.

Ability to: Make complex engineering computations and to check, design and supervise the preparation of engineering plans and studies; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; use and care for engineering and drafting instruments and equipment.

Minimum Qualifications:
Experience: Four years of increasingly responsible experience in professional civil engineering, two years of which are equivalent to those duties performed by the Engineering Technician for the City of Chico. Education in excess of the required level may be substituted for up to two years of the required experience.

Education: Completion of the equivalent of 60 semester units of college course work toward a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering or a related field. Experience in excess of the required level may be substituted for the required education.

Additional Requirement: Possession of a valid California Driver License.

Equivalency may be established pursuant to the City-Wide Classification Plan.

Additional Information

If this is the first time you are applying using the online job application, you will need to create an account and select a Username and Password. After your account has been established, you can build your application which can be saved and used to apply for other City of Chico employment opportunities.

Online applications are stored on a secure site. Only authorized employees and hiring authorities have access to the information submitted. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure applications are received by the City of Chico Human Resources Office.

Degree, Licenses, Certifications and/or Equivalencies: Candidates must include copies of items listed as a minimum qualification; failure to provide required certificates by the close of the recruitment will result in candidate disqualification. If this position requires a typing certificate: typing certificates must have been issued within one year and the net speed must match the minimum requirement listed in the job description. For standardization, net speed will be calculated by subtracting the number of errors from the gross WPM. Internet generated typing certifications are not accepted. Equivalency for experience and/or education listed within a job description may be established pursuant to the City-wide Classification Plan and through coordination with Human Resources. Candidates seeking an equivalency must contact Human Resources, at (530) 879-7900, for instructions on submitting an equivalency request. Being minimally qualified for a position does not guarantee a candidate progression through the full recruitment process.

Travel and Recruitment Related Expenses: The City of Chico does not reimburse applicants for any travel or expenses in connection with applying for employment, unless authorized by the City Manager.

Pre-Employment Processing: Applicants may be required to pass fingerprinting and a medical examination as a condition of employment or promotion. Medical exams may include a fitness exam, psychological exam, and a drug and alcohol screening, depending on the position. E-verify is used to determine candidate eligibility to work in the United States.

The City of Chico is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports workforce diversity. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The City of Chico will consider individuals with disabilities based on their qualifications to perform the essential functions of the position for which they are applying and will provide reasonable accommodation in the application and/or testing process. If you require accommodation in the application and/or testing process, please notify the Human Resources Office within seven (7) days of the need for accommodation, so appropriate alternative arrangements can be made.

If you have any questions, or need additional assistance regarding City of Chico employment opportunities, please contact the Human Resources Department at (530) 879-7900 or