Associate Civil Engineer

  • Stanislaus County, CA
  • Modesto, California
  • Nov 16, 2018
Full Time Engineering Public Works
  • Salary: $83,886.40 - $101,961.60 Annually

Job Description

About the Department and the Position

This recruitment is being conducted to fill a vacancy for the Public Works Department and establish an eligibilitylist to fill future full-time and part-time vacancies throughout Stanislaus County. While this is a continuous recruitment, we encourage you to apply immediately, as this recruitment may close at any time.

Cell phones are typically incompatible with the online application format or browser. We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer. If you are still having technical difficulties, please call NEOGOV at 1-855-524-5627.


Stanislaus County is located in Central California within 90 minutes of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Silicon Valley, Sacramento, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and California's Central Coast. With an estimated 538,388 people calling this area home, the community reflects a region rich in diversity with a strong sense of community. Two of California's major north-south transportation routes (Interstate 5 and Highway 99) intersect the area and the County has quickly become one of the dominant logistics center locations on the west coast.

The County is home to a vibrant arts community with the world-class Gallo Center for the Arts, a symphony orchestra, and abundant visual and performing arts. Stanislaus County is a global center for agribusiness, positioned by its mild Mediterranean climate, rich soils and progressive farming practices.

The area is recognized internationally for agricultural innovation with wine, almonds, poultry, milk, cattle, and walnuts being some of the features industries. The County is also home to Stanislaus State University, Modesto Junior College and benefits from satellite locations of other high quality educational institutions. The County was established in 1854 and has a total land area of 1,515 square miles. Temperatures range from an average low of 38 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, to an average high of 85 degrees in the summer.


The Public Works Department supports the Board of Supervisors' priority of Delivering Efficient Public Services and Infrastructure through its five major operating divisions. Public Works divisions are Administration, Engineering, Local Transit System, Morgan Shop and Road and Bridge.
  • Engineering provides design and construction management for various road and bridge construction and reconstruction projects. County Surveyor's Office provides services for survey mapping, abandonment, certificates, monumentation, and indexing of County survey maps. It also protects, maintains, and perpetuates land survey monuments.
  • Local Transit operates Stanislaus Regional Transit ("StaRT"), the County's public transportation system which links with city transportation systems to provide transit services to 16 communities in the County.
  • Morgan Shop provides equipment and vehicles to other Public Works divisions. It also provides vehicle and equipment maintenance as requested to other County departments.
  • Road and Bridge maintains the County's 1,512 mile road system and 232 bridges, including preventive road maintenance, resurfacing roadways, and maintenance of bridges and storm water systems. Also included is the maintenance management of various special districts, such as landscape, lighting, and storm drain.


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, maintenance and operations of a variety of public works projects and systems including, but not limited to, transportation, water quality, pavement management, capital improvement, planning, development projects and community service areas. This individual also trains and supervises technical and professional personnel. This position is subject to overtime, standby, and callback assignments and performs related duties as assigned.
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;
  • Implement and maintain the department's Pavement Management System;
  • Maintain the department's Capital Improvement Plan;
  • 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, Board of Supervisors' agenda items 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, review and develop 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;
  • 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, Ability, 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 or real property; and
  • Various codes and court decisions affecting departmental operations.

Proof of Education is required for verification purposes at the time of application. Applicants who are unable to submit proof must call (209) 525-4167 to make other arrangements.
  • 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.

  • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License and remain free from repeated preventable accidents.

Application and Selection Procedures

Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Classified Service of the County and is assigned to theMid-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. The probationary period does not apply to unclassified positions.


The County of Stanislaus is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to submit online application(s) for open position(s).

Stanislaus County is committed to establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, supervisors, and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy related condition, marital status, gender/sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), political affiliation or belief, or military or veteran status.


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


Arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities and religious convictions. Applicants requiring testing accommodations are required to complete and submit the Testing Accommodation Request Form prior to the test administration date. Special arrangements for religious convictions should be included in the "Additional Information" section of the application form.

  • Pass County-paid pre-employment drug screening and job-related background investigation.
  • Perform job duties in a manner assuring a safe working environment for oneself and others.
  • Maintain confidential information according to the legal standards and/or County regulations as required.

Application and/or examination results may be appealed by applicants presenting facts alleging irregularity, fraud and/or error in application screening or in exam scoring. Appeals must be in writing and submitted to the Chief Executive Officer within seven (7) days after the examination results are mailed.


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."


Find out if you qualify for the AES Public Service Loan Forgiveness program for full-time public sector employees (PSLF) by contacting (866) 706-5005.


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Stanislaus County reserves the right to revise the examination plan described in this bulletin to better meet the needs of County service. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. The information contained in the bulletin is information, which sets forth a general summary of benefits for this respective position. This information is not legally binding. The benefits and other information regarding this position may be found in the Stanislaus County Code, the Stanislaus County Personnel Policies manual, or in the applicable Memorandum of Understanding, and such information prevails over information contained in this bulletin. Questions regarding this bulletin may be directed to the Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office/ Human Resources.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous