Associate Engineer

City of Visalia
Job Description
The Community Development Department is recruiting for Associate Engineer.  This position will primarily be responsible for the management of traffic, transportation, and ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) related capital improvement projects during the planning, environmental clearance/permitting, design, and construction support phases. This position may oversee residential and commercial development projects and other capital improvement projects as necessary. There is one (1) position available and an eligibility list is being established.

JOB TITLE: Associate Engineer

DEPARTMENT: Community Development


Under general direction, supervises and participates in the conduct of complicated engineering planning, design and investigation project. Performs related responsibilities and required.


This is the advanced journey level of the civil engineer series. This class may be distinguished from the class of Assistant Engineer by the level of difficulty and complexity of work performed. Positions in this class require frequent use of a high degree of independent judgment in making decisions in accordance with established rules and procedures. Positions in this class provide lead supervision and training to assigned professional and technical staff.
 Examples of Duties:
  • Assigns, schedules, monitors and evaluates work of assigned personnel.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, engineering standards and priorities.
  • Checks on-site and off-site improvements to commercial and multi-family buildings for plan compliance.
  • Prepares and administers the capital improvement plan and budget in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Receives public works complaints and directs to appropriate division.
  • Conducts field inspections and consultations with property owners, contractors, inspectors, utility companies and other City officials.
  • Participates in the review of proposed private developments, construction projects, traffic flow, work site control, and establishes conditions for approval.
  • Assists with the issuance of public works permits for utility companies and contractors.
  • Reviews and approves, as required, plans for construction prepared by private engineers.
  • Checks computations and specified materials for accuracy and conformance with regulations.
  • Serves as staff to the City Council, Planning Commission and various committees on engineering, public works or related matters.
  • Prepares written reports, memos and presentations.
  • Serves as project manager on assigned capital projects with a focus on traffic and ITS (Intelligence Transportation Systems) related projects.
  • Coordinates citizen participation in public works projects such as, but not limited to, traffic related infrastructure, curbs and gutters, sidewalks and sewer and storm facilities.
  • Participates in the selection and supervision of private professional engineers for the development of plans and specifications, studies and reports.
  • Prepares estimates, bids, change orders, and other similar tasks associated with construction projects.
  • Serves as information source on surveying to public and other City departments.
  • Serves as information source on engineering related matters to public.
  • Performs related duties as required.


This position reports to the City Engineer or the Engineering Manager and supervises assigned professional and technical staff.
 Qualifications / Requirements:

Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to public works engineering, and traffic, transportation, and ITS engineering.
  • Modern methods and techniques used in the design and construction of a wide variety of public works projects.
  • City's land survey standards and permit requirements.
  • Construction sites and materials.
  • Municipal budget preparation.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Modern office methods and procedures.
  • City, federal, state and government agency laws and regulations pertaining to surveying, procurement, public works bidding and contracts, and grant funding requirements.
  • Computer usage and application.
Skill in:
  • Bid and estimate preparation.
  • Public contact.
  • Report preparation and presentation.
  • Short-range planning.
Ability to:
  • Make complex engineering computations and to check, design and supervise the construction of a wide variety of public works projects.
  • Directs, evaluate and supervise the work of assigned personnel.
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral form.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Operate standard office equipment, including computer; various surveying equipment.
  • Apply and learn computer applications.

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skill and ability is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skill and abilities would be:
  • Three (3) years of increasingly responsible civil engineering experience.
  • Prior traffic/transportation engineering experience in a municipal agency setting is highly desirable.
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a BS degree in civil engineering or related field.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a valid California Driver's License by time of appointment.
 Additional Information:

Positions in this class are typically situated in a standard office environment but require some field work. This results in exposure to the weather and requires the ability to conduct duties in areas of unstable footing.


Application and supplemental materials will be evaluated and applicants who appear to be qualified will be invited to participate in a job related interview and/or practical examination process.  Successful candidates may be required to pass a background investigation, physical examination and/or drug screen. 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel assigned to this classification and is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

FLSA: Exempt
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