Assistant Engineer

Monterey County Human Resources
April 28, 2021
Salinas, CA
Job Type


Invites your interest for the position of

$5,966 to $8,149 per month
Final Filing Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Exam# 21/41A10/04JA

The Public Works, Facilities & Parks department seeks candidates for the position of Assistant Engineer to independently perform and supervise a variety of responsibilities in the public works engineering field.

The current vacancy in the Assistant Engineer classification will predominantly focus on the preparation of drawing plans and specifications for the construction, modification, or maintenance of roads, drainage, portions of bridges, and related public works projects; making engineering and plan checking calculations for public works and private development projects; serving as resident engineer for public works projects of moderate size and complexity; preparing a variety of technical, narrative and data reports, records and correspondence; and meet with engineers, surveyors, developers, contractors, consultants, and members of the public to represent the department on any of the above listed responsibilities.

Additional vacancies may include focus on review of complex legal descriptions, survey maps and records; engineering improvement plans and related documents; prepare agreements and reports and present them to the Board of Supervisors and/or various other committees or hearing bodies; process requests for road vacation, road naming and other road right-of-way functions; assist the County Surveyor with maintenance of indexing of State mandated records; maintain an orderly system of house numbering; review development projects to place, enforce and properly clear conditions of approval; perform and/or review a variety of traffic engineering studies and analyses; investigate collision locations, traffic control devices, and areas of public concern; meet with engineers, surveyors, developers, contractors, consultants, and members of the public to represent the department on any of the above listed responsibilities.

The Public Works, Facilities & Parks Department (PWFP) brings together a range of functions to ensure safe building construction, plan for the future needs of the County, manage infrastructure and county facilities, and protect natural resources. The Department is responsible for public works, county roads and bridges, county parks, and county facilities.
The Eligible List established from this recruitment process will be used to fill positions on a permanent and temporary basis and may be used to fill future vacancies.


Critically important qualifications for this position are: integrity; flexibility, and adaptability; the ability to develop and maintain close working relationships; strong oral and written communication skills; an ability to relate well to the public, management, and employees at all levels; and good judgment. The ideal incumbent will:

  • Possess and exhibit exceptional character and integrity.
  • Demonstrate tact and diplomacy.
  • Deal tactfully with individuals even in time of disagreement and conflict.
  • Effectively and tactfully communicate.
  • Deal effectively with both internal and external customers and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
  • Exemplify an enthusiastic, resourceful, and effective customer service attitude.
  • Promote Monterey County Values and provide excellent customer service

Examples of Duties

  • Designs and prepares drawings and specifications for the construction, modification or maintenance of roads, drainage, portions of bridges and related public works projects.
  • Makes engineering and plan checking calculations for public works and private development projects.
  • Serves as resident engineer for public works projects of moderate size and complexity to ensure completion of construction in accordance with plans, specifications and requirements; serves as assistant resident engineer on larger projects, and performs the more complex construction inspections; evaluates and recommends approval of progress payments and change orders; ensures compliance with labor requirements.
  • Prepares quantity and cost estimates for construction projects.
  • Meets with developers, contractors, consultants, the public and others, and attends various public hearings, to represent the Department within assigned area, provide information, and resolve problems
  • Reviews, evaluates and issues or approves land development permits, encroachment permits, and transportation permits, and recommends approval of subdivision maps and plans; places and enforces conditions and requirements
  • Performs a variety of traffic engineering studies and analyzes; investigates collision locations, traffic control devices, and areas of public concern; recommends corrections to reduce potential for accidents and County liability.
  • Determines appropriate analytical methods, and performs and interprets testing and sampling of public works construction materials; evaluates existing facilities and appurtenances to determine level of integrity and damage.
  • Prepares a variety of technical, narrative and data reports, records and correspondence.
  • May supervise the work of assigned technical support staff, including planning, assigning and reviewing work, conducting employee counseling and performance appraisals, preparing documentation, participation in hiring, and providing training and guidance.

To view the complete job description visit the Monterey County website:

Working Knowledge of:Principles and practices of civil engineering including design and construction, surveying, materials, stress analysis, mechanics and hydraulics. Engineering mathematics. Construction materials, soils, methods, testing and equipment. Drafting techniques, nomenclature, symbols, methods and instruments used in field and office engineering work. Safety practices pertaining to work. Computer applications in the public works engineering. Applicable codes, regulations, and standards relating to civil engineering. Environmental review principles, procedures and documents. Contract administration, grants, and project budget reports.

Skill and Ability to:Apply engineering principles and techniques to evaluate and solve routine to difficult public works engineering problems. Read, understand and interpret complex engineering data, maps, survey notes, legal descriptions, and other materials. Perform complex engineering calculations. Deal tactfully and effectively with the public staff, other agencies, developers, contractors, and others. Prepare clear, concise and accurate reports and correspondence; maintain accurate data and records. Independently perform detailed analysis of designs, specifications and plans. Exercise sound independent judgment in managing assigned projects. Operate compute equipment, calculators, drafting and surveying equipment, and materials testing equipment and instruments.
Prepare and/or review environmental impact reports data. May require skill to plan, assign and supervise the work of technical support staff; conduct counseling and performance appraisal; and train and guide the work of others. Maintain cooperative relationships with co-workers and others contacted through the course of work; respond in a positive manner to supervision and attend and perform duties on a regular and consistent basis.

Examples of Experience/Education/Training Any combination of training, education, and/or experience which provides the knowledge, skills, abilities and required conditions of employment listed above is qualifying. An example of a way these requirements may be acquired is:
Education: Equivalent to completion of a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering at an accredited college engineering curriculum,AND
Experience: Two years of responsible professional public works engineering experience.

Education: College level coursework and/or formal training providing the necessary skills in engineering design, computations, surveying and construction management.AND

Experience: Four years of experience at a level equivalent to Engineering Technician with Monterey County including in at least two areas, including design and construction.

Additional Information Required conditions of employment:
As a condition of employment, the incumbent will be required to:

  • Possess a valid California class C Driver License at the time of hire and maintain a satisfactory driving record.

Monterey County offers an excellent benefits package. To view the "F" Unit Benefit Summary please visit our website. This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing.

Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly, and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary.

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Applications may be obtained from and submitted to:
Monterey County, Public Works, Facilities &Parks Department
Attn: Julie Aulenta, Associate Personnel Analyst
1441 Schilling Place, 1st Floor, Salinas CA 93901
Phone: (831) 755-5014 Fax: (831) 784-5603

The selection process is tentative and applicants will be notified if changes are made. The competitive selection process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application packet will include:

  • A completed County of Monterey Employment Application
  • Responses to all of the Supplemental Questions

All required materials must be received no later than final filing date:
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Applicants who fail to provide all required materials will not be considered. Resumes will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applications that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process. To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the process may include an oral examination, pre-exam exercises, performance exam, and/or written examination.

Monterey County is a drug-free work place and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County provides reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call the Human Resources Analyst at (831) 755-5014.

The County of Monterey is a Drug-Free Workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Closing Date/Time: 5/26/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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