Senior Civil Engineer - 2019 (19867123)

Central Valley
Until filled or until 75 applicants
$7,121.00-$8,656.00 Monthly

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2220 Magnolia Ave. Ceres, 95307



$7,121 - $8,656 monthly (paid bi-weekly)

2.45% Equity and COLA increase effective July 1, 2020

Open:  Friday, May 30, 2019

Open Until Filled


Summary Description

Under the general direction of the City Engineer this is the professional engineer classification responsible to perform complex engineering calculations and to review development maps and plans for compliance with Federal, State and Municipal Codes and specifications.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is position is the advanced journey level class in the engineering series. Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed, complexity of duties assigned, independence of action taken, by the amount of time spent performing the duties, and the nature of the public contact made. Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series, including providing direct supervision over assigned personnel including Assistant or Associate Engineers. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the Associate Engineer class.

Representative Duties

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Participate in the development and implementation of goals and objectives; implement policies and procedures related to the engineering division.
  2. Assist City Engineer in the preparation and monitoring of the capital improvement program.
  3. May provide direct supervision as assigned by City Engineer to professional and technical engineering staff within the engineering division; assign daily work and monitor work progress; evaluate work in progress and provide training and technical assistance.
  4. Administer development reviews for site plan approval for streets, utilities, tentative final subdivision and parcel maps.
  5. Administer public works construction contracts, supervise quality and exercise control on all public works projects; supervise and perform preparation and maintenance of all required legal descriptions and documents necessary to acquire land, rights of way; and easements; process encroachment requests into City Easements and rights of way.
  6. Supervise, oversee and participate in the development of Civil Engineering designs and plans including the calculation of the quantity, quality and cost of materials and the development of specifications related to the assigned project.
  7. Participate in the review and approval of subdivision plans; ensure that public improvements comply with City standards, applicable codes, local, federal and state legislation, as well as sound engineering practices.
  8. Provide administrative and engineering assistance to developers, contractors, consultants, other agencies and the general public to resolve complaints and problems and ensure successful project completion.
  9. Review the design plans and check results of consulting engineers for compliance with sound engineering principles and City standards and specifications.
  10. Resolve work problems and interpret routine administrative policies to subordinates, other departments, contractors, consultants and the public.
  11. Coordinate activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
  12. Assist in budget preparation and administration; maintain budget records and work performance records.
  13. Prepare RFP's for design services of different projects.
  14. Prepare legal descriptions related to City rights of way and easements.
  15. Prepare comprehensive contracts related to construction projects including construction standards, specifications, project schedules and payments plans.
  16. Provide information to the public, respond to and resolve citizen inquires and complaints.
  17. Perform contract administration and construction management of Capital Improvement Projects.
  18. Supervise and oversee survey and construction inspection activities.
  19. Direct the preparation and filing of documents and maps related to the assigned area of responsibility.
  20. Perform related duties as assigned.


The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Engineering principles, programs, procedures, practices, forms, and techniques pertinent to functions within the Engineering Division.

Laws and regulations governing the formation of assessment districts and public works construction.

Budgeting as practiced in public agencies.

Recent developments, current literature and sources of information regarding engineering functions applicable to the Engineering Division.

Principles and practice as applied to computer usage, including but not limited to Auto CAD, spread sheet programs and word processing programs.

Basic principles and practices of project management.

Computer applications to engineering and construction management.

Methods, materials and techniques used in the construction of public works projects.

Ability to:

Prepare plans and drawings neatly and accurately.

Make engineering design calculations and check, design and prepare engineering plans.

Provide skill in the preparation and presentation of clear and concise written and verbal reports.

Deal effectively with engineers, developers, contractors, property owners and general public.

Understand and interpret engineering construction plans, specifications and other contract documents.

Perform technical research and solve difficult engineering problems.

Coordinate phases of major construction projects and prepare progress reports.

Conduct comprehensive engineering studies and analyses and prepare reports with appropriate recommendations.

Ensure project compliance with State, Federal, and local rules, laws and regulations.

Interpret and apply pertinent laws, rules and regulations.

Provide direct supervision and training to assigned personnel.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contracted in the course of work.


Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


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


Five years of increasingly responsible professional public works engineering experience or two years as an Associate Engineer in the City of Ceres, including lead work or supervisory experience.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license, to be maintained as a condition of continued employment.

Possession of a certificate of registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California is required.  If licensed in another state, must obtain California Professional Civil Engineer within six months of appointment.


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed in an indoor and outdoor setting with exposure to all types of weather and temperature conditions, and travel from site to site.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting and field environment; to walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, twist, grasp, and make repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate amounts of weight; to operate assigned equipment and vehicles; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction

Ideal Candidate

*Strong DESIGN & INSPECTION experience


*CITY OR COUNTY Capital Improvement Project experience

*FHWA project experience

*Oversight of contract engineers

*E-76 Authority to Proceed working with Caltrans Division of Local Assistance


Work schedule:  Option for traditional 5/8s or alternative 4/10s.

Health: The City contributes toward the combined monthly premiums for medical, dental and vision a maximum of $710, $1,470 or $2,090, dependent on level of medical coverage enrollment. Some of the monthly plan premium options are currently at no cost to the employee and family! Any employee contributions to health premiums are taken as pre-tax deductions. Employees eligible to waive medical coverage receive $200 per month in additional taxable compensation. Carriers include: Two Blue Shield HMOs, Blue Shield PPO, Kaiser HMO; Stanislaus Foundation Dental and Blue Shield MES Vision.

Retirement/Pension: The City offers a generous defined benefit plan pension (membership required) in the Stanislaus County Employees’ Retirement Association (StanCERA), as governed by County Employees’ Retirement Law of 1937 and Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA). “Classic members” (within the last six (6) months a member of StanCERA or a reciprocal retirement plan, e.g. CalPERS) are enrolled in the City’s 2% @ 55 plan; final compensation at retirement is based on the single highest year. Non-classic or “new members” are enrolled in the 2% @ 62 plan, and employees are required to pay 50% of the normal contribution rate as prescribed by PEPRA, currently 8.77%, on a pre-tax basis; final compensation at retirement is based on the average of the three highest years.

Other Benefits: The City contributes an additional $100 per month through a qualified Section 125 plan to the employee’s Flexible Spending Account (FSA - for non-reimbursable medical expenses or daycare) or Health Savings Account (HSA), as applicable.

Voluntary Benefits & Leave:  Employee Assistance Program, voluntary options for Deferred Compensation (457), Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Voluntary Life and AD&D coverage, 96 hours of sick leave accrued each year with unlimited accrual; vacation accrual based on years of service with maximum accrual of 480 hours and 13 paid holidays (including one personal day) each year.

The City also participates in Social Security, which has a mandatory 7.65% contribution for Social Security and Medicare.

Special Instructions


Do not substitute any related work experience with a resume only.  Although resumes will be helpful, all relevant work experience must be spelled out in the WORK EXPERIENCE section of this application.


Those applicants whose strengths and qualifications most closely match the needs of the position will be invited to a interview and/or written exam.  Applicants with a combined passing score from the two testing areas will be established on a hiring eligibility list which will be valid for six months from the date of certification.  Failure of one portion of the assessment process may be disqualifying from certification.

The top three candidates from the eligibility list will be forwarded to the Department for a selection interview.


Must pass City-paid, post-offer fingerprint scan which is required before hire as well as an employment check and reference check, a post-offer employment medical assessment exam and drug screen. At the time of hire, City employees must meet the I9 documentation requirements of the USCIS.

ACCOMMODATIONS  The City of Ceres will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants or employees.  If you need an accommodation, you must notify the Human Resources Department in writing prior to the final filing date for this recruitment. 

The City of Ceres is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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