Assistant Engineer or Associate Engineer

One position is available. The level at which an individual is hired is dependent on their qualifications and experience.
Central Valley
Until filled
$82,360.00-$116,096.00 Annually

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


390 Towne Centre Drive Lathrop, 95330


The City is currently recruiting for an Assistant Engineer or an Associate Engineer. The Level at which an individual is hired is dependent on their qualifications and relevant work experience. Under general supervision, the incumbent will perform professional engineering work in the design, evaluation and construction of streets, traffic controls, landscaping, parks, storm drains, sewer, water and other public works projects. This individual will also serve as a project manager on medium or less complex Capital Improvement Projects (CIP).

  • The Assistant Engineer will preform a broad range of routine assignments and less complex professional engineering tasks while learning and gaining experience.
  • The Associate Engineer is responsible for a broad range of more complex professional engineering assignments requiring considerable knowledge in various aspects of civil engineering.


Essential Functions

  • Reviews and/or prepares plans and specifications; prepares quantity and cost estimates; checks plans and specifications for accuracy of design and completeness; coordinates required advertising for bids.
  • Performs a broad range of construction project management and design activities on a variety of CIP’s, including streets, lighting, storm drains, sewers, water, parks and landscape.
  • Assists higher level engineers on large and complex Public Works construction projects and acts as a project management engineer on construction projects; coordinates CIP’s with contractors, utility companies, other agencies and the general public.
  • Reviews plans and private contract projects for compliance with State Law, City ordinances, policies, standards and accepted engineering practices.
  • Administers design and construction contracts; maintains logs and tracks bond expiration dates; prepares staff reports for Council.
  • Interprets codes and regulations in the performance of plan check activities; calculates building valuation; coordinates plan review process with other departments and agencies.
  • Administers and enforces City codes and standards on engineering projects; addresses and responds to citizen concerns related to engineering problems.



Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have the following education and experience:

Assistant Engineer

Two years of professional engineering experience in civil engineering, traffic engineering, surveying or related areas, and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or a related field. Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer can be substituted for a bachelor’s degree.

Associate Engineer

In addition to the above, one year of experience equivalent to that of an Assistant Engineer in the City of Lathrop.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate will also have the following attributes:

  • A positive attitude
  • A team player
  • Highly motivated




Healthcare: A maximum healthcare contribution of $1,684 per month is made by the City toward dental, vision and CalPERS medical coverage for the 2018 calendar year.

Retirement: The City participates in the CalPERS retirement system. Classic members receive 2% at 60 years (employee pays 7%). Those hired after January 1, 2013 and without recent CalPERS service, will receive 2% at 62 years (employee pays 6.25%,)

Retiree Health: The City contributes toward retiree health care on a graduated scale based on years of service for employees who retire from the City of Lathrop.

Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year.

Vacation: 10 paid vacation days per year to start, increases with years of service.

Section 125 Program: Set aside pre-tax money for Unreimbursed Medical Expenses and/or Dependent Day Care Expenses.

Supplemental Insurance: Voluntary option to purchase additional insurance coverage.

Bargaining Unit: The position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021.


Special Instructions

This position is open until filled.  To join our dynamic team, please submit an application through the CalOpps website.  No faxes or emails.


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