Los Altos

Assistant Civil Engineer (19871426)

Public Works
South Bay
Until filled
$91,109.00-$110,744.00 Annually


1 North San Antonio Road Los Altos, 94022


The Assistant Engineer performs paraprofessional engineering duties in such areas as reviewing development plans, estimating costs, coordinating construction projects, maintaining engineering records, and developing in-house project designs and specifications using engineering techniques.

Assistant Engineer will also provide customer service in regards to traffic and transportation inquiries from the public, from surrounding agencies, as well as interdepartmental inquiries.  Inquiries can include, but are not limited to; Stop sign requests, speeding concerns, bicycle and pedestrian safety concerns.  Additional tasks also include review of traffic control plans, and transportation permits.


  • Assists in managing Capital Improvement Program (CIP) project designs, monitoring budget and approving payments, coordinating reviews and meetings, maintaining and monitoring report schedules, and advising of changes and delays;
  • Produces and develops design and construction contracts including developing bid schedules, constructing and reviewing cost estimates, and reviewing technical and general specifications;
  • Reviews and/or develops scope of work for design and construction contracts between the City, consultants, and contractors; develops requests for qualifications; evaluates proposals; assists in selection and negotiation of contracts;
  • Evaluates and negotiates fee proposals prepared by consultants and prepares City Council memos;
  • Coordinates, reviews, and approves detailed engineering designs, including drawings, reports, and specifications, for compliance with engineering standards and City policies and guidelines;
  • Compiles and reviews necessary documentation to ensure compliance with contracts;
  • Inspects engineering projects for conformance to established plans and specifications;
  • Provides technical advice and assistance to other City departments, engineers, architects, and contractors for conformance with City policies and guidelines;
  • Reviews and assesses right-of-way requirements for projects and ensures proper environmental and acquisition issues are completed prior to entry on property or construction;
  • Reviews civil construction plans, preliminary plats, final plats, title reports, drainage reports, environmental assessments, and sewer reports for compliance to City code and conformance to reasonable practice;
  • Protects the City’s interest by identifying design situations with cost implications to the City from liability or maintenance issues;
  • Responds to inquiries from the public on existing or proposed engineering requirements and activities;
  • Meets with developers and engineers to review project requirements;
  • Coordinates plan revisions with off-site inspections;
  • Reviews plans for development;
  • Reviews encroachment permit applications for utilities, contractors, and other parties;
  • Ensures persons and agencies affected by projects are informed and processes established; coordinates and communicates design development, plan reviews, permitting, changes in design or construction, and internal or external agency involvement and approval;
  • Serves as a liaison and contact person for engineers and developers through the development and review process required by the City;
  • Prepares and updates capital improvement project schedules;
  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies and procedures;
  • Other duties as assigned.


KNOWLEDGE OF: Theory, principles and practices of civil, traffic, and transportation engineering; Design, construction and maintenance requirements of public works facilities, including buildings, streets, drainage systems, and sanitary sewers; Methods, materials, and techniques used in the construction of public works and utilities or traffic engineering projects;  Effectively utilize customer service techniques. 

SKILL AND ABILITY TO: Make complex engineering computations, and check, design, and prepare engineering plans, studies, profiles, and maps.  Utilize computer programs in the performance of calculations. Reading and interpret engineering plans and specifications.  Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND GENERAL WORKING CONDITIONS: The primary duties of this position are performed in an office environment; ability to use phone and computer equipment; ability to stand for long periods of time; exposure to outdoor elements such as: dust, wind, rain, heat and cold; operation of a motor vehicle.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering or a related field
  • Two years of experience in civil engineering or related field.
  • Possession of Engineering in Training (EIT) certificate.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism at all times. 
  • Good written and verbal communications skills and strong problem-solving skills.
  • Good computer skills; working knowledge of MS WORD, OUTLOOK, EXCEL, POWER POINT, and AutoCAD

IDEAL CANDIDATE POSSESSES THE FOLLOWING CHARACTERISTICS:  Is highly professional, patient, respectful, and ethical; possesses excellent problem-solving skills and a can-do attitude. Communicates effectively and proactively both verbally and in writing. Enjoys working in a small-town atmosphere with an engaged public, including merchants, property owners and residents.


$91,109 – $110,744 annually DOE. 

The City of Los Altos offers a competitive benefits package.  Please visit our website to learn more about our Benefits Summary.


This recruitment will remain open until filled. Applications must be submitted online at the City's employment opportunities page. We will begin reviewing applications starting on Monday, June 17, 2019.

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