Los Altos

Assistant Civil Engineer (20119036)

South Bay
Until filled
$96,643.12-$117,470.32 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.



Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.


  1. 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;
  2. Produces and develops design and construction contracts including developing bid schedules, constructing and reviewing cost estimates, and reviewing technical and general specifications;
  3. 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;
  4. Evaluates and negotiates fee proposals prepared by consultants and prepares City Council memos;
  5. Coordinates, reviews, and approves detailed engineering designs, including drawings, reports, and specifications, for compliance with engineering standards and City policies and guidelines;
  6. Compiles and reviews necessary documentation to ensure compliance with contracts;
  7. Inspects engineering projects for conformance to established plans and specifications;
  8. Provides technical advice and assistance to other City departments, engineers, architects, and contractors for conformance with City policies and guidelines;
  9. 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;
  10. 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;
  11. Protects the City’s interest by identifying design situations with cost implications to the City from liability or maintenance issues;
  12. Responds to inquiries from the public on existing or proposed engineering requirements and activities;
  13. Meets with developers and engineers to review project requirements;
  14. Coordinates plan revisions with off-site inspections;
  15. Reviews plans for development;
  16. Reviews encroachment permit applications for utilities, contractors, and other parties;
  17. 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;
  18. Serves as a liaison and contact person for engineers and developers through the development and review process required by the City;
  19. Prepares and updates capital improvement project schedules;
  20. Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;
  21. Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies and procedures;
  22. 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.



  • 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.


Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer. Vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard, typewriter keyboard, or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects up to 25 pounds.


COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: The salary range for this position ranges from $96,643.12 up to $117,470.32 annually. Placement within the range will be DOE. This is a full-time, non-exempt and represented by Los Altos Municipal Employee Association.


The benefits package offered by the City includes:

  • Retirement: CalPERS retirement plan for Classic members is 2% @ 60 with employee paying a contribution of 7%. PEPRA employees participate on a 2% @ 62 plan, with employee paying 6.75% of the retirement contribution. Benefits based on highest three years of compensation. The City does not participate in Social Security.
  • Health Plans: Choice of HMO or PPO plans through CalPERS Health with most family plans covered at 100%. Employees who waive coverage may receive stipend of $350 per month.
  • Dental/Vision: City also offers a dental and vision reimbursement plan.
  • Flexible Spending Plan: Dependent care and health care reimbursement plan available
  • Deferred Compensation: Voluntary participation in either Nationwide or ICMA-RC
  • Holidays: 10 annual holidays, plus one floating holiday
  • Vacation: 10 days annually
  • Sick Leave: Allowance of 12 days annually
  • The City follows a Defined 9/80 schedule with offices closed every other Friday.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE: A completed City application, cover letter and resume must be received online.


RECRUITMENT PROCESS: The applicants most closely matching the City’s desired qualifications and organizational needs will be invited to participate in the interview process. Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including reference checks and a complete background investigation. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose a conviction will result in disqualification or termination.


This position is open until filled with a first review date of Monday, June 14, 2021.




The City of Los Altos is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of a person’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age or sexual orientation. Candidates with a disability, which may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process, should advise City of Los Altos upon submittal of application. Documentation of the need for accommodation must accompany the request. 



The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.

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