Associate Engineer, Civil and Electrical - Public Works Department

The Department of Public Works is responsible for delivering capital improvement projects for a wide variety of City facilities and infrastructure, maintaining City facilities and fleet assets, facilitating and regulating development activities, and providing animal care and services. The Department is committed to high-quality service, partnering with the community, and providing an excellent environment in which to work. We strive to constantly demonstrate the City values of Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Collaboration, Respect, and Celebration, and seek employees who do the same.


Positions & Duties

The Associate Engineer classification is the third level of the engineering series and typically requires minimal supervision in the design, review, and management of projects. Incumbents of this class are typically supervised and provided lead direction and training by a Senior Engineer.

The Public Works Department is recruiting to fill multiple Associate Engineer positions. Currently, there are two (2) vacancies in the following Divisions:

Development Services Division

The Development Services Division provides development plan review and construction of City infrastructure in conjunction with the private development process, administers permits for work within City’s streets, and provides utilities permitting services

Transportation and Hydraulic Services Division

The Transportation and Hydraulics Services Division is responsible for the design and construction of bridges, culverts, streets, sidewalks, storm and sanitary sewers, pump stations, streetlights, landscape and hardscape improvements, traffic signals, and supports construction and engineering, upgrade and revitalization of the San Jose-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility.

The ideal candidate will possess a high level of professionalism, excellent customer service skills, and a supreme work ethic. These positions require excellent judgment, initiative, perseverance, integrity, organizational skills, flexibility and written and verbal communications skills.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES (Dependent upon the position/discipline for which they may be selected.)

  • Prepares and/or reviews designs, improvement plans, estimates, specifications, and contract documents for capital improvement projects, private development projects or other engineering related projects that are prepared by subordinates and/or consultants engaged by the City or by private developers.
  • Reviews and responds to Request for Information memos (RFIs) and submittals, negotiate change orders and review pay applications.
  • Manages projects, i.e., oversees, controls, and guides the project.
  • Negotiates, prepares and manages consultant agreements and/or construction contracts.
  • Supervises staff by prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff is trained; making hiring, termination and disciplinary recommendations.
  • Supervises the collection and analysis of field data and prepares recommendations.
  • Responsible for interfacing with the public, consultants, contractors, other City departments/sections, and other agencies, and is responsible for timely response to the stakeholders' requests and concerns on projects.
  • Coordinates with construction inspectors and attends field meetings to resolve problems arising in the field during the construction of a public improvement project.
  • Prepares clearly written and effective reports and Council Memos.
  • Tracks and manages project costs using appropriate tools and resources.
  • Responsible for permitting, managing, and designing capital projects.


Additional responsibilities specific to the PW, Development Services position:

  • Supervises and provides leadership to a team of Engineers and Engineering Technicians.
  • Reviews and provides comments to Planning applications and attends community meetings and/or Planning Commission meetings, as needed.
  • Implements and coordinates principles of the State Subdivision Map Act, City traffic and stormwater management policies related to private development.
  • Responsible for the plan review and permit issuance for Utility Company infrastructure (i.e. pipes, poles, transformers, conduits, cabinets, underground vaults, and other facilities) constructed within City streets and sidewalks by franchised utility companies.
  • Manage one or more technical programs within the Division.

Additional responsibilities specific to the Transportation and Hydraulics Services Division

  • Implements and coordinates design guidelines in reviewing small cell tower permit plans.
  • Performs electrical engineering analysis and design conforming to the National Electric Code requirements and other related local and state standards.


This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

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San Jose, CA

San Jose , United States


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San Jose


Mid-level industry position