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Civil Engineer, Senior


Under direction of the City Engineer this is a professional engineer classification responsible to perform complex engineering calculations and to review development maps and plans for compliance with State and Municipal Codes and specifications. This classification is assigned to the Miscellaneous Bargaining Unit for labor relations purposes and is subject to overtime, standby and call back assignments.


General supervision is provided by the City Engineer. Responsibilities may include the supervision of various units in the Engineering Division.


This position performs complex and technical engineering work. Work involves the application of precise professional engineering knowledge and techniques. It is ordinarily performed under the general supervision of the City Engineer who makes general assignments and inspects work to ensure that it is conducted according to instructions and in conformity with accepted engineering standards.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: - Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Participate in the development and implementation of goals and objectives; implement policies and procedures related to the engineering division.
  • Assist City Engineer in the preparation and monitoring of the capital improvement program.
  • 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.
  • Administer development reviews for site plan approval for streets, utilities, tentative final subdivision and parcel maps.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Review the design plans and check results of consulting engineers for compliance with sound engineering principles and City standards and specifications.
  • Resolve work problems and interpret routine administrative policies to subordinates, other departments, contractors, consultants and the public.
  • Coordinate activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
  • Assist in budget preparation and administration; maintain budget records and work performance records.
  • Prepare RFP's for design services of different projects.
  • Prepare legal descriptions related to City rights of way and easements.
  • Prepare comprehensive contracts related to construction projects including construction standards, specifications, project schedules and payments plans.
  • Provide information to the public, respond to and resolve citizen inquires and complaints.
  • Perform contract administration and construction management of Capital Improvement Projects.
  • Supervise and oversee survey and construction inspection activities.
  • Direct the preparation and filing of documents and maps related to the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


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.



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


    Possession of a Bachelor Degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering and three (3) college units of management/supervisory training. An additional Four years of professional engineering experience may be substituted for a Bachelorís Degree or a combination of experience and engineering class coursework. Management/supervisory training course may be included as part of Bachelor Degree. If course is not included in Bachelor Degree, incumbent will have 12 months from date of appointment to obtain coursework.

  • Note: Employees promoting through flexible staffing must possess 3 units in supervisory/management training at the time of appointment.


  • Possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California. If licensed in another state, must obtain California Professional Civil Engineer within six months of appointment.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License at the time of appointment, to be maintained as a condition of continued employment.


Maintain the following physical abilities: See well enough to operate vehicles and survey equipment, read instructions and follow directions; hear well enoug

    For questions about City employment, please contact:

    Human Relations
    156 S. Broadway, Ste. 235
    Turlock, CA 95380-5454
    (209) 668-5150
    Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

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