Associate Civil Engineer

  • City of Murrieta, CA
  • Murrieta, California
  • Jun 28, 2019
Full Time Engineering Public Works
  • Salary: $74,322.66 - $90,341.53 Annually

Job Description

Description and Essential Functions

UPDATE: Open until the needs of the City have been met. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

The City of Murrieta, located in southwest Riverside County, was incorporated under the general laws of the State of California on July 1, 1991, and currently supports a population of approximately 114,000 residents. While offering affordable housing and high quality schools, the City represents a blend of dynamic growth amid the traditional values of a historic rural community dating back to the 1890's. Every resident and employee of the City has the opportunity to be an integral part in shaping the Murrieta of today, and, more important, the Murrieta of tomorrow.
Under direction performs a diverse range of professional engineering duties in support of an assigned program area which may include, but is not limited to capital improvement projects, development services, and public works infrastructure; prepares and/or participates in the preparation and review of preliminary and final engineering plans, cost estimates, cost analysis studies, specifications and schedules; oversees and coordinates the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) activities; provides technical support to management in assigned engineering program area; and performs related work as required.

Receives direction from assigned supervisory or management personnel. Exercises no direct supervision over staff.

This journey level classification is responsible for providing professional support in an assigned engineering program area, working independently and exercising judgment. Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations where appropriate so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Performs a diverse range of professional engineering duties in an assigned program area which may include, but is not limited to, capital improvement projects, development services, and public works infrastructure.
  • Prepares and/or participates in the preparation and review of preliminary and final engineering plans, cost estimates, cost analysis studies, specifications and schedules for public works projects; plans include, but are not limited to, demolition, grading, street improvement, storm drains, traffic control, erosion control and irrigation.
  • Prepares and administers contracts for engineering services; determines scope of projects; prepares requests for proposals; conducts pre-bid and pre-construction conferences; provides input into the selection process; and directs the work of contracted service providers.
  • Serves as project manager on assigned projects; analyzes and resolves design and engineering issues; settles disputes and issues with inspectors, engineers and contractors; conducts negotiations for change orders; prepares contract modifications for change orders; coordinates relocation/adjustments of existing utilities for projects.
  • Performs a variety of engineering calculations on assigned projects.
  • Oversees inspections of civil infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer and storm drains, subdivisions and grading; may direct and coordinate the work of inspection personnel.
  • Oversees and coordinates theNPDESactivities and operations including but not limited to, preparation of the Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP), implementing the Jurisdictional Runoff Management Plan (JRMP), performing semiannual outfall screenings, and completing the Transitional Monitoring and Assessment Program Annual Report.
  • Attends weekly and monthly WQIP meetings; provides input and reviews submittals to the Regional Board; identifies and recommends City strategies to achieve WQIP goals; develops and coordinates programs to implement identified strategies for new permit cycle.
  • Maintains, coordinates and enforces JRMP's Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination program which includes maintaining the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) for existing residential, construction, commercial and industrial inventory database; completes residential, commercial and industrial inspections, and prepares the JRMP Annual Report.
  • Reviews subdivision and improvement plans, parcel maps, road and grading plans, and related maps and specifications for accuracy and conformance to established engineering practices and mandated regulations; approves legal descriptions and plats.
  • Reviews and conditions development applications; responds to enquiries and meets with applicants and consultants with respect to entitlement and design issues; coordinates application review and conditioning with other departments such as traffic engineering; participates in design review committee meetings with other departments to identify, consider and resolve issues.
  • Conducts a plan check on Preliminary Water Quality Management Plans; meets with applicants and engineers to discuss water quality solutions.
  • Participates in Planning Commission and Director Hearings; responds to questions from the Commissioners and public speakers as they relate to engineering issues and conditions.
  • Meets with contractors, engineers, developers, architects, a variety of outside agencies, and the general public in acquiring information and coordinating engineering matters; provides information regarding City development requirements.
  • Provides information to the public and resolves questions and complaints regarding the interpretation and application of relevant codes, rules and regulations relating to traffic and construction.
  • Observes and complies with City and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
  • Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in civil engineering or a closely related field.
  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible professional experience in civil engineering.
  • Possession of a valid certificate as a Professional Civil Engineer in the state of California.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain and maintain a valid California Driver's License or other means that would allow for the ability to commute to meetings, conduct site visits, and attend other special events throughout the county may be required at the time of hire.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions

  • Principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to the planning, design, cost estimating, construction, installation, and inspection of a wide variety of municipal facilities.
  • Methods, materials, and techniques used in the construction of public works projects, including water, storm water, street, and traffic systems design.
  • Methods and techniques of conducting comprehensive inspections on infrastructure projects.
  • Principles and practices of capital improvement program budgeting, cost estimation, funding, project management, and contract administration.
  • Principles and practices of checking engineering plan designs, and conditioning applications for compliance with permitting requirements.
  • Home building and entitlement processes.
  • Plan check processes which expedite the permit and construction timelines.
  • Water quality management plans and requirements.
  • Methods and techniques of preparing engineering calculations and cost estimates.
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulatory codes, and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility.
  • Principles and practices of environmental impact assessment and related regulatory processes for assigned projects.
  • Contract management practices in a public agency setting.
  • Practices of researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective staff reports.
  • Principles of advanced mathematics and their application to engineering work.
  • General principles of risk management related to engineering project design and construction.
  • Recent and on-going developments, current literature, and sources of information related to the engineering, development and construction fields.
  • Record keeping principles and procedures.
  • City and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
  • Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination, including computers and software programs relevant to work performed.
  • The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and City staff.

  • Perform a variety of professional engineering duties in support of the City's capital improvement and development programs.
  • Manage capital improvement projects from the planning through the construction phases including compliance with project specifications, quality, timeline and budget.
  • Oversee and coordinate the work of contracted service providers.
  • Prepare and/or review a diverse range of documents including engineering and construction plans, specifications, legal descriptions, and related materials.
  • Oversee and/or conduct comprehensive construction project inspections.
  • Review and condition a diverse range of development applications.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, technical specifications, and other written materials.
  • Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present administrative and technical information and data in an effective manner.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply all pertinent laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures, and standards relevant to work performed.
  • Conduct complex research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical staff reports.
  • Effectively represent the department and the City in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups, and various businesses, professional, and regulatory organizations and in meetings with individuals.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of filing, record keeping, and tracking systems.
  • Effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
  • Independently organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow-up on assignments.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

When working within an office environment, 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 and over the telephone; ability to stand and walk between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer 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.

When working in the field environment, must possess mobility to work in changing site conditions; possess the strength, stamina, and mobility to perform light to medium physical work; to sit, stand, and walk on level, uneven, or slippery surfaces; to reach, twist, turn, kneel, and bend, to climb and descend ladders; and to operate a motor vehicle and visit various sites; vision to inspect site conditions and work in progress. The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking in operational areas to identify problems or hazards, with exposure to hazardous materials in some site locations. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects averaging a weight of 40 pounds.

Employees work primarily in an office environment with moderate noise levels and controlled temperature conditions, and periodically work in a field environment where they are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, confining workspace, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives and contractors in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Supplemental Information

A City application form and resume must be submitted online. Applicants can apply online at .

Candidates must clearly demonstrate through their application materials that they meet the employment standards outlined above. All properly completed applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process. Examinations for the position may consist of any combination of appraisal interview, performance test and writing exercise to evaluate the applicant's skill, training, and experience for the position. Successful applicants will be placed on an eligibility list. The City may also merge lists. The selected candidate(s) must successfully complete pre-employment clearances which may include a physical, drug screen, and Live Scan background screening.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous