Senior Civil Engineer

  • City of Modesto
  • Modesto, California
  • Jul 10, 2019
Full Time Community and Economic Development Engineering Utilities Mid to Senior Level
  • Salary: $8,516.86 Monthly
  • Salary Top: $10,351.72
  • Apply By: Oct 31, 2019


The Senior Civil Engineer is responsible to plan, organize, direct and supervise professional engineering work related to the investigation, planning, design, construction and maintenance and operations of a variety of public works facilities, systems and projects as well as residential, commercial, industrial and multi-family building and development projects; to manage and perform the most complex and difficult engineering tasks related to assigned area of responsibility.

Currently there are three vacancies; two vacancies within the Utilities Engineering Services Division and one position within the Transportation Engineering Division. 
The two positions within the Utilities Engineering Services Division include the Senior Civil Engineer for Water Resources Engineering and the Senior Civil Engineer for Construction Administration.  The Utilities Engineering Services Division is responsible for the engineering, resource planning and construction administration of infrastructure projects. These are management positions that are expected to exercise significant independent judgment related to the areas of responsibility.  Water Resources Engineering is responsible for the planning and coordinating of regional programs, Utility Master Plans, grant funding opportunities, and data management associated with water, wastewater and storm drain systems.  Construction Administration is responsible for coordinating the inspection and construction management of the City's public works and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects.  This division is innovative and passionate about managing water resources for quality, sustainability and reliable service.   These two positions report to the Engineering Division Manager within the Utilities Department. 
The position within the Transportation Engineering Division reports to the Assistant City Engineer within the Community & Economic Development Department.   The Transportation Engineering Division is responsible for the engineering and resource planning of transportation infrastructure projects, including streets, bike paths and pedestrian ways. This too is a management position that is expected to exercise significant independent judgment related to transportation planning and design.   This division is innovative and passionate about managing the City's travel ways.
The incumbents are expected to coordinate with other City departments and external agencies. A major focus of the City is providing quality customer service both internally and externally. Knowledge and experience in utility infrastructure and transportation design is highly desirable. This position requires strong written and verbal communication skills.

Senior Civil Engineers are allocated to multiple departments within the organization. The list established with this recruitment will be utilized to fill the existing vacancy in the Utilities Department and the Community & Economic Development Department, and any additional Senior Civil Engineer vacancies that may occur.


Applicants will be assessed on the application submitted. Due to the volume of applications received, resumes will not be screened for the purpose of determining who is the most qualified to compete in the testing process. It is the applicant's responsibility to fill out the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application with complete information and adequate detail. Do not substitute any part of the application with the words "SEE RESUME."

All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications of the position will be placed on an eligible list and invited to a selection interview with the hiring department.
Human Resources reserves the right to revise the process to best meet the needs of the City.

Job Description

Essential Functions:

Recommend and assist in the implementation of goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for the performance of technical and professional engineering duties; implement policies and procedures. 

Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the work of staff involved in technical and professional engineering duties related to the design, construction, maintenance/operation of a variety of public works and development projects. 

Evaluate operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities. 

Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and control expenditures. 

Participate in the selection of staff; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures.

Manage and/or participate in the preparation of complex engineering studies and reports related to public works, utilities, and capital improvement projects according to assignment; oversee coordination of activities with other City departments, divisions, outside agencies, citizens, consultants, and developers.

Manage the most complex and difficult engineering projects; develop and monitor project schedules and budget; ensure project funding. 

Prepare agenda reports and resolutions for Council approval; make presentations to Council and other City committees and commissions. 

Initiate and conduct engineering planning studies to identify public works systems and facility needs and associated standards for planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation. 

Supervise, review, and participate in preparation of environmental assessments and studies related to City and private projects; meet with developers to discuss proposed projects or to resolve design issues; review new development plans. 

Prepare Requests for Proposals, research and recommend use of consultants and contractors for various projects; negotiate contracts and review work plans, monitor progress and authorize payments according to contract terms and conditions. 

Assist in negotiation of right-of-way agreements, professional services agreements, and cooperative agreements. 

Administer, design, and review assigned projects; ensure compliance with codes and local regulations. 

Direct the preparation and filing of deeds, maps and legal descriptions. Consult with a variety of health and other public officials, engineers, attorneys, waterconsumer groups, and others on water quality management plans, treatment facilities,  wastewater and stormwater issues, research projects, policies and studies. 

Prepare and make presentations to citizen groups, outside organizations and the City Council. 

Represent the division on committees and to outside organizations; coordinate engineering activities with other divisions and outside agencies. 

Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints. 

Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service. 

Marginal Functions: Perform related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Knowledge of: 

Principles and practices of professional engineering as applied to a variety of public works, utilities, building/facilities construction, water quality and private development projects. 

Methods, materials, and techniques used in the design, construction, inspection, and maintenance and operation of public works and development programs and projects.   

Principles and practices of supervision, training and performance evaluations. 

Principles and practices of budget monitoring.

Principles and practices of safety management. Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, ordinances and rules including CEQA regulations. 

Recent developments, current literature and sources of information regarding civil and structural engineering. 

Principles and practices of project management.

Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment. 

Ability to:

Organize, implement and direct professional engineering operations and activities. 

Interpret and explain pertinent City and department policies and procedures.

Assist in the development and monitoring of an assigned program and project budgets. 

Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations. 

Make engineering design computations and check, design, and prepare engineering plans. 

Understand and interpret engineering construction plans, specifications and other contract documents. Perform technical research and solve difficult engineering problems. 

Prepare contracts, agreements, specifications and contract documents. 

Conduct comprehensive engineering studies and prepare reports with appropriate recommendations. 

Ensure project compliance with State, Federal and local rules, laws and regulations.   

Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff. 

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. 

Experience and Training Guidelines

 Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:               


Four years of increasingly responsible professional civil engineering experience; including one year providing technical and functional supervision of assigned personnel. 


Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field. 

License or Certificate: 

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license.   

Possession of a Certificate of Registration as a professional civil engineer in the State of California.

Special Instructions

City application required for consideration. Apply online at