Associate Engineer

  • Spokane, Washington
  • Apr 13, 2021
Full Time Engineering
  • Salary: $65,897.28 - $93,605.04 Annually USD

Job Description


Do you have the expertise to plan, coordinate, design and administer important and complex engineering projects? Do you consider yourself an innovative and strategic thinker? Do you desire meaningful impact to your community in your daily work? If so, working as an Associate Engineer at the City of Spokane may be the perfect career move for you!

Associate Engineer positions exist in several departments throughout the City of Spokane (Integrated Capital Management, Engineering Services and Development Services); successful applicants may be called to interview in any of the listed departments. Ideal candidates will have considerable familiarity with public works projects. In addition, Associate Engineers must be able to communicate effectively and have the ability to build collaborative internal and external working relationships.

Candidates selected to join the City of Spokane will be joining a team of professionals that take pride in service to the Spokane community. Additionally, team members have access to professional development, annual pay increases and a robust benefit package to include a pension plan. We encourage those interested to apply today!


  • May perform planning, design, construction management and/or operations functions of public works projects within their respective department.
  • Performs work for various Public Works projects involving conventional types of plans, investigations, surveys, structures, or equipment with relatively few complex features for which there are precedents.
  • Prepares specifications and cost estimates for various Public Works and Utilities projects.
  • Conducts professional engineering studies relating to present activities and future projects.
  • Collects and analyzes data and confers with supervisors regarding the feasibility of design.
  • Prepares reports and makes recommendations relating to the conduct of engineering activities or to the acceptance of contracts and bids received for proposed projects.
  • May be required to work in the field on particularly complex construction projects or during emergencies.
  • Operates an automobile, drafting equipment, personal computer, reprographic equipment, and calculator.
  • Researches new methods, products and materials related to public works projects.
  • Evaluates and reviews the appropriateness of implementing new methods, products and materials in City projects. Makes recommendations to other departments.
  • Performs related work as required.

  • Performs analysis of combined and separated sewer systems, and water systems.
  • Develop and calibrates the analysis procedures for both hydrologic/hydraulic investigation to determine sizing of conveyance pipes, tanks, and combined sewer overflow facilities.
  • Develops and documents water and wastewater flow projections to assess future facility needs.


Combinations of education and experience that are equivalent to the following minimum qualifications are acceptable.

Open Entry Requirements:
(Open entry applicants must meet all requirements when they apply.)
  • Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university, with a degree in Civil Engineering or possession of a recognized Engineer in Training Certificate.
  • Experience: Four years of Civil Engineering experience.
  • Substitutions: A master's degree in Engineering may substitute, for one year of experience.
  • Certifications: Possession of a valid driver's license or equivalent mobility.
Note: Open-Entry applicants will also qualify by providing proof of approval by the Washington Department of Licensing to take the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam in a Civil Engineering discipline.

Note: In order to receive credit for education or training, you must attach copies of your transcripts, diploma, or relevant certificates to your online application.


You must pass the examination for this classification to be eligible for employment by the City of Spokane. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit a City of Spokane employment application online by 4:00 p.m. on the filing cut-off date.

Upon request, at time of application, the City will provide alternative accessible tests to individuals with disabilities that impair manual, sensory or speaking skills needed to take the test, unless the test is intended to measure those skills.

The examination will consist of a Training and Experience examination (T&E) with scoring weight assigned as follows:
  • T&E: 100%
T&E Evaluation Details
The Training and Experience examination with instructions will be emailed out via a link from FastTest ( You will be notified upon passing minimum qualifications when to expect the link for the exam.
  • Responses to your T&E questions should be consistent with the information given in your application details. Answers are subject to verification.
  • Failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score; therefore, it is advantageous for you to provide a full and complete response to each examination question.
  • Resumes or questionnaires uploaded as attachments will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question online.
  • "See Resume" or "See above", etc., are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.
COVID 19 Safety in the Workplace:
The safety of our employees and community are our highest priority. All employees are educated and trained on how to use proper social distancing, enhanced hygiene techniques, and personal protective equipment (PPE). As a public agency we are following all state required procedures in regards to PPE and COVID 19.

Precautions include:
  1. Remote work when available for certain positions
  2. Daily cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces
  3. Temperature checks
  4. In office social distancing
  5. Use of video conferencing
  6. Personal protective equipment
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity within our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, familial status, genetic information, veteran/military status, or disability status.

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