Associate Civil Engineer

  • 455 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, California
  • Sep 20, 2021
Full Time Engineering
  • Salary: $120,522.74 - $146,497.78 Annually USD

Job Description



Current vacancies are in the Engineering Department and the Public Works Department

Why join the Engineering or Public Works Team in the City of Milpitas?

Milpitas is a rapidly changing city. Good engineering and design of all public improvements ensures that the City of Milpitas continues to serve our residents, businesses, visitors and community at large with a safe and attractive City to live, work, and play.

The City of Milpitas has an Engineering Department dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Milpitas with well-engineered City infrastructure projects and safeguarding the City's resources and the environment.
The Public Works Department is committed to enhancing the quality of life and ensuring public health and safety in the community. The Public Works Department operates and maintains the City's infrastructure and facilities including public streets, utilities, parks, street landscaping, City vehicles, and City buildings. The Department also oversees and implements key environmental services and sustainability programs, including the Climate Action Plan.

Our team is dedicated to providing high quality engineering services to the citizens we serve. We are proud to know that our contributions make a difference to the community we serve as we grow our own careers.

The position: To supervise and participate in the activities of major civil engineering work such as design, utility improvement, land development, building renovation and improvements. traffic engineering or construction management; to perform professional and technical engineering tasks and assignments relative to assigned area of responsibility; and to supervise. train and evaluate assigned technical and/or professional staff.

This is the advanced journey level class in the professional engineering series. Positions in this class possess the applicable educational and training background required for the professional engineering series, including appropriate certificates and licenses in the field, as well as practical work experience.

The Associate Civil Engineer class is distinguished from the Assistant Engineer by the responsibility assumed for supervising and overseeing subordinate professional and paraprofessional engineers of a major engineering unit within the engineering department.

Incumbents typically perform the more complex duties and tasks assigned to positions within the assigned unit.
Examples of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to. the following: In addition, when assigned to Land Development
  • Review development project applications for accuracy, suitability, completeness, and compliance with local, state and federal regulations and requirements; provide written comments and project conditions.
  • Review environmental document, with proposed mitigation measures and make recommendations relative to their adequacy.
  • Review development improvement plans and cost estimates for compliance with City design criteria, standard details and specifications and other applicable requirements.
  • Review encroachment permits, subdivision maps, legal descriptions, and street and/or easement dedications; prepare report to the City Council for the approval of subdivision maps, agreements and street/easement vacations.
  • Compute appropriate fees; ev aluate and analyze fee structures and make recommendations for change as appropriate.
When assigned to Utilities
  • Administer the City's water and sewer Master Plan.
  • Prepare and update water and sewer capacity projections.
  • Evaluate and analyze fee structures and make recommendations for change as appropriate.
  • Oversee the City's drinking water program.
  • Oversee the City's sanitary sewer program.
  • Oversee the City's recycled water program.
  • Oversee the City's solid waste program.

When assigned to Design and Construction
  • Prepare and supervise the preparation of engineering drawings, specifications, schedules and cost estimates for City Capital Improvement Projects, including sewer, water, storm drain, above ground utility projects, building renovation and street improvement projects, etc.
  • Develop and maintain project schedules and budgets.
  • Coordinate project development with funding agencies such as Caltrans and VTA and ensures compliance with grant requirements and timelines.
  • Manage public works construction projects from design through completion of construction.
When assigned to Traffic
  • Conduct site investigations and analyze transportation issues and problems; prepares various types of transportation studies by evaluating traffic generation factors and traffic flow patterns; coordinates and participates in traffic and parking data collection and tabulation; review and assess development parking demand and utilization.
  • Participates and supports transportation planning efforts and the preparation of designs, plans, specifications and estimates for installation removal, replacement or modification of traffic signals, traffic signs, street lights and other traffic control devices, systems and marking to ensure the safe and effective flow of all modes of travel along City streets.
  • Reviews land development applications and traffic impact reports for adequacy of traffic projections, impact analysis, impacts on traffic circulation patterns, conformance with existing City, State and Federal traffic design regulations and generally accepted traffic circulation and control principles and practices.
  • Reviews and approves construction and event traffic control plans.
  • Prepares grant applications for Federal, State, Regional or other funding; manages grants to ensure compliance with all funding program requirements; maintains all relevant records for grant auditing and reporting.
  • Issues work orders for new or changed traffic control devices; responds to public requests

for traffic control changes.

  • Assists with and conducts complex transportation engineering projects and activities; prepares recommendations for traffic signal timing and coordination improvements; and operates specialized traffic computer programs and software including transportation models; field implement traffic signal timing and performing signal timing adjustment and fine tuning based on field review and assessment.
  • Monitors developments and trends in the traffic control industry, state and federal guidelines and practices, and recommends and implements policies, procedures, and/or physical improvements.

Typical Qualifications
Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of engineering and its administration.
  • Modem methods and techniques used in the design, construction and surveying of a variety of public works engineering projects, including street, water, sewer. traffic, building renovation, and storm drain projects.
  • Hydraulic and structural designs of street and highway drainage structures.
  • Applicable laws and regulatory codes relevant to the areas of assignment.
  • Principles and practices of basic financial accounting. Principles and techniques of supervision and training.
Ability to:
  • Make complex engineering computations and to check, design, and supervise the constructions of a variety of public works projects.
  • Administer contracts.
  • Prepare specifications and technical reports.
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with City staff, developers. engineers. contractors, and the general public.
  • Coordinate and oversee the work of assigned staff.
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, including public oral presentations.
  • Supervise and train professional and technical subordinates.
Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Three years of increasingly responsible and varied professional civil engineering experience including supervisory experience.
  • A Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering.
License or Certificate:
  • Possess and maintain throughout employment an appropriate, valid California Driver's License.
  • Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.

Supplemental Information
  • Receives direction from management level positions in the engineering department.
  • Exercises general supervision over professional and/or technical engineering staff, and/or construction inspection staff.

Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:
  • Work is performed primarily in an office environment and at construction sites: extensive use of the telephone, radios, and computers with repetitive keyboarding; ability to walk on uneven ground; and drive to various locations daily.
  • Ability to work safely in a hard-hat construction zone is essential.

Incumbents in this position are required to file a Conflict of Interest Statement upon assuming office, annually, and upon leaving office, in accordance with Resolution No. 8833.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Milpitas will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the Human Resources Department.

The City of Milpitas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Membership in CalPERS (2% at 60 or 2% at 62 with three year average salary). City of Milpitas employees do not participate in Social Security, but do contribute to Medicare.

Choice of CalPERS Medical Plans. City pays coverage up to the Kaiser rate (currently $1,998.07/mo. for family). Employees who waive health coverage are eligible to receive $125 per month in lieu of medical plan coverage with proof of other coverage.

Employees are eligible upon CalPERS retirement from the City to receive up to 100% retiree medical coverage (currently based on the Kaiser health rate), based on years of service.

City provides full family coverage for Delta Dental and MES Vision at no cost to the employee.

City provides $50,000 term policy. Supplemental employee-paid life insurance is available up to $500,000, based on carrier acceptance.

City provides a Short-Term Disability plan similar to State Disability Insurance (SDI) coverage. Employees do not participate in SDI. Long-Term Disability coverage of 60% of base salary up to $1,500 per month is available after a 60-day waiting period. Additional buy-up options for LTD are available up to $6,000 per month.

City contributes $75 per month on the employee's behalf.

Hourly employees earn 11-31 days of vacation based on years of service.

Employees receive 12 paid holidays and one (1) floating holiday per year.

Employees earn 12 days annually.

Employees are eligible to receive up to $1,400 per fiscal year in tuition reimbursement.

Employeesare offered free access to City-sponsored sports and fitness programs.

The City also offers a flexible spending benefits plan, employee assistance program, and other voluntary insurance. Contact Human Resources (HR) at 408-586-3090 or for more information on employee benefits.


Do you possess a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering?
  • Yes
  • No


Do you have three (3) years of responsible and varied professional civil engineering experience including supervisory experience? Please note that this experience must be included in the body of your application.
  • Yes
  • No


Please indicate below the division(s) that you are interested in applying to. Select all that apply.
  • Land Development
  • Design and Construction
  • Traffic and Engineering
  • Utilities Engineering Public Works

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Job Address

455 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, California 95035 United States View Map