Senior Civil Engineer

  • City of Chico, CA
  • Chico, California
  • Sep 20, 2021
Full Time Engineering
  • Salary: $92,102.40 - $126,900.80 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

NEW! Salary range increase effective 09/26/2021.

This recruitment is to fill one vacancy within the Sewer/Storm Water Division.

The ideal candidate should have at least three years experience (upward of 10 years is desired) in various civil engineering fields, focusing on storm water, wastewater, development plan check/reviews, and/or construction management. This is a management-level position and experience should include experience in managing other engineering and administrative staff members.

NOTICE: The City of Chico is committed to inclusion and a diverse workforce and has made candidate applications anonymous to reduce implicit bias in the hiring process. Candidate names, addresses, and other Personally Identifiable Information (PII) are auto-redacted on applications sent to the department. Due to this redaction, resumes, certificates, or any other attachment with PII will not be forwarded until after an interview schedule is determined. As such, candidates should ensure that the entered "Work Experience" and "Certifications" sections match the submitted resume.

Job Description


Under limited direction, to perform responsible and difficult engineering work in the design, investigation and construction of public works and facilities; to supervise and direct the work of professional and support engineering personnel; to schedule and coordinate work assignments and processes; to perform related work as required.

Typical Duties:

  • Schedule, supervise and perform professional engineering work in the design and construction of street, storm drain, sewer line, drainage and transportation facilities;*
  • Perform complex calculations and perform estimates of time and material costs;*
  • Assign routine investigation, design and drafting tasks to technical subordinates and review completed work;*
  • Develop revised design and construction standards for public works structures and appurtenances as required;*
  • Investigate field problems affecting property owners, contractors, and maintenance operations;*
  • Prepare estimates and feasibility reports;*
  • Coordinate and participate in the review and processing of plans for private developments affecting streets, sewers, drains and related public works facilities and ensure that they meet all City imposed requirements;*
  • Research project design requirements;*
  • Prepare and revise plans and specifications for traffic related projects;*
  • Prepare special studies and reports and coordinate major traffic and transportation projects;*
  • Responsible for the budgeting process for capital projects and the administration of said projects;*
  • Coordinate public works activities with other City departments, divisions and sections and with outside agencies;*
  • Supervise, train and evaluate technical subordinates;*
  • Make code revisions as required;*
  • Research publications and industrial information sources;
  • Originates most projects;
  • Perform related assignments as necessary.
*Essential Function

Duties recorded above are representative of the duties of the class and are not intended to cover all the duties performed by incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class; such assignments shall fall under the category of "other duties, as assigned."

Tools and Equipment Used:

Personal computer, including word processing; spreadsheet, and data base and computer-aided-design software; standard drafting tools; surveying equipment including level, theodolite and electronic distance measuring devices; motor vehicle; phone; nuclear gauge; digital camera; mobile radio.

Physical Demands:

Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments, construction sites, or public works facilities. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operating drafting instruments, computers and various pieces of office equipment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk and hear and smell.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of : Principles and practices of engineering as applied to municipal public works or traffic; methods, materials and techniques used in the construction of public works projects; techniques for preparing designs, plans, specifications, estimates and reports relating to public works engineering; principles and practices of personnel motivation, performance evaluation and discipline.

Ability to : Make complex engineering computations and schedule, review and supervise the preparation of engineering plans and studies; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; use and care for engineering and drafting instruments and equipment; perform work with a minimum of supervision; supervise, train and evaluate the performance of subordinate personnel.


Minimum Qualifications:
Experience : Three years of experience performing duties similar to the Associate Civil Engineer with the City of Chico including some supervisory experience.
Education : Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering supplemented by California registration as a Professional Engineer.
Additional Requirement : Possession of a valid California Driver License.
Equivalency may be established pursuant to the City-Wide Classification Plan.

Additional Information

The City of Chico is looking for individuals who are results-oriented, possess great attitudes, demonstrate creativity and innovation, work efficiently, show a record of success and have a PASSION for public service. Having the best employees provides the best service to the community.


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Degree, Licenses, Certifications and/or Equivalencies: Candidates must include copies of items listed as a minimum qualification; failure to provide required certificates by the close of the recruitment will result in candidate disqualification. If this position requires a typing certificate: typing certificates must have been issued within one year and the net speed must match the minimum requirement listed in the job description. For standardization, net speed will be calculated by subtracting the number of errors from the gross WPM. Internet generated typing certifications are not accepted. Equivalency for experience and/or education listed within a job description may be established pursuant to the City-wide Classification Plan and through coordination with Human Resources. Candidates seeking an equivalency must contact Human Resources, at (530) 879-7900, for instructions on submitting an equivalency request. Being minimally qualified for a position does not guarantee a candidate progression through the full recruitment process.

Travel and Recruitment Related Expenses: The City of Chico does not reimburse applicants for any travel or expenses in connection with applying for employment, unless authorized by the City Manager.

Pre-Employment Processing: Applicants may be required to pass fingerprinting and a medical examination as a condition of employment or promotion. Medical exams may include a fitness exam, psychological exam, and a drug and alcohol screening, depending on the position. E-verify is used to determine candidate eligibility to work in the United States.

The City of Chico is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports workforce diversity. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The City of Chico will consider individuals with disabilities based on their qualifications to perform the essential functions of the position for which they are applying and will provide reasonable accommodation in the application and/or testing process. If you require accommodation in the application and/or testing process, please notify the Human Resources Office within seven (7) days of the need for accommodation, so appropriate alternative arrangements can be made.

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