Senior Development Engineer

  • City of Chico, CA
  • Chico, California
  • May 08, 2022
Full Time Engineering
  • Salary: $97,115.20 - $133,889.60 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

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

This recruitment is to fill one vacancy within the Public Works - Engineering Division.

The ideal candidate will have experience in the management of engineering processes relating to land development, as well as knowledge of development practices, principles and concepts as it relates to private development applications. This position involves a commitment to customer service on a wide variety of engineering topics.

Salary placement upon hire: Employees may expect to be placed on the salary range between steps A - F; however, additional steps may be considered based on prior education and experience.

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.

Recruitment open until filled.

Job Description


Under limited direction, to perform responsible and difficult engineering work in the design, investigation, construction, and plan review of public works and private development facilities; to supervise and direct the work of professional and support engineering personnel; to schedule and coordinate work assignments and processes; to provide professional staff assistance to the City Council, boards, and commissions; to perform related work as required.

Typical Duties:

  • Schedule, supervise and perform professional engineering work in the plan review, design, and construction of street, storm drain, sewer line, drainage, and transportation facilities;*
  • Research project design requirements;*
  • Perform complex calculations;*
  • Assign routine investigation, design, plan review, and drafting tasks to technical subordinates;*
  • Review completed work;
  • Research publications and industrial information sources;*
  • Develop revised design and construction standards and appurtenances as required;
  • Prepare special studies and reports and coordinate major traffic and transportation projects;*
  • 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 private and public works facilities and ensure that they meet all City imposed requirements;*
  • Coordinate Department activities with other City departments, divisions, and sections and with outside agencies;*
  • Supervise, train and evaluate technical subordinates;
  • Make code revisions as required;*
  • Responsible for the budgeting process for subdivision activity and the administration of said projects;*
  • May present staff reports to City Council and commissions;
  • 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; mobile radio; nuclear gauge; digital camera.

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 operate 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 and private development facilities; techniques for preparing designs, plans, specifications, estimates, and reports relating to 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; establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with persons of diverse backgrounds.


Minimum Qualifications:
Experience : Five 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. Possession of a valid California certificate of registration as a Professional Civil Engineer.
Additional Requirement : Possession of a valid California Driver License.
Desired Qualifications:
Education : If certificate of registration as a Professional Civil Engineer is issued on or after January 1, 1982, the additional certification as a licensed Land Surveyor in the State of California is desired.
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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