Associate Engineer

  • City of Costa Mesa, CA
  • Costa Mesa, California
  • Oct 21, 2022
Full Time Engineering
  • Salary: $93,672.00 - $125,520.00 Annually USD

Job Description


This job posting was last updated on August 15, 2022.

The City of Costa Mesa invites applications for the following current vacancies:

3 Full-time Vacancies - Public Services, Engineering Division

Current Annual Salary Range: $101,220 - $135,648 ($48.66 - $65.22 per hour)

The current full-time vacancies are assigned to the Engineering division of the Public Services Department. The eligibility list established from this recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancy and any future vacancies for this classification that may occur during the life of the list.

Under general supervision, performs a variety of responsible and complex professional level civil engineering work in the field and office associated with the design, development, investigation, construction, and maintenance of public works projects.

This is a journey level professional classification in the professional engineering series. Work involves the application of complex engineering principles, practices, and techniques to a variety of public works engineering projects. Assignments are usually broad in scope and require the use of considerable judgment in making complex technical decisions. It differs from the Assistant Engineer class by its responsibility for independent analysis and project management responsibilities. Work is reviewed by the Senior Engineer, Principal Civil Engineer, City Engineer, or Transportation Services Manager through conferences and reports. Supervises subordinate engineering, field and clerical staff members.


Applications must be completed and submitted online. This recruitment will remain open until filled and may close without prior notice, therefore prompt application is encouraged.

First application review date is Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

Candidates are required to provide specific information regarding their education and experience as it relates to the position by completing all fields of the application , do not include "see attached resume" in your responses, as they will not be accepted or reviewed in the application process. A detailed resume isalso required, this can be uploaded into the " Attachments " section of the online application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete. Based upon the information presented, a limited number of candidates who possess qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process. The selection process may include, but is not limited to the following components: application materials review and evaluation, written examination or exercise, physical examination, practical exercise and interview evaluation.

The eligibility list will be in effect for one (1) year, unless exhausted sooner. The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be utilized to fill lower-level vacancies which occur during the life of the list.

It is recommended you use a personal email address on your application instead of a work email address. Notifications during this recruitment will be sent by email only (regardless of the notification preference selected during the online application process). Notifications will be sent to the email address that is listed on your online application.

All employment offers made by the City are contingent upon establishing proof of a prospective candidate's legal authorization to work in the United States and successfully passing all components of the pre-employment process which may include, but is not limited to: comprehensive background check, criminal history check (Live Scan fingerprint check), polygraph examination, post-offer psychological evaluation and post-offer medical evaluation (may include drug screen).

Please notify the Human Resources Division 72 hours in advance of the test date if you have a disability which requires accommodation for the testing process.

Note: The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained within may be modified or revoked without notice.

Essential Functions

For a detailed list of essential functions for this classification, please refer to the specific job description. The job description can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

Associate Engineer

Qualification Guidelines
  • Considerable and progressively responsible professional experience in the field of civil engineering, which includes a minimum of two years of full-time experience in public works engineering or project management, and supervision of technical/professional personnel.
  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in Civil Engineering or a related field.

License and/or Certificate:
  • Possession of, or the ability to obtain a valid Class C California Driver's License, or higher, before date of appointment is required. Revocation of license during employment may result in disciplinary action or reassignment.
  • Certification as a Registered Civil Engineer in the State of California is highly desirable. Certification as a Traffic Engineer in the State of California is highly desirable if assigned to the Transportation Services Division.

Requisite Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

For detailed information on the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this classification, please refer to the specific job description. The job description can be viewed by clicking the link below:

Associate Engineer

Supplemental Information


Please contact Human Resources for a summary of the essential tasks and environmental factors for this classification.

Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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New employees contribute 12% of their salary on a pre-tax basis towards the 2%@60 or 2%@62 CalPERS retirement formula depending on eligibility. Effective July 2023, employeeswill contribute 9% of their salary on a pre-tax basis.

Salary Increases:
  • Effective July 2023: 3% increase
  • Effective July 2024: 3% increase

Employees receive the following health insurance flexible benefits contribution:
  • Effective January 2023: $1,550monthly
  • Effective January 2024: $1,600monthly
  • Effective January 2025: $1,650monthly

The City does not participate in the Social Security system; however, federal mandate requires new employees to contribute 1.45% of wages to Medicare. As a condition of employment, all new employees are required to enroll and participate in the direct deposit program.

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Job Address

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