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Engineer, Associate


Under general direction of the City Engineer this is an engineer classification responsible to perform complex engineering calculations and to review development maps and plans for compliance with State and Municipal Codes and specifications. This classification is assigned to the Miscellaneous Bargaining Unit for labor relations purposes and is subject to overtime, standby and call back assignments.


General supervision is provided by a higher level professional engineer. Technical or functional supervision may be received from the Senior Civil Engineer. Responsibilities may include functional supervision of subordinate paraprofessional positions.


This position performs complex and technical engineering work. Work involves the application of precise engineering knowledge and techniques. It is ordinarily performed under the general supervision of a professional engineer who makes general assignments and inspects work to ensure that it is conducted according to instructions and in conformity with accepted engineering standards.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: - Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

To design City Projects for streets, water, sewer and other public improvements.

Review and process improvement plans, development plans, parcel maps and subdivision maps and write conditions of approval.

Write specifications, prepare designs and calculate cost estimates for various engineering projects.

Enforce City codes and standards on engineering projects.

Perform design checks to ensure contractor compliance with City specifications.

Respond to citizen complaints concerning engineering problems.

Perform complex engineering calculations.

Perform field reviews and surveys of various engineering projects.

Attend Design Review and Planning Commission meetings.

May represent the department in participation in conferences and meeting with various boards and commissions and other agencies or departments in carrying out assigned duties.

Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of civil engineering and administration as applied to the design and construction of public works facilities, technical inspection services, design review and other areas.
  • Applicable laws, regulations and codes related to development and construction of public works.
  • Principles and practice of modern office management.
  • Principle and practice as applied to computer usage, including but not limited to Auto CAD, Spreadsheet programs and Word Processing programs.

Ability to:

  • Make complex engineering calculations to prepare engineering designs and specifications.
  • Review designs submitted by developers and others; identify deficiencies and corrective action.
  • Prepare plans and drawings neatly and accurately.
  • Make engineering design calculations; check, design and prepare engineering plans.
  • Deal effectively with engineers, developers, contractors, property owners and general public.
  • Understand and interpret engineering construction plans, specifications and other contract documents.
  • Ensure project compliance with State, Federal, and local rules, laws and regulations.
  • Interpret and apply pertinent laws, rules and regulations.
  • Prepare engineering records and comprehensive technical reports.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Make effective public presentations.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted during the course of work.



Four years of increasingly responsible professional municipal engineering experience or a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering with two year of public works engineering experience.


Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering or four years of professional engineering experience in the Civil Engineering discipline.


Possession of an Engineer in Training (E.I.T.) Certificate and maintain it as a condition of continued employment.

Possession of a valid and appropriate California driver's license at the time of appointment, to be maintained as a condition of employment.


Maintain the following physical abilities: See well enough to operate vehicles and survey equipment, read instructions and follow directions; hear well enough to distinguish mechanical noises, to converse on the radio, telephone and in person; bodily mobility to operate survey equipment; use hands and fingers for writing, typing, drafting, and other computer related functions; and be able to lift equipment as necessary.

        For questions about City employment, please contact:

        Human Relations
        156 S. Broadway, Ste. 235
        Turlock, CA 95380-5454
        (209) 668-5150
        Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

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