Associate Engineer (Transportation, CIP)

Carlsbad, California
Up to $117,915.20 per year
Dec 21, 2021
Jan 20, 2022
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The City of Carlsbad is recruiting for an Associate Engineer that will be part of the Transportation and Drainage Engineering Division and a key member of the Transportation Department. This individual will be part of an engineering team that manages a variety of transportation, storm drain and flood control projects and will report to a Senior Engineer of the Transportation and Drainage Engineering Division.

A successful applicant will possess a strong working knowledge of civil and transportation engineering principles and practices to join the Transportation Department of the Public Works Branch. The Associate Engineer will perform professional engineering tasks that include contract administration, design and management of various transportation and drainage projects, review plans, specifications, and cost estimates, and conduct various studies to ensure compliance with applicable Federal, State, County, and local standards and regulations.

This position will conduct and coordinate professional civil and transportation engineering work, both alone and under the general supervision of a Senior Engineer in the planning, design, and construction of transportation and stormwater facilities associated with the city's CIP.
This is an opportunity to work for a well-financed and professionally managed City and to help with the growth and maintenance of its transportation and drainage system assets. You will be working on interesting projects as the City begins to implement the new General Plan and the associated Mobility Element which will include the effects of the California Complete Streets Act of 2008.  In addition, you will be working on projects that incorporate the requirements of the Statewide Construction General Permit and the most recent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit and Trash Policies.
If you are looking for a position with an organization that offers a great culture, work environment, diverse exposure to learning and growth opportunities then you should apply for this position.

Carlsbad - The Community: This nearly 40 square mile city is ideally situated in north coastal San Diego County with an approximate population of 115,000. It offers a great climate, beautiful beaches, lagoons, and abundant natural open space. World-class resorts, family attractions, well-planned neighborhoods, a diverse business sector, and a charming village atmosphere combine to create the ideal California experience.

The Branch: The Public Works Branch is responsible for planning, providing and maintaining the infrastructure that supports Carlsbad's excellent quality of life. The Branch includes a variety of Divisions including Administration, Environmental Management, General Services, Utilities, and Transportation. More than 173 full-time staff support the Branch which has an annual budget of $90 million, along with a total Capital Improvement Program (CIP) appropriation of $260 million.

The Department: The Transportation Department supports the planning, design, and construction and inspection of city and private development projects; keeps people and traffic moving; and fosters transportation and drainage infrastructure systems.

The Division: The Transportation and Drainage Engineering Division designs transportation and storm drain system CIP projects, prepares master plans, conducts special studies and investigations, and provides as-needed engineering services to the transportation and drainage maintenance and operations divisions. For each project, a variety of services are provided including managing consultants that provide planning, engineering and environmental investigations resulting in the preparation of construction contract documents, construction engineering assistance and general project management. 

The division coordinates the preparation of the annual update to the city's CIP, manages the ongoing implementation of various financing districts and assists developers with the formation of additional financing districts and reimbursement agreements.
The division is also the lead in the creation and maintenance of the city's asset inventory which includes: drainage, transportation, and parks assets. In addition to creating the inventory, staff in this area prepare and deliver mapping products and complete analysis of asset inventory data for various customers. This work also includes facilitating the utilization of the asset inventory data in coordination with the Business Systems and Geographic Information System divisions.

Vaccination Requirement for Candidates Seeking Employment
The City of Carlsbad requires all candidates for city employment to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including variants, prior to being employed by the city, subject to limited exceptions.  Candidates seeking city employment will be required to: (1) be fully vaccinated, or have had their first vaccine shot (with the second shot scheduled) and (2) submit proof of vaccination prior to their start date, unless a request for a reasonable medical, disability or religious accommodation has been approved.

Acceptable proof of vaccination includes:

  • CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card
  • Documentation of vaccination from a health care provider 
  • Personal Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Card obtained by visiting: 

PLEASE NOTE: Advertised salary range is effective as of 1/1/2022 in anticipation of the incumbent starting after that date


Key Responsibilities

Typical duties assigned to this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintain general knowledge of the City of Carlsbad engineering standards, storm drainage, and water quality design, and construction criteria
  • Generate technical specifications, engineer’s estimates, special engineering studies, and other contract documents
  • Review and evaluate plans, specifications, and studies of consulting engineers and private developments for complex public projects for conformance with the City, Federal, State, and Regional regulations and codes
  • Interact and engage with the public, consultants, and engineers while implementing important capital improvement program projects
  • Coordinate the preparation and review of various work products such as preliminary and final plans, specification and cost estimates as well as the associated engineering, planning, and environmental technical studies for CIP projects
  • Prepare Requests for Proposals and/or Request for Qualifications for services such as design, surveying, and material and soil testing; and administers work of consultants effectively monitoring costs and deadlines
  • Verify and maintain appropriate records and files and performing a variety of computer and tracking support functions
  • Prepare and submit applications and secure permits for various projects and tasks including those required from
    • State of California Department of Transportation
    • County of San Diego
    • San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board
    • California Department of Fish and Wildlife
    • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    • California Coastal Commission
    • Other regulatory agencies
  • Prepare City Council and Commissions staff reports/agenda items, make presentations on public works matters and attend professional meetings as required
  • Determine the appropriate project approach, scheduling, costing, and resource management in accordance with policies and goals applicable to the project
  • Assist in the preparation and administration of operational budgetary and annual Capital Improvement Budget Report
  • Represent the City in the community and at professional meetings 
  • Coordinate engineering-related activities with other City departments, divisions, and outside agencies



Knowledge of: 

  • Transportation engineering and drainage engineering practices as applied to municipal public works
  • Techniques and methods for preparing designs, plans, specifications, cost estimates, reports, and recommendations related to transportation, drainage and public works projects
  • Managing technical consultants and professional services agreements
  • City policies and procedures governing engineering operations
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations, policies and procedures related to the engineering, development and construction of projects
  • Principles, practices and techniques of public administration including budget and personnel administration
  • Municipal operations as they relate to other city departments and divisions
  • Principles and techniques of supervision and management

 Ability to: 

  • Perform technical engineering work of a complex nature with a minimum of supervision
  • Make presentations to various public groups or commissions
  • Apply initiative and be innovative within all aspects of the work
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships
  • Understand the organizational structure of the City and the roles and responsibilities of this position and how they relate to the organization
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing

Experience & Education

An equivalent combination of the education and experience listed below: 

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or a closely related field, from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of five years of related experience
    • A Master's degree in engineering or a related field may be substituted for work experience

License or Certificate:

  • Engineering-In-Training Certificate
  • Professional Civil Engineer preferred
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California driver's license