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Associate Construction Management Engineer

SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments)
San Diego, California
$77,642.77 - $120,346.30 Annually
Closing date
Jun 1, 2023

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Construction Engineering
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Engineer, Staff Engineer
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 SANDAG is seeking Associate Engineers to work within the SANDAG Engineering and Construction Department. These positions will assist project managers in the construction management for capital project delivery within the San Diego region, including design, construction and quality management.

These positions are ideal for engineering professionals with a strong interest in working on projects that will directly benefit the San Diego community. These positions will allow the selected applicant to learn from experienced professionals and develop expertise in the fields of construction and quality management.

Overview of Capital Improvement Program
The SANDAG Engineering and Construction Department is responsible for implementing projects that enhance the regional transportation network and improve the efficiency of existing resources in close collaboration with our regional partners. Examples of significant projects currently underway or in the planning process include the Otay Mesa East Port of Entry, LOSSAN Rail Corridor Improvements, and high-priority Regional Bikeway Projects in the City of San Diego and other jurisdictions.

  Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the preparation of constructability reviews for projects in design; assist with internal and consultant construction quality assurance and control processes. 
  • Provide technical support and construction engineering knowledge for projects in the conceptual, planning, design and construction phases; review pre-construction submittals, requests for information, studies, reports, and estimates; conduct analyses of budgets, expenditures, and schedules; coordinate consultant services; verification of compliance with construction related environmental requirements.
  • Assist in the preparation of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Invitations for Bids (IFB’s), scope of work, cost estimates, budgets and schedules; participate in the selection of consultants and vendors; administer contracts.
  • Support senior staff with the coordination of consultants, collect and communicate information related to design and field progress, schedule, approved budget, and quality; provide information regarding adherence with funding agency requirements.  
  • Assist with the preparation of budgets and schedules for the acquisition of property rights required for projects including land, permanent and temporary easements, and joint use agreements.  
  • Foster collaborative working relationships with key internal and external customers, partners and stakeholders such as local jurisdictions, transit operators, Caltrans, and local community planning and interest groups.


Typical Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with major course work in civil, structural, electrical, systems or transportation engineering. Registration as an Engineer in Training (EIT) or as a Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of California is desirable.
  • Three years of increasingly responsible, professional capital project design, construction, and delivery experience, preferably for transportation related projects 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles and practices of construction, engineering, right-of-way, and environmental permitting; construction, implementation, and administration of transportation projects in environmentally sensitive areas.
  • Ability to prepare and review specifications and plans for regional transportation projects; ability to coordinate with contractors and other professionals in the development and delivery of engineering plans, specifications, estimates, reports, calculations, and approved specifications.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, particularly in the area of construction standards; knowledge of requirements related to Americans with Disabilities Act, storm water pollution control, and environmental and hazardous materials mitigation. 
  • Working knowledge of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) guidelines and requirements for project development and delivery.
  • Familiarity with public participation and public outreach efforts designed to inform, educate, engage, and involve the public in the regional transportation planning process.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze problems and propose practical solutions; ability to research, analyze, and evaluate technical issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including agency and other government officials, community groups, and the public.
  • Ability to communicate technical information effectively, to a broad range of audiences; ability to prepare clear and concise administrative, technical, and informational reports; ability to help prepare public presentations and recommendations regarding program elements.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to coordinate several concurrent projects at various stages of completion; ability to establish and maintain priorities and work independently.
  • Demonstrated computer software proficiency using various programs from the Microsoft Office Suite and other PC-based applications; experience with Computer Aided Design (CAD), financial management systems, project management, and scheduling software is desirable.


First review of applications:  May 12, 2023
Expected start date:  Late June/Early July 2023

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