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Construction Engineer

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
$10,886.00 - $13,625.00 per month
Closing date
Nov 23, 2023

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Construction Engineer, Caltrans

Employer: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Location: Santa Barbara County – Positions(s) located in Goleta and Santa Maria

Salary: $10,886.00 - $13,625.00 per month + Pension + Excellent Benefits

Specialty: Civil Engineering, PE

Position Type: Senior Transportation Engineer

Contract Type: Permanent

Organization: Government

For details and requirements regarding this posting, please select the link below:

Applying: DO NOT submit your application through this website.  Instead, please use California’s job application portal, CalCareers, at   Only applications submitted through CalCareers will be reviewed and considered.  To find this job, learn more, and apply, visit and type the Job Control number, 398213, into the search bar.

Job Description:

Under general direction of the Construction Office Chief, incumbent serves as a Construction Engineers; and/or as a Resident Engineer on a complex project (or group of projects) requiring a large staff to monitor the contractor's operations. Directing the processing of payment to contractors and change orders; responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the difficult engineering and administrative tasks of the District Construction Field Office. Directing the processing of Construction Contract Claims. Possession of a valid certificate of registration as an Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers is required.

Typical Duties:

  • Supervises, assigns, directs, and monitors the work of a staff involved in varied and/or difficult Engineering

work in administering construction (e.g., inspection of the work, measurement for payment, quality control,

documentation of changes, interpretation of the plans and specifications, assurance of the safety of the

public traffic and adjacent residents); analysis, review, preparation and processing of the contract claims;

assists in the resolution of contract claims through the partnering process; ensures that safety and

environmental statutory regulations, Departmental directives, and Division of Construction objectives are

being adhered to. Provides functional guidance and technical assistance to Office of Structures engineers

engaged in contract administration.

  • Represent the Construction Office at various meetings to resolve issues, and confers with others, and

interprets Caltrans policies as they relate to construction projects (i.e., Safety Reviews, PS&E reviews,

Claims meetings, staff meetings, public information meetings, etc.) Responds to emergency situations on

short notice and as needed.

  • Performs investigations, generates reports, reviews, correspondences involving numerous documents,

plans and specifications relating to construction activities to include construction contract completion.

  • Plans, schedules, and budgets the resources of the various sections of the Construction Field Office.
  • Develops and recommends changes in policies, programs, standards, and concepts.

Telework information:

This position may be eligible for telework. The amount of telework is at the discretion of the Department and based on Caltrans’s evolving telework policy. Caltrans supports telework, recognizing that in-person attendance may be required based on operational needs. Employees are expected to be able to report to their worksites with minimum notification if an urgent need arises. The selected candidate will be required to commute to the headquartered location as needed to meet operational needs. Business travel may be required, and reimbursement considers an employee’s designated headquartered location, primary residence, and may be subject to CalHR regulations or applicable bargaining unit contract provisions. All commute expenses to the headquartered location will be the responsibility of the selected candidate.

Contact: If you have questions about this position, please contact:

Human Resources Contact:
Kathleen Gabriel
(279) 234-2429

Hiring Unit Contact:
Nicole Plaza
(805) 441-4395


Company Information:

Caltrans manages more than 50,000 miles of California's highway and freeway lanes, provides inter-city rail services, permits more than 400 public-use airports and special-use hospital heliports, and works with local agencies. Caltrans carries out its mission of improving mobility across California with six primary programs: Aeronautics, Highway Transportation, Mass Transportation, Transportation Planning, Administration, and the Equipment Service Center. The department has been active in moving the people and commerce of California for more than 100 years from a loosely connected web of footpaths and rutted wagon routes to the sophisticated system that today serves the transportation needs of more than 30 million residents.

Caltrans, District 5 is located on the beautiful Central Coast of California. At Caltrans District 5, we are responsible for overseeing transportation projects in a diverse and captivating region covering Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties.  As a Senior Transportation Engineer, you will play a vital role in planning and implementing transportation infrastructure projects that improve mobility, enhance safety, and promote sustainable development. To learn more about Caltrans’ Mission, Vision, and Values, please visit

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