Senior Civil Engineer

City of Turlock
Turlock, California
$9,401.00 - $11,427.00 Monthly
Closing date
Feb 29, 2024

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Construction Engineering, Structural Engineering, Other
Position Type
Engineer, Senior Engineer
Contract Type
Organization Type

The City of Turlock is seeking applicants for a Senior Civil Engineer. Under direction of the City Engineer this is a professional 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.

An eligibility list will be established from this recruitment that will be valid for six (6) months. All employees serve a one (1) year probationary period.   


General supervision is provided by the City Engineer. Responsibilities may include the supervision of various units in the Engineering Division.  


This position performs complex and technical engineering work. Work involves the application of precise professional engineering knowledge and techniques. It is ordinarily performed under the general supervision of the City 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:  

  • Participate in the development and implementation of goals and objectives; implement policies and procedures related to the engineering division.
  • Assist City Engineer in the preparation and monitoring of the capital improvement program.
  • May provide direct supervision as assigned by City Engineer to professional and technical engineering staff within the engineering division; assign daily work and monitor work progress; evaluate work in progress and provide training and technical assistance.
  • Administer development reviews for site plan approval for streets, utilities, tentative final subdivision and parcel maps.
  • Administer public works construction contracts, supervise quality and exercise control on all public works projects; supervise and perform preparation and maintenance of all required legal descriptions and documents necessary to acquire land, rights of way and easements; process encroachment requests into City Easements and rights of way.
  • Supervise, oversee and participate in the development of Civil Engineering designs and plans including the calculation of the quantity, quality and cost of materials and the development of specifications related to the assigned project.
  • Participate in the review and approval of subdivision plans; ensure that public improvements comply with City standards, applicable codes, local, federal and state legislation, as well as sound engineering practices.
  • Provide administrative and engineering assistance to developers, contractors, consultants, other agencies and the general public to resolve complaints and problems and ensure successful project completion.
  • Review the design plans and check results of consulting engineers for compliance with sound engineering principles and City standards and specifications.
  • Resolve work problems and interpret routine administrative policies to subordinates, other departments, contractors, consultants and the public.
  • Coordinate activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
  • Assist in budget preparation and administration; maintain budget records and work performance records.
  • Prepare RFP's for design services of different projects. Prepare legal descriptions related to City rights of way and easements.
  • Prepare comprehensive contracts related to construction projects including construction standards, specifications, project schedules and payments plans. 
  • Provide information to the public, respond to and resolve citizen inquires and complaints.
  • Perform contract administration and construction management of Capital Improvement Projects.
  • Supervise and oversee survey and construction inspection activities.
  • Direct the preparation and filing of documents and maps related to the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities  

Knowledge of:

  • Engineering principles, programs, procedures, practices, forms, and techniques pertinent to functions within the Engineering Division.
  • Laws and regulations governing the formation of assessment districts and public works construction.
  • Budgeting as practiced in public agencies.
  • Recent developments, current literature and sources of information regarding engineering functions applicable to the Engineering Division.
  • Principles and practices as applied to computer usage, including but not limited to Auto CAD, spread sheet programs and word processing programs.
  • Basic principles and practices of project management.
  • Computer applications to engineering and construction management.
  • Methods, materials and techniques used in the construction of public works projects.

Ability to:

  • Prepare plans and drawings neatly and accurately.
  • Make engineering design calculations and check, design and prepare engineering plans.
  • Provide skill in the preparation and presentation of clear and concise written and verbal reports.
  • Deal effectively with engineers, developers, contractors, property owners and general public. 
  • Understand and interpret engineering construction plans, specifications and other contract documents. 
  • Perform technical research and solve difficult engineering problems. Coordinate phases of major construction projects and prepare progress reports. 
  • Conduct comprehensive engineering studies and analyses and prepare reports with appropriate recommendations. 
  • Ensure project compliance with State, Federal, and local rules, laws and regulations. 
  • Interpret and apply pertinent laws, rules and regulations. 
  • Provide direct supervision and training to assigned personnel. 
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. 
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contracted in the course of work.  

Experience and Education


Five years of increasingly responsible professional public works engineering experience or two years as an Associate Civil Engineer with the City of Turlock, including lead work or supervisory experience.   


Possession of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering and three (3) college units of management/supervisory training. An additional Four years of professional engineering experience may be substituted for a Bachelor's Degree or a combination of experience and engineering class coursework. Management/supervisory training course may be included as part of Bachelor's Degree. If course is not included in Bachelor's Degree, incumbent will have 12 months from date of appointment to obtain coursework.   

Note: Employees promoting through flexible staffing must possess 3 units in supervisory/management training at the time of appointment.


  • Possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California. If licensed in another state, must obtain California Professional Civil Engineer within six months of appointment.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License at the time of appointment, to be maintained as a condition of continued 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 of hands and fingers for writing, typing, drafting, and other computer related functions; and be able to lift equipment as necessary.


1. All applicants must complete a standard City of Turlock application for employment form, supplemental questionnaire, and submit the following documentation:

  • Verification of educational requirements (submit a copy of transcripts)
  • Verification of Certificate of Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California. If licensed in another state, must obtain California Professional Civil Engineer within six months of appointment. 

2. You may submit your required certifications using the following options:

  • Attach a scanned copy in the "Add Attachment" option (of the NeoGov online application) or
  • Fax a copy to (209) 668-5529 or
  • Email a copy to or
  • Hand deliver copies of your attachments to 156 S. Broadway, Suite 235, Turlock, CA on or before the final filing date.

Applications will be rejected if they are incomplete or required documentation is not attached.   

3. Applications will be reviewed for possession of the minimum qualifications. In the event that a large number of applicants possess the minimum qualifications, applicants who appear to be the most qualified based on their breadth and recency of experience will be invited to compete in the testing process.

4. Candidates invited to compete in the testing process may be required to take a written examination, which will be based on a pass/fail basis. If a written examination is conducted and a large number of candidates receive a passing score, the City reserves the right to invite a percentage of the top scoring candidates to compete in the next phase of the testing process, the oral examination.

5. Candidates who are invited to participate in the oral examination and receive a score of 70% or more will be placed on an eligibility list. Ranking on the eligibility list will be based solely on the results from the oral exam.

6. Completion of a practical exercise may be conducted in order to further evaluate skills relating to essential job functions.

7. Top candidates on the eligibility list will be referred to the Public Works Director for final appointment consideration.

8. Final appointment will be contingent upon passing the following: reference review, medical examination which includes a drug/alcohol screening, hearing exam and vision exam.


The City of Turlock has adopted a veteran's preference system (effective January 1, 2002). The percentage score achieved through an entrance (non-promotional) examination which ranks applicants on an eligibility list shall be adjusted to provide: (a) one (1) percentage point added to the final test score for each six (6) months of active service during a time of armed conflict, up to a maximum of five (5) points, and (b) five (5) percentage points added to the final test score for veterans who are disabled as a result of active military service during a time of armed conflict, regardless of length of service. To receive preference points, applicants must provide supporting documentation and proof of honorable discharge. In no event shall an applicant receive more than a five (5) point adjustment. This request should be made in section #12 of the employment application form. A copy of your DD214 must be attached for this request to be considered.


The incumbent will be required to take a medical examination including a drug/alcohol screening and be fingerprinted.


The City of Turlock is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are sincerely interested in receiving applications from qualified minorities, women and the disabled. Qualified applicants receive equal consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, political affiliation or belief except where indicated by requirements of the job.  

The City of Turlock will make every effort to accommodate applicants that have disabilities that would not allow them to compete in the announced process. Applicants are asked to indicate their request for accommodation in the application form.


The City of Turlock is committed to quality service to our customers. Our goal is to create a positive, productive and courteous atmosphere for our employees and customers. Employees are evaluated on the quality of customer service they provide. 


Holidays: Eleven (11) paid holidays and three (3) floating holidays.

Vacation: Paid vacation that increases with years of service.

Sick Leave: Accrual of one day (eight (8) hours) for each month worked. Retirement: Qualified candidates who are currently a CalPERS member or have been a CalPERS member within the last six (6) months or are subject to reciprocity with another eligible retirement plan, may be a "classic member" and may be enrolled in the City's 2.7% @ 55 plan.  Employee pays employee contribution rate of 9% on a pre-tax basis. CalPERS "final compensation" may be based on the highest twelve (12) continuous months of qualifying employment. Non-classic or "new members" will be enrolled in the 2% @ 62 plan and CalPERS "final compensation" will be based on the highest thirty-six (36) continuous months of qualifying employment.

Deferred Compensation: The City will match employee's contribution up to one half of one percent (0.5%) of the employee's base salary for each pay period in which employee contributes to the program.

Retiree Health Savings (RHS) Vantage Care: Two (2) percent of the employee's base payroll will be deposited in each individual's RHS Vantage Care account.

Health: The City offers a generous health, prescription, vision, and dental insurance plans for employees and dependents.

Continuous Service Pay: 

  • Beginning with the tenth (10th) year and every year thereafter,1.5% of base salary.
  • Beginning with the fifteenth (15th) year and every year thereafter, 1.5% of base salary.
  • Beginning with the twentieth (20th) year and every year thereafter, 1.5% of base salary.  

Additional Benefits: 

  • Master's Degree Incentive Pay (If not listed as a minimum qualification)*
  • Educational Reimbursement Program*
  • Computer Loan Program*

* Upon completion of probation.

NOTES: Information contained herein does not constitute an expressed or implied contract as it is subject to change.  


City of Turlock Human Relations Department 156 S. Broadway, Suite 235 Turlock, CA 95380-5454 (209) 668-5150  


Visit our website at to apply.  

Applications are being accepted on a continuous basis.    

Cell phones are typically incompatible with the online application format or browser. We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer. If you are still having technical difficulties, please call NEOGOV at 1-855-524-5627 

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