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City Engineer

City of Morro Bay
Morro Bay, California
$117,844 - $143,241 Annually
Closing date
Mar 25, 2024

$117,844 - $143,241 Annually with an excellent benefits package including:

Retirement: CalPERS pension retirement with City contribution.  The City does not participate in Social Security, so no 6.2% deduction from your check.
Time Off:  Vacation (depending on service years), 13 paid holidays, and 96 hours of sick leave annually. 
Health Insurance:  Fully paid CalPERS Health Insurance for employee only, small cost of $220 monthly pretax for family.  Fully paid dental, vision, and life insurance for employee and family.  Fully paid Employee Assistance Program.
Deferred Compensation:  City contributes up to $1,500 per calendar year on a 2:1 basis.

Click here to see the Recruitment Brochure: City Engineer Recruitment Brochure

This position is not a remote position.  Candidates will interview in person in Morro Bay, CA and work in Morro Bay, CA.


Under administrative direction of the Public Works Director, to plan, organize and direct the City’s Engineering Division of the Public Works Department; perform complex and professional engineering work for environmental, water, sewer, street, and other public works projects and programs ensuring technical competence and compliance with all current codes and criteria; supervise support staff; serve as project manager as needed; and to do related work as required. This position serves as the “City Official” designated to the Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists of having “Responsible Charge” for all municipal Engineering and Land Surveying Activities.


  1. Plans, organizes and directs the activities in the Engineering Division.
  2. Acts as City’s Traffic Engineer, Floodplain Administrator and Surveyor.
  3. Reviews private project development plans for compliance with codes, regulations, and standards; ensures adequacy of applications for permits and compliance with approved plans in coordination with the Community Development Department.
  4. Determines applicable codes, regulations, and requirements for assigned projects.
  5. Coordinates the preparation of, or develops, engineering plans and specifications; coordinates required advertising for bids; reviews construction bids and makes necessary recommendations based on lowest and best bids, competency of contractors, vendors and consultants, and the selection criteria.
  6. Provides project management for the construction of municipal public works projects; oversees assigned projects to ensure contractor compliance with time and budget parameters for the project.
  7. Prepares sanitary wastewater, water, storm drainage, and street system maps, data bases, and comprehensive plans.
  8. Maintains and approves the engineering standards and specifications and infrastructure records.
  9. Assures as-built records of projects, and documents necessary changes for the operation and maintenance programs.
  10. Responds to public or other inquiries relative to engineering requirements on specific projects and other information.
  11. Reviews utility permits, street use (encroachment) permits, franchise utility permits, etc.
  12. Maintains regular contact with consulting engineers, construction project engineers, City, County, State and Federal agencies, professional and technical groups and the general public regarding division activities and services.
  13. Assists in the evaluation of transportation and traffic impacts of development proposals, permits, rezones, plats, etc.; prepares traffic, utility and other studies and reports.
  14. Provides intersection signal and channelization design.
  15. Develops the pavement management systems.
  16. Coordinates sidewalk inspection, maintenance and enforcement programs.
  17. Monitors inter-governmental actions affecting public works operations.
  18. Assists in the training of other city personnel in public works design and construction techniques.
  19. Assists in the management of departmental personnel including interviews, selection, training, evaluations, and discipline.
  20. Performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of civil engineering principles, practices and methods as applicable to a municipal setting; considerable knowledge of applicable City policies, laws, and regulations affecting Division activities; considerable skill in arriving at cost estimates on complex projects; skill in operating the listed tools and equipment.

Ability to: Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with employees, consultants, other governmental agency representatives, City officials and the general public; ability to conduct necessary engineering research and compile comprehensive reports.

Education and Experience: Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in civil engineering or closely related field and minimum of four years previous professional civil engineering experience; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be physically capable of moving about on construction work sites and under adverse field conditions. Possession and maintenance of a Registered Professional Civil Engineer license in the State of California. Desirable: Possession and maintenance of a Licensed Professional Land Surveyor license in the State of California.

Must possess a valid California driver’s license


Personal computer, including word processing, spreadsheet, and data base and computer-aided-design software; standard drafting tools; surveying equipment including level, theodolite and electronic distance measuring devices; motor vehicle; telephone; mobile radio; fax and copy machine.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments, construction sites, or public works facilities. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate drafting instruments, computers and various pieces of office equipment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to site; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and smell.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate. 

Formal application, rating of education and experience, oral interview, and reference check; job-related tests may be required.
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position, if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Individuals can apply through the City website at

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled.

The City of Morro Bay is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

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