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Assistant Engineer - Design Services

City of Anaheim
Anaheim, California
$81,452.80 - $103,958.40 Annually
Closing date
Mar 16, 2024

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Upcoming Increase: 3.5% increase on June 21, 2024


The City of Anaheim Public Works Department-Design Services Section is seeking a motivated and knowledgeable Assistant Engineer. The position will perform para-professional and technical engineering work including preparation of plans and specifications, preparation of engineering cost estimates, contract administration, design review; provide customer service with internal and external clients; and provide technical staff assistance to higher level engineering staff.


The Public Works Design Services Section has an in-house design team dedicated to the design and preparation of construction documents. The Assistant Engineer will assist in the design of street, sewer, and storm drain improvement projects.  The current opening will mainly focus on the design of street improvement projects.   It is highly desirable that the incumbent is knowledgeable and has used AutoCAD and Civil 3D software to assist in these projects.




The following functions are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed functions and/or may be required to perform additional or different functions from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.


  • Prepare preliminary and final plans, civil engineering design and layout for roadways including hydrology and hydraulic calculations, cost estimates, schedules and specifications for public works projects including street, sewer and storm drain improvements; supervise and assist in project planning, design and contract administration.

  • Analyze field data pertaining to grades, alignments and topographical features; perform hydrology, hydraulic and other calculations.

  • Coordinate public works activities with other City departments, divisions, sections and outside agencies.

  • Participate in the selection of private consulting engineering services; prepare requests for proposals; conduct interviews and review consultant qualifications; provide recommendations in the selection of consulting engineers.

  • Participate in the selection of interns; provide or coordinate training for interns; work with interns to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures.

  • Assist in planning, prioritizing, and reviewing the work of project staff and/or outside consultants.

  • Confer with architects, engineers, and consultants in the collection of data to prepare cost and construction estimates, legal descriptions, and plans for engineering projects.

  • Review work of private engineers for compliance with City standards and practices; review work of outside plan check staff; review shop drawings submitted by construction contractors; determine engineering requirements for new developments; review and provide recommendations for processing change orders requested by contractors.

  • Assist in the preparation of grant applications; administration of grant funding, ensuring compliance with appropriate guidelines and regulations. Coordinate and oversee projects with other agencies and departments; assist in the preparation of reports for the City Council.

  • Review and update engineering standard drawings, specifications and design criteria.

  • Assist in conducting a variety of engineering and technical studies related to area of assignment. 

  • Provide technical assistance to higher level engineering staff.

  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.



Experience and Training Guidelines: Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities are as follows:


  • Experience: Some professional level experience in civil engineering.  Competitive candidates will possess three (3) or more years of experience in a civil engineering field such as design or other related field.



  • Training/Education: Three (3) years of course work in a board-approved engineering curriculum (any curriculum approved by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET)).

  • Knowledge of: Basic principles and practices of civil engineering and design; practices and terminology in surveying and construction standards; basic principles and practices of hydraulic engineering and hydrology; pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations; principles of mathematics as applied to engineering calculations; computer-aided design and drafting software, spreadsheet, and data base applications.

  • Ability to: Problem solve as each project is unique, perform technical research; read and interpret technical literature, drawings, diagrams and schematics; apply basic engineering practices to technical problems, present findings and make appropriate reports; use and operate computer systems and software; prepare civil engineering design computations; prepare engineering plans, specifications and estimates for street, sewer and storm drain projects and/or water utility projects; use and care for engineering and drafting instruments and equipment; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License by date of appointment.
  • Possession of an Engineer-in-Training certificate is highly desirable.  




Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. The deadline for the first review of applications is on Friday, March 8, 2024.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Applicants that apply after the first review are not guaranteed to be considered for this recruitment. This recruitment may close at any time without notice after the first review date. 
The selection process includes, but is not limited to, a skills assessment and oral interview. 
The eligibility list established from this recruitment may also be used to fill the current and/or additional vacancies throughout the City.
Candidates must be specific and complete in describing their qualifications for this position. Failure to state all pertinent information may lead to elimination from consideration.  Stating "See Resume" is not an acceptable substitute for a completed application.  
The successful candidate will be required to undergo a reference / background check (to include a conviction record) and pass a post-offer pre-employment medical examination (which will include a drug/alcohol screening).  The City of Anaheim utilizes E-Verify and new employees must provide documentation to establish both identity and work authorization.
Communication regarding your application and/or status will be sent to the email address listed on your application.  Please check your email regularly throughout the recruitment process as you will not receive communications by any other method.






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