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Associate Engineer - Public Works Department

City of San Jose
San Jose, California
$125,055.84 - $158,318.16 Annually
Closing date
Mar 15, 2024

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Architectural Engineering, Other
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Our diverse and inclusive workforce of more than 7,000 employees play a key role in the success of San José, the heart of the Silicon Valley. All City of San José employees work together as one team to make San José a vibrant, innovative, and desirable place to live and work. Visit here to learn more about San José.  

About the Department

The Department of Public Works is responsible for delivering capital improvement projects for a wide variety of City facilities and infrastructure, maintaining City facilities and fleet assets, facilitating and regulating development activities, and providing animal care and services.

The Department is committed to high-quality service, partnering with the community, and providing an excellent environment in which to work. We strive to constantly demonstrate the City values of Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Collaboration, Respect, and Celebration, and seek employees who do the same.

Position Duties

The total salary range for the Associate Engineer classification is $125,055.84 - $158,318.16.
This salary range includes an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation. Actual salary shall be determined by the final candidates’ qualifications and experience.
The Public Works Department is currently seeking to fill two (2) full-time Associate Engineer vacancies in the City Facilities Architectural Services Division (CFAS) and the Airport Division Capital Improvements (CIP) Team.
The City Facilities Architectural Services (CFAS) Division, Civil Engineering section is responsible for the project management and delivery of capital projects for buildings, parks, trails, libraries, public safety facilities and various cultural facilities.
The Airport Division Capital Improvements team is responsible for the project management and delivery of capital projects related to San Jose Mineta International Airport.
The Associate Engineer classification is the third level of the engineering series and typically requires minimal supervision in the design, review, and management of projects. Incumbents of this class are typically supervised and provided lead direction and training by a Senior Engineer.
The ideal candidate will possess a high level of professionalism, excellent customer service skills, and a supreme work ethic. These positions require excellent judgment, initiative, perseverance, integrity, organizational skills, flexibility and written and verbal communications skills.
Typical duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepares and/or reviews designs, improvement plans, estimates, specifications, and contract documents for capital improvement projects, private development projects or other engineering related projects that are prepared by subordinates and/or consultants engaged by the City or by private developers.
  • Reviews and responds to Request for Information memos (RFIs) and submittals, negotiate change orders and review pay applications.
  • Manages projects, i.e., oversees, controls, and guides the project.
  • Negotiates, prepares and manages consultant agreements and/or construction contracts.
  • Supervises staff by prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff is trained; making hiring, termination and disciplinary recommendations.
  • Supervises the collection and analysis of field data and prepares recommendations.
  • Responsible for interfacing with the public, consultants, contractors, other City departments/sections, and other agencies, and is responsible for timely response to the stakeholders' requests and concerns on projects.
  • Coordinates with construction inspectors and attends field meetings to resolve problems arising in the field during the construction of a public improvement project.
  • Prepares clearly written and effective reports and Council Memos.
  • Tracks and manages project costs using appropriate tools and resources.
  • Responsible for permitting, managing, and designing capital projects.


Additional responsibilities specific to the CFAS Civil Section position:

Associate Engineer (Civil Section focus on Civil Engineering area):

  • Performs civil engineering analysis and design conforming to the CBC requirements and other related local and state standards.
  • Performs civil engineering related project management for facilities, parks and trails.
  • Estimates construction cost for budget preparation.
  • Performs storm water management and erosion control, C3 design and management. Review and manage survey reports, maps and plans. Review and manage grading plans.

Associate Engineer (Civil Section focus on Structural Engineering area):

  • Performs structural engineering analysis and design conforming to the CBC requirements and other related local and state standards.
  • Performs structural engineering related project management in building.
  • Estimates construction cost for budget preparation.
  • Performs structural design, analysis on some simple structures

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Possession of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, or possession of an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certificate. 
Experience: Three (3) years of increasingly responsible professional engineering experience.
Acceptable Substitution: A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in the required professional engineering discipline may be substituted for one (1) year of professional engineering experience.


  • Possession of a valid Driver’s License in the State of California is required.
  • Certificate of Registration in a relevant professional engineering discipline is desirable.

Other Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.

Job Expertise - Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.
Analytical Thinking - Approaches a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.
Computer Skills - Experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel.
Decision Making – Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities; uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions.
Planning - Acts to align own unit's goals with the strategic direction of the organization; Defines tasks and milestones to achieve objectives, while ensuring the optimal use of resources to meet those objectives.
Problem Solving – Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem; collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.
Project Management - Ensures support for projects and implements agency goals and strategic objectives.
Supervision - Sets effective long and short-term goals based on good understanding of management practices; establishes realistic priorities within available resources; provides motivational support; empowers others; assigns decision-making and work functions to others in an appropriate manner to maximize organizational and individual effectiveness.
Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills - Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.
Communication Skills - Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to all the job specific questions. You must answer all questions to be considered or your application may be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration. Only those candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews.
If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Ginger Quijano at

Additional Information:

Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.  

Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application. If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided.  IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email and we will research the status of your application. 

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