City of La Mesa 
Assistant/Associate Engineer 
Salary: $70,408 - $98,633 annually 
 
This recruitment is for one open position in the Public Works Engineering Department and 
candidate may be hired as either an Assistant Engineer or Associate Engineer depending on 
qualifications. 


A 3% salary increase is scheduled for July 2021. 


POSITION SUMMARY 
Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job. 

To perform professional level engineering duties in support of the City’s engineering services and activities including design and construction projects for City streets, storm drains, sewer lines, traffic and related capital improvement programs; to prepare construction plans and specifications for capital improvement projects; to perform field survey and construction inspection duties; to serve as project manager on assigned projects; and to ensure work quality and adherence to professional engineering standards. 
 
Assistant Engineer - This is the entry level class within the professional Engineer series. This class is distinguished from the Associate Engineer by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the series. Work is usually supervised while in progress and fits a structured and established pattern. Generally, changes in procedures or exceptions are explained in detail as they arise. Typically, employees at this level would have completed a college degree in the civil engineering field but would have limited work experience. 
 
Associate Engineer - This is the full journey level class within the professional Engineer series.  Employees within this class are distinguished from the Assistant Engineer by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned including responsibility for coordinating more complex engineering design and construction projects from inception to completion.  Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are 
fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. 


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: 
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices. 
• Perform professional level engineering duties in support of the City’s public works engineering services and activities including design and construction programs for City streets, storm drains, sewer lines, traffic and related capital improvement programs. 
• Prepare designs and specifications for assigned projects; develop engineering drawings, construction plans, specifications, contract documents, bid documents, calculations, and cost estimates for proposed projects; research project design requirements; prepare estimates of time and material costs. 
• Maintain accurate records of projects, budgets or field observations required for the delivery of civil engineering services for the City. 
• Investigate field conditions related to public improvements, public utilities, and traffic safety operations; investigate field problems affecting property owners, contractors, and maintenance operations; work with public or private contractors on public improvements; prepare accurate reports, diagrams and recommendations related to the responsibilities of the Engineering Division. 
• Prepare construction contract estimates and feasibility reports for services or public improvement projects. 
• Participate in the plan check, review, and processing of plans for private developments affecting City streets, sewers, drains, and related public works facilities; ensure that they meet all City imposed requirements. 
• Perform survey, mapping, and data collection; evaluate data and prepare recommendations. 
• Assist in the operation, maintenance, and installation of traffic signs, signals, street lights, and pavement markings for City thoroughfares; administer the maintenance of assigned contracts; respond to maintenance requests from the public and City staff; ensure that invoices from contractors are in compliance with existing contract; establish policies and procedures for reporting maintenance for street lights and traffic signals and for updating 
pavement conditions. 
• Provide assistance to contractors, engineers, and the general public on engineering policies and procedures; review submitted plans, drawings and specifications for compliance with engineering and City codes and standards. 
• Participate in the preparation of requests for proposals and bids; review contract bids and proposals; participate in the selection of contracted services. 
• As assigned, serve as project engineer for engineering design and construction projects; 
administer project from inception to completion including design, review, public meetings, 
bidding and construction; develop scope of work; serve as liaison to City staff, developers, 
engineers, consultants, the general public and external agencies on proposed development 
projects; develop project timelines and set priorities; assign work tasks and oversee the 
services of consultant staff. 
• Review engineering design and construction plans, drawings, specifications, contract documents, cost estimates, engineering calculations and related documents prepared by consulting engineers and contractors for compliance with professional and City standards and practices; coordinate reviews with other departments and agencies. 
• Administer contracts for assigned engineering projects; conduct site inspections during and at completion of project; monitor construction progress and changes to scope of work; discuss and recommend change orders; review and process requests for contract and final payments; prepare as-built plans; prepare project close-out documents. 
• Serve as staff to a variety of City commissions, boards, and committees related to public works engineering matters. 
• Coordinate public works activities with other City departments, divisions and outside agencies. 
• Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of civil engineering design and construction management. 
• As assigned, supervise and train lower level professional and technical engineering staff. 
• Perform related duties as required. 
 
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and 
abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: 


Education/Training: 
Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in 
civil engineering or a related field. 


Experience: 

Assistant Engineer - At least two years of para-professional engineering experience or internship 
with a public agency or civil engineering firm is desirable.  Knowledge of AutoCAD, Civil 3-D, GIS 
and Cartegraph is desirable. 


Associate Engineer - At least three years of increasingly responsible professional engineering 
experience.   Knowledge of AutoCAD, Civil 3-D, GIS and Cartegraph is desirable.  


License or Certificate: 
Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license. 
Assistant Engineer - Possession of an Engineer-In-Training Certificate is desirable. 
Associate Engineer - Possession of a Certificate of Registration as a professional engineer in the 
State of California is preferred. 
 
EXAMINATION PROCESS: 
Interested applicants must submit an online application and supplemental questionnaire.  This position is open until the needs of the City are met, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.  Unless specifically stated otherwise in this announcement, all requirements must be met at the time of application, and all required licenses and certificates must be current and valid.  Candidates whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the City will be invited to participate in the examination process for this position.  The examination process may consist of any or all of the following components:  written, oral or performance examination.  Eligible candidates will be notified when testing dates have been established. 
 
NOTE:  Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment medical 
evaluation, which may include an alcohol/drug screen.