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City of Buena Park - Assistant Engineer

The following information was provided by UCI

SALARY: $36.66 - $46.67 Hourly

$6,354.40 - $8,089.47 Monthly

$76,252.80 - $97,073.60 Annually

OPENING DATE: 04/12/23

CLOSING DATE: Continuous

The City of Buena Park is seeking a highly motivated, energetic, and experienced Assistant

Engineer to perform professional and technical engineering work involving various engineering disciplines, such as parks, facilities, streets, utilities, storm drains, traffic and transportation, permitting, and development plan checking. The ideal candidate must possess strong written and oral communication skills and be eager and willing to learn. If you are the ideal candidate with the education, training, and experience described below APPLY TODAY!

The Position:

Under general supervision, performs professional and technical engineering work involving engineering public works, private development, street, water, storm drain, sewer construction and maintenance, and traffic signal projects; prepares traffic signal engineering plans, specifications, and engineering calculations; estimates materials costs, conduct engineering inspections and surveys, and assists in the preparation of engineering reports; and does related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

The Assistant Engineer is the entry-level classification in the professional engineering series. This job performs assigned engineering tasks requiring knowledge of civil engineering principles, cost estimation practices, surveying techniques, and the use of computer aided design and drafting equipment. The job requires lesser knowledge of engineering design practices and project management practices for private land development and public works design and construction projects than the Associate Engineer. The Assistant Engineer spends more time conducting field inspections, material cost computations, and mapping and technical support functions. The Assistant Engineer receives greater work direction from engineering management and does not require a professional engineering license.

Essential Functions:

The duties listed below 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 class.

  1. Prepares plans, specifications, and cost estimates for specific elements of engineering projects, such as sewer plans, street plans, water plans, traffic control installations, traffic signal and street light plans, public facilities, and other design and construction documents.

  2. Prepares, researches, and updates design and detail drawings and perspectives, and parcel, tract, and location maps involving land sites, public infrastructure, and improvements using computer aided design and drafting software.

  3. Prepares and participates in the preparation and verification of material and labor cost estimates and construction specifications for contracted development and capital improvement projects, and associated engineering permit fees.

  4. Provides technical direction to engineering technician classifications given questions regarding construction specifications, engineering cost calculations, mapping standards, and other work practices.

  5. Provides technical direction regarding field inspections and the procedures for taking measurements, and verifying physical site measurements, soil conditions, irrigation controls, and locations of public improvements.

  6. Assists in reviewing and processing land development plans, traffic control plans, subdivision tract maps, and grading plans; calculates plan check and development fees; sends out and monitors status of proposal and plan check review packages.

  7. Reviews engineering plans, construction documents, change orders, and material specifications for conformance with contract requirements and city and county standards and regulations in working with developers and contractors.

  8. Conducts special studies of street lighting, traffic engineering, traffic control needs, water and sewer projects, and similar programs given technical direction of the Assistant City Engineer, Traffic and Transportation Manager, or Associate Engineer.

  9. Prepares non-compliance letters, and public education materials; provides information regarding projects and conditions to developers, contractors, and the general public.

  10. Tabulates and analyzes traffic counts, prepares street specifications, and provides or reviews data provided in traffic studies.

  11. Responds to inquiries and provides mapping, structural, and engineering information to developers, contractors, utility companies, City Council, Traffic and Transportation Commission, and the general public, as well as other public entities in cooperatively funded or joint projects and programs.

  12. Administers public works construction contracts including the preparation of reports and correspondence.

  13. Prepares reports to the Traffic and Transportation Commission and the City Council.


Knowledge of: Theory and principles of municipal civil and structural engineering design; public works construction practices; basic provisions of Subdivision Map Act and subdivision design principles; surveying methods; traffic engineering principles and practices; strength, properties and uses of construction materials and cost estimation practices; communications techniques; effective customer service techniques.

Ability to: Prepare engineering plans, specifications, and reports; prepare engineering calculations and cost estimates related to public works and capital improvement projects; prepare and evaluate engineering data; organize and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines; prepare and update drawings, maps, notes, correspondence and other written materials; conduct and use surveying and traffic counting tools and equipment; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, management, utility representatives, contractors, architects, and developers; operate computer equipment and use computer-aided design (AutoCAD), mapping, spreadsheet and word processing programs.