Assistant Engineer – Civil Level I/II

at County of Sacramento
Location Sacramento, California
Date Posted September 19, 2022
Category Construction
Job Type Permanent


The Position

This is a continuous filing exam. The next filing cut-offs are at 5:00 pm on:

4/8/22, 5/20/22, 6/2/22, 7/8/22, 10/7/22, 1/6/23

Students in their last semester prior to graduation are encouraged to apply. The cut-off date used to submit your application should be approximately 30 days or less from the projected date of receiving your final grades. Your application will be considered as meeting the minimum qualifications once qualifying documents are submitted to the Sacramento County Employment Office.

Level I: $5,792.46 to $6,385.83/month

Level II: $6,968.67 to $8,893.14/month

Assistant Engineer - Civil (Level I) is the trainee level class in the professional civil engineering series. Incumbents perform field and office assignments of a less complex nature in connection with the planning, design, construction and maintenance of a wide variety of civil engineering projects. Incumbents are expected to demonstrate increased proficiency during the training period, and, upon completion thereof, promote to the Assistant Engineer - Civil (Level II). Incumbents are gradually given more difficult and responsible assignments and may assist experienced engineers in charge of more difficult civil engineering projects.

Assistant Engineer - Civil (Level II) is the journey level class in the professional civil engineering series. Under general supervision, incumbents are responsible for routine office or field projects of average difficulty and are expected to direct them to completion. Incumbents assigned to Level II generally have, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications for the class, at least one year of paraprofessional engineering experience equivalent to one of the following classes in Sacramento County service: an Assistant Engineer - Civil (Level I), Senior Engineering Technician or higher. A Master's Degree in Civil Engineering may be substituted for the experience. An Assistant Engineer - Civil (Level II) may serve as a resident engineer on smaller, less complex construction projects. Civil engineering work of this type is generally supervised and reviewed by positions in the next higher class, Associate Civil Engineer, which is assigned the function of squad or project leader. Assistant Engineers - Civil (Level II) have no supervisory responsibility, but may provide technical direction to subordinate engineering and paraprofessional engineering personnel engaged in design and construction of such work.

The duties, knowledge and abilities of the Level I and the Level II are the same except the work is originally done under close supervision; as experience is gained, greater independence of action is increased and less detailed supervision is received until the incumbent is functioning at the first working level.

Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of

Principles of physics and mathematics used in civil engineering and their application to engineering problems
Topographic and construction surveying, stress analysis, mechanics and properties of materials
Common methods and equipment in engineering construction and of inspection methods used in reviewing such work
Real property descriptions
Hydraulics and pumps
Civil engineering design and drafting methods and equipment

Ability to

Make accurate computations and neat and accurate field notes
Prepare reports
Maintain effective working relationships with fellow workers and the public

Employment Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Either: 1. Graduation from a curriculum in civil engineering accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Note: To verify if your degree program is ABET accredited, visit

Or: 2. Current Engineer-in-Training Certificate, issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.

Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click here or speak to someone in our office before the final filing or cut-off date listed in this notice.

Note:Students in their last semester prior to graduation are encouraged to apply. Proof of graduation must be submitted to the Sacramento County Employment Office at within 30 days of notification from our office. Failure to submit required documentation will result in the disqualification of your application for failure to meet the minimum qualifications. When documentation is received, your application will be moved to the next phase of the process - the exam. Successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list for consideration of employment as vacancies occur. Please ensure the exam name that you applied for and the last four digits of your social security number are indicated on your document.

Please note that applicants that have already graduated and have documentation of their conferred degree or a valid Engineer-in-Training Certificate must submit their documentation at the time of application and will not be afforded the additional time indicated above.

General Qualifications

Driver's License: A valid Driver's License, Class C or higher, is required prior to appointment to this class. Failure to maintain the appropriate California Driver's License may constitute cause for termination from this class in accordance with Civil Service Rule 11.4. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Certificates/licenses: Per Health and Safety Code, Sections .31, incumbents may be required to obtain a certification from a recognized state, national, or international association, as determined by the County, within two years of date of hire or assignment.

Some positions in this class series require incumbents to complete one year of verifiable experience in the appropriate field and, within one year thereafter, to obtain certification from a recognized state, national, or international association, as determined by the County.

Any person currently and continuously employed by the County as an inspector, plans examiner or building official, for not less than two years prior to January 1, 1996, is exempt from the certification requirements as outlined above.

In addition, persons appointed to this class might be required to complete a minimum of 45 hours of continuing education every three years. The County may determine appropriate providers of continuing education such as community colleges or organizations affiliated with code enforcement.

Note: Failure to meet the required certification requirements may constitute cause for termination from this class in accordance with Civil Service Rule 11.4.

Physical Abilities:

Sit for extended periods, frequently stand and walk
Have manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination needed to use a variety of office equipment such as computers, telephones, calculators, copiers, and drafting equipment
Have corrected vision in order to perform drafting, review maps and legal descriptions, and perform other essential functions of the job
Occasionally walk on uneven terrain at construction sites, etc.

Individuals who are unable to pass some of the physical requirements due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Working Conditions: May be required to work in excess of 40 hours a week and/or work irregular hours, particularly during emergency situations.

Background/Criminal History: The County may access criminal history information on candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of appointment within this class consistent with the provisions of Board of Supervisors Resolution No. 82-602, Personnel Policies and Procedure B-5 and applicable federal and state law. The County shall not consider for employment any applicant who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that relates to or impacts the applicant's ability to perform the job duties of this class unless it is determined that mitigating circumstances exist. For purposes of accessing criminal history information, the candidate will be fingerprinted. A subsequent arrest notification may be obtained.

Probationary Period

The probationary period for this classification is six (6) months.

Application and Testing Information


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application by 5:00 PM on the posted cut-off date. Click here to apply.

County of Sacramento

Department of Personnel Services

Employment Services Division

700 H Street, Room 4667

Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone ; 7-1-1 California Relay Service

Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667

Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
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