Assistant Engineer

City of Turlcok

The City of Turlock is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Engineer.  The Assistant Engineer is a entry-level professional engineer position responsible for performing complex engineering calculations and reviewing development maps and plans for compliance with City codes and specifications.

This classification is assigned to the Turlock City Employee's Association Unit for labor relations purposes and is subject to overtime, standby, and call back assignments.

An eligibility list will be established from this recruitment that will be valid for six (6) months and may be used to fill future full-time and part-time vacancies.  All employees are required to serve a twelve (12) month probationary period.

Essential Functions:
Assistant Engineers perform complex and technical engineering work approaching that of the professional engineering series.  Work involves the application of precise sub-professional engineering knowledge and techniques.  It is ordinarily performed under the general supervision of a professional engineer who  makes general assignments and inspects work to ensure that it is conducted according to instructions and in conformity with accepted engineering standards.  Essential job functions include, but are not limited to, the following:
Design City projects for streets, water, sewer, and other public improvements.
Review and process improvement plans, development plans, parcel maps and subdivision maps, and write conditions for approval.
Write specifications, prepare designs, and calculate cost estimates for various engineering projects.
Enforce City codes and standards on engineering projects.
Perform design checks to ensure contractor compliance with City specifications.
Respond to citizen complaints concerning engineering problems.
Perform complex engineering calculations.
Perform field reviews and surveys of various engineering projects.
Attend Design Review and Planning Commission meetings.
May represent the department in participation in conferences and meeting with various boards and commissions and other agencies or departments in carrying out assigned duties.
Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to:
Make complex engineering calculations to prepare engineering designs and specifications.
Review designs submitted by developers and others; identify deficiencies and corrective action.
Prepare engineering records and comprehensive technical reports.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Make effective public presentations.
Develop and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted during the course of work.

Experience and Education:
Knowledge of:
Principles and practices of civil engineering and administration as applied to the design and construction of public works facilities, technical inspection services, design review and other areas.
Applicable laws, regulations and codes related to development and construction of public works.
Principles and practices of modern office management.

Education and Experience:
Possession of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering with major coursework in Civil Engineering, or related field.
Four (4) years experience in the Engineering field, of which two (2) years must be in Public Works Engineering.
Professional License or Certificate:

Possess an Engineering In Training (EIT) Certificate.
Driver's License:
Applicants must also possess (or be able to obtain, if currently residing out of state) and maintain a valid California Driver's License as a condition of continued employment.

Physical Requirements:

Maintain the following physical abilities:  See well enough to drive a vehicle and to make visual inspections; hear and speak well enough to converse on the telephone and in person; be able to communicate clearly without amplification; bodily mobility to move rapidly from one area to another, sometimes over rough terrain; and sometimes bending over and lifting up objects.

Selection Process:
1. All applicants must complete and return a standard City of Turlock Application for Employment form, supplemental questionnaire,  and submit the following documentation as required under the Minimum Qualifications section:
Verification of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering with major coursework in Civil Engineering or related field.
Verification of an Engineering in Training (EIT) Certificate.

2. You may submit your required documentation using the following options:

     1.  Attach a scanned copy in the "Add Attachment"
          option (of the NeoGov online application) or
     2.  Fax a copy to (209) 668-5529 or
     3.  Email a copy to, or
     4.  Hand deliver copies of your attachments to:  
City of Turlock
Human Resources Division
156 S. Broadway, Suite 235
Turlock, CA 95380
Applications will be rejected if they are incomplete or required documentation is not attached.  If you are applying online and attaching documentation to your application, you may contact Human Resources to assure all of your documentation was received.
3. Applications will be reviewed for possession of the minimum qualifications. In the event that a large number of applicants possess the minimum qualifications, applicants who appear to be the most qualified based on their breadth and recency of experience will be invited to compete in the testing process.

4. Candidates invited to compete in the testing process may be required to take a written examination, which will be based on a pass/fail basis. If a written examination is conducted and a large number of candidates receive a passing score, the City reserves the right to invite a percentage of the top scoring candidates to compete in the next phase of the testing process, the oral examination.

5. Candidates who are invited to participate in the oral examination and receive a score of 70% or more will be placed on an eligibility list.  Ranking on the eligibility list will be based solely on the results from the oral exam.

6. Completion of a practical exercise may be conducted in order to further evaluate skills relating to essential job functions.

7. Finalists will be referred to the Development Services Director for final appointment consideration.

8. Final appointment will be contingent upon passing the following: reference review and medical examination, which includes a drug screening, hearing exam, and vision exam.

Veteran's Preference System:

The City of Turlock has adopted a veteran's preference system (effective January 1, 2002). The percentage score achieved through an entrance (non-promotional) examination which ranks applicants on an eligibility list shall be adjusted to provide: (a) one (1) percentage point added to the final test score for each six (6) months of active service during a time of armed conflict, up to a maximum of five (5) points, and (b) five (5) percentage points added to the final test score for veterans who are disabled as a result of active military service during a time of armed conflict, regardless of length of service. To receive preference points, applicants must provide supporting documentation and proof of honorable discharge. In no event shall an applicant receive more than a five (5) point adjustment. This request should be made in section #12 of the employment application form. A copy of your DD214 must be attached for this request to be considered.

Equal Opportunity Employer: 

The City of Turlock is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are sincerely interested in receiving applications from qualified minorities, women and the disabled.

Qualified applicants receive equal consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, political affiliation or belief except where indicated by requirements of the job.

The City of Turlock will make every effort to accommodate applicants that have disabilities that would not allow them to compete in the announced process. Applicants are asked to indicate their request for accommodation in the application form.
Medical Examination and Fingerprinting: 

The incumbent will be required to take a medical examination including a drug screening and be fingerprinted.

Holidays: Ten (10) paid holidays and three (3) floating holidays.

Vacation: Paid vacation that increases with years of service.

Sick Leave: Accrual of one day (eight (8) hours) for each month worked.

Retirement: Qualified candidates who are currently a CalPERS member or have been a CalPERS member within the last six (6) months or are subject to reciprocity with another eligible retirement plan, may be a "classic member" and may be enrolled in the City's 2.7% @ 55 plan.  Employee pays employee contribution rate of 9% on a pre-tax basis. CalPERS "final compensation" may be based on the highest twelve (12) continuous months of qualifying employment.

Non-classic or "new members" will be enrolled in the 2% @ 62 plan and CalPERS "final compensation" will be based on the highest thirty-six (36) continuous months of qualifying employment.

Deferred Compensation: The City will match employee's contribution up to one half of one percent (0.5%) of the employee's base salary for each pay period in which employee contributes to the program.

Retiree Health Savings (RHS) Vantage Care: Two (2) percent of the employee's base payroll will be deposited in each individual's RHS Vantage Care account.

Health: The City offers health, prescription, vision, and dental insurance plans for employees and dependents, currently at no cost.
Continuous Service Pay:
Beginning with the tenth (10th) year and every year thereafter, 1.5% of base salary.
Beginning with the fifteenth (15th) year and every year thereafter, 1.5% of base salary. 
Beginning with the twentieth (20th) year and every year thereafter, 1.5% of base salary. 

Additional Benefits: 
Master's Degree Incentive Pay (If not listed as a minimum qualification)*
Educational Reimbursement Program*
Computer Loan Program*
* Upon completion of probation.

The City of Turlock does not participate in Social Security, although employees hired after April 1, 1986 participate in Medicare.

Smoking and Tobacco Use Hiring Policy:  

All employees hired after January 1, 2014 as a condition of employment, shall not smoke and /or use any tobacco products.  Employees hired after January 1, 2014 will be required to sign a "No Smoking and Tobacco Use Agreement".  As a condition of continued employment, all employees hired after January 1, 2014; shall remain a nonsmoker and /or non-tobacco user whether on duty or off duty.  Failure to comply with this policy may lead to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

City of Turlock Work Attire/Personal Appearance Policy: 

The City of Turlock adopted a Work Attire/ Personal Appearance Policy on April 17, 2014. This Policy describes guidelines regarding appropriate work attire, appearance and hygiene for the City of Turlock and applies to all regular and part time employees, volunteers and interns.

Customer Service Policy:

The City of Turlock is committed to quality service to our customers. Our goal is to create a positive, productive and courteous atmosphere for our employees and customers. Employees are evaluated on the quality of customer service they provide.
Please Note:  
Information contain herein does not constitute an expressed or implied contract as it is subject to change.
Pursuant to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the appointed applicant will be required to verify he/she is a United States citizen or an alien that is authorized to work in the United States.

City of Turlock
Human Resources Division
156 S. Broadway, Suite 235
Turlock, CA 95380
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