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Assistant Civil Engineer I (Permit Specialist)
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City of Downey | Downey, CA
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ABOUT THE POSITION Benefits Supplemental Questions

This recruitment is open until a sufficient number of qualified applicants to fill current vacancies are received. This recruitment may close with or without advance notice.

Under general supervision, performs professional level office and field engineering work in the review of public works permit applications and plan check requirements. Reviews documents for completeness and accuracy, calculates fees, issues permits and provides inspection on as-needed basis. Interacts and directs the public at a service counter and over the phone.

The Assistant Civil Engineer I is the entry-level class in the Civil Engineer job series. An incumbent performs assignments in the reviews and processing of applications for various public works permits and plan checks using permitting and plan check software applications; checking applications and supplemental documents for completeness, accuracy and compliance with City standards, codes, and regulations. design, review, and/or implementation of engineering plans, drawings, and designs requiring knowledge and ability to execute civil engineering principles and standards, construction cost analysis, and engineering field measurement and data collection practices. As experience is gained, assignments become more diversified and require the application of a growing body of technical engineering related knowledge.

The Engineering Division provides development engineering services, oversees the City's Capital Improvement Program by designing and managing the construction of various capital projects, provides public works inspection services, traffic engineering services, and manages the City's Lighting and Landscaping Assessment District, as well as various maintenance contracts such as street light and traffic signal maintenance.


The following tasks are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed:

Perform professional civil engineering designs of engineering projects, including lighting and traffic signal systems; prepare plans, diagrams, and sketches using desktop computer using spreadsheet applications and computer aided drafting (CAD) programs; prepare and check construction plans for street improvements, minor building projects and assessment district projects; prepare specifications, estimate construction quantities, conduct engineering studies and prepare reports and recommendations; assist in the coordination and administration of construction projects, including providing technical guidance as needed to solve engineering problems and to ensure compliance with City standards, codes, and other applicable regulations; solicit, review, evaluate, and track proposals, contracts, and agreements for compliance with City requirements and timely completion of projects; receive and answer public inquiries at the public counter, in the office, in the field and on the telephone;respond to service requests from businesses and residents regarding various matters (i.e. neighborhood traffic, infrastructure, etc) oversee field survey crew, instruct and train crew members; record survey data; perform engineering measurements in preliminary and construction surveys; write Public Works Committee and City Council agenda reports, specifications, requests for proposals, and requests for qualifications as related to assigned projects; operate surveying equipment; and, perform other related duties as assigned.

In addition, when assigned to the Permit Counter:

Issues permits for encroachment and excavations within the public right-of-way and for on-street parking (i.e., street sweeping, construction and preferential permit parking) and/or coordinates processing and permit issuance with other City divisions or departments. Monitors progress of application and responds to applicant requests for information and permit status. Assists a variety of customers (e.g. builders, engineers, contractors, developers, residents) at a public service counter, via e-mail and over the telephone regarding submittal requirements, permit regulations and departmental policies and procedures. Uses the City's on-line mapping system to provide property and utility information to customers. Reviews and calculates a variety fees (e.g. for water meters, street improvements, water/wastewater demand mitigation, construction/demolition waste, street use permits, etc.). Enters and retrieves data to generate and prepare fee revenue reports.

Reviews and determines permit needs and requirements for Use of City Property at construction sites. Schedules and coordinates inspections for off-site improvement work. May perform inspections as needed. Explains rules, regulations and policies to the public. Responds to routine complaints, problems and requests for service. Takes messages and refers difficult or escalated problems to appropriate staff, as necessary. Administer assessment district proceedings, design and contracts for capital projects.


Any combination of education, training, and work experience to demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform in the position is qualifying. A desired combination is as follows:

Education: A Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited college or university is required. Possession of an Engineer In Training (EIT) Certificate from the State of California may be accepted in lieu or as additional years of related work experience.

Experience: One (1) full time year of directly related technical engineering support experience required. Exposure to municipal public works engineering projects or assignments either through employment or a non-paid internship is highly desired.

Knowledge of: Principles and practices of engineering as applied to construction design and surveying; computer aided drafting and design using AUTOCAD release 12 or higher; familiarity with Microsoft Windows operating system, including spreadsheet programs; methods of record keeping; mathematics through trigonometry as practiced at the professional level; principles and practices of traffic engineering; modern developments, current literature and sources of information regarding engineering.

Ability to: Evaluate and solve routine civil engineering problems; prepare a variety of reports and documents; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; perform technical applications involving the use of engineering software; plan, coordinate, and manage projects, including budget monitoring; supervise lower level staff and volunteers as assigned; accept direction and training and demonstrate learning ability for enhanced on the job knowledge of City's Public Works programs and civil engineering needs; and, maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with those encountered in the performance of duties.


License Requirement: Due to the performance of field duties which may require operation of a motor vehicle, a valid California Class C Driver's License and an acceptable driving record at the time of appointment and throughout employment with the City of Downey is required.

California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Pull Notice System: An incumbent appointed to this position is subject to enrollment in the California DMV Pull Notice Program. The Pull Notice program provides information on a periodic basis to the City of Downey on the employee's driving record and Driver's License status. An employee assigned a City vehicle must acknowledge receipt and understanding of City Administrative Regulations covering the use of City vehicles.

Physical Tasks and Environmental Conditions: Work is primarily performed in an office environment that requires extended sitting and standing, field work involves mobility with potential exposure to dangerous machinery and physical harm, ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds in weight, and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday.

Application and Selection Process: All application materials received will be reviewed and evaluated on the basis of information submitted to determine the level and scope of an applicant's qualifications for the position. A copy of the EIT certification (if applicable) is required at the time on-line application. All information submitted is subject to verification.

Those applicants who most closely meet the desired qualifications will be invited to participate in selection testing which will include performance assessment and may not necessarily be limited to an oral interview. Testing shall be weighted 100%.

Candidate(s) who complete selection testing with acceptable results will be placed on an Eligible List of qualified candidates for the position. An Eligible List is generally in effect for one year, unless exhausted sooner. The List will be considered by the Department hiring authority to fill authorized vacancies. Prior to an employment offer, a background check is conducted that will include references and employment history checks and fingerprinting. An offer of employment is conditioned upon acceptable results from a job-related pre-placement medical exam to assess a candidate's physical ability to perform the essential functions of the position. This exam will include a drug screen.

Any applicant requiring reasonable accommodation during the selection process due to a qualified disability must inform the Human Resources Office at (562) 904-7292 at least 72 hours in advance.