Civil Engineering Assistant

Santa Monica, CA 90405

Posted: 08/14/2019 Employment Type: Contract Industry: Engineering Job Number: 80344
Performs professional engineering assignments with instructions and receives technical guidance on unusual or complex problems in the planning, plan checking, field inspecting, designing and managing the construction of public works projects.
MAJOR DUTIES: (Duties may vary depending on assignment.)
  • Gathers and organizes data and prepares designs, maps, estimates, reports, plans and specifications for the construction, alteration and maintenance of a variety of civil engineering projects.
  • Prepares and reviews computations, design plans, "as-built" drawings, makes quantity estimates, and project schedules for storm drains, water mains, sewers, site improvements, streets, sidewalks, ADA ramps, utilities and various structures.
  • Ascertains drainage areas and computes run-off velocity and quantity of flow.
  • Analyzes bids, and conducts field investigations and feasibility studies.
  • Performs public works plan checks for off-site improvements, utilities, and urban runoff associated with single family, multifamily, commercial, and industrial permit applications and development agreements.
  • Provides assistance at the public counter by issuing permits, processing payments, answering phones, responding to questions and reviewing plan check comments.
  • Reviews water meter applications and makes recommendations for new meters.
  • Consults with other governing agencies to obtain required permits and approvals for construction of City capital projects. Performs other related duties, as assigned.
Knowledge of:
  • Theory, principles and practices of civil and traffic engineering.
  • Design, construction and maintenance requirements of public works facilities, including buildings, streets, water distribution and drainage systems and sanitary sewers.
  • Mathematics and surveying applicable to civil, and traffic engineering. Strengths, properties and uses of materials of construction. Construction plans and specifications.
  • Effective customer service techniques.
Ability to:
  • Apply civil engineering principles to the solution of specific problems involving structural, hydrologic, and hydraulic analysis design, mathematics, construction methods, design esthetics, and space planning. Read, interpret, prepare and check professional engineering, legal descriptions, survey notes, and streets and traffic signal plans.
  • Utilize computer programs to perform calculations, and have proficiency in Computer Aided Drafting Software.
  • Review, process and issue permits. Read, interpret and implement provisions of applicable codes and standards.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative professional and effective working relationships with other City employees, and the public.
  • Provide effective customer service.
  • Work independently with minimal supervision
Skill in:
  • Principles and practices of civil and structural engineering, drafting and survey methods.
  • Using personal computers and applicable software.
  • Communicating effectively both orally and in writing. Preparing and presenting clear and concise oral and written reports and recommendations.
  • Drafting reports quickly and concisely.
  • Public relations.
Education, Training and Experience:
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related field.
  • One year of recent, paid, progressively responsible experience in civil engineering.
  • Possession of the Engineer-in-Training certification by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers may substitute for the progressively responsible experience.
License and Certificates: Possession of a valid Class C driver license. D
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