County of HumboldtEureka 95501
Full Time
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Assistant Engineer I/ii

County of Humboldt
Full Time Humboldt County Department-Public, 1106 2nd St, Eureka, CA 95501, United States


The current opening is a full-time position with benefits in the Construction Section within the Engineering Division of the Department of Public Works. The Construction Section is responsible for managing construction of earthquake and storm damage repair projects; bridge and culvert replacement projects; state and federal transportation improvement projects, including the Safe Routes to School and Highway Safety Improvement Programs; and other construction projects for the Roads and Natural Resources Divisions.

The working schedule for this position is typically Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM; however, overtime and/or shifting the working schedule may be necessary for work on certain projects. This position requires work in an office environment and on construction sites, which may include exposure to high and low temperatures, adverse weather conditions, and uneven ground.

Please note:
  • This recruitment is open until filled. Human Resources reserves the right to close this recruitment at any time.
  • Applications will be collected and forwarded to the department on a weekly basis. 
What You'll Do:
This position primarily inspects construction projects to ensure compliance with plans, specifications, and standards.  Responsibilities include documenting daily progress through written reports and photographs, calculating payment quantities from field measurements, reviewing certified payroll reports, and preparing as-built drawings.

Where You'll Do It:
Humboldt County Public Works
1106 2nd Street Eureka, CA 95501

Under general supervision, performs a variety of routine to complex professional civil engineering field and office work; may provide work direction and review for assigned technical support staff; performs related work as assigned.


Assistant Engineer I is the entry level class in this series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents perform a variety of professional civil engineering assignments. With experience, the work becomes progressively more diversified and difficult and requires increasing independence and judgment. This class is alternately staffed with Assistant Engineer II, and incumbents may progress to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency which meet the qualifications for the higher level class.

Assistant Engineer II is the full working level in this series. Under supervision, incumbents perform a variety of difficult engineering work and exercise a greater latitude of independent judgment. This class is distinguished from Associate Engineer/Associate Civil Engineer classes which function as a project leader with supervisory responsibilities, whereas this class may have limited lead responsibility over professional or technical staff.

  • Designs, prepares and evaluates preliminary and final plans and specifications for a variety of road, bridge, drainage and related public works projects.
  • Performs complex resident engineering work on assigned projects, including contract administration, inspection and coordination of activities.
  • Inspects varied construction projects to ensure compliance with plans, specifications and standards.
  • Prepares and maintains records and reports on assigned projects including progress, cost, payroll; approves change orders and progress payments.
  • Coordinates and/or directs the work of survey crews as necessary.
  • Checks parcel maps and records of survey; reviews and evaluates subdivision designs and plans.
  • Verifies and performs field calculations; directs and/or reviews the collection of field data and the preparation of maps cross-sections and related project notes.
  • Collects and analyzes data and prepares complex design and engineering studies and reports, construction guidelines and contract specifications; performs foundation and drainage hydrological studies.
  • Computes and verifies land, earthwork and other quantity calculations.
  • Represents the department and the County at meetings with contractors, engineers, developers, property owners, attorneys, and representatives of other public and private organizations.
  • Directs and reviews the work of support staff as assigned; provides for job training.
Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of civil engineering including design and construction.
  • Construction materials, methods and equipment.
  • Computer applications related to engineering work.
  • Applicable codes, regulations, standards relating to public works engineering.
  • Basic supervisory principles and practices.
  • Safety practices pertaining to the work.
  • Engineering mathematics.
Skill in:
  • Performing detailed analysis of designs, specifications and plans.
  • Applying engineering principles and techniques to evaluating and solving simple to complex civil engineering problems.
  • Computing complex engineering calculations quickly and accurately.
  • Preparing clear and precise plans and sketches.
  • Inspecting construction projects to ensure compliance with plans and specifications.
  • Preparing clear, concise and accurate reports and correspondence.
  • Following complex written and oral instructions.
  • Exercising sound, independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Dealing tactfully and effectively with the public, County staff, other agencies, engineering firms, contractors, developers, manufacturers and others contacted in the course of the work.
Other Requirements:

Must possess a valid California driver's license. Possession of a valid California certificate as an Engineer-in-Training is desirable. For certain positions, possession of a Land Surveyor-in-Training certificate is desirable.

Desirable Education and Experience:

A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills outlined above is:

Assistant Engineer I:

Equivalent to graduation from a four year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering.

Assistant Engineer II: In addition to the above, two years of professional civil engineering experience in design and construction work at a level equivalent to the County's class of Assistant Engineer I.