City of SunnyvaleSunnyvale 94086
Full Time

Prepares engineering designs, specifications, schedules, costs and quantity estimates of municipal public works projects.

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Civil Engineer

City of Sunnyvale
Full Time 456 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, United States


Civil Engineer
Regular Full-Time Employment Opportunity


The City of Sunnyvale is actively seeking persons who are highly enthusiastic, flexible, and motivated to join a team-oriented professional environment as a Civil Engineer in the Public Works Department.   The selected candidate will help modernize, update, and renovate City infrastructure to better the quality of life for the Sunnyvale community.  The selected candidate will be joining a team of professionals in one of these three sections:  

  • Project Administration Design of capital improvement projects
  • Special Projects team working on both design and construction oversight of large/high profile capital improvement projects.
  • Land Development Engineering
The ideal candidate will have a passion for excellence, a commitment to serving the community, and have outstanding interpersonal skills. Other skills the City is looking for include excellent problem-solving skills, strong ability to communicate effectively and proactively both orally and in writing, and capability to establish and maintain effective work relationships.

The eligibility list created from this recruitment could be used for future Civil Engineer vacancies within the City.

The City of Sunnyvale offers:
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • Classic CalPERS members have 4% of the employee contributions paid by the City, leaving only 3% for the employee to contribute.
  • Retiree medical benefits available
Essential Job Functions

(May include, but are not limited to, the following):

If assigned to the Design Group of the Capital Improvement Projects Administration Section, duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Prepares engineering designs, specifications, schedules, costs and quantity estimates of municipal public works projects.
  • Coordinates project design and development with consultants; prepares requests for proposals for services; evaluates proposals; assists in the selection of consultants; negotiates consultant fees; coordinates and evaluates consultants' work; reviews consultants' work and submittals; ensures design compliance with environmental law and with City Ordinances; recommends design change orders for acceptance; maintains project budgets; reviews prepared bid documents and construction bids; recommends approval and processing of invoices and progress payments; and prepares periodic reports.
  • Coordinates project development with funding agencies such as Caltrans and VTA and ensures compliance with grant requirements and timelines.
  • Continues involvement with capital projects during construction; assists construction administration staff in coordinating with consultants to resolve design conflicts; and assists as necessary to resolve disputes concerning plans and specifications.
  • Assists supervisors in revising the City's Capital Improvement Projects Budget.

If assigned to Construction Group of the Capital Improvement Projects Administration Section, duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Manages construction contracts of City's Capital Projects to ensure completion within scope, cost, schedule, budgeted resources, standards and practices; resolves disputes with contractors, negotiates and settles construction claims.
  • Administers City Capital projects; inspects field work and works closely with inspectors on assigned projects; resolves disputes concerning plans, specifications, and other work; and makes field changes within the limits of design and cost restrictions.
  • Monitors progress of construction activities; processes progress payments; conducts final inspection; and oversees closeout of construction projects.   
  • Works closely with the Senior Construction Engineer to complete the City's Construction workload timely and within budget.   
If assigned to the Land Development Section, duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Reviews plans, specifications, and estimates of development projects and encroachment permit applications; interprets, reviews, and analyzes complex development projects for accuracy, suitability, completeness, and compliance with City standards and other requirements.
  • Performs review of encroachment permits, subdivision maps and legal descriptions, and street and/or public easements.
  • Computes appropriate fees.
  • Coordinates and participates in the review of plans and land use applications, ensuring compliance with local, State and Federal regulations and requirements; provides written comments and conditions; and prepares City Council communication for the approval of projects.
  • Researches, investigates and provides information regarding City development procedures; and meets with developers and consultants to discuss concepts of general requirements for projects.
In addition to the above, the following duties are also performed by the Civil Engineer:
  • Prepares detailed scopes of work, timelines, cost estimates and feasibility reports for new or modified engineering projects.
  • Coordinates and monitors all phases of projects to ensure timely and cost-effective progress.
  • Provides internal and external customer service.
  • Coordinates projects with other City departments, public agencies, and utility companies for orderly planning, scheduling, and construction.
  • Serves as a technical resource in assigned engineering area; participates in the development of standard engineering specifications, criteria and policy and procedure statements on engineering matters; and provides technical advice to field operations, other City departments, and the general public in the interpretation of City ordinances, policies, regulations, and procedures as required.
  • Oversees or participates in the preparation of various staff reports, council resolutions, specific plans and reports required by State and Federal agencies.
Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard. Additionally, the position also requires near and far vision in reading written reports and work related documents and using a computer. Acute hearing is required when providing phone and personal customer service. The need to lift, drag, carry and push files, paper, books and documents up to 25 pounds is also required. Some duties require field visits to inspect and monitor projects with exposure to inclement weather. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.
Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

The minimum qualifications for education and experience can be met in the following way:

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering or a related field, AND

Three years of increasingly responsible professional civil, mechanical, or electrical engineering experience.

Knowledge of: 

  • Principles, practices, and methods of civil engineering as related to the planning, design, construction and inspection of municipal public works projects and improvements.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, ordinances and rules, including those related to development, design and construction.
  • Principles and practices of project management, construction management and contract administration.
  • Methods and techniques for record keeping and report preparation.
  • Office methods, procedures, software and equipment.

In addition to the above, If assigned to the Land Development Section, knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of land surveying, real property legal description, land acquisition, easements and assessment proceedings, including the California Subdivision Map Act, and other applicable Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances related to land use and right-of-way management.
  • Methods and techniques for data and map collection, presentation and record management.

Ability to:

  • Perform professional engineering computations and analysis and make comprehensive and sound decisions.
  • Prepare and present administrative and technical reports and presentations.
  • Effectively manage projects and consultants.
  • Read, interpret and analyze maps, engineering design plans, estimates, technical manuals, specifications and reports.
  • Apply City design requirements, standard details, specifications and other design guidelines.
  • Solve difficult engineering problems.
  • Follow complex written or verbal instructions and procedures.
  • Interpret, apply and explain laws, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.
  • Operate a computer using word processing, scheduling, spreadsheets, and business software and other office equipment.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain and promote positive and effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the public.
  • Work independently and as a team member; recognize and set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner.

Willingness to:

Occasionally perform duties for periods longer than the normal eight-hour work day and attend evening meetings.


Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver's license or the ability to provide alternative transportation as approved by the appointing authority and a safe driving record.

Possession of registration as a professional civil or structural engineer issued by the State of California.

  • Experience working as an engineer in a public agency.
Application and Selection Process

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a City of Sunnyvale employment application and responses to the supplemental questions to the Department of Human Resources no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 23, 2023 (postmarks or faxes are not accepted). Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience or skills relevant to this position. Electronic applications may be submitted on-line through the City's employment page at and click City Jobs. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the application materials, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the examination process scheduled for Wednesday, November 8, 2023. (Note: The examination process may be changed as deemed necessary by the Director of Human Resources).

Those candidates that receive a passing score on the examination will be placed on an eligibility list for up to one year, in accordance with the City's Civil Service Rules and Administrative Policies. Top candidates on the eligibility list will be invited to participate in a selection interview.

Any candidate that is selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a background history check, as well as a medical exam(s) administered by a City selected physician(s) before hire. Prior to starting work, all newly-hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing.

Please note: Any successful candidate, selected by the hiring department will be required to submit proof of education (i.e., original copy of the diploma or college/university transcripts).

Positions in this job classification are represented by the Sunnyvale Employees Association (SEA).The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.