City of SunnyvaleSunnyvale 94086
Full Time
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Engineering Assistant Ii

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


Regular, Full-Time Employment Opportunity
The final filing date is October 23, 2023, at 5:00 pm or after receiving 100 qualified and completed applications, whichever is first. If interested in this position, you should apply as soon as possible. 

The City of Sunnyvale is actively seeking a highly enthusiastic, innovative, and creative individual to join the Public Works Department as an Engineering Assistant II. 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. This position is an exciting opportunity to develop relevant civil engineering experience and provides the potential for career growth.

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Essential Job Functions
(May include, but are not limited to the following)


  • Manages routine Capital Projects under the supervision of a Civil Engineer.
  • Prepares, or assists in the preparation of specifications, plans, estimates and reports pertaining to the construction, maintenance and operation of a variety of engineering or utility projects.
  • Performs design and computer drafting duties in connection with street, sewer line, water main, storm drains, traffic facilities, and other projects.
  • Provides information regarding existing infrastructure to the general public at the counter, over the telephone and by computer.
  • Provides technical advice and counsel to developers and others in the interpretation of City Ordinances and established City policies relative to land development.
  • Reviews and processes all actions necessary to affect encroachment permits.
  • Plan checks parcel maps, tract maps, records of surveys, legal descriptions and plot maps, and private/public agency development plans.
  • Investigates field problems affecting property owners, contractors, and utility and maintenance operations; resolves problems or refers as appropriate.
  • Manages, enters, and maintains data for Public Works information management systems.
  • Assists in analyzing and developing maintenance programs for Public Works operations.
  • Computes appropriate fees.
  • Assists other higher level engineers in administering various projects as needed.

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 motor coordination when using a computer keyboard. Near vision is required when reading plans, written reports and other documents, and far vision is required when inspecting work sites. Acute hearing is required when providing phone and personal service. The need to lift, carry and push tools, equipment and supplies weighing up to 25 pounds is also required. The job duties expose the employee to the outdoors, which may include exposure to fumes, dust, allergens, and air contaminants. The nature of the work may also require the incumbent to work in construction zones and heavy traffic conditions. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodation.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, or related field; AND

Eighteen months experience in professional or paraprofessional engineering work at the level of Engineering Assistant I with the City of Sunnyvale.

Knowledge of:Engineering Assistant I
  • Basic principles and practices of civil engineering as related to the design of a wide variety of public works projects.
  • Basic survey principles and practices.
  • Office methods, procedures, software and equipment.
Ability to: 
  • Learn to analyze data and a variety of problems, determine options and use proper engineering methodology to reach sound conclusions and recommendations.
  • Secure the cooperation of construction contractors and developers.
  • Prepare reports and maintain records, logs and databases.
  • Make mathematical calculations and accurate engineering computations and drawings.
  • Make oral, written and visual presentations for professional meetings with consultants, contractors, staff and project teams.
  • Operate a computer using word processing, scheduling, business software, databases, and spreadsheets and other office equipment.
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain and promote positive and effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public.
  • Demonstrate initiative and exercise good judgment in the performance of duties.
  • Learn the operation, policy and procedures of the assigned division and/or department.
  • Work independently and as a team member; recognize and set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner.
Knowledge of:Engineering Assistant IIThe above, plus:
  • Street, highway, water and sewer construction practices, methods and techniques.
  • Approved standards of safety as related to structural projects.
  • Contemporary construction materials and basic construction law.
Ability to:Engineering Assistant IIThe above, plus:
  • Independently analyze data and a variety of problems, determine options and use proper engineering methodology to reach sound conclusions and recommendations.
  • Adapt approved engineering methods and standards to the design and construction of a variety of public works projects.
  • Follow complex written or verbal instructions and procedures.
  • Explain engineering requirements and principles in a clear and concise manner.
Willingness to:

Travel to various sites within the City.


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

Possession of an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certificate issued by the State of California.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONSExperience with a public agency.
Application and Selection Process

The final filing date is October 23, 2023, at 5:00 pm or after receiving 100 qualified and completed applications, whichever is first. If interested in this position, you should apply as soon as possible. (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 online through the City's employment page at and click on '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 oral examination process scheduled for November 7, 2023. The final selection interview is tentatively scheduled for the week of November 13th. (The examination process may be changed as deemed necessary by the Director of Human Resources).
Candidates receiving 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. Any candidate 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 that 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.  

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).