County of Alameda

Assistant Engineer (#2015)

Bargaining Unit: Local 21 - Civil Engineers (077)
$55.84-$64.67 Hourly / $4,467.20-$5,173.60 BiWeekly /
$9,678.93-$11,209.47 Monthly / $116,147.20-$134,513.60 Yearly

Under general supervision, to do a variety of professional civil engineering work in the field and office; to perform engineering design and inspection of roads and road appurtenances, drainage facilities, and related flood control structures; and to do related work as required.


Assistant Engineers are usually assigned as design engineers in a design section headed by a Senior Civil Engineer. The classification is distinguished from the next higher level of Associate Civil Engineer in that the latter classification incumbents must possess a valid License as a Professional Engineer by the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists.

The type of supervision given to Assistant Engineers varies with the experience of the incumbent and the complexity of the project.  Assistant Engineers receive their own project assignments and occasionally work with Associate Civil Engineers.

Although most incumbents in this classification work in design units, it is not unusual for Assistant Engineers to be assigned special work of a responsible nature, such as that of a Project Engineer or a Resident Engineer (if the incumbent is a registered professional civil engineer in California) on construction projects, or may be assigned to subdivision review involving potential design impacts to road and flood control facilities, and/or engineering research.

NOTE: The following are examples of the duties performed by employees in this classification.  However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level.  Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

  1. Analyzes, designs, or assists in the design of a variety of engineering projects, including roads, traffic control systems, bridges, dams, retaining walls, and flood control drainage facilities and systems; calculates quantities and cost of materials for an assigned project; checks mathematical and engineering calculations of other engineers or technicians; and prepares written correspondence and project specifications.
  2. Determines grading and alignment of roadways and structures and of flood control and storm drainage projects; makes right-of-way and center-line calculations; writes right-of-way and property descriptions; investigates maps and records in order to avoid construction conflicts with utilities or with fixtures or structures.
  3. Initiates survey requests to gather or clarify field data; prepares written reports and recommendations based on office and field research.
  4. Reviews and checks engineering plans for proposed subdivisions, roadway improvements, and flood control and storm drainage improvements submitted by public utilities, public agencies, and private developers for compliance with appropriate construction standards, possible conflict with existing or proposed County or Flood Control District projects; and recommends necessary engineering changes or improvements.
  5. May review plans of private contractors for conformance with County building codes and recognized principles and practices of structural engineering.
  6. May act as Resident Engineer (if incumbent is a registered professional civil engineer in California) on construction projects and propose alternative construction methods with engineering justifications and request testing of materials as construction progresses.
  7. Prepares detailed construction contract bid documents including plans, specifications, and Engineer’s Estimates.



The equivalent of one (1) year of experience in the classification of Junior Engineer in the Alameda County classified service.


Possession of a bachelor's degree in civil engineering awarded by an accredited college or university.


The equivalent of two (2) years of professional civil engineering experience.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

  • Fundamental practices of civil engineering.
  • Mathematics as applied to civil engineering.
  • Strength, properties, and uses of engineering construction materials.
  • Practices, methods, and equipment used in engineering construction.
  • Methods and procedures for describing real property.
  • Hydraulics and hydrology.

Ability to:

  • Design relatively simple road and flood control structures or parts of similar but complex structures with skill and accuracy.
  • Use current AutoCAD civil design software to prepare civil design and construction contract drawings.
  • Perform common tests of construction materials.
  • Prepare technical reports.
  • Makes project presentations internally and to the public.

Old document:  Revised 9/85
Revised 3/91
Revised 5/10/91
New document:  Jobspecs/2015
CSC Date:  4/24/91
GH:cs  Revised 4/21/15
CSC Date:  5/27/15
IL:saa Revised 11/1/23
CSC Date:02/21/2024


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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