County of Alameda

Associate Engineer (#2020)

Bargaining Unit: Local 21 - Civil Engineers (077)
$59.05-$71.76 Hourly / $4,724.00-$5,740.80 BiWeekly /
$10,235.33-$12,438.40 Monthly / $122,824.00-$149,260.80 Yearly

Under direction, to do a variety of difficult field and office professional civil engineering work; to be in charge of difficult design on a project basis; to supervise technical and construction personnel in the office or as consultant to the field forces; to help supervise and train lower-level professional personnel; and to do related work as required.


The class of Associate Engineer is the advanced journey level in the professional engineering series. Incumbents are required to be fully qualified in design work. Assignments may vary from a design unit, to acting as resident engineer on a large construction project, to being responsible for special programs such as planning or designing water distribution systems, or to exercising final review of all structural plans submitted by private builders.

This class is distinguished from the next lower one of Assistant Engineer in that the latter class is the journey level in the series and is usually assigned only to part of a major project or is responsible for all of a project of average difficulty, while the former class will usually be responsible for an entire project and, within established administrative limits and time schedules, will plan, organize, and execute the project with a minimum of supervision. If Assistant and Associate Engineers are assigned to the same project, the higher level is normally in charge and assigns and reviews the work of the Assistant Engineers. This class is further distinguished from the next higher one of Supervising Civil Engineer in that the latter class has first-line supervisory responsibility and is required to be registered as a Civil Engineer by the State of California.

NOTE: The following are 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. Plans, organizes and reviews or personally does the design and preparation of drawings, specifications and estimates in connection with the construction or maintenance of a wide variety of civil engineering projects, involving roads, bridges, and flood control structures.

2. Performs difficult engineering office work in connection with cost analyses, progress reports and research or other specialized technical studies.

3. Acts as resident engineer; directs the inspection of roads and structures under construction or repair; prepares daily, weekly, and monthly progress reports.

4. Conducts special programs such as the planning or design of water distribution systems.

5. Reviews plans of private builders and contractors for conformance with engineering standards of structural design; acts as technical advisor on structural problems to field and office personnel; and if necessary, inspects commercial and industrial structures; answers inquiries concerning ordinances and policies relating to the design and construction of buildings.

6. Designs, describes, and draws up contracts, plans and profiles for major engineering projects; reviews plans and maps of subdivisions, school sites and commercial and industrial developments for conformance with good engineering practice.

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The equivalent of one year of full-time experience in the class of Assistant Engineer in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


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



The equivalent of three years of full-time, progressively responsible professional civil engineering experience.


Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers.

Certificate and License:

Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
Possession of a valid certificate as an engineer in training or Certificate of Registration as a Civil Engineer by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers.

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:

• Principles and practices of civil engineering.
• Engineering mathematics and economics.
• Stress analysis.
• Strengths, properties and use of engineering materials.
• Hydrology and hydraulic design engineering, surveying and construction.
• Descriptions of real property and valuation methods and terminology.
• Testing procedures and equipment, and the inspection of materials.


• Perform design work on engineering projects of major difficulty, or supervise others in design of lesser difficulty.
• Prepare engineering reports.
• Perform technical research.
• Layout and review the work of others and train them in engineering practices.
• Secure adherence to plans and specifications on the part of contractors.
• Maintain cooperative working relationships with organizations doing work on contracts.

Old document: Revised 7/l978
Updated: 3/l7/87
Revised 3/5/91
Revised 5/10/91
Revised: 10/98
New document: Jobspecs/2020


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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