County of Alameda

Principal Civil Engineer (#2030)

Bargaining Unit: CEMU - Civil Engineer Mgmt (R30)
$78.82-$95.73 Hourly / $6,305.60-$7,658.40 BiWeekly /
$13,662.13-$16,593.20 Monthly / $163,945.60-$199,118.40 Yearly

Under direction, to be in charge of a major division of the Engineering and Construction, Development Services, or Maintenance and Operations Departments of the Public Works Agency; to plan, coordinate, and direct the work of the division and to coordinate that work with the activities of other divisions and departments; to give general direction and technical aid to professional and nonprofessional personnel; and to do related work as required.


Principal Civil Engineers are in charge of a major operating division of a department comprised of independent work units or sections, as distinguished from the first-line supervisors, such as Senior Civil Engineers, who head these sections, each responsible for a variety of projects.

A Principal Civil Engineer may carry independent responsibility for a program of extremely broad scope that is characterized by highly difficult and sensitive public and legislative problems.

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, coordinates, and directs the work of a division engaged in a wide variety of activities, such as:  Preparation or review of hydrological studies and hydraulic plans, preparation or review of plans, profiles and specifications involved in the design of flood control structures, roads, traffic engineering, water conservation facilities, water supply and treatment facilities, and related structures, including culverts, pipelines, drainage channels, street lighting, roads, and bridges; review of engineering and public works aspects of land use plans; surveying, mapping and collection of field data; calculation and description of rights of way; direction and inspection of construction work done under contract or permits; interpretation of plans and specifications; testing of materials; maintenance of road and flood control facilities; construction and repair by maintenance staff of roads and structures and preparation of work orders for such tasks; operation of road and flood control facilities; transportation planning; and investigation of complaints from the public.
  2. Represents the department at public meetings.
  3. Maintains cooperation between the department, utility, and other companies to prevent conflicts in construction.
  4. Supervises the preparation of, or personally prepares, written studies or reports on engineering matters and strategic plans for future development of road and flood control facilities.
  5. Prepares annual budget estimates of the division, compiling necessary data, such as man-hour, material, and construction costs per project.


The equivalent of two (2) years of experience in the classification of Senior Civil Engineer; or three (3) years of experience in the classification of Associate Civil Engineer or the equivalent, in the Alameda County classified service that included or was supplemented by the equivalent of two (2) years of experience in the supervision of, or participation in, the design, review or inspection of either major road appurtenant structures or drainage and related flood control structures, including land development review.


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


The equivalent of three (3) years of professional engineering experience subsequent to becoming a Licensed Professional Engineer, at least two (2) years of which were in a supervisory or administrative capacity.


The equivalent of five (5) years of progressively responsible, full-time professional civil engineering experience, at least two (2) years of which were in a supervisory capacity.

Certificate and License:

Possession of a valid License as a Professional Engineer issued by the California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists.

Possession and maintenance of a valid Class C 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:

  • Principles of supervision and personnel management.
  • Principles and practices of civil engineering and surveying.
  • Strength, properties, and uses of engineering construction materials.
  • Hydrology and hydraulic engineering.
  • Traffic engineering.
  • Transportation engineering.
  • Design, construction, and maintenance of various roads, flood control, and related structures.
  • Laws and methods relating to the acquisition of rights-of-way.
  • Laws and policies relating to future development of road and flood control facilities.
  • Subdivision Map Act.
  • County ordinance and guidelines.


  • Written communication.
  • Oral communication.
  • Decision-making.
  • Leadership.
  • Planning and organization.
  • Management control.
  • Budget analysis.
  • Flexibility.
  • Performing under pressure.
  • Building and maintaining positive working relationships.

Old document:  PR:lm-h
Revised: 8/85
Revised: 2/27/87
Revised/finalized 9/98
New document:  Jobspecs/2030
CSC Date:  9/16/98
IL:saa Revised 11/1/23
CSC Date:12/13/2023


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)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • 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
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • 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.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

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