Placer County

Civil Engineer - Senior (#13517)

$52.99-$66.18 Hourly / $9,184.93-$11,471.20 Monthly / $110,219.20-$137,654.40 Yearly


To plan, organize, and direct professional engineering work related to the investigation, planning, design, construction, operations or maintenance of public infrastructure, systems, projects and/or development; to coordinate engineering functions with other divisions, departments or outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible technical support to management staff in the assigned department.


This level recognizes positions that provide full second-line, direct supervision to employees within a work section and/or assumes substantive and significant programmatic responsibility in a defined area or specialty.  This job class also provides high level engineering support to the assigned Department.


Receives general direction from the Deputy Director, Assistant Director or other assigned management staff of assigned department.

May exercise direct supervision over supervisory, professional, technical, and clerical personnel.

Exercises functional and technical supervision over assigned personnel.


  • Provide supervision, leadership and direction to professional, technical and clerical staff in support of assigned department(s) and program(s); act as a resource to teams in providing engineering assistance and services.
  • Consult with department director and other management staff in the formulation of administrative policies; develop, implement and maintain policies and procedures related to assigned area(s) of responsibility; participate in the development and maintenance of operating policies, procedures and manuals.
  • Develop, recommend and implement section goals and objectives; establish schedules, performance methods and standards for engineering projects and practices; develop and implement policies and procedures.
  • Plan, develop, oversee, review, approve and participate in engineering work of assigned section or area of work.
  • Evaluate operations and activities of assigned unit; implement process improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations, activities and projects.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for projects, equipment and staff; monitor and control expenditures.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints.
  • Represent assigned department/division/section to the public as well as other County employees and managers in a positive and productive manner.
  • Make presentations at public meetings and hearings.
  • Develop, oversee and participate in the management of professional services and/or construction contracts.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible experience in engineering, including two years of supervisory responsibility.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field.

Required License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer in an appropriate discipline as issued by the State of California.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of civil engineering.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal rules, regulations and laws.
  • Basic principles and practices of County-wide operations and County administration and organization.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Principles and practices of research, analysis and management.
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.
  • Standard and accepted principles and practices of motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.

Ability to:

  • Organize, implement and direct engineering operations and/or activities.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of assigned job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policy and procedures.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use a telephone, and communicate through written means; and occasionally lift moderate weight.
  • Interpret and explain pertinent local, state, federal and department policies and procedures. 
  • Perform the most complex work of the unit.
  • Assist in the development and monitoring of an assigned program budget.
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations.
  • Plan, supervise, train and evaluate the work activities of supervisory and/or professional, technical and clerical staff; act as a positive and effective team member.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions; project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

CLASS: 13517; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 4/9/2012;