5207 - Associate Engineer

Recruitment #PEX-5207-097199


Appointment Type: Permanent-Exempt (PEX). The General Services Agency Department of Public Works has an opening for an exempt appointment in San Francisco. The position is excluded by the Charter from competitive civil service examination process. The successful candidate shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer. This position has an anticipated duration of up to three (3) years.

Position Description: Project Management and Construction has significant construction projects associated with Public Works' Roadway Bond Program, Public Utilities Commission's Sewer System Improvement Program, and other Capital Improvement Projects, including Streetscape Improvement Projects, all requiring professional construction management/inspection services. 

Under general direction, the Associate Engineer performs engineering and construction management work of intermediate difficulty in the field and office following established engineering standards, methods and procedures.

Essential Duties: Essential duties include but are not limited to assisting the Section Managers/Construction Managers with the preparation and maintenance of project documentation and controls including daily/weekly reports, force accounts, materials testing and other construction records for complex construction projects; participates in planning, preconstruction, coordination, progress, scheduling and field staff meetings; compiles and assembles plans, specifications, submittals, shop drawings, change orders, constructability reviews and contact closeout records for the Construction Manager's review; aide the Resident Engineer with responses to complaints; prepares and/or verifies quality assurance reports, quantity and progress estimates for progress payments, and change orders; conducts meetings and makes presentations to staff, committees, boards, commissions, approval agencies and the general public; initiates, prepares, estimates, reviews, analyzes, and negotiates change orders; and writes, reviews and /or approves departmental correspondence, legislation, reports and other related documents.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Three (3) years verifiable professional engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical, environmental, sanitary, or transportation (traffic)) work experience, which includes two (2) years experience equivalent to or higher than a 5204 Assistant Civil Engineer, 5222 Assistant Water Purification Engineer, 5228 Assistant Transportation Engineer, 5236 Assistant Electrical Engineer, or 5252 Assistant Mechanical Engineer; AND
  2. Possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of California in one of the following disciplines: civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical (environmental, sanitary) or traffic (transportation). AND
  3. Possession and maintenance of current California Driver's License.


  1. A Master's Degree in Chemical, Sanitary, Transportation (Traffic), or Environmental Engineering disciplines only or a Grade Four Certificate in Water/Wastewater Treatment Operation (CA) may substitute for one year work experience in the chemical, environmental or transportation specialties.
  2. A Ph.D. in Chemical, Sanitary, Transportation (Traffic), or Environmental Engineering disciplines only may substitute for two years work experience in the chemical, environmental or transportation specialties.
  3. There is no substitution for the required two years work experience equivalent to an Assistant Engineer or higher.
  4. Some positions may require additional special engineering licensing and/or work experience in areas such as Construction Management, Structural, Corrosion, Fire Protection, Geo-technical, Environmental, Control Systems or Industrial Engineering.
  5. City and County of San Francisco employees having six (6) months experience as a 5203 Assistant Engineer or higher will be admitted to the exam process. Successful candidates will be placed under waiver on the resulting eligible list until the two-year requirement is met in full.

License and Certification:

  1. Possession of a Professional Engineer's License.
  2. Possession of a valid California Class C driver license.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of: The principles, practices and methods of construction management and Civil engineering; construction, maintenance and repair methods and procedures; research techniques, report writing and statistical analysis; and knowledge and proficiency of Microsoft Applications (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Projects).

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

One year full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.

How To Apply

To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a cover letter, current resume, copy of Driver’s License and verification with the online CCSF application.

Resume, cover letter, verification, and copy of Driver's license are REQUIRED at the time of filing and must be attached to the online application. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered. Mailed, hand delivered or faxed documents/applications will not be accepted.

1. To submit a RESUME using the online application:

  • Select the “Resume” tab in the online application
  • Follow instructions given on screen

2. To submit a COVER LETTER using the online application:

  • Select the “Other” tab
  • Choose “Upload” as your method of submittal
  • Click on “Upload Attachment”
  • Follow instructions given on screen

3. To submit VERIFICATION using the online application:

  • Select the “Other” tab
  • Choose “Upload” as your method of submittal
  • Click on “Upload Attachment”
  • Follow instructions given on screen

4. To submit copy of DRIVER'S LICENSE using the online application:

  • Select the "License" tab
  • Choose "Upload" as method of submittal
  • Click on "Upload Attachment"
  • Follow instruction given on the screen

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application will result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility and disqualification.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Matthan Churchill, by telephone at 415.554.6065, or by email at matthan.churchill@sfgov.org.

Selection Plan

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the selection process.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the interview process.

VERIFICATION:  All applicants must submit verification of the required education and/or work experience including copies of required certificates and licenses.  City employees who meet all the qualifications based solely on employment with the City and County of San Francisco do not need to provide verification of qualifying experience. However, City employees whose qualifying experience is based on outside employment must submit verification of such an employment.

Verification of journey level experience must be on employers' business letterhead and must show the name of the applicant, job title(s), duties (specifically the duties that meet the minimum qualifications), dates of service, and must be signed by the employer or the employer's authorized representative. City and County employees may receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules.

Verification requirement may be waived if verification documents are unobtainable. Applicants who cannot obtain the required verification, if impossible to obtain by the deadline date may request a waiver of the experience verification requirement. To request a waiver, the applicant must submit a separate signed statement (in the form of a formal letter – there is not a form) explaining the reason why verification cannot be obtained. Waivers are NOT automatically granted. Request for waivers will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above.  Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted.  Failure to provide the required verification or request for waiver may result in rejection of application and/or removal from eligibility for referral and appointment in this class.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Issued: April 27, 2020
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PEX-5207-097199
GSA for Public Works / MC / 415.554.6065


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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