Engineer I (#RE1001)
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$34.66-$42.13 Hourly / $6,008.09-$7,302.87 Monthly / $72,097.16-$87,634.55 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs professional and technical field and office engineering work of average difficulty in the planning, design and construction of Public Works projects; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the entry-level class in the engineering series. Incumbents are given assignments in Public Works projects that include, but are not limited to transportation, drainage, water resources and supply, waste water, solid waste and hazardous waste management. Initial assignments are routine, but as experience is gained, more responsibility for projects is assigned.


  • Performs drafting, computing and checking of field operations related to Public Works projects; helps identify and resolve issues related to the layout and construction of roads, sanitary systems, drainage/water systems, subdivisions, bridges, traffic signals, street lighting systems, and waste facilities.
  • Assists in the design of Public Works projects by preparing plans, profiles and cross sections; makes quantity estimates, horizontal and vertical alignments and curve computations; establishes highway and hydraulic gradients.
  • Prepares and reviews maps, right-of-way deeds and legal descriptions; calculates and plots the results of field surveys; locates, sets or resets survey points.
  • Learns to act as resident engineer for projects under contract such as roads, traffic signals, bridges, sanitary systems, drainage/water systems, buildings and other structures; may lead and/or direct subordinate paraprofessional and/or technical staff.
  • Writes engineering specifications for proposed projects; makes estimates for projects planned or under construction.
  • Drafts engineering reports; assists in the application of principles of engineering design and theory to assigned projects.


Education: Ability to obtain a Bachelors Degree in Engineering or closely related field from a college or university accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology within the one-year probationary period. Such ability will be presumed if the applicant needs 15 or less semester units to meet graduation requirements. Said degree will be required for successful completion of probation. 

Certificate: Possession of a valid certificate as an Engineer-in-Training (E.I.T.) as issued by the California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. 

License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


The basic principles and practices of engineering and materials as they relate to the assignments and duties, including physics, mathematics, chemistry, drafting, real property description, surveying, design, construction, hydraulics and mechanics.


Apply required engineering knowledge in varied work assignments; supervise and evaluate technical engineering personnel and their work; learn a wide variety of computer applications and utilize as directed; establish and maintain effective working relations with others; express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


Mobility-Frequent operation of a data entry device, sitting for extended periods, standing for long periods, walking, pushing/pulling, bending, squatting, driving, climbing stairs or other objects; occasional crawling; Lifting-Frequently 5-30 pounds or less; occasionally 30-70 pounds; occasionally restraining, lifting/turning heavy objects; Vision-Good vision; frequent reading and close-up work; normal hand and eye coordination; Dexterity-Normal dexterity with frequent writing and repetitive motion; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing and talking on the telephone and in person; Special Requirements-May require occasional overtime, weekend or evening work; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent public contact and decision making; frequent concentration required; Special Conditions-May be exposed to noise, dust and varied outdoor conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RE1001; EST: 5/12/1999; REV: 12/12/2007;