Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Assistant Engineer

Recruitment #18-2015-02



The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year but can be extended.  This examination may be reopened as necessary and the names of additional candidates merged onto the existing list according to examination score.  APPLY IMMEDIATELY AS THIS RECRUITMENT MAY CLOSE AT ANY TIME

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Applications will only be accepted on-line. Postmarks are not accepted. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.



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The mission of Public Works is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Alameda County by providing a safe, well-maintained, and lasting public works infrastructure through accessible, responsive and effective services.

Public services provided by the Alameda County Public Works Agency include flood and storm water pollution control, transportation planning and design, roadway and flood control maintenance and inspection, and construction and building inspections.

The goals of the Agency are to keep roads safe and well maintained, provide the highest level of flood protection, provide service levels that optimize infrastructure life cycles, minimize deferred maintenance, ensure that development and construction adhere to applicable State and County rules, optimize disaster preparedness, response and recover, ensure that the Agency’s operations and services minimize negative impacts on the environment, and sustain and advance County and Agency programs through a vital business and administrative support system.

For more information about the Alameda County Public Works Agency, please visit their website at



The Alameda County Public Works Agency currently has two vacancies and is seeking highly motivated individuals to join our team.

The first vacancy is within the Flood Control Design Section.  The Flood Control Design Section is responsible for annual capital project delivery to improve flood protection within the different communities in Alameda County.  The Flood Control Design Section offers unique opportunities for qualified engineers to complete a project from beginning to end, including initial planning, design, preparation of contract plans, specifications and estimates, advertisement for bids, and monitoring construction progress through completion.  

Flood Control project types includes culvert crossing improvements, channel widening, floodwall construction, levee upgrades, pump station rehabilitation, new pump station construction, creek restoration, fish passage improvements, and major dredging.  

The  second vacancy is within the Construction Division. The Construction Division provides construction management services for the construction of transportation and flood control capital projects throughout Alameda county.

Under general supervision of the Construction Manager, this individual will perform inspections of capital projects related to roadway and flood control facilities, chairs pre-construction meetings, ensures compliance with contract plans and specifications and makes modification recommendations to design engineer. This individual also ensures completion of projects within established schedules, prepares detailed project documentation, coordinates with utilities and other agencies as needed,  prepares contract item payment documents for monthly progress payments, RFI and submittal review and coordination, writes daily reports, investigates and resolves citizen complaints, prepares and negotiates change orders as needed and coordinates final walkthrough and develops project punch list.  



Alameda County Public Works Agency is seeking dynamic individuals to fill vacancies in our Flood Control Design section and Construction section. In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications stated below, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a track record of success in the following areas:

  • Proven Professional Civil Engineering experience in the areas of Hydraulics and Hydrology and Construction Project Management;
  • Excellent communication skills in both oral and written form and the ability to effectively communicate with diverse audiences;
  • Strong ability to identify and understand complex problems and concepts, apply logical thinking and quantitative methods of gathering and analyzing information, make decisions and exercise good judgment based on available data, design solutions to problems and formulate and articulate action plans;
  • Exceptional organizations skills, including the ability to independently prioritize tasks and work on multiple projects , but also be able to provide status updates on projects in a timely manner;
  • Ability to consistently maintain focus and effectiveness when experiencing changes in work responsibilities, priorities and deadlines, demands from stakeholders and citizens, and takes prompt action to meet project deadlines while addressing issues proactively and collaboratively;
  • Proven safety record as demonstrated by the ability to identify safety issues and take corrective action;
  • Demonstrated expertise as a self-directed problem solver with high standards for quality work products with the ability to provide thorough and detailed project status reports; monitor project schedules, change orders and follow up with outside agencies and vendors; and
  • Ability to present complex technical information to peers, team members, management and members of the public with the use of audio visual aids and equipment;


Either I

The equivalent of one year of experience in the class of Junior 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 awarded by an accredited college or university.

The equivalent of two years of professional civil engineering experience.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies: 

Knowledge of:

· Fundamental practices of civil engineering.
· Mathematics as applied to civil engineering.
· Strength, properties, and uses of engineering construction materials.
· Practices, methods and equipment used in engineering construction.
· Methods and procedures for describing real property.
· Hydraulics and hydrology.

Ability to:

• Design relatively simple road and flood control structures or parts of similar but complex structures with skill and accuracy.
• Use current AutoCAD civil design software to prepare civil design and construction contract drawings.
• Perform common tests of construction materials.
• Prepare technical reports.
• Makes project presentations internally and to the public.



1) A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.

2) A review of candidates’ Supplemental Questionnaires to select the Best Qualified applicants to continue in the process.

3) An Oral Interview with a Situational Exercise which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score.



We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


Deadline for Filing:                                   Ongoing

Review of Minimum Qualifications:         Ongoing

Review of SQs for Best Qualified:            Ongoing

Oral Interview w/Situational Exercise:     Ongoing







Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing, . Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


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

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • 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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Please take the steps recommended above to insure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.


Jordan Grow, Human Resources Analyst II 
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda


Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer