5203 Assistant Engineer (Civil)

Building Design & Construction (BDC)

Recruitment #PEX-5203-074780


Originally posted 8/29/17. If you have previously applied and would like to update your application, please email: nina.galdamez@sfgov.org for access. 

APPOINTMENT TYPE:  Permanent-Exempt.   San Francisco Public Works has an opening for an exempt appointment in San Francisco.  The position is excluded by the Charter from the 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.  

Under supervision, the 5203 performs beginning-level engineering work in the field and the office following established engineering methods and procedures; assists professional engineers, construction managers, and project managers in tasks requiring engineering skill and/or judgment; interacts with the public, contractors, and others on engineering matters; gathers, prepares, and maintains engineering data, records, and reports; applies engineering principles and practices to civil, mechanical, electrical, environmental, or transportation engineering problems; performs related duties as required. The Assistant Engineer may direct the work of technical and/or clerical staff.

Examples of Major and Essential Duties:

  • Performs field inspections of on-going construction work to ensure compliance with plans and specifications; records progress prepares daily reports.
  • Reviews evaluate, and tracks Proposed Change orders and Change Order Requests, and prepares construction Change Orders.
  • Performs document control and tracking of Requests for Information, Submittals, Architectural Supplemental Instructions, and change order documents.
  • Reviews contractor’s progress payment applications for compliance with the contract specifications and accuracy of the work actually completed.
  • Leads construction meetings and prepares meeting minutes.
  • Prepares correspondence including field memos and City letters.
  • May direct the activities of technical and clerical staff.
  • Coordinates materials testing and special inspection activities.
  • Prepares sketches.
  • Performs calculations.
  • General filing and maintenance of project records.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

Possession of a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree from an engineering program with a major in the field of study related to the specialty area defined for each position.

Required Engineering Degrees per specialty:
Civil: Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Sanitary Engineering, Structural Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, or Engineering Management
Electrical: Electrical Engineering
Mechanical: Aeronautical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Mechatronics Engineering
Environmental: Bio-chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Sanitary Engineering
Transportation: Civil Engineering, Transit Engineering, Transportation Engineering or Traffic Engineering


One (1) year of verifiable professional engineering experience performing at least three of the following tasks: 
    a. Preparing or assisting in preparing studies, designs, drawings, sketches, and plans using AutoCAD and other software tools 
    b. Collecting data to assess project needs and define project scope through site visits, surveying, review of existing documents, reports, drawing and manuals, performing measurements, collecting samples, or/and interviews with the stakeholders. 
    c. Preparing or assisting in the preparation of contract specifications, lists of materials, cost estimates, schedules, and progress payments. 
    d. Preparing or assisting in the preparation of engineering reports and reports concerning field conditions, the progress of projects, the results of studies, and other matters. 
    e. Conducting data analyses and mathematical calculations, in order to determine type or size of material or equipment. 
    f. Conducting routine field inspections of construction and repair projects in progress to ensure conformance with plans, specifications and codes; checks and records work progress at various construction sites.

Note: Internships, drafting experience and student design work do not qualify as professional engineering experience.


1. Possession of a valid Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certificate issued by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).


2. Possession of a Professional Engineer (PE) license in the field required for each specialty from the California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists.


The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  • Experience in construction management of multi-million dollar construction projects. 
  • Experience in multi-discipline building construction including structural, Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing/Fire systems, architectural improvements, and landscaping.
  • Skilled in MS Office Suite.
  • Proficiency in AUTOCAD.
  • Proficiency in construction management scheduling software such as Microsoft Project or Primavera.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.

How To Apply

You must submit a cover letter, resume, verification of qualifying education and experience in addition to the CCSF application by the filing deadline.

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 PEX-5203-074780
  • 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

Verification (proof) of Education Applicants may be required to provide a copy of diploma or official transcript to verify qualifying education at any time in the application, examination and/or departmental selection process to show that the minimum qualifications have been met. For more information, please visit: http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456

Applicants who have obtained education form a foreign college or university must provide a Foreign Transcript Evaluation letter from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES) approved agency. A list of approved agencies can be found at: http://www.naces.org

Verification (proof) of Experience Applicants may be required to provide written verification (proof) of qualifying work experience at any time in the application, examination and/or departmental selection process to show that the minimum qualifications have been met. Verification of qualifying experience must be signed by the employer’s authorized representative on the employer's business letterhead, and specify the name of the applicant, dates of employment, job title(s), dates of service and duties performed. City and County of San Francisco employees do not need to submit verification of their City employment, but must submit verification of outside experience. City employment will be verified by the employee’s record. City and County of San Francisco employees will not receive credit for experience obtained outside of their classification unless recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Rule 110.9.1. For more information, please visit: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#verification 

Verification documentation may be submitted by:  Uploading the documents as .pdf files through JobAps

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).

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.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility or disqualification.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Nina Galdamez, by telephone at (415) 554-6051 or by email at nina.galdamez@sfgov.org


Selection Plan

Applications are screened for minimum qualifying experience. Only information contained in the application submission will be considered to qualify.

Selection Procedures

Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented to determine candidates’ selection. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the position will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the process.

Conviction History

As a finalist 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 finalist. 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 applying 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 applying 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 selected as a finalist, 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.


Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: 

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: 

Reissued: January 19, 2018
Issued:  August 29, 2017
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: 074780
GSA/ NG / 415-554-6051


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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