Associate Engineer (Civil)

Recruitment #PEX-5207-904111


The Department of Building Inspection oversees the effective, efficient, fair and safe enforcement of City building, housing, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and disability access codes for San Francisco’s more than 200,000 buildings.  This position is located in the Plan Review Services Division, which is responsible for the review and approval of building and other permits that require architectural and structural consideration, and to implement on-going seismic engineering and structural safety initiatives. This Division provides coordination of projects requiring Structural Design Review. Projects include those reviewed over-the-counter and those submitted for plan review.  In addition to the regular job duties to perform plan review and over–the-counter services, these positions will also require candidate to perform duties in the following programs:

·       Private School Evaluation Program: Review of private school evaluation reports for seismic strengthening.  A total of 183 reports have been submitted and reviewed and shall be completed by January 2020.

·       Develop Ordinance and Administrative Bulletins for High Risk Retrofit Program, including Ordinance and Administration Bulletins for seismic retrofitting of existing private school buildings which shall be completed by the end of year 2022.


Position Description: Under general direction, performs professional engineering work in the field and office, supervises the work of related staff engaged in engineering work and may act as resident engineer or project engineer on engineering projects.  

Examples of Important and Essential Duties: According to Civil Service Commission Rule 9, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to 5207 Associate Engineer and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Reviews architectural and engineering designs, drawings, calculations and specifications to ensure compliance with codes, standards and project requirements;

2. Reviews cost and quantity estimates for necessary labor, materials and equipment associated with construction;

3. Reviews architectural and engineering drawings, calculations, specifications, and work products produced by staff, consultants and contractors to ensure accuracy, adequacy and conformance to standards;

4. Preform site visits and prepares wide variety of technical engineering reports, regulatory reports, standard operating procedures manuals, emergency operations plans, minutes, public correspondence and other documentation;

5. Interviews, selects, trains, monitors, evaluates and counsels staff in accordance with appropriate MOUs, Civil Service Commission Rules, and departmental procedures;

6. Conducts meetings and public hearings; makes presentations to staff, committees, boards, commissions, approval agencies and the general public; and

7. Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Three (3) years verifiable professional engineering (Civil) work experience, which includes two (2) years experience equivalent to or higher than a 5204 Assistant Civil Engineer; AND

2. Possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of California in Civil Engineering; AND 

3. Possession of a valid California Drivers License.

Verification: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

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

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit 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 (,,,,,,,,,,,,

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, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the recruitment analyst, Yvonne Lin, by telephone at 415-558-6675, or by email at


Selection Plan

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying)Supplemental Questionnaire (Qualifying and Information): Applicants will be promoted to complete a supplemental questionnaire as part of the online employment application.  It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience, training and licensure, consistent with the information provided on their application.  The supplemental questionnaire will be used to assess the applicant's  knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to this position.  Applicants must also complete the official application.  The information in the supplemental questionnaire will not be scored and is collected for informational purposes. The Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate qualifications of candidates.  If this become necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closed meet the needs of the Department will be invited for an interview.

Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

The City and County of San Francisco is an equal opportunity employer.  Minorities, women and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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 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.


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.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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