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City Engineer


Under general direction of the Municipal Services Director, plans, organizes, coordinates, and directs the engineering programs; coordinates the engineering aspects of public works maintenance and operations activities; provides technical staff assistance to the City Manager and other department directors; and performs other job related work as required.

This position is designated as un-represented for Labor Relations purposes and is considered exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


General direction is provided by the Municipal Services Director. The incumbent is expected to work with minimal direct supervision, exercising independent judgment and initiative in a number of complex responsible and sensitive areas. The City Engineer supervises professional engineering, para-professional engineering and office support staff directly or through subordinate supervisory staff.


This is a mid-management classification responsible for the discrete sub-departmental organizational component(s) and programs/functions involving the management and coordination of the Citywide engineering and public works maintenance programs and functions. In addition the job incumbent has direct responsibilities for overseeing and directing the work of subordinate staff. This position differs from other positions involved in engineering functions in the broader responsibility for developing and implementing programs, systems and procedures that affect the overall City operations and multiple departments and units. Duties and responsibilities are performed in accordance with law, ordinance, and City policy.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Plans, develops, and implements or directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities relating to engineering and public works maintenance functions.
  • Directs and reviews all public works engineering activities including design, surveying, and inspection.
  • Reviews for adherence to engineering principles and standards the construction, maintenance and operations activities of the Municipal Services Department water distribution, sewer collection, street, storm drain systems, parks and trees, buildings and airport functions.
  • Supervises and participates in the development and administration of the Engineering Division budget; directs and forecasts additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures; implements mid-year adjustments.
  • Supervises and participates in the development and implementation of the capital improvement program.
  • Confers and consults with administrative staff on problems related to the design and construction of public works systems, the interpretation and enforcement of construction specifications, and the design and operation of traffic system.
  • Reviews and evaluates for propriety engineering plans, specifications, engineering reports, cost estimates, contract documents, and proposed ordinances submitted by City staff and consulting engineers.
  • Selects trains, and evaluates personnel; establishes and monitors employee performance objectives; prepares and present employee performance reviews; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination actions.
  • Serves as technical advisor to the City Manager, City Council, and Department Heads on public works engineering matters; conducts special studies and assignments; develops comprehensive recommendations for management consideration.
  • Selects, oversees, and evaluates adequacy of consulting engineering services; prepares requests for proposal; coordinates contract activities and provides technical advice and interpretation as required.
  • Responds to and resolves the most difficult and sensitive citizen inquires and complaints.
  • Meets with the public in small and large groups to discuss City public works policies, practices, and problems.
  • Determines need for new equipment and facilities, major repairs, and rebuilding projects.
  • Coordinates public works and engineering activities with other City Departments and with outside agencies.
  • Formulates long-range plans for the communityís infrastructure in conjunction with other management personnel.
  • Maintains awareness of state-of-the-art developments in engineering management and systems.
  • Directs the installation of public improvements in subdivisions and other developments and provides supervision of subdivision and development reviews to insure compliance with the Subdivision Map Act, and the Professional Engineers and Land Surveyorís Act.
  • Directs the development, implementation and administration of the Cityís capital improvement program.
  • Acts as Right-of-Way purchasing offices as assigned.
  • Ensures close coordination with other City departments and affected outside groups.
  • Prepares specialized budgets related to assigned activities; assists in budget implementation; participates in budget forecasts; administers the approved budget.
  • Prepares highly complex and technical reports; documents policies and procedures; performs research
  • Makes presentations before various groups, including City Council, Commissions, and professional and public meetings, as needed.
  • Participates in recruitment and selection activities; makes recommendations for appointment of new staff; assists with staff orientation and training.
  • Supervises staff including provision of timely performance evaluations; recommends and implements approved discipline; provides staff development; and maintains high standards necessary for efficient, professional operations.
  • Answers questions; provides information to the public; recommends corrective actions; investigates, reports, documents and resolves complaints.
  • Builds and maintains respectful, positive working relationships with staff, supervisors, outside agencies and the public using principles of good customer service; provides effective conflict resolution, as needed.
  • Models appropriate professional management conduct; maintains appropriate confidentiality of sensitive information; complies with and supports City policies and procedures, labor laws, and MOU provisions.
  • Attends assigned meetings and training; interacts with outside agencies and commissions; provides leadership for teams, or committees, as needed.
  • Assures staff works in a safe manner; follows safety requirements; and monitors compliance.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of engineering and administration as applied to the design and construction of public works facilities, public works maintenance services, technical inspection services, and water systems operations.
  • Methods, materials, and techniques employed in public works construction and maintenance services.
  • Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information in municipal public works administration.
  • Principles and techniques of budget development and administration.
  • Principles and practices of organization and personnel management.
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, staff selection, training and personnel management.
  • Safe work practices and related regulations.
  • Principles of public speaking, conflict resolution and excellent customer service.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, direct and supervise the work of professional, technical, and office support staff.
  • Select, supervise, train and evaluate personnel.
  • Organize, direct, and coordinate the activities of a large division in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
  • Delegate authority and responsibility and schedule and program work on a long-term basis.
  • Coordinate the work of consultants, engineering, and maintenance and operations staff, other department staff and agencies concerning major construction projects and capitol improvements programs.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with elective officials, administration, other employees, and the general public.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing.
  • Read and comprehend complex laws and regulations and initiate policies and procedures for their implementation.
  • Lead, manage, evaluate and train personnel effectively and maintain discipline.
  • Organize, implement and supervise departmental goals and City objectives. Make presentations before groups and represent the City in public forums.
  • Use computer and needed programs effectively.
  • Organize, analyze, manage and implement a variety of programs.
  • Prepare, forecast and administer a budget.
  • Establish and maintain respectful, effective and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate effectively, orally, electronically and in writing.


Five years of increasingly responsible professional municipal engineering experience, including three years of administrative/supervisory responsibility.


Equivalent to a Bachelorís degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering.


  • Possession of a certificate of registration as a professional civil engineer in the State of California with a number of 33,965 or lower.

  • Possession of a certificate of registration as a professional civil engineer in the State of California and possession of a certificate of registration as a professional land surveyor in the State of California.
  • Possession of a valid California Driverís License in the category necessary to perform essential duties of the position may be required at the time of appointment. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical disability will be considered for accommodation on a case-by-case basis. Maintenance of a valid California Driverís license and proof of automobile liability insurance thereafter is a condition of continued employment.


While performing the essential duties of the position, the employee is regularly required to stand; sit; walk; use hands; move fingers to feel objects tools controls, reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required for this position include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 15 pounds; the employee may occasionally be required to work outdoors in different types of weather and cold/heat.

      For questions about City employment, please contact:

      Human Resources
      156 S. Broadway, Ste. 235
      Turlock, CA 95380-5454
      (209) 668-5150
      Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

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