CIVIL ENGINEERING ASSISTANT, Huntington Beach California - Storm Water Jobs


Date Posted
Employer Name
City of Huntington Beach
Sector Name
Local Government
Huntington Beach
Career Level
Mid Level


The City of Huntington Beach is seeking a Civil Engineering Assistant.  The Ideal Candidate has significant experience designing and drafting utilizing AutoCad and/or coordinating the design and completion of municipal Public Works construction projects, experience preparing grant applications, works well with others, has the desire for professional growth, is responsible and dependable, strives for continuous improvement in delivering quality customer service, and possesses a degree in Civil Engineering and valid Engineer in Training certificate. 

DUTIES SUMMARY - Under general supervision, reviews plans and drawings, design and/or coordinate the design and completion of construction projects, assist with overseeing the City's infrastructure management program, performs administrative duties related to State and federal funding; and performs other duties as required within the scope of the classification.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS - The Civil Engineering Assistant performs journey-level professional work in designing and/or coordinating the design and completion of construction projects, performing related contract administration duties, preparing grant applications and/or other required documents for State or federal discretionary or entitlement funds and regulatory compliance. It is distinguished from the lower class, Engineering Technician, which is responsible for less complex design and construction projects.

  • Prepares preliminary and final designs for projects; studies the financial implications of various designs for major projects; reviews plans for conformance with applicable Federal, State and city codes and regulations; prepares bid specifications, requests for proposals for professional services and contract documents, project budgets and cost estimates, and reviews bids or proposals submitted and makes recommendations; drafts items for City Council approval; participates in project design meetings; coordinates workflow and prepares and maintains technical documentation; sets-up necessary funding and accounting; reviews change orders, progress payments or other disbursements; closes-out project upon completion.
  • Prepares and submits grant applications and/or other required documents to state and local agencies for State or federal discretionary or entitlement funds; monitors contract activity and prepares reports to ensure regulatory compliance; assist with overseeing the City's infrastructure management program.
  • Resolves issues related to project financing or contractor compliance; performs construction inspection duties to ensure compliance with plans and specifications; investigates and responds to inquiries or complaints from the public; serves as City liaison in coordinating the engineering design and approval process with other state, federal or local agencies.

The preceding duties have been provided as examples of the essential types of work performed by positions within this job classification. The City, at its discretion, may add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.


Knowledge of: Federal, State, and city codes and regulations applicable to utility/public works construction; City and departmental polices and procedures; contract administration; criteria used in the design of utility projects; methods, materials, equipment, and safety hazards of utility construction projects.

Ability to:  Read and interpret blueprints, electrical schematics, architectural and engineering drawings; organize and prioritize work to ensure projects are completed on time; maintain and follow department processes and regulations; perform engineering-related mathematical computations; operate standard office equipment including calculators, personal computers and standard software applications including word processing and spreadsheets; utilize computer databases to maintain and update records and files; maintain accurate records and files; analyze and evaluate information and to express ideas clearly when providing oral or written reports and recommendations establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, City staff and supervisors.

Education: The equivalent of an Associate's degree in Engineering or related field.

Experience: Five (5) years of experience in the design or construction of Public Work projects.


  • Possession of a valid California motor vehicle operator's license.
  • Possession of a valid "Engineer in Training" or "Land Surveyor in Training' Certificate.

Employees regularly assigned/required to drive a city or personal vehicle in the course and scope of work shall be required to participate in the DMV Employer Pull Notice program.

Public Employee Disaster Service Worker:  In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, all Huntington Beach city employees are required to perform assigned disaster service worker duties in the event of an emergency or a disaster.


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