Engineering Specialist

City of LIvermore
November 11, 2023
Livermore, CA
Job Type


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Under general supervision, performs a variety of specialized paraprofessional office and field engineering functions in connection with the Design, Development, Traffic and Construction Sections of the Engineering Division; coordinates complex multidisciplinary engineering projects and assignments; and performs other duties as assigned. This current vacancy performs work in both the Development and Design Sections.


Incumbents in this classification are required to have a broad base of knowledge and experience across multiple engineering disciplines and are expected to coordinate complex multidisciplinary projects working with a high degree of independence with occasional guidance from professional or management staff in the Engineering Division. It is distinguished from the Engineering Technician job series which performs technical engineering work primarily in a single field of expertise and generally under more guidance and supervision from professional engineering staff. It is further distinguished from the Civil Engineer job series which includes professional and licensed civil classifications requiring advanced certificates or licensure by the State of California.


General supervision is provided by professional or management staff in the Engineering Division.


May provide lead direction to other paraprofessional engineering staff, temporary employees, and volunteers, including assigning and reviewing work assignments
Examples of Important and Essential Functions
Project Coordination/General Engineering
Under the responsible charge of a licensed civil engineer, coordinates complex engineering projects from project inception through design, construction, and acceptance; develops project work programs, schedules, and budgets; facilitates interdepartmental project input; schedules and coordinates material testing/analysis or other work with consultants; performs engineering analysis, makes engineering recommendations, and prepares engineering reports; writes letters, specifications, and property descriptions; operates various office machines, such as a personal computer to perform Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD), word processing, and spreadsheet functions; assists contractors, developers, engineering consultants, and the public in interpreting and complying with city standards and specifications, policies and regulations, and construction requirements; negotiates and prepares land acquisition and easement agreements, construction contracts, change orders, consultant contracts and testing consultant scopes, maintenance agreements, and subdivision improvement agreements; confers with contractors, developers, engineers, property owners, and the general public to resolve issues; supports multiple sections in the Engineering Division and works with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies on assigned tasks; and performs surveying work.

Project Design
Assists project engineer performing design work; prepares or administers through consultants final contract drawings, right of way descriptions, technical specifications, cost estimates and reports for public works improvements including airport, golf course, parks and beautification, public building, redevelopment, storm drain, street design and street maintenance, traffic control, trail bike and miscellaneous street projects, transportation infrastructure, wastewater and water projects; tracks budget for all assigned capital improvement projects; prepares California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documentation; assists in the negotiation of consultant services agreements and coordinates consultant contracts; and updates and prepares City standard details and specifications for public works contracts and the pavement management system database.

Development Plan Review
Reviews plans, maps and easements; checks tentative maps; checks final maps, improvement plans and industrial/commercial building sites for conformance with conditions of approval, city plan check manual and city standards and policies; writes engineering conditions for new development including subdivisions, site plans, conditional use permits, and planned unit developments; works in the City's permit center, as assigned; calculates development impact fees; and assists in the formation of development related funding districts; updates City's standard specification and details; and updates City plan check and procedures manual, as required.

Traffic and Transportation
Assists in the design of roadway geometrics, signing and striping plans, and traffic signals; determines trip generation rates for development proposals; prepares, analyzes, and reviews traffic studies; reviews transportation aspects of development proposals; conducts and analyzes traffic surveys; assists in the design of facilities for various transportation modes including bikes, pedestrians, and buses; recommends traffic calming programs; performs basic traffic signal operations; reviews construction traffic control plans, submittals and project schedules; and applies for transportation grants.

Inspection and Contract Administration
Leads a team of inspectors and performs inspections for public improvements such as public works projects, subdivisions, developments, and various City encroachment permits to ensure compliance with City, State and Federal standards; performs and reviews contract change order requests, field design changes, and pavement requests for public works projects; coordinates construction activities of various contractors; assists in hiring consultants for contract administration and materials testing; coordinates testing and sampling of construction materials; negotiates change orders and extra work as needed; performs or reviews basic land surveys to establish lines and grades; and performs constructability reviews for development projects and public works projects.

Job Related and Essential Qualifications

Demonstrated Knowledge of :
Basic civil engineering principles, practices and methods related to project design, development, transportation and construction functions; principles, functions, and applications of engineering mathematics including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry; design and construction standards; design and drafting techniques using manual and automated tools; techniques of cost estimation for public works facilities; standard construction documents including specifications, agreements, bonds, and change orders; traffic control and roadway design principles; traffic studies; technical report writing standards; techniques and methodologies of land surveying; Subdivision Map Act; laws and regulations on assessment districts and segregations; problem solving and conflict resolution techniques and methodologies; training techniques and practices; word processing, spreadsheet and automated drafting systems; and applicable City, State, and County Standard Details and Specifications, and OSHA requirements.

Demonstrated Skills to :
Coordinate complex engineering projects and assignments across multiple engineering disciplines; research complex engineering problems and design and development issues; prepare clear, concise, and accurate drafting and designs either manually or using an automated system; read plans and blueprints; perform and prepare complex paraprofessional engineering, drafting and design work; lead the work of other paraprofessional engineering staff; read and understand complex technical materials; read and interpret plans and blueprints; perform calculations involving engineering formulas, trigonometry, and geometry; organize and prioritize work to adhere to the established project schedule; prepare cost estimates, agreements, bond forms, easements, and covenants; develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with individuals from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds; prepare complex written and oral reports; evaluate alternatives and select and implement practical solutions; maintain accurate and complete records; communicate effectively with the public both in writing and verbally in a courteous and professional manner and exemplify an enthusiastic, resourceful, and effective service attitude with those contacted in the course of work.

Ability to :
Learn to use City standard automated drafting systems; and learn and apply City of Livermore policies, procedures, codes, and ordinances.

Experience, Education and Training Guidelines:
Any combination of experience, education and training that would provide the best qualified candidates. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be:

Experience : Four years of experience performing advanced paraprofessional engineering work which includes at least two years of experience supporting multiple civil engineering disciplines including transportation, land development, construction, and design. Experience working for a local government agency in a civil engineering department is highly desirable.

Education : Equivalent to an Associate degree (completion of 60 semester or 90 quarter units) in Engineering or related field from an accredited college and which included completion of coursework in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or entry level engineering.

Training : Any recent training is desirable such as completion of academic courses or professional certification programs which are relevant to this job classification including civil engineering, AutoCAD, GIS and land surveying coursework. Depending on the relatedness of the training, coursework or professional certification may be used to meet the educational requirement.

License : Certain positions may require the possession of a valid California driver's license and a satisfactory driving record as determined by the City of Livermore.

Other Requirements : Must have the willingness and ability to work the hours necessary to accomplish the assigned duties including working scheduled and emergency overtime; be available on call as required; travel out of town and attend workshops, conferences, and seminars during work and non-work hours and in the evenings when necessary; and work under adverse conditions such as in traffic, around heavy construction equipment, and in all weather conditions.

Special Requirements : Essential duties require the mental and/or physical ability to work in a standard office environment; may drive a vehicle; read fine print on maps/documents, blueprints, and computer monitors; operate a computer and drafting and surveying instruments; converse in person, over the telephone, two-way radio, and around the noise of heavy construction equipment and be clearly heard and understood; and strength to safely lift and maneuver materials weighing up to 30 pounds.

Additional Information
The City of Livermore is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity.

Association of Livermore Employees

Please click here for a copy of the current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Association of Livermore Employees. The information contained here is a summary of benefits. For a more detailed summary of benefits for all employee groups, click here . Any errors or omissions do not constitute either an expressed or implied contract. Updated 11/2023

10/01/2021 - 09/30/2025

10/11/2021 2.0% + $725.40/year
10/10/2022 3.5% + $754.56/year
10/09/2023 2.5% + $777.36/year
10/07/2024 2.0% + $796.80/year

$1,950/month towards medical, dental, and vision; unused balance paid in cash to employee.

FT - $60,000 EE coverage or PT - $30,000 EE coverage, ER paid
$1,000 dependent coverage, ER paid

EE option to purchase $25,000 additional life insurance& supplemental life to $500,000 (not to exceed 5x annual earnings).

ER paid
60% of base monthly earnings to $5,000/month max. (180 day waiting period)

New City of Livermore EEs are enrolled in the 2% at 60 formula or 2% at 62 formula, depending on eligibility, as per AB 340.

Classic PERS Misc Member - 2% at 60

  • Member Rate = 7% EE paid
  • Employer Rate = 34.43%ER paid (includes unfunded liability; FY23/24)
  • 36 consecutive months Final Comp
  • Sick Leave Credit
  • 4th Level 59 Survivor Ben.
  • Military Service Credit

New PERS Misc Member - 2% at 62

  • Member Rate = 6.75% EE paid
  • Employer Rate = 34.43%ER paid (includes unfunded liability; FY23/24)
  • 36 consecutive months Final Comp
  • Sick Leave Credit
  • 4th Level 59 Survivor Ben.
  • Military Service Credit

MEDICARE (Hired after 3/31/86)
EE paid 1.45%
ER paid 1.45%

ER contribution of 4% of base pay into RHS account.


Years of ServiceTotal Accrual Per Year
180.6 hrs
2-5120.12 hrs
6-10135.98 hrs
11-15160.94 hrs
16-19180.18 hrs
20+192.4 hrs

Prorated for part-time EE.
Maximum accrual: 340 hours

Holidays: 12 observed holidays or in lieu day off or if work 2.5 times pay.
Holiday-In-Lieu Pay: EE's assigned receive 7.5% of base salary, paid per pay period

96.2 hours/year
Pro-rated for part-time EE


  • FAMILY SICK LEAVE : For immediate Family Illness- ½ Annual Sick Leave Accrual.
  • PARENTAL LEAVE : For non-birthing parentwho becomes a parent due to adoption, foster care placement, or birth of a child- 48 hours
  • BEREAVEMENT/ FUNERAL LEAVE (non-immediate family) : 3 regularly scheduled workdays of sick leavecanbe used foraunt or uncle.

3 regularly scheduled workdays max for immediate family.

Full-Time: 16 hours per year
Pro-rated for part-time EE.

EE may use accrued leaves in compliance with City Rules & Regs
Benefit provided as per regulations: Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, California Family Rights Act, and California Pregnancy Disability Act

ER contributes $75 per pay period, with required matching of $75 by EE

2023 Maximum :
Normal = $22,500
Age 50+ = $7,500
Catchup Limits = $45,000
Voluntary EE Participation

No ER contribution
2023 Maximum
Dependent Care*: Up to $5,000/year -- *See IRS Pub #503
Unreimbursed Medical: Up to $3,050/year

  • Pre-tax Health Care Premiums
  • FSA's for Dependent Care
  • Unreimbursed Medical Expenses
  • Other options offered by plan administrator

$850 per year/ paid in equal amounts per pay period
For Public Safety Dispatchers, Senior Public Safety Dispatchers, Supervising Public Safety Dispatchers, Police Clerks, Senior Police Clerk, Supervising Police Clerk, Animal Control Officers, Police Identification Technician, Supervising Property and Evidence Specialist, Property and Evidence Specialist, Community Service Specialists, Crime & Intelligence Analysts, and Crime Prevention Specialist.

Paid annually in July: $200/year for Meter Readers, and employees in Engineering Technician, Neighborhood Preservation Officer, and Building Inspector series who perform field work, and Public Works employees that are required to wear safety shoes or boots.

Reimbursement of up to $150/year for purchase of safety prescription glasses for EEs working in locations where there is a risk of eye injuries.

EEs regularly assigned to city facilities operating 24/7 - $2.50/hour for all hours worked when assigned to a shift requiring EE work at least 4 hours between 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 a.m.

Public Works EEs: $12.00/day for EE who operates Class A vehicle, min of 50%+ operation/day.

2 hours straight-time for standby on regularly scheduled work day
3 hours straight-time for standby on regularly scheduled days off and fixed City holidays

3 hours min @ OT rate for FLSA nonexempt. First 3 hours can't be taken as comp time but paid to EE.

If work min of 3 consecutive workdays, paid @ 5% differential or the minimum of the salary range of the higher classification.

If in connection with EE's usual official duties, 3 hrs min @ OT, or 4 hrs min @ OT for those required to appear on normal day off or on graveyard shift.

$90/pay period for full pay period while assigned.

$60/pay period for both written & conversational. Must be certified by Department Head and approved by Admin Services Director, and used on the job.

$35/pay period for conversation level as certified by Department Head and approved by Admin Services Director.

20 minutes and for each minute exceeding 20 minutes at OT rate.

Standard = $40/month (if authorized)
See Administrative Regulation 36 for details.

$35/pay period with valid CA Commercial Driver's License and valid DOT medical card.

OT for > 40 hrs/week or > 8 hrs/day in a reg scheduled day or hrs in excess of those normally scheduled & worked/day @ 1 ½ x reg. pay or Comp Time in lieu of OT for FLSA nonexempt. Accrued Comp Time in excess of 100 hours must be paid out.

75% reimbursement fortuition & books
For undergraduate studies, $4,000 FY max; $16,000 lifetime max
For graduate studies, $5,000 FY max; $10,000 lifetime max

100% reimbursement for required licenses and certifications

Three (3) sessions per incident per family member. Unlimited telephonic consultations.

168 hour pay period beginning Monday at 12:01 a.m., ending 7 days later on Sunday at 12:00 midnight. If an EE is not on this work week schedule, something must be in writing documenting EE's work week.

For WR Operator series : 168 hour period beginning Sunday at 12:00 midnight,
ending 7 days later on Saturday at 11:59 p.m.

26 pay periods per year

Benefits listed are for regular full-time employees. Benefits are prorated for 30-hour and 20-hour employees.

ER = Employer
EE = Employee
FT = Full-Time
PT = Part-Time

Closing Date/Time: 12/1/2023 5:00 PM Pacific

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