Junior Engineer (Water)

City of Sacramento, CA
November 13, 2023
Sacramento, CA
Job Type


With supervisor approval, incumbents may be eligible for intermittent remote work; however, they must physically reside within the State of California with the ability to report to Sacramento-based physical worksites daily if required.

The City of Sacramento Department of Utilities (DOU) is seeking to fill one Civil Engineer vacancy within DOU's Water Engineering Section, Planning group. The engineer will primarily work on Asset Management functions such as implementing new technologies to replace and maintain assets, perform condition assessments, and support long range strategic planning. There will be opportunities to work on project delivery of water pipeline projects, groundwater well projects and other water infrastructure projects.


The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills, both verbal and in writing; have basic knowledge of drinking water systems or a willingness to learn, has strong tendencies for collaboration, is self-motivated, and works well in both a team environment and individually.

To perform entry level professional civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering work in the design, investigation, and construction of public works projects.


This is the entry-level professional engineer classification. Incumbents perform less complex office and field civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering work under general supervision in preparation for advancement to the journey level of Assistant Engineer. Assignments are generally routine or closely related within a framework of established procedures. Upon completion of a twelve-month training period, incumbents will be advanced to the next level of Assistant Engineer if their training performance is successful or released (terminated) if performance is unacceptable.


General supervision is provided by a higher level professional engineer. Technical or functional supervision may also be provided by higher level professional engineer positions. Assignment may require indirect supervision of subprofessional engineering positions.
Depending upon assignment and engineering discipline, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Coordinate engineering projects between contractors and the City.
- Write specifications, prepare plans, and calculate cost estimates for various engineering projects.
- Administer and enforce City codes and standards on engineering projects.
- Perform plan checks to insure contractor compliance with City specifications.
- Respond to citizen complaints concerning engineering problems.
- Perform complex engineering calculations.
- Perform field inspections of various engineering projects.
- Supervise and perform field survey work.
- Analyze materials and design data submitted to the City.
- Check and analyze Environmental Impact Reports.
- Provide engineering data and cost estimates for the City budget.
- Check private building plans for compliance with City building codes and ordinances.
- Perform related duties as assigned.
Knowledge of:

- Principles and practices of engineering as applied to public works or structural engineering.
- Methods, materials, and techniques used in the construction of public works and utilities projects.
- Modern developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding engineering.

Ability to:

- Make complex engineering computations and to check, design, and prepare engineering plans, studies, profiles, and maps.
- Use and care for drafting and surveying instruments.

Experience and Education:


A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major in an engineering discipline related to the area of assignment.

- OR -

Possession of an Engineer-In-Training (EIT) certificate.

All education requirements must be verifiable from records of satisfactory completion of courses. All EIT certificates must be verifiable.


Should education be used to qualify for this position, then proof of education such as, but not limited to, university/college transcripts and degrees should be submitted with your application and will be required at the time of appointment. Unofficial documents and/or copies are acceptable.

An applicant with a college degree obtained outside the United States must have education records evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. Evaluation of education records will be due at time of appointment.


Should certification and/or license be used to qualify for this position, then proof of said certification and/or license should be submitted with your application and will be required at the time of appointment.


Employees must successfully complete twelve (12) months of probation at a satisfactory performance level prior to gaining permanent status.
Please note, the City of Sacramento's preferred method of communication with applicants is via e-mail. As such, please ensure you verify the e-mail address on your application, and check your e-mail frequently, including your spam and junk folders. All e-mail notifications can also be accessed through the governmentjobs.com applicant inbox.

1. Application: (Pass/Fail) - All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application by the final filing deadline ;

  • Employment applications must be submitted online; paper applications will not be accepted.
  • Employment applications will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified:
    • If applicants do not list current and/or past job-related experience in the duties area of the "Work Experience" section. Note: Qualifying experience is based on full-time experience (40 hours per week). Qualifying experience is calculated to the full-time equivalent (pro-rated if less than 40 hours/week).
    • If "see resume" is noted in the "Work Experience" section; a resume will not substitute for the information required in the "Work Experience" section.

Proof of education such as, but not limited to, university/college transcripts and degrees should be submitted online with your application. Proof of education will be required at time of appointment.Proof of certification and/or license should be submitted online with your application. Proof of certification and/or license will be required at time of appointment.Position/job titles will not be considered in determining eligibility for meeting the minimum qualifications for this position. If you're requesting Veteran's credit, a copy of your DD214 must be submitted online with your application, or sent to the Employment Office by email/fax or mailed by the final filing deadline. Information regarding the use of Veteran's credit can be found in the Civil Service Board rules under rule 4.9C. Applicants are responsible for attaching a copy of their DD214 to each position for which they apply.2. Training and Experience Exam: (Weighted 100%) - The questions located at the end of the application are the Training and Experience (T&E) Exam. Responses to the T&E questions will be rated and scored. This exam will evaluate the relevance, level, and progression of a candidate's education, training and experience. The exam score will determine your ranking on the eligible list for this job. When completing the T&E questions, please note:

  • Responses to the T&E questions must be submitted online; paper questionnaires will not be accepted.
  • A resume will not substitute for the information required in the T&E questions.

3. Eligibility: Candidates who pass the Training and Experience Test will be placed on the eligible list. The hiring department may contact candidates for interview at any time during the life of the one-year list. Candidate's eligibility expires one year from the date of notification of a passing score for the Junior Engineer examination.

4. Screening Committee: (Pass/Fail)- All candidates that pass the examination and are in one of the top three ranks will have their application forwarded to the hiring department for review. The hiring department will select the most competitive applications for further consideration. Human Resources will only evaluate employment applications for the minimum qualifications, as stated on the job announcement, for applications selected by the hiring department.

5.Conditional Hire: Upon receipt of a conditional offer, the selected candidate must complete and pass Live Scan/fingerprinting. If applicable, candidates may also need to pass a pre-employment medical exam, controlled substance and/or alcohol test, and possess any required licensure or certification prior to receiving a start date from the Department. Failure to meet these prerequisites will be grounds for withdrawal of your conditional offer of employment.

For questions concerning this job announcement and the application process:

  • Please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/Home/ApplicationGuide for a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to the application process.
  • For technical support between 6 AM - 5 PM PT, contact Live Applicant Support at (855) 524-5627.
  • Visit the City of Sacramento Human Resources Department website at http://www.cityofsacramento.org/HR/Career-Opportunities ;
  • Send an email to employment@cityofsacramento.org ; or
  • Call the Human Resources Department at (916) 808-5726

Bilingual Pay
Did you know that the City offers bilingual pay? That's right, most labor agreements offer the option of providing employees with bilingual pay if the department deems it to be operationally necessary.

Pension Reform Act
The City of Sacramento is covered by the California Public Employees' Retirement System, and as such, must adhere to the California Public Employee's Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) of 2013. Please note that the provisions within this act may affect or impact an applicant's eligibility and/or selection for open vacancies at the City of Sacramento.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The City of Sacramento is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

Additional Information
Civil Service Rules: http://portal.cityofsacramento.org/HR/Divisions/Administration/HR-Boards-Commissions/Civil-Service-Board

Union Contracts: http://portal.cityofsacramento.org/HR/Divisions/Labor-Relations/Labor-Agreements

Salary Schedule: http://portal.cityofsacramento.org/HR/Document-Library

Closing Date/Time: 12/8/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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