If you want to join a hard-working team that shares a commitment
to keep the City of Escondido safe, clean and efficiently run,
consider a career with the City of Escondido. We have an opening
for the position of Principal Engineer (CIP) in our Engineering
Department. For a complete listing of job duties and
qualifications, please refer to the corresponding job description,
which can be obtained from the Human Resources Department or
downloaded from the City's website.
Under general direction, supervises, assigns, reviews, and
participates in the work of staff responsible for major and minor
engineering, development, and/or construction projects; ensures
work quality and adherence to established policies and procedures;
and performs a full range of advanced level professional
engineering duties involved in completing the more technical and
complex tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.
The following duties are typical for this classification.
Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be
required to perform additional or different duties from those set
forth below to address business needs and changing business
Plans, prioritizes, assigns, supervises, reviews, and
participates in the work of staff responsible for major and minor
engineering, development, and/or construction projects including
projects in the private development sector, Capital Improvement
Program (CIP) projects, and federally funded projects.
As assigned, oversees the Engineering Design Section including
the preparation of survey requests, environmental initial studies
forms, project design including computer drafting of plans, bid
specifications, engineering elements of projects as required, bid
documents, and City Council agenda items for award of bids;
monitors all projects in design.
As assigned, serves as project manager for federally funded
projects including federally funded street improvement projects;
prepares grant funding applications and budgets; develops project
scope; prepares consultant agreements; coordinates, selects, and
manages consultants; reviews plans, specifications, and estimates;
coordinates project approvals; prepares and monitors project
As assigned, serves as project manager and City representative
for multi-agency programs and projects; prepares plans and
correspondence; attends meetings and presents information; develops
Establishes schedules and methods for providing assigned
services; identifies resource needs; reviews needs with appropriate
management staff; allocates resources accordingly.
Participates in the development of goals and objectives as well
as policies and procedures; makes recommendations for changes and
improvements to existing standards, policies, and procedures;
participates in the implementation of approved policies and
procedures; monitors work activities to ensure compliance with
established policies and procedures.
Participates in the selection of assigned professional and
paraprofessional staff as well as contractors and consultants;
provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to
correct deficiencies; implements discipline procedures.
Responds to and resolves citizen and staff inquiries, concerns,
and complaints in a timely and effective manner.
Performs the more technical and complex tasks of the work unit
including preparing plans, specifications, and calculations for
special City projects as necessary.
Performs constructability review of plans and specifications for
assigned projects; reviews structural calculation from other
departments as necessary.
Prepares project certifications; prepares requests for project
authorizations; prepares invoices for reimbursement; documents
procedures and approvals.
Processes invoices for consultant and other agency services;
reviews invoices; confirms work in progress and schedule; monitors
budgets; approves invoices; appeals incorrect invoices.
Participates in the preparation and administration of the
assigned program and/or project budget; submits budget
recommendations; monitors expenditures.
Maintains records concerning operations and programs; prepares
reports on operations and activities.
Serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and
committees including City commissions, councils, and planning
groups; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary
Attends and participates in professional group meetings;
maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the field of
engineering; incorporates new developments as appropriate into
Performs related duties as required.
Operations, services, and activities of assigned engineering
Civil, structural, electrical, traffic, geotechnical, and
mechanical engineering principles and practices.
Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and
Principles of supervision, training, and performance
Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and
Principles and practices of program development and
Principles and practices of project management, administration,
General accounting principles and practices.
General construction principles and practices.
Contract administration principles and practices.
Principles of business letter writing and report
Occupational hazards and standard safety precautions.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers
and applicable software applications such as word processing,
spreadsheets, and databases.
Customer service principles and techniques.
Coordinate and direct assigned Engineering Division programs,
section, and/or work group.
Supervise, select, organize, and review the work of assigned
staff involved in providing engineering services.
Select, train, and evaluate staff.
Recommend and implement goals, objectives, policies and
procedures for providing assigned engineering services and
Understand the organization and operation of the City and of
outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned
Understand, interpret, and apply general and specific
administrative and departmental policies and procedures as well as
applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and
Prepare clean and concise administrative, engineering and
Participate in the development and administration of program
goals, objectives, and procedures.
Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and
Participate in the preparation and administration of assigned
Prepare project scope and contract documents.
Prepare and review the preparation of plans and specifications
for a variety of public works projects.
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project
consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in
support of goals.
Interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, laws,
Read and interpret engineering and construction plans and
specifications and interpret them to others.
Prioritize multiple, complex projects and programs within
specific time frames.
Compile data, maintain records and files, and participate in the
preparation of clear and concise reports.
Oversee and participate in the provision of a high level of
customer service to internal and external customers.
Work cooperatively with other departments, City officials, and
Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public;
tactfully and courteously represent the Public Works Department
during public contacts.
Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word
processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural
diversity of the community.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with
those contacted in the course of work. Minimum Requirements
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
with major course work in civil engineering or a closely related
Six years (full-time equivalent) of responsible civil
engineering experience including two years (full-time equivalent)
of project management, administrative, and/or supervisory
License or Certificate:
Possession of a valid California Certificate of Registration as
a Professional Civil Engineer is required.
Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.
NOTE: For a complete listing of job duties and qualifications,
please refer to the corresponding job description, which can be
obtained from the Human Resources Department or downloaded from the
City's web site. The City of Escondido is committed to a drug and
alcohol free workplace. All applicants will be subject to
fingerprint investigation before a conditional offer of employment
is extended. A medical examination, along with a DRUG SCREEN will
be conducted following a conditional offer of employment. Positions
subject to the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations will
be subject to DOT pre-employment drug testing and random drug and
Applications will be screened and the most qualified candidates
will be invited to appear for testing. All positions require the
ability to read, write and speak English. Types of tests may
include written and/or oral examination, physical agility,
practical exam or other appropriate job-related selection process.
When testing is completed, candidates will be ranked on an
eligibility list in the order of their test score. Selection for
appointments is made from names certified on the eligibility
All appointments are subject to the successful completion of
background investigation including LIVESCAN fingerprinting, and
will be required to submit verification of the legal right to work
in the United States. Qualification by a medical examination will
be required at the time of appointment. After appointment,
classified employees must satisfactorily complete a probationary
period to be eligible for regular status. In accordance with the
Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, all new employees must
produce proof of eligibility to work in the United States within
the first three days of their employment. The City of Escondido
participates in E-Verify.
The Loyalty Oath will be administered to all new employees on
their first day of hire. New employees hired into positions that
require a driver's license must provide proof of a valid California
Driver's License of the appropriate class level on their first day
Additional information regarding the essential functions and
physical, environmental and communication demands of the position
may be obtained from the Human Resources Department. If you require
reasonable accommodation in the testing process, such as an
alternate means of testing, you must contact the Human Resources
Department by the final filing date to complete a Request for
Reasonable Accommodation form. The provisions of this bulletin do
not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision
contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without
Note: Pursuant to California Civil Code section 1786.53, the
City of Escondido shall provide to all job candidates a copy of any
records of arrest, indictment, conviction, civil judicial action,
tax lien or outstanding judgment which was obtained in the course
of conducting an evaluation for employment, assignment, and/or
promotion. A copy of this information, if received by the City,
will be given to candidates within seven days of the City's
Eligible individuals are those who meet the following
* Served in the U.S. armed forces * Received an honorable
discharge * Did not retire from military service * Seeking
employment with the City of Escondido for the first time.
Guard and Reserve active duty for training purposes does
notqualify for veterans' preference. Proof of eligibility (copy of
DD-214) must be submitted at time of application, or later if the
promulgation of the eligibility list will not be delayed. Veterans'
preference credit will only be applied to eligible applicants who
attained a passing grade (total score exclusive of credit) on the
final open examination.
ABOUT OUR CITY
The City of Escondido is a prominent agricultural, commercial
hub and residential center of North San Diego County. Located a
short 30-minute drive from the beach, the mountains or downtown San
Diego, Escondido residents enjoy the pleasure of a rural lifestyle
with all the benefits of suburban living. Escondido is a diverse,
vibrant community with many amenities. The city offers attractive
homes in a wide range of prices, two lakes, several parks, a sports
center, golf courses, restaurants, wineries, shopping centers, a
variety of art galleries, entertainment venues, and a state of the
art hospital. Established in 1888, the city's rich past brings
charm and stability to the community; yet integrated with
Escondido's treasured heritage is a progressive future, bright and
brimming with promise.
EOEThe City of Escondido does not discriminate on the basis of
race, color, religion, disability, sex, age, national origin, or
sexual orientation. We will attempt to reasonably accommodate
applicants with disabilities upon request.