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Civil Engineer-Specialist

Salary: $40.38-$49.30 hourly / $7,023-$8,574 monthly / Range: 6748

DEFINITION: Under general direction to perform complex, professional civil engineering work requiring advanced engineering knowledge in a specialized area such as bridge or traffic design; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: The Civil Engineer - Specialist is distinguished from the Civil Engineer Associate III by the degree of specialized knowledge and originality of thinking required to complete assignments. The Civil Engineer - Specialist is distinguished from the Civil Engineer - Manager by the latter's overall responsibility for a major engineering division in the department.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Designs bridges, flood control structures and similar public works facilities; reviews the work of professional, subprofessional and clerical staff assigned to assist in the planning, design and preparation of drawings, plans, specifications, bids and estimates on specific projects; serves as resident engineer for contract administration of complex projects; acts as County Traffic Engineer reviewing construction plans from traffic flow and control standpoint; represents the department at meetings and conferences with other agencies and with private organizations; prepares engineering and budgetary reports and recommendations.


1. Minimum of four years of increasingly responsible experience in professional civil engineering; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Registration as a professional civil engineer in the State of California is required. Initial appointment may be based on existing registration in another state with ability to obtain California registration within twelve months of appointment.

Knowledge of: the principles and practices of civil engineering and the ability to apply them to the planning, design, construction and maintenance of transportation and other public works facilities.

Ability to: prepare correspondence and reports; analyze facts and exercise independent judgement; establish and maintain effective working relations; deal effectively with representatives of other organizations and with the public.


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