Assistant/Associate Engineer job – City of Suisun City – Suisun City, CA


Located nearly halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento, Suisun City is a hidden gem of the Bay Area. Suisun City is accessible from Interstate 80 via Highway 12 and Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor commuter rail stop at the Train Depot, right to the heart of the City’s historic Waterfront District, making it a prime location for job seekers as well as homeowners. The community is a unique destination for a Bay Area day trip, an overnight getaway or even a place to work, particularly with its reverse commute for inner Bay Area residents. Residents of this mostly bedroom community take great pride in the quality of their neighborhood infrastructure and amenities.


The Building and Public Works Department operates under the Director | City Engineer who oversees three functional divisions: Public Works Maintenance and Operations (managed by the Public Works Superintendent), the Building Division (managed by the Building Inspection Services Manager), and Administration / Engineering. The Building Division is responsible for the full-range of duties, including operating the public service counter, issuing permits, reviewing plans and performing building inspections.


Under supervision (Assistant Engineer) or general supervision (Associate Engineer) performs professional level duties in support of the City’s engineering services and activities; serves as a project manager on Capital Improvement Projects; reviews engineering reports, drawings, specifications and calculations for buildings, structures, streets, sewers and other public works facilities to ensure compliance with current industry practices, codes, regulations and ordinances; responds to questions and inquiries from the general public, developers, contractors, engineering professionals, and City staff regarding engineering projects.


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 practices.

Performs professional level engineering duties in support of the City’s engineering services and activities including design and construction programs for City streets, lighting, storm drainage, sewers, traffic, parks, and landscape.

Performs plan check, review and processing of plans and specifications for specific projects to ensure compliance with professional and City standards and practices; coordinates reviews with other departments and agencies.

Administers design and construction contracts ; maintains logs and tracks bond expiration dates; prepares project and budget reports; collects all required inspection approvals; prepares staff reports for City Council; negotiates change orders, authorizes payment of invoices.

Prepares designs and specifications for assigned projects; develops engineering drawings, constructions plans, contract documents, bid documents, calculations, and cost estimates for proposed projects; researches project design requirements; prepares estimates of time and material costs.

Performs field inspections of public works constructions projects, including streets, sidewalks, water, sewer, and storm drain facilities.

Interprets, plots and supervises field survey data; reviews laboratory tests of construction materials; investigates field conditions related to public improvements, public utilities, and traffic safety operations.

Prepares a variety of reports, studies and technical documentation; utilizes specialized applications, programs, databases and graphics.

Participates in the issuance of various construction permits including encroachment, transportation and grading permits.

Performs related duties as required.

Ideal Candidate:
Education and Experience Guidelines

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Assistant Engineer

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or related field.

Some professional engineering experience is desirable.

License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ablility to obtain, an appropriate valid driver’s license.

Possession of a valid certificate of registration as an Engineer-in-Training, issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers is desirable.

Associate Engineer

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or related field.

Two years of increasingly responsible professional engineering experience comparable to an Assistant Engineer with the City of Suisun City.

License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate driver’s license.

Possession of a valid Engineer in Training Certificate; registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers is desirable.

Physical Demands and Working Environment

The conditions outlined in the class specifications for Assistant/Associate Engineer are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

For positions represented by the Suisun City Management and Professional Employees’ Association, the benefit package includes:

Medical Insurance

  • Fully City-paid medical up to the CalPERS Kaiser Rate for employee, spouse and dependents. A cash payment of up to $473 per month in lieu of enrolling in City’s health plans. City offers IRS Section 125 benefits plan for dependent care and healthcare reimbursement accounts. Vision and dental insurance options available at competitive rates.


  • Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) of 2% @ 55 for Classic Employees (fully paid by City, including EPMC), or 2% @ 62 for new employees subject to the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013. City does not participate in Social Security, but does withhold for Medicare, in accordance with federal law.

Life Insurance

  • Fully City-paid life insurance of $200,000 for employee only.

Deferred Compensation Plan

  • City contributes match up to $2,400 per year on a pay period into the ICMA 457 Deferred Compensation Plan.

Education / Training Reimbursement

  • Up to $1,000 per year upon successful completion of approved program.

Paid Leave

  • 96 hours of sick leave, 80 hours executive leave, 13 paid holidays per year (including two floating holidays), and 80 hours paid vacation per year for the first five years of service. Vacation amounts increase based on longevity – 120 hours after 5 years, 144 hours after 10 years, 160 hours after 15 years, and 184 hours after 19 years.

Alternative Work Schedule

  • The standard City work schedule is 9/80 with alternate Fridays off.

Uniform Allowance

  • Police, Fire and Public Works positions may include a uniform allowance per MOU.

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