5207 Associate Engineer - Transportation


Recruitment #pcs-5207-053357


5207 Associate Engineer Transportation


Under general direction, the Associate Engineer performs professional engineering work in the field and office and supervises the work of junior and assistant engineers, technicians, inspectors, surveyors and other related personnel engaged in engineering projects. The essential functions of the Associate Engineer class may vary depending on assignment and include:  preparing engineering designs, drawings and specifications; preparing cost and quantity estimates for necessary labor, materials and equipment associated with construction, contractors, suppliers, installation, repair, restoration and maintenance; providing engineering support to operations staff; reviewing existing conditions and conducting studies of processes by identifying, obtaining and analyzing samples and data; analyzing and resolving problems to ensure compliance with regulatory and performance standards and specifications; supervising the preparation of detailed engineering drawings, specifications and calculations; assigning and reviewing the work of subordinate staff and consultants; determining resources necessary to complete assigned work; reviewing plans, permit applications and specifications developed by staff, consultants and contractors; verifying quantities, dimensions, safety requirements, and quality of work for engineering projects; preparing and supervising the preparation of a wide variety of technical engineering reports and other documentation; interviewing, selecting, training, monitoring, evaluating and counseling staff; preparing a variety of bid documents; reviewing and analyzing bids; and conducting meetings and making presentations. Performs other related duties as required.


Minimum Qualifications :


  1. Three (3) years verifiable professional transportation engineering experience, which includes two (2) years experience equivalent to the City & County of San Francisco Class 5203 Assistant Engineer or higher;        AND
  2. Possession of a current Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of California in civil/mechanical/traffic engineering. (Submit copy with application).




a)      A Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Transportation/Traffic engineering may substitute for one (1) year of work experience.

b)      There is NO substitution for the required two (2) years of work experience equivalent to Class 5203 Assistant Engineer or higher.

c)      Candidates licensed in other states (submit copy with application), who otherwise meet the minimum requirements of this announcement, but do not possess the required California license, may file for this examination, and if successful, will be placed under waiver on the resulting eligible list until the required California license is presented.


How To Apply:

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process by registering an account.

  • Click and select the desired job announcement
  • Click on “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Click on “I am a New User”
  • Follow instructions given on the screen

 If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst Titus Whitehead at 415-557-4943.

Computer kiosks are located in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco for use by the public. The hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Applications for this recruitment process are continuous (with periodic suspensions as needed).


Verification of Education/Experience/License/Certificate:


Verification of current California license as a Registered Professional Engineer must be submitted with the application at the time of filing. All experience gained outside of employment with the City and County of San Francisco must be verified. Failure to submit verification may result in rejection of application. Verification of outside experience must be on employer’s letterhead and must show the name of the applicant, job title(s), duties, dates of services (month/day/year) and must be signed by the employer or appropriate representative. City and County employees receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of an employee’s class is credited only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules. Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain. Applicants must submit a signed statement with the application explaining why verification cannot be obtained. Requests for waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Applicants may submit any required verifications by

1.  upload the documents through JobAps  OR
2.  scan the documents and send as an attachment to
DHR-Engineer@sfgov.org   OR
3.  send the documents via U.S. postal mail to: 

     Department of Human Resources
     1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco CA 94103; OR
4.  hand deliver the documents to the Department of Human Resources  OR

5.  fax the information to 415-551-8935, ATTN:  Titus Whitehead

Please include a Document Cover Sheet to assist in identifying the class for which you are applying when submitting verification documents separate from the online application. The Cover Sheet may be found at http://www.jobaps.com/sf   Select  “Print a Document Cover Sheet” under “Choose a Help Topic”

The Department of Human Resources will not be able to process the application and supplemental application without receiving the required verification documentation.



Selection Procedure:


Training and Experience Evaluation:

Information provided by the candidates on the application, the supplemental application, and through verification of experience and licensure will be evaluated to determine the final score. This final score will be used to determine the rank of candidates on the eligible list.


Continuous recruitment/eligible list:

This is a continuous examination process. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications and receive a passing evaluation of licensure and experience will have their names placed on the eligible lists in rank order.


In addition to the above selection procedure, departments may administer additional selection procedures to make final hiring decisions. The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Five Scores.




1.  Separate eligible lists will be established for different engineering specialties.


2.  The score and rank of a candidate will be finalized when the list is adopted; the names of the new eligibles will be merged with existing eligibles on the Master list.


3.  The eligibility period for successful candidates will be twelve (12) months.

4.  Candidates who applied after January 17, 2007 may request an extension of eligibility as soon as their eligibility period expires. Eligibility extensions can be granted for an additional twelve (12) months. Scores and Ranks will remain the same. To request an eligibility extension, contact Titus Whitehead at: titus.whitehead@sfgov.org  Requests to extend eligibility will not be granted to candidates who applied to the recruitment prior to January 17, 2007.

5. Applicants are advised to keep a copy of all documents submitted. Hiring departments may require applicants to submit the same and/or additional documents at a later date.


6. Most positions require a valid driver’s license.


7.  All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109).  Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.  Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.



Employment, Character and Background Investigation:

Prior to appointment in some departments, candidates being considered for hire may be required to complete a personal history statement and pass a background investigation to determine fitness for employment. The investigation is limited to job-relevant and legally mandated matters and may include a reference check, verification of employment history and education, military and financial history, fingerprinting, and criminal and motor vehicle records. All statements are subject to verification, and deliberate inaccuracies or incomplete statements may bar the candidate from employment.


Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Clearance : Candidates for employment with the San Francisco Airport Commission whose job duties require unescorted Air Operations Area (AOA) access are required to provide a complete employment history for the past ten (10) years and an explanation of all gaps in employment during that period. The past ten (10) years of the candidate’s employment will be verified. In addition, candidates will be required to undergo a criminal history check, including FBI fingerprints, in order to determine eligibility for security clearance, and will be required to undergo drug/alcohol screening. Per Civil Service Commission Rule Section 110.9.1, every applicant for an examination must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the examination announcement for the examination. Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination from employment with the Airport Commission.


Qualified applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation for this process may contact the analyst by phone at (415) 557-4943 or, if hearing impaired, (415) 775-9484 (TDD), or in writing at the address listed above (specify Class 5207).


Combined Entrance and Promotive

Micki Callahan

Director of Human Resources

Amended & Reissued: December 21, 2007 to reflect Extension Request Change

Announcement No.: PCS-5207-053357 - Transportation

Amended & Reissued September 24, 2004

Announcement No.: 5207POOL

Amended & Reissued:  December 19, 2003

Announcement No. 5207POOL

Issued:  November 22, 2002

Announcement No.: 02-096

DHR Team 1/tlw (415) 557-4943


Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

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