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Junior Engineer

Job classification

TitleJunior Engineer
Overtime eligibility Covered (Non-Z)
Labor agreement Prof & Tech Eng, Local 21

Current compensation plan

Effective: Jul 01, 2022

See Historic and future compensation information for this class

Step: Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Rate /hr: $48.0125 $50.4250 $52.9500 $55.5875 $58.3500
Rate /biweekly: $3,841.00 $4,034.00 $4,236.00 $4,447.00 $4,668.00
Rate /year: $99,866 $104,884 $110,136 $115,622 $121,368

Job description



Title: Junior Engineer

Job Code: 5201


Under supervision, performs beginning-level engineering work in the field and the office following established engineering methods and procedures; assists professional engineers in tasks requiring advanced engineering skill and/or judgment; makes contacts with the public, contractors, and others on engineering matters; gathers, prepares, and maintains engineering data, records, and reports; applies engineering principles and practices to civil, mechanical, electrical, environmental, or transportation engineering problems; performs related duties as required.


This is the entry-level classification in the professional engineering series. It is characterized by its focus on routine engineering issues and is distinguished from the Assistant Engineer classes by the latter classes' responsibility for performing more complex work under general supervision.


The Junior Engineer may direct the work of technical and/or clerical staff.


According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Prepares or assists in preparing studies, calculations, designs, drawings, sketches, and plans using AutoCAD and other software tools.

2. Makes field inspections of existing structures and sites to determine necessity for future construction, repair, or maintenance; conducts preliminary field studies and surveys and collects data relative to the preparation of designs and drawings.

3. Makes regular field inspections of construction and repair projects in progress to ensure conformance with plans, specifications, and codes; checks and records work progress at various construction sites.

4. Prepares or assists in the preparation of reports, contract specifications, lists of materials, cost estimates, schedules, and progress payments.

5. Prepares or assists in the preparation of departmental reports and reports concerning field conditions, the progress of projects, the results of studies, and other matters.

6. Provides written and oral responses to a variety of inquiries from other agencies, contractors, and the general public.

7. May direct the activities of technical and/or clerical staff.

8. Prepares correspondence and minutes.

9. Performs specialized duties in the areas of civil, mechanical, electrical, transportation and/or environmental engineering.


Knowledge of: Principles, practices, and methods of engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical, environmental, and/or transportation); construction, maintenance, and repair methods and procedures; research techniques, report writing, and statistical analysis.

Ability and Skill to: Prepare engineering designs, plans, details, and drawings manually or using AutoCAD; prepare cost estimates; perform mathematical calculations; gather data for analysis; use engineering computer software; maintain an effective working relationship with a variety of people; communicate effectively orally and in writing; understand, explain, and apply pertinent laws, regulations, codes, and ordinances.


These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification. Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree from an engineering program that is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) with a major in the field of study related to the specialty area defined for each position;


2. Possession of a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree from a non-ABET accredited engineering program with a major in the field of study related to the specialty area defined for each position; AND possession of a valid Engineer-in-Training certificate issued by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).

Required Engineering Degrees per specialty:

Civil: Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Sanitary Engineering, Structural Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, or Engineering Management

Electrical: Electrical Engineering

Mechanical: Aeronautical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Mechatronics Engineering

Environmental: Bio-chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Sanitary Engineering

Transportation: Civil Engineering, Transit Engineering, Transportation Engineering or Traffic Engineering


3. Possession of a Professional Engineer (PE) license in the field required for each specialty from the California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists.

Note: Most positions require a valid California driver license.



To: 5203 Assistant Engineer


AMENDED DATE: 1/21/2000; 4/25/2008; 2/3/2015; 2/8/2016

REASON FOR AMENDMENT To accurately reflect the current tasks, knowledge, skills and abilities defined in the most recent job analysis conducted for this job code.


Standard information

Disaster service work

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.

Historic and future compensation

Effective (Sched) Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Jul 01, 2022 (W) $48.0125 $50.4250 $52.9500 $55.5875 $58.3500
Jan 08, 2022 (V) $44.9750 $47.2375 $49.6000 $52.0750 $54.6625
Jul 01, 2021 (U) $44.7500 $47.0000 $49.3500 $51.8125 $54.3875
Dec 26, 2020 (T) $43.2250 $45.4000 $47.6750 $50.0500 $52.5375
Jul 01, 2020 (S) $41.9625 $44.0750 $46.2875 $48.5875 $51.0125

Historic compensation data is provided in hourly pay.

Sources: San Francisco Open Data Portal: Classification descriptions table, Compensation plan table