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Associate Engineer

Job classification

TitleAssociate Engineer
Overtime eligibility Exempt (Z) - No Paid Overtime
Labor agreement Prof & Tech Eng, Local 21
Effective dateAugust 17, 2012

Current compensation plan

Effective: Jan 06, 2024

See Historic and future compensation information for this class

Step: Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Rate /hr: $68.3750 $71.8125 $75.4000 $79.1500 $83.1125
Rate /biweekly: $5,470.00 $5,745.00 $6,032.00 $6,332.00 $6,649.00
Rate /year: $142,220 $149,370 $156,832 $164,632 $172,874

Job description




Business Unit: COMMN

Definition: Under general direction, performs professional engineering work in the field and office, supervises the work of related staff engaged in engineering work and may act as resident engineer or project engineer on engineering projects.

Distinguishing Features: The Associate Engineer is the journey-level job code in the engineering series. It is distinguished from the Assistant Engineer by its professional license requirement, level of technical expertise and first-line supervisory responsibility. The Associate Engineer is distinguished from the Engineer by the latter's higher level of technical expertise, complexity of projects and broader supervisory responsibility.

Supervision Exercised: Supervises the work of other related engineering staff.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties:

According to Civil Service Commission Rule 9, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to 5207 Associate Engineer and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Prepares engineering designs, drawings and specifications to ensure compliance with codes, standards and project requirements.

2. Prepares cost and quantity estimates for necessary labor, materials and equipment associated with construction, contractors, suppliers, reconstruction, installation, repair, restoration and maintenance.

3. Provides engineering support to construction and operations; reviews existing conditions and establishes suitability for use; conducts studies of processes by identifying, obtaining and analyzing samples and data; performs and coordinates field work activities; analyzes and resolves problems to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, standards, specifications and performance.

4. Supervises the preparation of detailed engineering drawings, specifications and calculations; assigns and reviews the work of assigned staff and consultants; determines resources necessary to complete assigned work.

5. Reviews engineering drawings, specifications, calculations and work products produced by staff, consultants and contractors to ensure accuracy, adequacy and conformance to standards. Verifies quantity, dimensions, safety requirements, and proper test and start-up procedures.

6. Prepares and supervises the preparation of a wide variety of technical engineering reports, regulatory reports, standard operating procedures manuals, emergency operations plans, minutes, public correspondence and other documentation.

7. Interviews, selects, trains, monitors, evaluates and counsels staff in accordance with appropriate MOUs, Civil Service Commission Rules, and departmental procedures.

8. Prepares a variety of bid documents, including advertisement for bids, instructions to bidders, detailed specifications and contract bonds; reviews and analyzes bids for conformance with specifications and for approval of final awarding of bids.


Business Unit: COMMN

9. Conducts meetings and public hearings; makes presentations to staff, committees, boards, commissions, approval agencies and the general public.

10. Performs other duties as required.

Job-related and Essential Qualifications:

Knowledge of: principles and practices of engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical, environmental/sanitary, transportation and/or traffic); applicable Federal, State and Local laws, ordinances, codes, standards, rules and regulations related to the specific engineering field of endeavor; research and data analysis methods and techniques.

Ability to: prioritize, plan, assign and coordinate the activities of assigned staff; direct performance to maximize and maintain positive and productive work flow; instruct, train and motivate staff; delegate work assignments; adhere to established policies and procedures; prioritize, plan, organize and coordinate project activities; utilize resources such as staff, budget, contractors, etc. to resolve problems and accomplish project goals; interact tactfully and courteously with co-workers, staff, department heads, officials, agencies and the general public to promote and maintain a productive working relationship; handle difficult and sometimes hostile situations; convey technical ideas and information in a clear and concise manner to be understood by listeners with varying ability to understand technical language; make presentations to department heads, officials, consultants, committees, staff, clients and community groups; read, review, evaluate and interpret technical materials, research reports, and scientific studies; organize written information in a logical sequence to prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, contracts and other documents to support project activity; and use proper investigative and evaluation methods in solving difficult engineering problems in the field and office.

Experience and Training Guidelines:

1. Three (3) years verifiable professional engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical, environmental, sanitary, or transportation (traffic)) work experience, which includes two (2) years experience equivalent to or higher than a 5204 Assistant Civil Engineer, 5222 Assistant Water Purification Engineer, 5228 Assistant Transportation Engineer, 5236 Assistant Electrical Engineer, or 5252 Assistant Mechanical Engineer;


2. Possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of

California in one of the following disciplines: civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical

(environmental, sanitary) or traffic (transportation).


a. A Master's Degree in Chemical, Sanitary, Transportation (Traffic), or Environmental Engineering disciplines only or a Grade Four Certificate in Water/Wastewater Treatment Operation (CA) may substitute for one year work experience in the chemical, environmental or transportation specialties.


Business Unit: COMMN

b. A Ph.D. in Chemical, Sanitary, Transportation (Traffic), or Environmental Engineering disciplines only may substitute for two years work experience in the chemical, environmental or transportation specialties.

c. There is no substitution for the required two years work experience equivalent to an Assistant Engineer or higher.

d. Some positions may require additional special engineering licensing and/or work experience in areas such as Construction Management, Structural, Corrosion, Fire Protection, Geo-technical, Environmental, Control Systems or Industrial Engineering.

e. City and County of San Francisco employees having six (6) months experience as a 5203 Assistant Engineer or higher will be admitted to the exam process. Successful candidates will be placed under waiver on the resulting eligible list until the two-year requirement is met in full.

License or Certificate:

Requires possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of California in one of the following disciplines: civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical (environmental, sanitary) or traffic (transportation). Most positions require a valid driver license.

Working Conditions: For some positions, the nature of the work may involve disagreeable

working conditions such as working in sewers, confined spaces, exposure to inclement weather and various environmental elements, and with hazardous materials and dangerous gases and chemicals. May be required to travel to remote areas and/or to work weekends, shifts and overtime. Some positions may be located outside San Francisco (e.g. Millbrae, Moccasin and Sunol).

Effective Date: 10/6/00

Reason for Creation of New Job Code: To consolidate the Associate Civil Engineer, Associate Mechanical Engineer, Associate Electrical Engineer, Associate Sanitary Engineer, Associate Transportation Engineer, Associate Materials Engineer and Associate Water Purification Engineer job codes into a single job code and accurately reflect the current tasks, knowledge, skills, and abilities defined in the job analysis conducted for this new 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
Jan 06, 2024 (Y) $68.3750 $71.8125 $75.4000 $79.1500 $83.1125
Jul 01, 2023 (X) $66.8750 $70.2375 $73.7375 $77.4125 $81.2875
Jul 01, 2022 (W) $63.6875 $66.8875 $70.2250 $73.7250 $77.4125
Jan 08, 2022 (V) $59.1125 $62.0750 $65.1750 $68.4250 $71.8500
Jul 01, 2021 (U) $58.8125 $61.7625 $64.8500 $68.0875 $71.4875
Dec 26, 2020 (T) $56.8125 $59.6625 $62.6500 $65.7750 $69.0625
Jul 01, 2020 (S) $55.1625 $57.9250 $60.8250 $63.8625 $67.0500

Historic compensation data is provided in hourly pay.

Sources: San Francisco Open Data Portal: Compensation plan table