Principal Civil Engineer

City of Gardena


Under the direction of the Director of General Services, serves in a technical as well as an administrative capacity and may be responsible for directing the preparation and coordination of studies, economic evaluations, designs, plans, official cost estimates, specifications, construction and field activities for a wide variety of civil engineering projects and compliance with the City’s laws regarding work within the public right-of-way and/or land development.


· Develops and administers policies, technical standards and procedures; prepares or directs the preparation of work programs, cost control procedures and budget estimates;

· Participates in the planning for development and expansion of major engineering projects and makes recommendations as to technical and economic feasibility of alternate plans; confers with division heads, consulting engineers, private contractors and other government agencies on planning, design, construction and procedural matters;

· Prepares technical recommendations for contracts, agreements, ordinances, bills and memorials; represents various City officials and agencies in conferences and appears in court and before legislative bodies as an expert witness;

· Acts as the administrative and technical head of a municipal engineering organization concerned with the preparation and application of standards and procedures in wastewater systems, structural engineering, street opening and widening, construction management, estimating and capital improvement planning on a City-wide basis, or as the administrative and technical head concerned with all of these aspects of municipal public works and or land development;

· Directs and supervises administrative and technical services concerned with the civil engineering features of hydraulic design, right-of-way and survey, structural and architectural design, economic studies, engineering drafting, plan and specification preparation, inspection, utility and permit projects, and materials and equipment procurement for engineering design and construction programs;

· Develops proposed projects for public improvements, ensures compliance with laws and ordinances related to the public way and may occasionally be assigned to other duties for training purposes or to meet technological changes or emergencies.


This position reports directly to the Director of General Services and is responsible for the effective and efficient operation of the General Services Department.


A Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university in Civil Engineering or a related field AND five (5) years of increasingly-responsible professional experience in public works management, including at least two (2) years of said experience in a supervisory position; or an equivalent combination of education or experience.

Registration as a Civil Engineer with the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers is required.

A Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering or a related discipline and experience in grant-funded capital improvement projects, traffic, engineering, and community development at the municipal level are highly desirable


Must have and maintain a valid California Class C Driver’s License.


Must have knowledge of coordination, supervision, management control and planning encountered in engineering and design work; engineering economics and the methods of financing municipal projects; of  civil engineering as applied in administering and directing the preparation of designs, plans, specifications, estimates, studies, technical reports and recommendations for a wide-variety of engineering works such as sewers, sewage treatment and disposal facilities, street and highway improvements, storm drains, erosion control, flood control structures and appurtenant works; safety principles and practices; public works programs, policies, standards and organization, and the procedures involved in the development of major projects from initiation to final completion; construction management  and practices, including surveys and inspection, general administration and coordination; the laws and regulations related to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action; City personnel rules, policies and procedures; memoranda of understanding as they apply to subordinate personnel.

Must have the ability to plan and direct work programs, develop design standards, organize procedures and exercise administrative direction over groups of engineers and technicians; prepare or supervise the preparation of reports, agreements, legislative recommendations, cost control procedures and accurate records; deal tactfully and effectively with other supervisors, utility and government officials, employees and the public.


Work is performed indoors within a busy office environment and will involve sitting, standing, walking, twisting (neck and waist), driving, listening, writing, grasping, holding, reaching, and bending (neck and waist); lifting of less than 5 pounds and occasionally over 15 pounds. Offsite work may occasionally be required.   


Designated Management-level position & Conflict of Interest Statement.


To apply, submit an original City of Gardena Employment Application to the Human Resources Office; address listed below.  Applications submitted to any other office will be rejected unless otherwise directed.  Incomplete or illegible applications will be rejected. No copies, FAX or email copies.  We do not make copies of applications, DMV printouts or certifications.  Please come prepared with all applicable materials for submission.  Postmarks are not accepted. All applications will be reviewed and only those that demonstrate the best combination of qualifications and experience in relation to the requirements of the position will be invited to participate in the examination process.  The examination will consist of an oral panel interview. The examination process may be changed as deemed necessary by the City Human Resources Officer.  


The City of Gardena does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, age, sex or sexual orientation. The City of Gardena maintains and enforces a zero-tolerance policy relating to substance abuse and maintains a smoke-free workplace.


City of Gardena Human Resources Office

1700 W. 162nd St, Gardena, CA 90247

Human Resources Office: (310) 217-9688

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