Senior Engineer (Asset Management)

  • City of Sacramento
  • City of Sacramento Department of Utilities, 35th Ave, Sacramento, CA, USA
  • Aug 10, 2018
Full time Engineering Government Management

Job Description


The Department of Utilities, Engineering and Water Resources Division, Asset Management Group is seeking a Senior Engineer with a strong technical background and asset management experience to support strategic and operational decision-making for the City's water, wastewater, and storm drainage systems. 
This position is responsible for evaluating asset management best practices as well as working with the Supervising Engineer to improve the overall reliability of infrastructure assets by developing, implementing, and maintaining the asset management framework.  Following an industry-based asset management approach, the candidate will apply holistic lifecycle methodologies to guide asset investments for rehabilitation, replacement, condition assessments, and preventive/predictive maintenance activities.

The ideal candidate for this position is self-motivated with effective team management and results-driven leadership experience.  The candidate has experience fostering collaboration between team members, ensuring coordination and consistency between divisions, and leading cross-departmental teams.  The department is looking for an individual with an analytical mindset that can see the "big picture" in a variety of situations. The candidate must possess excellent organizational, technical, and written and verbal communication skills and be comfortable working under tight schedules and competing priorities in a fast-paced setting.  
Under general direction, the Senior Engineer participates in the conduct of complicated civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering planning, design, and assessment activities; develops plans; inspects sites and assists in problem resolution; coordinates engineering related activities with other City departments and outside agencies; conducts engineering planning studies; prepares grant applications.

This advanced journey-level class is populated with multiple incumbents. Senior Engineers perform the most complex professional civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering work requiring a substantial level of professional training. Incumbents may also lead professional and technical personnel on a team or project basis. Assignments require the exercise of independent judgment and initiative in scheduling, assigning, and coordinating the work with that of other units, referring only unusual or highly-complex problems. Senior Engineer is distinguished from Supervising Engineer in that the latter manages broad professional engineering categories, such as electrical, mechanical, civil, traffic, water, and sanitation. The classification of Senior Engineer is distinguished from that of Associate Civil Engineer in that the former serves as project or team leader and performs the most complex and highly skilled engineering work while the latter is the journey level in
the registered engineer series.

General direction is provided by a Supervising Engineer or a division head. Incumbents may oversee a project team consisting of professional and technical personnel staff assigned to a project.


  • Develops, plans, and estimates work orders for the construction of public works projects; inspects project sites, assists in solution of difficult problems; interprets specifications and City policy; makes change orders.
  • Participates in the selection and management of consultant engineers for the development of plans and specifications, studies and reports; reviews plans for construction prepared by private engineers; may supervise, train, and evaluate professional and technical subordinates.
  • Checks computations and specified materials for accuracy and conformance with regulations; reviews and makes recommendations on technical reports and studies.
  • Initiates and conducts engineering planning studies to identify public works facility; reviews and participates in the preparation of environmental assessments and studies; prepares periodic project status reports; checks private building plans for compliance with City building codes and ordinances.
  • Serves as staff to a variety of City commissions, boards, and committees on public works engineering matters; coordinates engineering related activities with other City departments, divisions, and sections and with outside agencies.
  • Prepares various applications for State and Federal grants; assists in the preparation and administration of budget and capital improvement plan.
  • Performs other or related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of engineering.
  • Modern methods and techniques used in the design and construction of a wide variety of public works engineering projects.
  • Modern developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding the assigned area of engineering.
  • Applicable laws and regulatory codes relevant to design and construction in the area of assignment.

Skill in:

  • Use of computers, computer applications, and software.
  • Use of computer aided design systems.

Ability to:

  • Make complex engineering computations.
  • Check, design, and supervise the construction of a wide variety of public and private facilities.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing.
  • Use a variety of drafting and engineering apparatus.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


Four years of experience in professional engineering work in area of assignment including some supervisory experience and/or highly complex civil, electrical or mechanical technical work.

Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in an engineering discipline related to the area of assignment.

Proof of education such as college transcripts and degrees must be submitted to the City of Sacramento Employment Office in person, as an attachment(s) to the online application, fax to (916) 596-1556, or email If submitting in person or via fax/email, please include your name and Recruitment #001817-18-DOU-2 on your documents. Unofficial transcripts and/or documents are acceptable.

An applicant with a college degree obtained outside the United States must have education records evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. This evaluation must be submitted before you will be considered for any positions.


Driver License:
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Possession of a Certificate of Registration as a professional engineer in the State of California.


Please note, the City of Sacramento's preferred method of communication with applicants is via e-mail. As such, please ensure you verify the e-mail address on your application, and check your e-mail frequently, including your spam and junk folders. All e-mail notifications can also be accessed through the applicant inbox.

1. Application: (Pass/Fail) – All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application to the Employment Office by the final filing deadline;

  • Employment applications must be submitted online; paper applications will not be accepted.
  • Employment applications will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified:
    • If applicants do not list current and past job-related experience in the "Work Experience" section. Note: Qualifying experience is based on 40 paid hours per week (pro-rated if less than 40 hours/week).
    • If "see resume" is noted in the "Work Experience" section; a resume will not substitute for the information required in the "Work Experience" section.
  • Proof of required education and/or degree equivalency must be submitted online with your application, emailed to, delivered in person, or sent to the Employment Office by fax or mail by the final filing deadline.

2Screening Committee: (Pass/Fail)– Human Resources will evaluate employment applications for the minimum qualifications stated on the job announcement.
3. Interview Process: Human Resources will forward qualified applications to the hiring department. Those determined to be the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an interview process. A recommendation of the top candidate(s) resulting from this interview process will be forwarded to the City Manager for final action.

4.  Conditional Hire: Upon receipt of a conditional offer, the selected candidate must complete LiveScan / fingerprinting and receive Human Resources approval prior to receiving a start date from the Department. 


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