Associate Transportation Engineer, Caltrans (Registered) (3169) - CalHR

Associate Transportation Engineer, Caltrans (Registered)

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: GJ81
  • Class Code: 3169
  • Established: 11/04/1987
  • Revised: 06/13/1989
  • Title Changed: --


Under direction, in a responsible charge capacity, (1) acts as a specialist in the performance of a wide variety of difficult and complex transportation engineering work; or (2) supervises engineering and technical staff in the performance of a wide variety of difficult and complex transportation engineering work; or (3) directs and reviews a wide variety of difficult and complex transportation engineering work done by outside professional and technical consultants; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Serves as resident engineer on construction projects and assigns work, gives instructions, and passes upon difficult engineering and administrative problems in connection with the work; supervises the preparation of or conducts planning and traffic studies and investigations, including transportation surveys, road inventories, and traffic accident investigations; serves as project engineer engaged in the preparation of drawings, plans, estimates, right of way calculations, deeds, property descriptions, right of way maps and reports for transportation projects; determines the need for and applicability of signs, delineation, and pavement markings; designs transportation operation control projects and system improvements; uses and directs the use of computer-aided design and drafting systems and other computer-based processes to compile engineering data; develops and assists in the application of new technological engineering applications and procedures; develops personnel requirements and schedules for projects; supervises the preparation of or writes reports and makes estimates regarding transportation projects; supervises the preparation of progress pay and final estimates; makes reconnaissance surveys over proposed routes for transportation facilities; determines control points and directs field survey parties in the securing of data preliminary to transportation facility location projects; reviews plans and estimates for completeness and accuracy; supervises the preparation of or makes investigations and economic studies of alternative transportation facility routing; supervises transportation operational or maintenance engineering units; prepares and reviews specifications and bid proposals for rail facilities and equipment; prepares and presents information to the public on transportation engineering matters; directs collection of engineering data, sampling of materials, and the performance of materials and environmental tests; supervises the preparation of environmental reports, assessment reports of surveys and investigations and other comprehensive reports and correspondence; supervises the preparation of or prepares transportation and encroachment permits; analyzes data and prepares reports on traffic flow; coordinates, reviews and approves project proposals, plans and specifications preparation prepared by others.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a civil engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers. (Candidates who submit proof that they have applied for registration will be admitted to the examination but must possess a valid certificate of registration to be eligible for appointment.) and Either I Experience: Three years performing the duties as a Civil Engineer, Caltrans, in the California state service, two years of which must be performing transportation engineering work. (A Master's Degree in Civil Engineering may be substituted for one year of the required experience.)



Experience: Three years of responsible and varied transportation engineering experience performing duties equivalent to a Civil Engineer, Caltrans.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Methods, materials, and equipment used in construction of transportation facilities; principles and practices involved in state-of-the-art transportation management systems; standards of alignment, grade of highways and other transportation facilities, and methods of securing a balance between excavation and embankment; methods of proportioning and handling aggregate of portland cement concrete and asphalt concrete; materials and environmental testing; traffic operations; standards, policies and procedures for signing, marking and delineation of streets and highways; traffic flow theory and practical application of traffic control devices and traffic management techniques; surveying for and location of transportation facilities; traffic surveillance procedures, ramp metering theory, and highway capacities; hydraulic and structural design of small drainage structures; economics of transportation facility design; factors which influence the impact of transportation facilities on the environment; application of computer and other technological systems to transportation engineering; legal land descriptions and their preparation; principles of effective supervision and laying out work for others and directing them in their work; the Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a supervisor's role in safety, health, affirmative action, and labor relations and the processes available to meet these program objectives.


Ability to: Prepare plans, estimates, and specifications for the design, construction or maintenance of transportation facilities; inspect construction of such facilities and judge whether they meet specifications; determine the causes of existing congestion and probable future traffic operations condition; develop, coordinate and implement transportation management systems; lay out work for others and direct them in their work; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; prepare correspondence and comprehensive reports; make effective presentations to the public; establish and maintain cooperative relations with those contacted in the course of the work; communicate effectively; effectively contribute to the Department's safety, health, affirmative action and labor relations objectives.

Updated 6/3/2012