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ABOLISHED 03/05/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-11A - Principal Construction Engineer, Department of Corrections (3442)

ABOLISHED 03/05/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-11A - Principal Construction Engineer, Department of Corrections

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: HA95
  • Class Code: 3442
  • Established: 06/03/1987
  • Revised: --
  • Title Changed: --


Under general direction to plan, organize, and direct the work of a staff engaged in the supervision of contract administration and construction inspection of prison structures and related works, and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

As assigned, has statewide responsibility to ensure that prisons and related facilities are constructed in accordance with contract plans and specifications; supervises a staff of onsite supervisors responsible for supervising a construction team engaged in contract administration and construction inspection of prisons including site development, housing units, utilities, and other related structures; approves change orders and variances to plans and specifications which include security and safety regulations, approves and accepts finished work, approves progress payments, authorizes acceleration of work, recommends position on claims, and approves contractor's construction schedules. Represents the Department of Corrections in conferences with contractors, consultants, private engineering firms, and governmental agencies, regarding construction assigned to the Construction Operations Branch; plans, organizes, and schedules the construction contract activities in the Branch; negotiates and recommends decisions on claims; secures, trains, and evaluates the performance of personnel and takes or recommends appropriate action; prepares reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a civil engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers. and Experience: Broad and extensive (more than five years) engineering experience related to construction of major projects, two years of which shall have been as a construction supervisor at a level comparable in responsibility to that of a Supervising Engineer in the California State service. and Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with major work in engineering. (Additional responsible experience in construction engineering may be substituted for the required college education on a year-for-year basis.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles and practices of engineering as related to the construction of major projects; theory and principles of construction and contract administration for all types of major structures and appurtenant works; methods, materials, equipment, and accepted safety practices used in constructing buildings and other related structures; laws and regulations pertaining to contracting procedures for construction projects in California; principles and techniques of personnel management and supervision; structural geology and soil conditions affecting the adequacy of foundations.


Ability to: Plan, organize, direct, and control the work of a large construction staff; review plans and specifications of proposed major structures and suggest changes or modifications of such plans; analyze and report on construction problems giving sound conclusions and recommendations; speak effectively in public; prepare comprehensive reports and dictate correspondence; establish and maintain cooperative relations with those contacted in the course of the work; analyze situations and take effective action.

  Updated: 9/26/2017
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