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The City of Torrance is seeking an Assistant Engineer for the Public Works Department's Engineering Division!
The Department The Public Works Departmentis a dynamic organization that readily adapts to the needs of the Torrance Community in providing quality and reliable service to the public. The Department is made up of over 200 employees within five distinct divisions who provide service to our residents, businesses, and other City departments to improve and maintain the City's streets, sidewalks, landscaping, traffic, sewers, waste collection, and water systems.
The Engineering Division is responsible for the development and implementation of several and various infrastructure projects included in the City's multi-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Our purpose is to maintain and/or rehabilitate the City's infrastructure which includes: roadways and bridges; traffic signals; storm drains, channels and retention basins; sanitary sewer and water system facilities; water reservoirs and pump stations. Our duties include: planning and budgeting for new projects; securing outside (i.e. federal, state, grant) funding; engineering design, administration of public bidding; and construction management of each project. The Division also provides engineering support to other Divisions of the Public Works Department and to other City Departments.
The Position The Assistant Engineer will perform engineering functions related to the planning, development and implementation of public works and traffic projects.
This position will perform a range of professional office and field engineering work in the design and construction of public works facilities such as streets, traffic signals/devices, sewer facilities, storm drains, and water systems.
Education and Experience Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
Graduation from a college or university with a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering and one to two years of professional engineering office experience; OR possession of a valid Engineer-in-Training certificate and four years of responsible engineering experience.
(Experience or training in CAD applications for computers is desired.)
License and/or Certificates Must possess and maintain an appropriate, valid California State driver license.
A valid certificate of registration issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers is desirable.
Ideal Candidate In addition to the above requirements, the most successfulcandidate will possess the following:
A valid certificate of registration issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers;
Knowledge of civil engineering principles;
Strong organizational skills and self-motivation;
Knowledge of Microsoft Suite and Auto CAD;
Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with management, staff, the public, contractors, utility companies, and public agencies; and
Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
About City of Torrance
The CommunityThe City of Torrance, located in Los Angeles County’s South Bay, borders on the Pacific Ocean and beach communities to the west and the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the south. Ideally situated near the 405(San Diego) freeway and twenty minutes from the Los Angeles International Airport, Torrance occupies 21 square miles, including a ¾ mile stretch of beach and the Madrona Marsh, a fresh water habitat. Torrance is within a 45 minute drive of many of Southern California’s major attractions.Incorporated in 1921 and chartered in 1947, Torrance has a population of 147,405 and is the 8th largest city within Los Angeles County California. Due to its large employment base, the community’s daytime population is significantly higher than the permanent population peaking at 200,000.The area enjoys a pleasant year round climate with moderate temperatures, gentle sea breezes and low humidity. The City boasts 31 parks on 350 acres of parklands and open space. The 500 seat James Armstrong Theatre and the “theatre-in-the- round” Nakano Theatre within the Torrance Cultural Arts Center Complex are excellent venues for both professional and local productions. Helping to round out the commun...ity’s cultural offerings is the nearby El Camino Community College campus that houses an art gallery, planetarium and a 2000 seat theatre. The community’s population is culturally diverse as shown by the school district’s estimate that its students speak over 80 languages. Contributing to this diversity are world class international companies such as American Honda Motor Company, Robinson Helicopter, and Panasonic which call Torrance home. Four major shopping centers are located in Torrance, including the Del Amo Fashion Center, one of the largest shopping centers in the world and currently undergoing a significant expansion and renovation.Overall, Torrance is a quality of life oriented community that offers a wide variety of entertainment, recreation, cultural and volunteer opportunities.City GovernmentThe City of Torrance is governed by the Mayor-Council-City Manager form of government with an elected Mayor and six Council Members who appoint a City Manager, and a City Attorney. City Clerk and City Treasurer are also elected. The Executive team works under the direction of the City Manager based on merit principles. Torrance is a full service city with an annual budget of approximately $200 million and a staff of over 1300 organized in 13 departments.