Job Posting: Assistant Safety Engineer

Department of Industrial Relations

Assistant Safety Engineer

$7,071.00 - $8,848.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 10/3/2023

Job Description and Duties

***Please ensure application is complete with detailed job description/tasks performed, employment beginning and ending date information, and hours worked per week.

Working at the Cal/OSHA means much more than showing up for a job. You will be able to work on programs that are vital to the health and safety of our community, work force, and the state. We recognize the strength in teamwork. We know that by encouraging collaboration and diversity, educating employers in best practices, and protecting the health and safety of employees through enforcement of the California Labor Code and regulations will benefit our economy as a whole. Be part of a team that prides itself in making a difference for Californians.

What will be the difference that you make for California?

Under the supervision of the District Manager with the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), Enforcement Branch, the Assistant Safety Engineer is responsible for performing assigned professional engineering work of average difficulty including conducting routine compliance inspections; investigating accidents; and assisting Associate and Senior Safety Engineers in the performance of their duties, related to construction, electrical, and industrial occupational safety and health, throughout the State. Assistant Safety Engineers are to perform all work in accordance with DIR-DOSH policies, DOSH Compliance Policy and Procedure Manual, Directives, and Memorandums.

Multiple locations and positions are available. Please also see other postings under a different job control in CalCareers for other locations. If you are interested in positions at more than one location, please submit a new application for each job control.

To be considered for this Assistant Safety Engineer job opportunity, applicants must be either reachable on an employment list, have transfer eligibility or have reinstatement eligibility. To take the exam and gain employment list eligibility, please click here to access the exam bulletin:

Assistant Safety Engineer

This posting may be used to fill future vacancies in accordance with 2 CCR §249.3

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

Work Location: Cal/OSHA San Diego District Office 7575 Metropolitan Dr., Ste. 207, San Diego, CA 92108.

If you are interested in working in other locations you must submit an application to each job control.

Some of this work will be in an office environment and at other times the work will be at a field site that has the potential for exposures to safety and hazardous substances, and may involve, including but not limited to:

Working outdoors 8 hours or more per day in a wide range of weather conditions (e.g. rain, strong winds, heat, and cold); Sitting at a desk, in a chair, and in front of a computer screen, for an extended periods of time; Moving/walking and standing for  extended periods of time, including but not limited to, on slopes, uneven, rough, wet, and/or slippery surfaces/terrain; Using a multi-line telephone console or a cordless telephone with headset; Bending , squatting, crouching, kneeling, stooping and twisting; Perform repetitive hand motion, simple grasping, fine finger manipulation, pushing and pulling with right and left hands; Reaching (above and below shoulder level); Lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds of equipment or work related materials; Climbing up and down/balancing stairs, ladders, stoops, slopes; Dressing appropriately for working in the field, including proper use of personal protective equipment (safety boots, protective suits, hearing protection, respiratory protection, safety eyewear, hard hat, cooling vests, gloves, etc.); Traveling via private, State vehicle, or public transportation (i.e. automobile, airplane, etc.) including overnight travel inside California may be required; Have functional vision.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Assistant Safety Engineer
$7,071.00 - $8,848.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
San Diego County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) was established in 1927. Its mission is to improve working conditions for California's wage earners and to advance opportunities for profitable employment in California. DIR administers and enforces laws governing wages, workplace safety and health, apprenticeship training programs, and medical care and other benefits for injured workers.


Electronic Submission of Applications preferred. Application Packages maybe submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at Applications must be received electronically by 11:59 p.m. on or before the above final filing date. Please only submit ONE application. Electronic applications submitted through your CalCareer Account are highly recommended and will be received/processed faster than other methods of filing.


If you are unable to apply electronically through your CalCareer account, please mail a completed and signed State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 and application package to the mailing address provided in the “Application Instructions” section below and ensure the following:


•Clearly indicate the Job Code #, Position Number and the Title of this position in the “Examination or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying” section located on the first page of your State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678.


•Clearly indicate the basis of your eligibility (cert, transfer, reinstatement, etc.) in the “Explanations” section located on the first page of your State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678.


•Remove and do not submit the “Equal Employment Opportunity” questionnaire (page 5) with your completed State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678. This page is for examination use only.


•Do not include your full Social Security Number on your documents and/or do not provide any LEAP information.

Department Website:

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 10/3/2023

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Industrial Relations
Attn: Personnel Recruitment & Hiring Unit
2180 Harvard Street Suite 160
Sacramento, CA 95815

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Industrial Relations
Personnel Recruitment & Hiring Unit
2180 Harvard Street Suite 160
Sacramento, CA 95815
08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

Purpose and function of the various components of the Cal/OSHA program; Principles, practices, and methods of construction, electrical, and industrial engineering, including those specifically applicable to safety engineering; Equipment, machinery, safety devices, and operations used in various construction, electrical, and industrial work places; Occupational safety and health hazards associated with construction, electrical, and industrial disciplines; California Code of Regulations Title 8 Safety Laws, covering constructions, electrical, and industrial safety; Applicable provisions of the California Labor Codes related to construction, electrical, and industrial safety; Methods and techniques used in safety inspections, accident investigation/inspections, accident prevention, consultation, training, and technical, and technical report writing associated with the constructions, electrical, and industrial disciplines; Methods and practices used in eliminating hazards or abating safety hazards associated with the construction, electrical, and industrial disciplines; Methods of developing and presenting evidence in administrative and formal legal hearing; Keenness of observation, tact, maturity and diplomacy when used to analyze situations, make recommendations and decisions; Effective time management and organizational skills in order to prioritize and  complete work assignments in a timely manner; Effectively communicate during inspections, investigations, meetings, hearings, and when representing the Division, both orally and in writing; Excellent writing, note-taking and computer skills; Reason logically  and analyze information in order to reach accurate and defensible conclusions, and clearly communicate those conclusions; Establish professional cooperative relationships with staff and stakeholders at all levels as appropriate thus demonstrating effective interpersonal skills;  Effectively communicate information and consult with staff managers, and stakeholders at all levels as appropriate thus demonstrating effective oral and written communication skills; Assess one’s own strengths and weaknesses and pursue self-development thus demonstrating continual learning; Independently conduct on-site inspections at the full journey level in a variety of work places without endangering oneself and others; Conduct safety inspections and accident investigations associated with the construction, electrical, and industrial disciplines, including the most difficult and complex, in work places throughout the State; Identify occupational safety and health hazards and unsafe working conditions and practices in the construction, electrical, and industrial disciplines; Identify if a hazardous condition and/or practice is an imminent hazard; Evaluate and develop alternatives to resolve occupational safety hazards; Gather and effectively analyze information; Document interviews; Manage  multiple projects and tasks; Work independently and as a team member; Interpret Cal/OSHA operating policies and procedures; Interpret and apply Title 8 California Code of Regulations applicable provisions of the California Labor Code, and the policies  and procedures of the Cal/OSHA program associated with construction, electrical, and industrial disciplines; Develop and maintain effective working relationships with employers, workers, labor organizations, the general public, and others encountered in the work; Analyze situations accurately and take action; Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; Address groups and conduct seminars and workshops on constructions, electrical, and industrial worker safety; Prepare technical reports and correspondence; Act in a lead capacity and assist in  training staff in occupational safety work in Cal/OSHA program functions and activities associated with the constructions, electrical, and industrial disciplines; Prepare and present evidence, and represent the Division of Occupational Safety and Health or other components of the Cal/OSHA program in administrative and formal legal hearings related to the construction, electrical, and industrial disciplines; possession of a valid California Driver’s License and Car insurance.


Health, Dental and Vision Benefits; Paid Sick, Vacation and Holidays; 401(k), 457, and ROTH IRA plans; Retirement (CalPERS);Military Leave; Reimbursement Accounts; Public Transit Subsidy.

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Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Certification Unit
(800) 564-0771

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Diversity and Inclusion Office
(916) 559-6999
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Additional Information

Preference will be given to persons with State Restriction of Appointments (SROA) or Surplus status. Applicants must attach a copy of their most recently dated letter that specifies their designation as either SROA or surplus candidate as proof.

Qualified candidates must have eligibility in State employment, be in a reachable rank on an employment list for this classification, be currently in this classification, or have transfer eligibility to this classification. Training and Development (T&D) assignments may be considered.

If you do not hear from us in 4-6 weeks, you may assume the position has been filled by another applicant. Please note that all additional vacancies that become available may be added to this advertisement.

Please note that the Exam and Certification Online System (ECOS) does not allow you to resubmit your application once you withdraw it. If you have any updates to your online application, please contact the Personnel, Recruitment, & Hiring Unit at (800) 564-0771.

Please let us know how you heard about our position by taking this brief survey: DIR Applicant Survey

DIR Mission and Core Values

Our mission is to protect and improve the welfare and working conditions for California's wage earners and to advance opportunities for profitable employment in California. DIR is also committed to ensuring that all employers comply with labor laws in California to support a fair and thriving business environment.

Integrity - We fulfill the promise of our mission through fair, honest and ethical behavior.

Service - We are committed to responsibly serving the public and value their trust.

Respect - We treat others with dignity, courtesy and consideration.

Quality - We take pride in providing the public with accurate and timely services.

Transparency - We conduct ourselves with openness and accountability in all aspects of our work.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail