Job Posting: Assistant Resident Engineer

Department of Transportation

Assistant Resident Engineer

$5,995.00 - $11,230.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Under the direction of the Area Construction Senior Transportation Engineer and/or the Resident Engineer, incumbent performs various transportation construction and engineering work in the office and field settings. As incumbent progress in experience, assignment will increase from average to high difficulty.


Candidates are required to review the Minimum Qualifications (MQs) for this classification. If you meet MQs under Pattern II and require the TE Civil in-person written hurdle exam, DO NOT TAKE the TE Civil online exam prior to passing the written hurdle. Candidates who take the TE Civil online exam prior to passing the written hurdle may negatively impact their hiring eligibility. Please contact the exam unit at for additional information prior to taking the online examination.

Transportation Engineer (Civil) Exam
List eligible for hire is determined by your score on the Transportation Engineer (Civil) Exam. You must be on the state examination list to be eligible for these positions. The Transportation Engineer (Civil) Exam is located here:

This advertisement is posted as until filled. Applications will be reviewed on the 1st business day of each month, and selections can be made. However, the job control will remain open until the vacancy is filled. If a selection is not made, applications submitted after the cut-off date will be reviewed and may be considered for the position.

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

Working Conditions

Multiple positions located in Santa Barbara County

Job will have exposure to night work, field work, earthwork, paving operations, lab work, fog, weather conditions, chemicals, lab conditions, equipment, machinery, heat, cold, dust, gas, fumes, outdoor conditions, indoor conditions, humidity, and high decibels of noise. Hardhat and safety vest or approved safety shirt, and eye protection must be worn at all times in the field, no exceptions. Incumbent must work with a variety of materials including testing equipment. While at the Construction office employees will normally work in a climate-controlled office under artificial light. However due to periodic problems with the heating and air conditioning, the building temperature may fluctuate. Workload may subject employee to night work, flexible hours, frequent changes of shift, frequent changes of work hours and workdays, and geographic transfer. Travel may be required.

Incumbent may be required to travel on short-term and/or long-term expense. Vacations may be restricted during peak times. Overtime may be required.

All Transportation Engineers hired by Caltrans after May 19, 2000 will be required to participate in the mandatory “Transportation Engineer Rotation Program”. The rotation program consist of 9 months Construction Work, 9 months Design Work, and 6 months in an Elective Assignment(s). The rotation length and assignment will be based on workload needs and could take place anywhere within District Construction. The rotation program is a key element in the development of our new employees and allows them to be assimilated into the Caltrans workforce much quicker and to be more productive. 

In addition, to the Transportation Engineer Rotation Program, incumbent may be required to go on loan to other functional units during the winter months, when there is excess staff, or staffing needs in another area, etc.

New to State candidates will be hired into the minimum salary of the classification or minimum of alternate range when applicable.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Assistant Resident Engineer
$5,995.00 - $7,149.00 A
$6,865.00 - $8,590.00 B
$7,940.00 - $9,934.00 C
$8,975.00 - $11,230.00 D
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Santa Barbara County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Caltrans Mission: Provide a safe and reliable transportation network that serves all people and respects the environment.

Caltrans Vision: A brighter future for all through a world-class transportation network.

The Caltrans workforce is made up of diverse and unique individuals who contribute to our organizational success. Caltrans is about celebrating diversity, valuing one another, and recognizing that Caltrans is strong not in spite of the diverse attributes of our workforce, but because of our diversity. 

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Frequently Asked Questions for an Applicant:   

Director’s EEO Policy:

Director’s EEO Policy Statement:

Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a valid Professional Engineering License (TE Civil) required for Range D appointment.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license is required when operating a state owned or leased vehicle.

  • Statement of Qualification (SOQ) is required.

Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is a discussion of how an applicant's education, training, experience, and skills meet the criteria in the duty statement and qualify the applicant for the position.  Please include a 1-2 pages, 12-point font, SOQ that describes your experience as it relates to this position/duty statement. Resumes and cover letters will not take the place of the SOQ. Failure to include and complete the SOQ may result in disqualification for interview. 

SOQ- Construction Multiple Hires- TE

  1. Experience with effective verbal and written communication; Demonstrated interpersonal skills including partnering.
  2. Experience balancing multiple concurrent projects and tasks while prioritizing to meet deadlines.
  3. Demonstrate ability to apply your experience and education to construction engineering and contract compliance principles, experience or education related to construction and material testing.
  4. Demonstrate ability to identify problems and use logical analysis to find information to provide sound engineering recommendations, knowledge of calculations pertaining to highway construction and knowledge of utilizing manuals/text books to determine engineering solutions.
  5. Experience demonstrating the ability to work productively with Contractors; Ability to enforce contract documents and resolve conflicts
  6. Experience developing and maintaining positive working relationships; Ability to be an effective team member.
  7. Where are you in the CA PE licensing process? Provide tests taken and dates passed.

Candidates that believe they meet the minimum qualifications based on a pattern of education from the classification description (specifications) must provide a copy of their degree, transcripts, license, and/or certificate, along with the State application (STD. 678) to be considered for this position.

Application Instructions

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: Until Filled

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 Transportation
Attn: Caltrans HR Contact
Certification Services MS-90
P O Box 168036
Sacramento, CA 95816-8036

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Transportation
Caltlrans HR Contact
Classification and Hiring Unit - ECOS
1727 30th Street, MS 90
Sacramento, CA 95816
Closed on weekends and State holidays.
08:00 AM - 05:00 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.
  • Statement of Qualifications -
    • Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required. Please see the Special Requirements section for SOQ instructions.
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.


Click HERE  to view the Benefits Summary for Civil Service Employees in the State of California.

Contact Information

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

Human Resources Contact:
Kathleen Gabriel
(279) 234-2429
Hiring Unit Contact:
Nicole Plaza
(805) 441-4395 ext:

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:
Caltrans EEO Office
(844) 368-3367
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.

Important Applications Instructions:

The State application (STD. 678) is required and each section must be filled out completely and thoroughly. For mailed or hand delivered applications to be considered for this position, the Job Control number (JC-364155), PARF# 05-3-789, and title of the position is Transportation Engineer (Civil) must be included on the STD. 678 form.


Electronic applications through your CalCareers account are highly recommended and encouraged.


Candidates that meet the minimum qualifications based on possession of EDUCATION, LICENSE, OR CERTIFICATE must include a copy of your DEGREE/TRANSCRIPTS, LICENSE, or CERTIFICATE, along with your State application (STD. 678), to be considered for this position.


NOTE: Do not submit the “Equal Employment Opportunity” questionnaire (page 5) with your completed State application (STD. 678). This page is for examination use only.


Please take this 1-minute Caltrans Recruitment survey to tell us how you found out about this job.

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.