Job Posting: Transportation Engineer, Civil

Department of Transportation

Transportation Engineer, Civil

$5,849.00 - $10,956.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/27/2022

Job Description and Duties

The Division of Engineering Services (DES), Geotechnical Services (GS) is looking to hire a Transportation Engineer Civil (TE Civil) in the Office of Geotechnical Design South (OGDS).

Under the direction of a Senior Transportation Engineer or Senior Engineering Geologist, the incumbent will provide technical expertise, support, and recommendations on geotechnical topics as they evolve, starting with the project planning phase and progressing through the design, construction, and operation phases of the State Transportation System. Periodic travel to the districts and field sites for periods of several days may be required. The TE Civil will conduct geotechnical studies including site exploration, direction of laboratory testing, analysis, and preparation of reports, presenting recommendations, designs, and specifications including consideration of constructibility. These studies include and are not limited to the areas of expansive soils, mechanically stabilized walls and embankments, tieback retaining walls, geotechnical earthquake engineering including earthquake response, settlement and stability of embankments, stability of earth and rock slopes, soil nail walls, and design of structure foundations (shallow and deep).

As part of employment with DES, there is a mandatory TE Civil Professional Development Rotation Program that applies to all permanent full-time TE Civils hired after January 1, 2017. Temporary relocation more than 50 miles from your permanent unit may be necessary for rotation assignments.

Incumbents should have thorough knowledge of soil mechanics principles; soil behavior under various stress paths and stress conditions; laboratory and field soil and rock testing methods and procedures; site exploration and sampling techniques and equipment; and geotechnical field instrumentation methods and practices. This knowledge is as normally acquired in graduate level course work in geotechnical engineering.

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.

You must be on the Caltrans examination list to be eligible for this position. Eligibility for hire is determined by your score on the exam. The exam is located here: This is an exam bulletin for Transportaion Engineer (Civil) (

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

Working Conditions

Position located in San Diego County

Most work is done outdoors, where incumbent is exposed to blown dust, exhaust fumes, noise, uneven surfaces, extremes of heat and cold, inclement weather. May be exposed to loud noises, dust, chemicals, extreme weather conditions, moving vehicular traffic, stressful conditions, poison oak, irritating plants, insects and animals.

The Caltrans Transportation Engineer (Civil) Rotation Program is a mandatory 24 month to 33 months rotation assignment for all permanent, full-time Transportation Engineer (Civil) employees that have completed their probationary period hired by Caltrans Districts after June 22, 2018, or an earlier date as determined by the Districts.  The purpose of Rotation Program is to provide opportunities for employees and Caltrans to benefit by participating in a standardized process that systematically engages newly hired engineers.  Participants will develop well-rounded project delivery knowledge, skills, and abilities by rotating through diverse project delivery functional units.  The Rotation Program includes mandatory core assignments in Design and Construction units, as well as a mandatory elective assignment.  Each rotation assignment is typically between 6 to 12 months and will be based on workload needs and the employee’s goals. Assignments may involve long term travel and can be located throughout the state.


In addition to the Caltrans Transportation Engineer (Civil) Rotation Program, an incumbent may be required to go on loan to another project delivery function when there are temporary or peak staffing needs in those areas.

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:
Transportation Engineer, Civil
$5,849.00 - $10,956.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
San Diego 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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Special Requirements

  • This position(s) may require medical and/or audio clearance prior to being hired.
  • The position(s) require(s) a valid Professional Engineering License (TE Civil) for Range D appointment .

  • Possession of a valid Driver’s License is required when operating a state owned or leased vehicle.

A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required. The SOQ serves as documentation of each candidate’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. The SOQ must include education, training, and experience that qualify the candidate for this position. The SOQ should be no more than 2 pages, single-spaced in 12-point font.

The SOQ should discuss your qualifications and experience related to the duties and core competencies of the duty statement for this position.

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

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: 12/27/2022

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
Caltrans 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 Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Kanchan Shahi
(916) 825-4251

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 Application 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-342725), PARF# 59-3-357, and title of the position (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/TRANSCRIPS, 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.


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