Job Posting: Transportation Engineer

Department of Transportation

Transportation Engineer

$6,175.00 - $11,567.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 5/3/2024

Job Description and Duties

Under the direction and supervision of a Senior Transportation Engineer, the Transportation Engineer performs activities requiring engineering knowledge and management skills for the preparation of plans, specifications, estimates, written documents, presentations, and other related work for transportation projects. The main purpose of the duties is to be a premier engineering team delivering transportation projects for our project stakeholders and regional partners. In addition to the Department's values, we consider safety, efficiency, cost, quality, sustainability, environmental protection, aesthetics, and community values in all of the products we design. Ensures during the development of projects, the consideration, and when appropriate, the implementation of Smart Mobility and Complete Streets components, towards the Department's Mission to provide safe, sustainable, integrated, and efficient transportation systems to enhance California's economy and livability. Incumbent may be assigned by Supervisor to be a Lead-worker to train, direct, and manage the work of other staff within assigned branch. As incumbent progresses in experience, assignments will increase from average to high difficulty. Transportation Engineer (Civil) Range D requires registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of California.

PARF 05-4-239 / JC - 420618

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.

Eligibility for hire may be determined by your score on the Caltrans examination list. For those who do not have current eligibility (e.g. transfer, permissive reinstatement or voluntary demotions) and/or who will be new to state civil services employment, you must be on the state examination list to be eligible for these positions. The exam is located here:

This position may be eligible for telework. The amount of telework is at the discretion of the Department and based on Caltrans’s current telework policy. While Caltrans supports telework, in-person attendance may be required based on operational needs. Employees are expected to be able to report to their worksite with minimal notification if an urgent need arises. The selected candidate may be required to conduct business travel on behalf of the Department or commute to the headquartered location. Business travel reimbursements considers an employee’s designated Headquarters Location, primary residence, and may be subject to CalHR regulations or applicable bargaining unit contract provisions. All commute expenses to the headquartered location will be the responsibility of the selected candidate.

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.

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

Working Conditions

Multiple positions located in San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County.

The majority of the work performed while in office assignments will be in a climate-controlled office environment and within a work cubical or work area under artificial lighting. Field assignments may have exposure to moving vehicles, fog, field work, earthwork, paving operations, weather conditions, equipment, machinery, heat, cold, dust, gas, fumes, outdoor conditions, humidity, uneven ground, heights, and high decibels of noise.Overtime may be required, and vacation restricted during peak times and fiscal year-end closing. One-day, overnight trips, or extended travel may be required. The typical office working hours are between 7:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 40 hours per week.  Part-time telework may be available. May be required to go on loan or rotation to other units (i.e. Construction, Maintenance, Permits, Traffic, Office Engineer, PJD, etc.) based on workload needs.

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
$6,175.00 - $7,363.00 A
$7,071.00 - $8,848.00 B
$8,468.00 - $10,595.00 C
$9,244.00 - $11,567.00 D
# of Positions:
Work Location:
San Luis Obispo 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. 

Department Website: 

Frequently Asked Questions for an Applicant:   

Director’s EEO Policy:

Director’s EEO Policy Statement:

Special Requirements

  • Appointment to Range D requires a valid Professional Engineering License (Civil) issued by the California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.  For all other ranges, a PE license is not required.  

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

Possession of Minimum Qualifications will be verified prior to interview and/or appointment.  If you are basing your eligibility on education, you must include your unofficial transcript(s)/diploma for verification.  Unofficial, original, or official sealed transcripts will be accepted and may be required upon appointment.  Applicants with foreign transcripts/degrees must provide a transcript/degree U.S. equivalency report evaluation that indicates the number of units and degree to which the foreign coursework is equivalent.  Here is a list of evaluation agencies: Please redact birthdates and social security numbers.  

For clarification on the education requirement of the minimum qualifications, please reach out to the Human Resources Contact prior to taking the online Training and Experience Evaluation. For a list of ABET accredited schools, please refer to this link: Find Programs | ABET.

    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: 5/3/2024

    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 DHR 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 DHR 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.
    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:
    Christina Sneekes
    (805) 721-2277

    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-420618, PARF# 05-4-239, 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/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. Do not include any confidential information on any documents you submit for this job vacancy, such as your state application, resume, or educational transcripts.  Confidential information that should be excluded or removed from these documents includes, but is not limited to, your Social Security Number, birth date, driver’s license number, examination results, LEAP status, marital status, and age.  The job application packet checklist is not required to apply for this position.  Failure to follow these instructions may result in your application not being considered for this position.

    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.