Assistant Resident Engineer

PACIFIC is seeking Assistant Resident Engineers in Southern California. The primary projects are Caltrans highway projects and Caltrans transportation facilities.

Region: Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego Counties)

Status: Full-time

Primary Responsibilities

The primary duties of an Assistant Resident Engineer are

  • Assist the Resident Engineer in all aspects of required field and office engineering work including, but not limited to the following: inspection of non-structural construction operations; inspection of traffic control system compliance; contract change order (CCO) preparation, review, and analysis; and Water Pollution Control Program (Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan) enforcement, coordination of construction staking and surveying, responding to Request for Information (RFI)
  • Review, inspect, and approve traffic control systems, including lane closures, in accordance with Caltrans’ standards and requirements.
  • Perform daily field inspection of roadway construction to ensure compliance with approved plans and specifications.
  • Prepare daily inspection reports based on the on-site construction activities.
  • Read and interpret plans, specifications and other complex construction documents.
  • Review submittals including shop drawings, product data, test samples, construction work plans
  • Coordinate sampling and testing of construction materials.
  • Ensure approved materials are received and correctly incorporated within the project.
  • Monitor, coordinate and enforce construction compliance with contract documents, safety regulations and environmental documents.
  • Identify non-compliant work and takes appropriate action to bring back into compliance
  • Immediately report critical issues and/or possible delays to supervisor
  • Monitor and document all construction equipment, personnel and activities.
  • Assist Resident Engineer with documenting the project progress
  • Perform calculations from the plans verifying location, grade, line, and depth of various elements
  • Ensure all changes and/or modifications are noted on the final plans
  • Facilitate safety meetings and other team meetings.
  • Communicate and coordinate effectively with various contractors, entities, clients, and regulatory agencies
  • Perform constructability review of design plans

Required Qualifications

  • US Employment Authorization
  • A Bachelor’s Degree (or Higher) in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Structural Engineering or relevant majors (ABET Accredited).
  • Possession of a valid certificate as an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) issued by the California State Board of Registration for  Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists, or issued by another jurisdiction and accepted by the California Board
  • 2+ years of documented progressively responsible experience in roadway inspection of highways or major public works projects, serving as an Assistant Resident Engineer, Assistant Structure Representative, Construction QA Inspector, or equivalent
  • A valid Driver’s License and compliance with PACIFIC’s Vehicle Policy.
  • Pre-employment drug test. Also, subject to drug and alcohol testing during the course of employment in accordance with PACIFIC’s Drug, Alcohol and Illegal Items Policy.
  • Flexible to work alternative shifts including weekends and nights
  • Ability to perform constructability review of design plans
  • Knowledge of industry safety practices and OSHA safety regulations
  • Effective with personal time management and multi-tasking.
  • Ability to work in outdoor field construction sites, and office include sitting for periods of time.
  • Knowledge and experience with equipment used in roadway construction inspection, surveying, field testing of construction materials, and construction office engineering.
  • Knowledge of computers, computer applications, and computer software programs such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and others); Critical Path Method (CPM) software such as Primavera Project Planner (P3, P6) and SureTrak, or any updated version, as a minimum; Scheduler Analyzer Pro; and Microsoft Project.
  • Knowledge and experience with principles of effective communication and supervision.
  • Knowledge and experience with monitoring labor compliance.
  • Knowledge of subcontracting laws and policies.
  • Knowledge and experience with the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP) and the General Permit.
  • Knowledge of Caltrans Standard Plans, Standard Specifications, and Construction Manual.
  • Experience in assisting in preparation of Resident Engineers for the Dispute Review Board (DRB) position papers and meetings.
  • Experience in assisting Resident Engineers to respond to preliminary claim findings and preparation for Dispute Review Board (DRB)
  • Experience in preparation of Claims files, documents and reports.

Preferred Qualifications

  • California PE
  • Previous hands-on experience working with projects on Caltrans Right-of-Way
  • Ability to use the common Caltrans bridge construction manuals: Construction Manual, Prestress Manual, Falsework Manual, and Foundation Manual.
  • Ability to write reports and memos
  • Design Build experience
  • Professional certifications by recognized inspection agencies (ACI, QSP, Caltrans, etc.) for applicable CTMs, ASTMs and/or ACI procedures and take samples and perform field-controlled tests of construction materials for quality assurance
  • Background clearance to perform work on or near the rail system.


PACIFIC is a privately-owned company specializing in construction engineering, inspection and project management in public works, focusing on heavy civil construction and transportation projects. PACIFIC offers competitive salary and benefits, including Paid Time Off (PTO), paid holidays, medical, dental,  fitness club, and more. PACIFIC policies, procedures and culture are in line with PACIFIC core values: client focus, excellence and professionalism. PACIFIC gives a high priority to employees’ safety and training.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this position with PACIFIC, please feel free to email your resume to [email protected]. Cover letter is optional, but preferred.