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Civil Engineer II - Public Works

  • Job reference: NA-001271
  • Sector: Infrastructure
  • Location: San Diego
Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. We build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas.

We work together across an international network of offices. This means that wherever in the world a project is being delivered, our clients benefit from industry-leading expertise, as well as a dedicated local contact. We understand the importance of having deep roots in the community; knowing and understanding local requirements, practices and culture. This allows us to be true collaborative partners with our clients, so that together, we can tackle complex projects and enhance communities throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Want to work for a company who values passion, doing the right thing, putting clients first and working collaboratively to provide excellence in all they do? Take heart, you'll find it here.

Atkins is seeking an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our San Diego, California Office as an Civil Engineer II-Public Works. The Civil Engineer II will support staff performing work for public works agencies, and water and wastewater clients in the greater Orange County area, including planning and civil engineering design related to public works, water and wastewater infrastructure.

  • Under supervision, the Civil Engineer II will have opportunities to apply and develop his/her technical professional proficiencies to the investigation of engineering problems, supporting the coordination of project activities, and in the preparation of preliminary plans and documents. 
  • On design assignments, the Civil Engineer II will progress towards learning how to clearly convey the design intent through engineering drawings and specifications. On engineering and planning assignments, continue to develop a knowledge of the fundamentals of engineering processes and to apply them successfully to operating systems while on construction assignments, continue to develop an understanding of construction methods and the translation of engineering plans and specifications into a constructed product. 


  • Has a good understanding of local design standards and criteria related to roadways, sanitary sewers, water distribution systems, storm sewers, site grading, hydrology and stormwater management, and erosion and sediment control.
  • Design and development of plans and drawings, including development of preliminary layouts and/or final drawings
  • Organization and performance of engineering investigations and planning work 
  • Outlining and preparing reports or sections of reports, working under the review of a more experienced professional
  • Providing engineering services during construction activities by reviewing shop drawings for conformance with specifications 
  • Preparing records and progress reports defining construction progress; 
  • Observing construction procedures under the guidance of a more experienced professional. 
  • Evaluating the results from quality control testing.
  • Researching feasibility of alternative design approaches, site conditions, and regulatory agency specifications.
  • Performing hydrology calculations for drainage assessment and for inclusion in reports
  • Contributing to the development of specifications and permit applications, and writing miscellaneous reports.
  • Preparing preliminary man-hour, cost and material quantity estimates.
  • Participating in quality control checks, maintaining quality standards in all work produced, checking computations, and/or reviewing designs and drawings performed by others.
  • Coordinating with other disciplines as required.
  • Performing field observations of construction where appropriate.
  • Performing such other duties as the supervisor may from time to time deem necessary. 
  • Upholding engineering ethics and professional standards of conduct


  • B.S. or M.S. in Engineering. This level may be achieved by Engineers with 2-4 years’ experience since B.S. or 1-3 years since M.S. The typical incumbent has 3 to 5 years’ experience since Bachelor's degree.

  • Good interpersonal skills, technical writing capabilities and well developed communication skills are a requirement. PC skills including Microsoft Office and AutoCAD are required. Experience with Civil 3D, Revit and/or Microstation a plus. 

  • Engineer In Training (EIT) required

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

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