Staff Engineer I

NCE is looking for civil engineers ready to join the talented and diverse infrastructure group in our Fountain Valley, CA office. Our team gets the satisfaction of improving many of the communities we live and work with throughout the Southern California region from designing safer and more reliable roadways, improving multi-modal access for bicycle, pedestrian, ADA access, incorporating green infrastructure and improving water quality, to design with sustainable materials that promote recycling of materials and diversion away from landfills. This includes a broad variety of infrastructure projects throughout Southern California and region including complete streets, pathways, park and recreation areas, creeks and ecological restoration, utilities, stormwater and drainage, water quality, green infrastructure, and many more.

What does the day-to-day look like? Staff Engineer I is vital to our organization and is responsible for welldefined, field and office tasks (technical and nontechnical), and analysis with supervision and guidance. This can include a variety of tasks from design layout, developing design details, construction cost estimating, researching materials and approaches, contacting sub-consultants and vendors, coordinating with outside stakeholders, performing field work and data collection, and writing technical reports.

With NCE, a Staff Engineer I is encouraged and supported to innovate, investigate, discover, and learn. NCE fosters a collaborative work environment and provides avenues which encourage sharing knowledge, experiences, and new and creative ideas. Through this role, a Staff Engineer I is able to grow their skillset and variety of experiences to advance their career.


  • Completes field data collection with tablets and GPS units to spatially locate attributes and record geometric information.
  • Prepares base maps layout sheets.
  • Completes design in latest versions of AutoCAD and Civil 3D.
  • Writes field reports, internal correspondence, sections of formal reports.
  • May be assigned field construction responsibilities.
  • Follows company safety standards, site safety standards, and all permitting requirements.
  • Contacts vendors; research literature, standard design guides, and regulatory requirements under supervision; prepares draft designs.
  • Conducts earthwork calculations; geometric design; performs routine design work, preliminary analysis, and layout.
  • Performs routine construction cost estimates.
  • Writes sections of technical specifications

Qualifications (Must Have):

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (or Master’s degree) in civil engineering or related technical field
  • A valid driver’s license is required.
  • If the job requires work on hazardous waste sites, in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.120 or state equivalent, a physical exam is required to obtain medical clearance.
  • Flexibility to work outside normal business hours, as required.
  • Experience with design and drafting software for engineers
  • Good written communication skills

Qualifications (Nice to Have):

  • One (1) year professional consulting experience
  • Passed Fundamental of Engineering (F.E.) Exam

Working Conditions:

  • May require field work (e.g., construction equipment and sites, roadway, drilling coring rigs, remote locations, contaminated sites)

Salary range: $67,000 to $75,000 depending on experience.

Qualified candidates should submit their resume and cover letter below. For questions regarding your application please email

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