Engineering Intern - Santa Ana

Employer: City of Santa Ana Public Works

20 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Job Title: Engineering Intern - Santa Ana

Job Description


The City of Santa Ana is looking for individuals who are results-oriented, possess great attitudes, demonstrate creativity and innovation, work efficiently, show a record of success and have a PASSION for public service. Having the best employees provides the best service to the community.

This is a part-time internship position. The incumbent will work an average of 19 hours per week. Work schedule is to be determined. This recruitment is open until further notice and can close at any time and without notice. 

Essential Functions Include, But Are Not Limited To:

Development: Under direction of Engineering staff: Serves residents, contractors, developers, utility companies and other constituents at the Public Works Agency counter; Prepares and modifies cost estimate spreadsheets, basic exhibits and presentations; conducts data research and field investigations; Receives and distributes plan submittals; Issues construction, transportation, utility, and other permits; Reviews site plans for basic private developments; Reviews building plans to calculate development impact fees; Prepares correspondence to permit applicants with status of plan reviews and permit issuance; Performs a variety of general office tasks; and performs other related functions as assigned.

Traffic:  Assisting engineers in traffic engineering field investigations for existing conditions and proposed projects; conducting various engineering and warrant studies, researching project records, files, and plans; preparing/modifying plans using Microstation or manual drafting; using Microsoft Office PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Access, or other tools and databases to prepare presentation materials (maps, charts, spreadsheets, etc.); data entry; and placing and retrieving radar trailers. Additional job activities may include: conducting/evaluating speed studies, pedestrian, and vehicular counts, updating records, reviewing collision data, conducting parking surveys, issuing business/resident notices, making copies, filing, working with the public, and/or work with our signal operations team and equipment; other miscellaneous duties as assigned. 
In Signal Operations, additional functions include assisting engineers in operating Traffic Management Center; maintaining local area computer network; investigating traffic signal operations and complaints; maintaining traffic signal equipment,  timing, and maintenance records; designing traffic signals, closed-circuit television, communication system, and other advanced traffic signal system elements; updating traffic signal plans manually or using CAD.
Water Resources: Under the direction of Engineering staff, assists in the collection of field data; generates technical data, organizes documents, and coordinates data transmission to others;  conducts manufacture website surveys for engineering drawings and equipment documentation;  scans, records, maintains and organizes directories;  updates and creates engineering drawings utilizing MicroStation;  assists with the preparation and distribution of reports and documents;  processes correspondence and material requisitions;  performs other functions as assigned.

CIP Engineering:  Assignments are made to support the design and/or construction phase of projects.

In the design phase and under the direction of Engineering staff, the intern assists with the preparation of engineering drawings and estimates; prepares and modifies spreadsheets, project displays, and various reports; conducts data research, field investigations, and responds to the public and other agencies; performs a variety of general office tasks; and performs other related functions as assigned.

In the construction phase and under the direction of Engineering staff, assist with the construction management of projects under the City's capital improvement program. Projects include construction of water, sewer, and storm drain lines, traffic signals, buildings, parks, street, sidewalk, drainage improvements, and other public facilities. Daily activities include spreadsheets, data research, correspondence, field investigations, preparing and distributing reports, responding to citizen and City agencies' inquiries, performing a variety of general office tasks, and working in the field assisting construction inspectors and survey crews.


Candidates shall have a strong interest in engineering; be at ease in dealing with the public and handling complaints from residents with tact and diplomacy; be detail-oriented, organized, have good time-management skills within a vibrant work environment and seek answers should none be obvious. Candidates must be flexible, have good verbal and written communication skills, computer skills and work well with others and with minimal supervision.

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Minimum Qualifications

  • Traffic: Must be currently enrolled in an UNDERGRADUATE Civil, Electrical, or Pre-Engineering curriculum with good standing (Sophomore or Junior level is preferred). NOT open to Graduate/Post-Graduate students.
  • Development/Water Resources: Must be currently enrolled in an UNDERGRADUATE Civil/Environmental/Mechanical or Pre-Engineering Program (Sophomore or Junior level is preferred.) Not open to Graduate/Post-Graduate students
  • CIP Engineering: Must be currently enrolled in an UNDERGRADUATE Civil Engineering or Construction Management Program (Sophomore and Junior level is preferred). Not open to Graduate/Post-Graduate students.
  • Must have ample knowledge of computer software such as AutoCAD and/or Microstation and Microsoft Office applications, as well as the ability to work comfortably in a Windows environment.
  • Must possess and retain a valid Class C California driver's license with good driving record
  • Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish is preferred but not required.

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