Caltrans Fall 2023 Recruitment

Are you ready to embark on an exciting career that combines cutting-edge technology, innovation, and a profound impact on safety in our communities? Look no further than Caltrans, where we're revolutionizing the transportation industry and your career options are limitless! With over 22,000 employees we offer diverse roles ranging from civil engineering and project management to environmental planning and public outreach. Whatever your passion may be, there's a place for you here with us at Caltrans. We provide comprehensive training programs, mentorship opportunities, and a supportive work environment that encourages personal and professional growth. Check below for our Fall 2023 Transportation Engineer (Civil) opportunities!

Check out the video below to learn more about what Caltrans has to offer!

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Step 1: Create a CalCareers Account

The first step to applying for state jobs is creating your CalCareers account. Follow the easy steps below to get started!

  • Go to
  • Select Log In
  • Select Create an Account
  • Now you’re ready to Create an Application Template to apply for job postings, which makes applying to jobs even quicker!

Step 2: Confirm the Eligibility Requirements and Take an Examination

For the Transportation Engineer, Civil classification, please refer to our “Am I Eligible?” section below to ensure you meet the minimum requirements for the position and so you know which examination you need to take.

Once you know how you qualify for this position, you will need to either

  • Sign up for the Caltrans Hurdle examination
  • Take and Pass the Transportation Engineer, Civil online examination
    • You can find this examination by searching for the classification title in the Exams/Assessment Search on CalCareers

Note: If you are required to take the Caltrans Hurdle examination based on your eligibility for the position, please be sure you do not take the online exam unless directed to do so by Caltrans HR staff.

Step 3: Start Applying for Jobs!

We’ve made it even easier for you to find Caltrans Transportation Engineer, Civil jobs by including a list for you below in the “Apply for Our Jobs” tab below! Jobs are separated by county location. Please apply to each job posting you are interested in being considered for. You can also search for job vacancies by visiting and entering in the classification you’re interested in applying for!

When applying for jobs with Caltrans, be sure to do the following:

  • Read the entire job posting and job description
  • Follow all instructions on the job posting(s)
  • Submit your application to all jobs that interest you!

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Please apply to ALL relevant job controls you are interested in below:

All application periods below close on October 13, 2023 unless otherwise noted.

Alameda (District 4) -Construction | JC392229

Alameda (District 4) -Construction | JC392375

Alameda (District 4) - Design | JC392212

Alameda (District 4) - PPM East | JC392334

Humboldt (District 1) - Maintenance Engineering | JC392153

Humboldt (District 1) - Advanced Planning | JC391912

Sacramento (Headquarters) - Design, Bridge Design | JC392342

Sacramento (Headquarters) | JC391860

Shasta (District 2) - Various | JC391946

Statewide (California) - Design Structure Construction | JC391009 

Statewide (California) - Marysville, Various | JC389474

Statewide (California) - Oakland, Construction | JC391475

Statewide (California) - Stockton, Construction | JC391041

San Joaquin (District 10) - PPM | JC390560

All application periods below close October 13, 2023 unless otherwise noted.

Fresno (District 6) - Various  | JC392329

Inyo (District 9) - Various | JC391830

Los Angeles (District 7) - Various | JC392113

Los Angeles (District 7) - Various | JC392102

Monterey (District 5) - Construction | JC391925 (Closes 10/20/23)

Orange (District 12) - Design | JC391957

Riverside (District 8) - Various | JC391732

San Bernardino (District 8) - Various | JC391720

San Diego (District 11) - Various | JC391474

San Diego (District 11) | JC393630

San Luis Obispo (District 5) - Construction| JC391841 (Closes 10/20/23)

San Luis Obispo (District 5) - PD/Design | JC391962 (Closes 10/20/23)

Santa Barbara (District 5) - Construction | JC391914 (Closes 10/20/23)

Santa Cruz (District 5) - Construction | JC391933 (Closes 10/20/23)

Statewide (California) - Design, Structure Construction | JC391009

Statewide (California) - Stockton, Construction | JC391041


Not interested in an engineering job?  Check out our other vacancies here! Or apply to a student opening here!


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To qualify for a Transportation Engineer (Civil) position, you must 1) Meet one of the following eligibility requirements below and 2) Take and pass the necessary examination or hurdle associated with your eligibility type.

A four-year curriculum in civil engineering accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology.  Possession of a valid certificate as an Engineer-in-Training issues by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, or issues by another jurisdiction and accepted by the California Board in lieu of the first division of the examination as an engineer may be substituted for the required education.


If you meet the above criteria, click the following link to take the Transportation Engineer (Civil) Examination.

Possession of equivalent qualifications may be demonstrated by graduation from an engineering curriculum which includes the basic engineering courses normally covered in a standard four-year engineering curriculum, and by qualifying in a written examination covering basic engineering. 


Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications under Pattern II for the Transportation Engineer (CIVIL) classification must take and pass the TEC  Written Hurdle before taking the TEC online examination.  If you meet the minimum qualifications for Pattern II, you must submit the following documents to the below inbox to be evaluated for qualifications for the written hurdle.

1. STD. 678 State Application

2. Copy of college transcripts

3. NACES evaluation (if applicable, for international degrees only) 


Please Note: Scheduling for the TEC written hurdle may take several weeks, however, the Office of Examinations who manages the TEC written hurdle are aware of the turnaround times for hires associated with the Fall Mass Hire Events. 

A master's or doctorate degree in a civil engineering curriculum from a college or university that has a baccalaureate degree program in a civil engineering curriculum which is accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering Technology (ABET).


If you meet the above criteria, click the following link to take the Transportation Engineer (Civil) Examination.

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Caltrans offers excellent benefits, including but not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Sick Leave, Vacations, Holidays
  • Flexible Schedules (Telework)
  • Engineer & Job Rotation Programs
  • Trainings and Upward Mobility
  • Mentorship and Career Counseling
  • Retirement Plans, 401k & 457(b)

Click HERE to learn more about benefits with Caltrans!

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