Caltrans is Hiring


Due to new legislation which will raise $5.2 billion per year for transportation, split equally between the state and local agencies, Caltrans will be hiring hundreds of engineers and other employees to achieve the expanded program. The Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG) Bargaining Unit (California state employee Bargaining Unit 9) has been meeting with Caltrans management to assist Caltrans in identifying and recruiting highly qualified candidates for Unit 9 and other classifications in the Department. PECG asked members and fee payers to let them know if they are aware of engineers or related professionals and college seniors who would be interested in applying for these newly available jobs. Caltrans will have a broad pool of highly qualified candidates to fill the available positions to achieve the expanded program.

If you or someone you know are interested in working for Caltrans – an engineer or related professional, college senior, recent graduate, or experienced practitioner –please reach out to a Unit 9 (e.g. Engineering Geologist, Water Resources Control Engineer, etc…) employee who can then pass along contact information to PECG. PECG will then assist potential candidates with the application process.

You may contact John Murphy, an Engineering Geologist with the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board and AEG Newsletter/Blog Editor, for additional information or as an interested candidate. He can be reached by email at

Just Published: Applied Geology in California

Applied Geology in California is the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) Special Publication Number 26. Previous AEG Engineering Geology  publications were: Southern California – 1992 and Northern California in 2001.   Many, many changes since then!

This new volume provides practitioners, professors, graduate students, and geotechnical engineers an insight into some of the current practice of applied geology, without being a text book.

The full color book includes a significant section on water storage (including both dams and aquifers), the investigation of existing water conveyance structures (e.g., canals, and flood control levees), and the construction of some impressive tunnels. The volume also contains several papers on the innovative use of remote sensing and geographic information systems for the assessment of subsidence, condition of water conveyance structures, and fault studies. In addition some environmental topics have received considerable attention (e.g., tracking of groundwater contamination plumes, vapor intrusion, super-fracking, and mitigation of abandoned mines).

It’s California, so we have a large section on characterization of active faults, seismicity and seismic hazards, with a focus on Coastal Southern California, its Borderlands, and the Lake Tahoe Basin.
At over 1,000 pages with 144 contributors to 49 chapters, topics covered include environmental, economic and engineering geology as it applies to California.    Example topics include:

  • Land Subsidence
  • Water Conveyance
  • Water Banking
  • Landslide mitigation
  • New rapid field analytical techniques
  • Issues with abandoned mines
  • Airborne techniques in mapping
  • Of course, extensive coverage of earthquakes and faults, their assessment, and hazard analysis throughout Southern and Northern California

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