Senior Drafting Aide

County of San Diego
$57,075 - $68,972 Per year CA San Diego Public Utilities Department, 9192 Topaz Way, San Diego, CA 92123, United States



See NOTE(S) below for future wage increases and/or additional compensation opportunities.

Senior Drafting Aide positions prepare and/or digitize a variety of complex engineering drawings; utilize Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) or Geographic Information System (GIS) applications to create designs, maps, drawings, and reduce field notes; computer grades; prepare cross-sections, profiles, specifications, visual displays, maps, and charts; draft precise maps for land use, master plans, rights-of-way, and final zoning; combine maps on one scale; make architectural and structural drawings; prepare, check, and interpret legal descriptions; research, investigate, and delineate boundary lines; construct architectural and topographic models; prepare artwork for photography; interpret rules and regulations; may train and evaluate subordinates; and perform other duties as assigned.

  • Employees in job classifications represented by Municipal Employees Association (MEA) are scheduled to receive the following general wage increases:

    4% effective 7/1/24

    2% effective 1/1/25

    5% effective 7/1/25

  • Eligible benefitted employees originally hired on or after July 10, 2021, will be automatically enrolled in the San Diego City Employees Retirement System (SDCERS).


You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated.
EXPERIENCE: Two years of full-time experience preparing and/or digitizing engineering plans and/or maps to scale. Qualifying experience MUST include assisting professional staff (Architect, Engineer, Surveyor, GIS or Information Systems personnel) responsible for plan and/or map development.

  • Successful completion of a college-level Drafting Technology or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate Program, an Associate's Degree or higher in Architecture, Drafting Technology, Geographic Information Systems or a closely related field may be substituted for a MAXIMUM of one year of the required experience.
  • Successful completion of high school, trade school or college-level Drafting or Geographic Information Systems course work may be substituted for a MAXIMUM of six months of the required experience (one class = one month experience.)
  • City of San Diego employees using Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA) experience to qualify must submit written documentation signed by their appointing authority or payroll specialist, detailing the work performed, dates, and total number of qualifying OCA hours. OCA experience without the required documentation will NOT be considered.
LICENSE:  A valid California Class C Driver License may be required at the time of hire.
  • Training, education and/or experience in Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) and/or Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Proof of degree/transcripts or certificate, if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.
  • Transcripts showing completion of course work, if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.
  • For City of San Diego employees, proof of Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA), if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.

Required documents should be attached electronically to your application. If you are unable to attach at the time of application submittal, you must submit them as soon as possible via fax: (619) 533-3337; or to the Employment Information Center: City of San Diego Personnel Department, 1200 Third Avenue - Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101. Include your name and the title of the position for which you are applying.


Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental questions will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system.  If you are successful in this initial screening process, your application will be reviewed for applicable education, experience, and/or training to ensure all minimum requirements have been met. Successful candidates will be placed on a list which will be used to fill position vacancies during the next six months (180 days).  For each vacancy, only those candidates with the most appropriate qualifications will be contacted by the hiring department for an interview.


PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS: Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes applicable to this position, which may include the following: confirmation of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review and exam (which may include drug and alcohol testing); reference checks; and fingerprinting. Fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes, including a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All screening processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test result for alcohol, cannabis/marijuana, illegal drugs, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, or misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening or selection process, may constitute cause for disqualification or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an express or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego. Candidates must notify the Personnel Department of any change in their name, mailing address, email address, or phone number, otherwise they may miss employment opportunities.

Rev. 10 – April 12, 2024 (New Recruitment Date)