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Assistant Engineer

Effective: 10/18/05
Range S-73
Respirator Class: 3

Definition

Perform responsible, professional engineering work in the planning, design, investigation, and construction of District wastewater treatment plant, collection system, and/or related facilities.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Incumbents of this class perform moderately difficult professional engineering work in the planning, design, and/or construction of projects.  Work in this class is distinguished from that of the Staff Engineer by the greater complexity of assignments and the increased independence with which an incumbent is expected to perform assigned responsibilities.

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Receive direction from higher-level professional engineering personnel. Technical or functional supervision may also be provided by higher-level professional engineering personnel.
  • May exercise indirect supervision of staff during the course of a project.

Examples of Essential Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Perform moderately difficult professional engineering work related to the planning, design, and construction of District facilities.
  • Coordinate engineering projects between contractors, consultants, outside agencies, cities, and the District.
  • Design, write specifications, prepare plans, prepare schedules, and calculate cost estimates for a wide variety of complex engineering projects.
  • Perform in the capacity of project engineer on engineering projects
  • Perform in the capacity of assistant resident engineer on construction projects.
  • Perform contract administration work on a wide variety of complex construction and design projects.
  • Enforce District policies and appropriate state and federal laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Contact other agencies and utilities to review field problems related to the design, construction, operations, and maintenance of wastewater collection and treatment facilities.
  • Participate in the selection and direction of engineering consultants.
  • Plan and conduct studies and write clear and concise study reports with recommendations and conclusions.
  • Prepare and review change orders and progress payments on design and construction projects.
  • Perform complex engineering calculations.
  • Analyze materials and design data submitted to the District.
  • Provide engineering data and cost estimates for the District budget as assigned.
  • Coordinate support services such as survey crew, engineering technicians, and field crews.
  • Perform tests and inspections on various unit processes, systems, and equipment to assure performance, contract compliance, and equipment reliability.
  • Perform public relations on engineering and construction process.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of engineering and construction as applied to wastewater treatment, collection systems, and related facilities.
  • Methods, materials, and techniques used in the design and construction of public utilities projects.
  • Modern development, current literature, and sources of information regarding
  • Engineering theory and practices.
  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments.

Ability to:

  • Take on multiple roles during design and construction projects.
  • Work on multiple projects in design and construction concurrently.
  • Continuously analyze, identify, problem solve, and interpret engineering plans, computer applications, and engineering designs; observe, inspect, and assess others' work; interpret and explain engineering principles and practices; analyze and interpret construction contracts; and remember and understand regulations.
  • Continuously sit for long periods of time, write or use keyboard to communicate through written means, intermittently walk through project and field sites, perform simple grasping and fine manipulation, and lift or carry weight of 10 pounds or less. May be required to climb ladders and kneel to inspect. May be required to lift manhole covers weighing 50 to 80 pounds.  May be required to communicate via mobile communication device.
  • Perform complex engineering calculations and check, design, and prepare engineering plans and studies.
  • Perform design and construction contract administration and field inspection duties.
  • Understand and enforce District policies and appropriate state and federal laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Direct the work of other engineering or construction staff on an assigned project.
  • Perform physical tasks associated with planning, design, and construction projects.
  • Prepare technical engineering reports as assigned.
  • Learn and observe all appropriate safety precautions as required by the District including, but not limited to, Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders, the District's Respiratory Protection Program, and District Safety Directives.

Experience and Education

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:

  • Twenty-four months of professional engineering experience comparable to that of a Staff Engineer in the District.

Education:

  • Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major work in engineering or a closely related field.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Possession of an Engineer-In-Training certificate is desirable.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

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