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Associate Engineer

Effective: 10/18/05
Range: S-79
Respirator Class:
Operations: 2
Engineering: 3


Perform responsible, professional engineering work in the planning, design, investigation, and construction of District wastewater treatment plant, collection system, and related facilities; perform project management responsibilities during an engineering project; perform line supervisory duties in the operation of an assigned District function.

Distinguishing Characteristics

An Associate Engineer works under direction and is expected to complete complex engineering assignments requiring the use of judgment and initiative in developing solutions to problems, interpreting general policies, and determining work assignments.  Work in this class is distinguished from that of the Assistant Engineer class by the greater complexity of the assignments received, by the greater independence with which an incumbent is expected to operate, and by the possession of a Certificate of Registration as a professional engineer in the State of California.  In addition, positions assigned to the class of Associate Engineer may be responsible for project management during the course of an engineering project and/or for line supervision over a permanent engineering-related District function.

The use of respiratory equipment (including self-contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A.)) may be required for this position.  Therefore, the Associate Engineer assigned to the Operations Department will be required to be free of facial hair that would interfere with the use of respirators for annual fit tests and for any occasion, which requires the use of respiratory equipment to comply with the District's respiratory program and Cal/OSHA standards.  The Associate Engineers assigned to the Engineering Department are exempt from the shave on demand requirement. 

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Receive direction from higher level professional or management personnel.
  • May exercise direct or indirect supervision over other District personnel.

Examples of Essential Duties

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

  • Design or supervise the design and preparation of plans, contract documents and specifications for a variety of District engineering projects involving the wastewater treatment plant, pumping stations, collection systems, or related facilities.
  • Negotiate and administer contracts for a variety of routine and complex consulting engineering projects; schedule and approve progress payments; monitor and review progress.
  • Check computations and specified materials for accuracy and conformance with project documents and professional standards.
  • Review and manage multiple District construction projects in progress, review progress and schedules, interpret specifications and District policy, analyze and resolve complex problems that may arise, provide direction to contractors on construction projects, and negotiate, recommend and approve contract change orders as necessary.
  • Prepare and review cost estimates and engineering calculations.
  • As assigned, oversee and supervise Right of Way/Plan Review functions: provide information to the public relating to real property, easements, annexation and review, negotiate and approve easement documents, property agreements, and annexations.  Provide review and approvals of design drawings submitted by engineers for developer sponsored sewer projects.  Manage and coordinate assessment district formation.  Administer the collection and rebate of District fees for sewer connections. 
  • Supervise professional engineering and technical staff; assign and review work; conduct performance evaluations.
  • Prepare engineering reports and engineering-related matters for presentation to District Board; make recommendations for Board action. 
  • Prepare and make articulate and effective presentations to management, the Board, other agencies, and the public; represent the District in meetings with the public and staff from other agencies.
  • Assist in the planning and administration of the capital improvement budget. 
  • Coordinate engineering related activities with other District departments, divisions, and sections, public agencies, engineering consultants, and individuals.
  • Represent the District in meetings with local, state, and federal officials, and the public.
  • Review and check engineering plans for District projects prepared by consultants for conformance with District standards and specifications.
  • Enforce District policies and appropriate state and federal laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Develop revised design and construction standards for District operated and maintained structures and appurtenances.
  • Prepare estimates and feasibility reports for new or modified services and structures.
  • Prepare special engineering studies and reports. Review and make recommendations on technical studies and reports.
  • Perform value engineering.
  • Perform Resident Engineer duties for District projects including stamping project documents.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of engineering as applied to wastewater treatment plant and collection systems. Depending upon assignment may require civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, or instrumentation engineering knowledge.
  • Modern methods and techniques used in the design and construction of a wide variety of public utilities engineering projects.
  • Process control principles, methods, and equipment.
  • Modern developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding the assigned area of engineering.
  • Applicable laws and regulatory codes relevant to wastewater system design, construction, and plant operation of wastewater treatment facilities, equipment, and systems.
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of supervision.
  • Contract administration practices and principles as they relate to construction work including development of bid specifications, evaluation of bids, contract monitoring, and negotiation procedures.
  • Plant and collection system construction inspection.
  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments.

Ability to:

  • Continuously analyze, identify, and interpret engineering plans and data; problem solve technical problems and prepare recommendations and solutions, observe others' work, know and understand regulations, and remember and explain procedures.
  • Sit for long periods of time, write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means, walk through project and field sites, perform simple grasping and fine manipulation, and lift or carry weight of 10 pounds or less; and for confined space entry, lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less.  May be required to lift manhole covers weighing 50 to 80 pounds.  May be required to communicate via mobile communication device.
  • Make complex engineering computations and check, design, and supervise the preparation of engineering plans and studies.
  • Enforce District policies and appropriate state and federal laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Perform project management responsibilities on routine and complex engineering projects.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.  
  • Perform complex engineering work with a minimum of supervision.
  • As assigned, supervise subordinate staff assigned to a major District function.
  • 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.

Special Physical Requirements:

  • May be required to enter confined space and/or respond in an emergency.  When required to wear respiratory protection equipment, must be able to wear S.C.B.A. and perform confined space entry and emergency response duties in protective clothing and equipment including S.C.B.A. weighing 32 pounds.

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:


  • Five years of experience in professional engineering, preferably in District engineering projects.


  • 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 a valid Certificate of Registration as a professional engineer issued by the State of California.
  • The Associate Engineer assigned to the section in the Engineering Department that is responsible for review and preparation of right of way maps and descriptions must be either a civil engineer registered in the State of California prior to January 1, 1982, who is therefore authorized to practice land surveying, or a registered civil engineer and possess a Professional Land Surveyor’s License issued by the State of California.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

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