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Senior Engineer

Effective: 10/18/05
Range: S-83
Respirator Class:
Operations: 2
Engineering: 3

Definition

Supervise and participate in the conduct of complicated engineering or operations planning, design, construction and investigation activities and projects; provide responsible staff assistance.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Work of this class involves the leadership, direction, and supervision of professional and technical personnel. Assignments are general and of a continuing nature, requiring the exercise of independent judgment and initiative in scheduling, assigning, and coordinating work, and responsibility for multidisciplinary programs. Incumbents are also expected to perform the most complex professional engineering work requiring a substantial level of professional training and experience and to supervise other professional level staff.

The use of respiratory equipment [including self-contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A.)] may be required for this position. Therefore, the Senior Engineer assigned to the Plant Operations Division will be required to be free of facial hair that would interfere with the use of a respirator 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 Senior Engineers assigned to the Engineering Department are exempt from the shave on demand requirement.

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Receive general direction from higher-level management personnel.
  • Exercise direct and indirect supervision over professional and technical personnel.

Examples of Essential Duties

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

  • Supervise the development of designs, plans, estimates, and/or the implementation of contracts for the construction and improvement of wastewater treatment plant or collection system facilities.
  • Supervise a variety of engineering project functions, programs, and staff simultaneously.
  • Arrange for the services of consultants and oversee their work.
  • Provide supervision for one or more project managers and other assigned personnel.
  • Inspect project sites to assist in solution of difficult problems; ensure quality control, safety, and compliance with contract documents on construction contracts; interpret specifications and District policy; negotiate contracts; and approve change orders.
  • Review plans for construction prepared by private engineers; negotiate and administer engineering consultant contracts.
  • Check computations and specified materials for accuracy and conformance with regulations.
  • Coordinate the preparation of standard agreements and specifications and policies and procedures.
  • Direct construction contracts; resolve claims.
  • Supervise, review, and participate in the preparation of environmental assessments and studies.
  • Coordinate project issues as necessary with District counsel.
  • Prepare and make presentations to management, the Board, other agencies, and the public; represent the District in meetings with the public and staff from other agencies.
  • Ensure that plant processes and products are in compliance with environmental and health requirements.
  • Prepare periodic project status reports.
  • Initiate and conduct engineering planning studies to identify District facility needs.
  • Review and make recommendations on technical reports and studies.
  • Prepare the capital improvement plan and budget.
  • Select and supervise private professional engineers and technical support for the development of studies reports and the management of construction contracts.
  • Coordinate engineering related activities with other District departments, divisions, sections, and with outside agencies.
  • Oversee and participate in the preparation of various applications for state and federal-funded projects; oversee the administration of funded projects once approved.
  • Prepare and administer operating budget.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate professional and technical subordinates.
  • Provide technical support for the Operation groups.
  • 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 and methods and the range of equipment used in their application.
  • Modern developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding the assigned area of engineering.
  • Practices and procedures used in budget preparation and administration.
  • 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.
  • Methods, techniques, and procedures used in engineering project and construction management.
  • Contract administration practices and principles as they relate to District construction work including development of bid specifications, evaluation of bids, contract monitoring, and negotiation procedures.
  • Plant and collection system construction inspection and its relationship to District projects.
  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments.
  • General accounting principles and practices as they relate to capital financing and budgeting.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis analyze engineering data and projects, identify potential problems and solutions, interpret contracts and specifications, observe others' work, problem solve technical engineering and construction activities, explain engineering concepts and District policies and procedures. Intermittently know and understand processes.
  • Sit at a desk and in meetings for long periods of time on a continuous basis, and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means. Intermittently walk around while inspecting construction sites or plant equipment, crawl in trenches or excavations, perform simple grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation, and lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less. May be required to bend, squat, climb, kneel, and twist to inspect equipment, depending upon assignment. May be required to communicate via mobile communication device.
  • Make complex engineering computations and check, design, and supervise the construction of a wide variety of District facilities.
  • Prepare technical reports, budget projections, and other administration documents.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Function as a project manager for large engineering projects as assigned.
  • Professionally represent the District in meetings with the public and staff from outside agencies.
  • Train and supervise assigned personnel.
  • 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 (POD assignment):

  • 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:

Experience:

  • Two years of experience comparable to that of an Associate Engineer in the District.

Education:

  • Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major work in an engineering discipline related to the area of assignment.

License and Certifications:

  • Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as a professional engineer issued by the State of California.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.

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