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Staff Engineer

Effective: 10/18/05
Range S-67
Respirator Class: 3


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

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is the entry-level class in the professional engineering series. Incumbents perform less complex office and field engineering work under general supervision in preparation for advancement to the next higher level of Assistant Engineer. After successful completion of twenty-four months as a Staff Engineer and with a passing score on an examination, the Staff Engineer will be promoted to an Assistant Engineer.

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Receive general supervision from a higher-level professional engineer. Technical or functional supervision may also be provided by higher-level professional engineering positions.
  • May exercise indirect supervision of technical engineering positions, as assigned.

Examples of Essential Duties

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

  • Assist in the conduct of detailed and sophisticated studies to define and solve engineering problems.
  • Perform complex engineering calculations.
  • Write specifications, prepare plans, and calculate cost estimates for smaller engineering projects.
  • Perform field inspections of engineering projects as assigned.
  • Perform engineering analysis and calculations using the Engineering Department's computer facilities.
  • Prepare clear and concise technical reports.
  • Perform related duties as required.
  • Enforce District policies and appropriate state and federal laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Perform plan and shop drawing reviews to ensure contractor compliance with District specifications.
  • Respond to citizen complaints concerning engineering problems.
  • Analyze design data submitted to the District.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of engineering as generally applied to sanitary systems.
  • Methods, materials, and techniques used in the construction of public utilities projects.
  • Modern developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding engineering theory and practices.
  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis analyze engineering problems and flow rates; identify items in the field and problems; interpret contract documents and lab results; problem solve how to update equipment; remember when and where equipment was installed; understand supervisor's directions; and explain lab results.
  • Sit at a desk for long periods of time on a continuous basis; walk to and from field locations; perform simple grasping, pushing, pulling; 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 communicate via mobile communication device.
  • Make complex engineering computations and check, design, and prepare engineering plans, studies, profiles, and maps.
  • Enforce District policies and appropriate state and federal laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Learn and observe all appropriate safety precautions as required by the District including, but not limited to, Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders and the District's Respiratory Protection Program.

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:


  • None required.


  • 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 California Driver's License.
  • Possession of an Engineer-In-Training Certificate is desirable prior to promotion to Assistant Engineer.

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