Assistant/Associate Engineer

Union Sanitary District | Union City, CA

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Posted Date 10/01/2019

$105,117 - $137,966 Assistant Engineer
$117,935 - $154,790 Associate Engineer

If you are looking for a place to grow and develop your skills, have the opportunity to do meaningful work and serve your community, come see why USD employees have an average tenure of 10+ years. USD offers careers with a great work/life balance. We are extremely proud of our diverse workforce of professionals. We currently have an opportunity for an Assistant or Associate Engineer to join our Capital Improvements Projects (CIP) Team. This fully-benefited position is for a long-term, limited duration which is expected to be 7-10 years.

Union Sanitary District (USD) is an award-winning, innovative independent special district formed in 1918 providing wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal services to the residents and businesses in the Tri-cities of Fremont, Newark, and Union City in southern Alameda County (south-eastern Bay Area). USD is committed to providing exceptional service to our customers through the fulfillment of our Mission Statement, "To safely and responsibly collect and treat wastewater, and to recover resources from process waste streams, while protecting human health and improving the environment in a way that benefits the Tri-Cities and all USD stakeholders."

USD is seeking an energetic, results-oriented engineer for project management of a broad variety of challenging treatment and collections projects. Examples of upcoming projects include: Primary Digester Rehabilitation, Chemical Pumps and Piping Replacement, Aeration Blower No. 11, and Waste Activated Sludge Thickeners. The primary responsibility of the Assistant or the Associate Engineer will be to serve as project engineer or project manager in the administration of feasibility studies and designs and/or construction projects for District treatment and collection facilities.

The District has one vacancy that can be filled at either the Assistant or Associate Engineer level.

Typical Project Engineer/Project Manager Duties Include:

  • Responsibility for engineering projects from conception through facility start-up.
  • Preparation of complex engineering studies and in-house designs and bid documents for small projects.
  • Coordination of District, consultant and contractor activities during construction.
  • Construction management and inspection.
  • Resolution of disputes and negotiation of change orders during construction.
  • Management of consultant contracts and management of project budgets, schedules, and work products.
  • Quality control review of consultant reports, plans and specifications.
  • Coordination with local agencies and utility companies for construction permits.
  • Participation in the selection of consultants.

Required Qualifications:
Any combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities indicated below. A typical way of gaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities is:

  • Bachelor's degree (ABET accredited) in Civil, Mechanical or Environmental Engineering and registration as a Professional Engineer at the Associate level; EIT certification at the Assistant level.
  • Assistant Engineer: At least two years of experience in the planning, design and/or construction of wastewater facilities, such as pump stations, wastewater treatment plant, and/or pipeline projects.
  • Associate Engineer: A minimum of four years of experience in the planning, design and/or construction of wastewater facilities, such as pump stations, wastewater treatment plant, and/or pipeline projects.

The Ideal Candidate Will Demonstrate:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • The ability to work tactfully and effectively with District staff, consultants, contractors, and representatives of other agencies.
  • Knowledge of wastewater engineering and the ability to understand problems, analyze alternatives, and make sound decisions.
  • Efficiency in managing public works projects.
  • Strong organizational abilities to plan, organize and coordinate a variety of engineering projects.
  • Proven ability to learn quickly and effectively (Assistant Engineer).

Excellent Benefits
We also offer an excellent benefits package including:

  • CalPERS retirement 2.5% at 55 formula. (If new to CalPERS or not from an agency with reciprocity with CalPERS, the formula is 2% at 62 by pension reform law.)
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance substantially paid for by the District for the employee and family.
  • Two weeks' vacation per year (increasing with longevity), 40 hours Management Administrative Leave per year (pro-rated first year), and 13 paid holidays per year.
  • STD, LTD and Life Insurance paid by the District.
  • Alternative Work Week Schedule.
  • Educational Reimbursement, Student and Computer Loan programs for non-probationary employees.
  • Deferred compensation matching up to $3,050 per year.

Important Application Information

Applicants must apply online at by midnight, Sunday, November 3, 2019. Union Sanitary District is not responsible for the failure of Internet forms in submitting your application.

Candidates who are best qualified will be invited to a Qualifications Appraisal Interview and Work Sample scheduled for Monday, 11/11/19. Candidates will be asked to bring a copy of their degree or unofficial college transcripts to this interview. These documents may be uploaded to the application as well.

Hiring interviews are scheduled for Monday, 11/18/2019.

You will be contacted regarding all phases of this recruitment via email, so please check your inbox for correspondence regarding next steps and results through the exam process. Please ensure that the email address on your application is correct and current before submitting your application. Finalists must provide references. Before appointment to the position the candidate must pass a criminal background check and pre-employment physical and also provide a DMV report to show proof of insurability.

Disaster Service Worker
Employees of Union Sanitary District are, by state and federal law, Disaster Service Workers. In the event of a declaration of emergency, any employee may be assigned activities which promote the protection of public health and safety or the preservation of lives and property either at the District or within the local, or your own community.

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or selection process should advise Human Resources by emailing upon submittal of application.

Union Sanitary District is an equal opportunity employer encouraging workforce diversity.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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