Associate Engineer

Contra Costa Water District | Concord, CA

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Posted Date 9/08/2019

Contra Costa Water District has an immediate opening in our Engineering Department for an Associate Engineer. The successful candidate will be an integral member of the team responsible for designing and constructing improvements to the District's treated and untreated water storage and distribution systems. The candidate will be responsible for designing new applicant services, managing and designing $5 million in annual treated water pipeline work as part of the capital improvement program, and coordinating pipeline improvements with City sponsored projects. Additionally, the position will develop construction cost estimates, participate in project design reviews, administer construction and consulting contracts, and coordinate engineering and construction activities with other District departments.

As a member of the Engineering Department, the successful candidate will be a technical resource throughout the District, including support to the Operations and Maintenance Department, Planning Department, and team with engineers whose responsibilities include untreated water reservoirs, water treatment plant improvements, Los Vaqueros watershed facilities, and untreated water facilities. Disciplines that are recognized as contributing toward these assignments include civil, mechanical, structural, geotechnical and environmental engineering. CCWD focuses on training and mentoring employees to ensure ongoing technical, project management, and professional growth and development.

The District is currently planning several large-scale, regionally significant projects. The Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project, currently in conceptual design phase, will include raising the existing dam and installing new recreational and water conveyance facilities to provide water supply and water quality benefits to the Bay Area Region. The 2,300 acre former Concord Naval Weapons Station Development will require design and construction of recycled and treated water conveyance, storage, and distribution facilities. Lastly, the Canal Modernization Project will modernize the 48-mile long Contra Costa Canal. As these programs develop, they will provide unique and exciting opportunities for professional experience and career growth with the District.

CCWD has an exciting opportunity for an Associate Engineer in the Engineering Department. The individual selected for this position will be a regular-status employee and entitled to all terms and conditions of employment as specified in the IFPTE, Local 21 MOU including but not limited to Section 13 & 22. An existing Project position is currently filled by a Senior Engineer who previously held a full-time permanent position. Consistent with provisions of the Local 21 MOU, this position may be impacted by the return of a permanent employee from a Project position.

The Associate Engineer is the full journey level class within the Engineering series. This classification performs professional engineering work in the planning, design, construction and operation of water systems, facilities, and related projects. 

The Associate Engineer receives direction from supervisory or management personnel, exercises technical and functional supervision over professional and technical staff, and may exercise direct supervision over technical staff.

The Associate Engineer class is distinguished from the Assistant Engineer by the assignment of the full range of professional duties and the employees acquisition of a Principal Engineer license. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit. Movement to this level is contingent on meeting performance standards established by the District and the resource management needs of the organization. Advancement from the entry level to the journey level is in accordance with District policies and procedures.

The Associate Engineer class is distinguished from the Senior Engineer in that the latter performs engineering activities requiring a high level of skill and independent judgment and exercises direct supervision over assigned professional engineering staff.
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Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

EDUCATION: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field.

EXPERIENCE: Two years of responsible civil engineering experience performing duties similar to an Assistant Engineer with the Contra Costa Water District. 

LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE: Possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Civil Engineer in the State of California. Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver's license.

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Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to the next step in the selection process. All candidate materials will be carefully evaluated and only those considered best qualified will be invited to the next step in the selection process; the oral interview.

All candidates will be notified of their status via email by no later than Friday, September 27, 2019.

The TENTATIVE Oral Panel Interview date is scheduled for Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

A condition of employment for all CCWD positions includes successfully passing a Department of Justice Livescan fingerprint check and completion of the federal Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. Additionally, in compliance with federal law, CCWD participates in E-Verify.

Per Chapter 8, Division 4 of Title 1 of the California State Government Code, public employees are declared to be "Disaster Service Workers." As such, District employees may be called upon to support the activities of the District during an emergency situation.

Applicants requesting reasonable accommodation during any phase of the examination process are instructed to contact Human Resources at 925-688-8002.

The application deadline is 5:00 P.M. on Monday, September 16, 2019.

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Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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