Associate Engineer - Civil (PE Not Required)

Valley Water
San Jose, California
Oct 19, 2021
Oct 22, 2021
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Associate Engineer - Civil (PE Not Required)

Valley Water

Salary: $10,701.60 - $13,702.00 Monthly

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 01358-E

Location: CA, CA

Department: Treated Water

Closing: 11/5/2021 11:59 PM Pacific


Treatment Plant Process & Commissioning Unit (Position Code 0864)

COVID-19 vaccination requirement:

*To protect our most valuable assets, our employees, as well as the communities we serve, Valley Water requires all new hired Valley Water personnel to be fully vaccinated (for COVID -19) or to be formally excused from the requirement through the **reasonable accommodation process (for details, see bottom of job posting)

Overview: Valley Water is the primary water resource agency for Santa Clara County, supplying safe, clean water, providing flood protection, and serving as an environmental steward for healthy ecosystems. Valley Water serves approximately two million people in 15 cities and manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced water purification center, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds, and 275 miles of streams.

We are seeking an Associate Engineer to join Valley Water's Treatment Plant Process & Commissioning unit. The Associate Engineer will be responsible for performing a variety of civil engineering assignments in support of the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of Valley Water's treatment plant facilities. This position will manage and support the water treatment plant and distribution system master plan projects, manage and support treatment plant capital projects through all phases of the project, conduct engineering studies, investigations and analyses to troubleshoot and resolve treatment process and equipment issues, and perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Manage and support the water treatment plant and distribution system master plan projects.

• Manage and support treatment plant capital projects through all phases including planning, design, construction, and startup and commissioning; prepare engineering specifications, drawings, sketches, and other supporting documentation for proposed engineering projects; review and comment on drawings, plans, and other work submitted by external consultants, engineers, contractors, and developers for conformance with professional codes, standards, and Valley Water specifications; prepare technical and administrative correspondence and reports.

• Conduct engineering studies, investigations, and analyses to identify, recommend and implement solutions to resolve treatment plant process and equipment issues.

• Initiate solicitations, including requests for proposals and sole source requests to provide materials and services; coordinate and participate in the evaluation of submittals; negotiate and execute contracts; prepare and submit Board Agenda items for contract approval; administer and manage contracts ensuring compliance with all requirements.

• Attend project related meetings and workshops and communicate and coordinate with all stakeholders (management, operation and maintenance, project team, consultant, contractor, external agencies, etc.) regarding active or planned project activities; present to stakeholders, committees and the Board of Directors as needed for projects.

Ideal Candidate's Background Includes:

Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria listed below.

Ideal Experience:

A minimum of four (4) years of professional engineering experience in treatment plant and related facilities.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:

• Ability to manage and support the water treatment plant and distribution system master plan projects.

• Ability to manage and support treatment plant capital projects through all phases.

• Negotiate, prepare, bid, and administer contracts and agreements.

• Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.

• Prepare, understand, and interpret construction plans, specifications, drawings, and other engineering documents.

• Make sound, independent decisions within established policy and procedural guidelines, and best engineering practices.

• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

• Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Ideal Knowledge:

• Principles, practices, theories, and concepts of general civil engineering, particularly as applied to the planning, design, construction, and operation of water utility projects.

• Fundamentals of (conventional and recycled) water treatment: ozonation/chlorination, coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, media filtration, disinfection, advanced oxidation, ultraviolet, membrane filtration, reverse osmosis, and biological processes.

• Equipment and systems commonly used in treatment plants: pumps, storage, instrumentation and controls, motor control centers, adjustable speed drives, valves, and valve actuators.

• Principles and practices of project budgeting, cost estimation, funding, project management, and contract administration.

• Practices of researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective and technical reports.

• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations with specific emphasis on treatment plant design including California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Ideal Training and Education:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering, mechanical engineering or a field related to assigned functional area(s). OR Possession of a valid California Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Certificate with two (2) years of associated paraprofessional engineering experience.

Required License or Certificate

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

To review the Classification Specification, please click Associate Engineer - Civil 5-2019.pdf

Selection Process

(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.

(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.

NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.

Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.

COVID-19 vaccination requirement:* Fully vaccinated means (1) it has been at least two weeks since a person has completed the entire recommended series of a COVID-19 vaccine, and (2) the person has provided proof of vaccination in a form consistent with the requirements for verification of vaccine status in the State of California's July 26, 2021 Public Health Officer Order.**Limited Exemptions to Vaccination RequirementAn individual who has been provided a job offer may request a reasonable accommodation to the vaccination requirement if they:1. Have a contraindication recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or by the vaccine's manufacturer to every approved COVID-19 vaccine. A contraindication means a condition that makes vaccination inadvisable;2. Have a disability and are requesting an exception as a reasonable accommodation based upon this disability; or,3. Object to COVID-19 vaccination based on their sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

Valley Water's Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.

Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 408-630-2260.

Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.

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