Senior Engineer - Water Treatment Plant Design (PE Required - 2.5% differential applies)

Valley Water
San Jose, California
Nov 12, 2021
Dec 12, 2021
Position Type
Engineer, Senior Engineer
Organization Type

Senior Engineer - Water Treatment Plant Design (PE Required - 2.5% differential applies)

Valley Water

Salary: $12,414.13 - $15,891.20 Monthly

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 01375-E

Location: CA, CA

Department: Water Utility Capital

Closing: 11/29/2021 11:59 PM Pacific


Treatment Plants Project Delivery 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)


Do you have 6+ years of experience managing complex, large treatment plant capital improvement projects or similar? Are you passionate about helping provide your community with safe and clean water? If so, read on!

We are seeking a Senior Engineer to join our Water Treatment Plant Design unit. The Senior Engineer will serve as the subject-matter and/or technical expert in troubleshooting complex treatment system issues and will provide technical treatment plant and/or pumping plant engineering services and support for various capital projects, including quality control reviews of treatment plant and pumping plant engineering design submittals. They will design modifications to improve system performance, and manage complex, politically sensitive, and/or large treatment plant and/or pumping plant capital improvement projects and assume responsible charge for the review and preparation of engineering documents for capital projects. This individual will develop scopes of work, initiate, negotiate and administer consultant and professional service contracts and agreements as assigned. The Senior Engineer may serve as a supervisor and/or a project manager and may plan, schedule, assign, review, and evaluate the work of assigned staff as well as provide training to staff in treatment plant engineering and other related work.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Managing complex, politically sensitive, and/or large treatment plant capital improvement projects through all phases including planning and design; supervising multi-division teams and coordinating and collaborating with external agencies.

• Developing scopes of work and initiating consultant contracting, including preparing public notice for request proposals. Preparing justification for services and proposal content instructions; preparing proposal rating criteria; scheduling and conducting pre-proposal meeting; reviewing proposals; scheduling and conducting oral interviews; selecting consultant; negotiating final agreement scope and insurance requirements; finalizing agreement language; obtaining management, Contracts and Risk Management Units, and legal counsel approval; preparing and routing Board agenda and agreement, and may present Board items.

• Scheduling, leading, and participating in project meetings to discuss design elements, permitting, environmental concerns, construction, consultant supplemental services, agreement amendments, and/or funding.

• Assuming responsible charge of the review and preparation of engineering studies, reports, design, and contract documents for compliance with engineering standards and principles; stamping and/or signing such work to assume project engineering responsibility.

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 as listed below

Ideal Experience:

• Six (6) years of experience performing professional engineering work on a water treatment plant, which must have included responsibilities in the planning, design, and construction phases. The six (6) years of experience must have included two (2) years of lead responsibility.

• Experience with treatment plant and pumping plant design.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:

Ability to:

• Prepare clear, concise, and accurate reports and correspondence.

• Negotiate, prepare, and administer complex agreements.

• Read and interpret engineering plans, drawings, specifications, and contract documents.

• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.

• Interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.

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

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

Ideal Knowledge:

• Principles and practices of public sector contract administration, negotiation, preparation, and management.

• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

• Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, and the training of staff in work procedures.

Ideal Training and Education:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering or a related field.

Required License or Certificate

• Must possess a Professional Engineer (PE) License issued by the California Board of Professional Engineers.

• 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 Job Description Specification, please click Sr Eng Treatment Plant Design 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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