Assistant Engineer-Civil II (Design and Construction Assistant Engineer II) (PE Not Required)

Valley Water
San Jose, California
$9,230.00 - $11,816.13 Monthly
Jan 18, 2022
Feb 17, 2022
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Assistant Engineer-Civil II (Design and Construction Assistant Engineer II) (PE Not Required)

Valley Water

Salary: $9,230.00 - $11,816.13 Monthly

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 01420-E

Location: CA, CA

Department: Watersheds Design and Construction

Closing: 1/30/2022 11:59 PM Pacific


Watersheds Design and Construction Unit #4 (Position Code 932 & 933)

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)

Valley Water Telework Program: Eligibility for telework will depend on the type of work performed, operational needs, and the ability for the employee to perform the essential functions of their job duties while teleworking. Employment with Valley Water requires employees to work within 150 miles of their primary physical work location located in (San Jose, Sacramento) California by their start date.

This position is eligible for a hybrid telework schedule, typically working 40% remote and 60% onsite.

Overview: Do you want to make a difference in your community by ensuring that over 1.9 million people get clean water every day? Are you familiar with civil engineering, hydraulic engineering, geotechnical engineering, and/or structural engineering principles? Valley Water is looking for a highly capable Assistant Engineer II to join the Valley Water team and Watershed Design and Construction Unit #4 that manages, plans, designs, and supports our flood protection and flood risk management projects and environmental enhancement projects

The Assistant Engineer II will assist the Project Managers (PM) in the Unit. They may also act in the role of a PM to plan, design, prepare plans, specifications, and estimates, manage consultant contracts and their submittals, and manage construction contracts. This could also entail preparing Operation & Maintenance guidelines, interfacing with communities, and assistance with coordinating with regulatory agencies with respect to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and permits. The Assistant Engineer II shall perform professional engineering work as a staff specialist including but not limited to the design of civil, hydrology and hydraulics, geotechnical and/or structural areas; preparing project plans & work plans; initiating new project proposals; coordinating in-house production of plans, specifications and bid packages; and coordinating and serving as a resource or as a project team member on various flood control projects, water utility projects, environmental enhancement and restoration and stream stewardship projects as assigned. In addition, this position will ensure work quality and adherence to professional codes, standards, and Valley Water specifications. Currently, this position will assist with managing the South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Phase I Project, Palo Alto Flood Basin Tide Gate Structure Replacement Project, and with other projects in Design & Construction Unit 4.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Perform a variety of professional civil engineering duties in the planning, design, development, construction, operation, and maintenance of Valley Water's flood protection facilities and systems.

• Lead, oversee, manage and participate in the civil engineering planning, design and construction of flood protection projects; define scope of work, budgets, schedules, project plans, prepare status reports, and maintain project files; conduct various engineering studies, investigations and analyses in the development of project alternatives; participate in preparation of reports for planning and design studies and analyses; QA/QC review of bid documents; ensure planning, design, and construction phases adhere to Capital's Quality and Environmental Management System.

• Oversee and manage the preparation of engineering specifications, drawings, sketches, engineering calculations; review drawings, plans and other work submitted by external consultants, engineers, contractors and developers to ensure compliance with industry and Valley Water standards and specifications; draft and prepare technical and administrative correspondence and reports.

• Perform and review engineering calculations and prepare cost estimates for proposed projects and contract construction and installation work; gather project specific data from the project site(s).

• Provide support to Valley Water civil engineering construction projects; assist in the inspection of contractor installations as necessary; provide technical support during project construction including design changes, submittal review, approval of change orders, negotiations with the contractors and construction management staff, monitoring construction management cost, request for information from contractors, interpretation of contract documents and assistance with change orders; prepare and review construction contract documents as assigned.

• Assist Valley Water environmental staff in their coordination with regulatory, environmental and/or construction permit activities and processes within Valley Water and with outside agencies.

• Represent Valley Water in meetings or presentations to internal customers, the general public, consultants, managers, Board advisory committees, and Federal, State and local agencies as assigned. Prepare materials for public meetings and tours. Interact with the public and provide timely responses to project related inquiries.

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 two years of Civil/Geotechnical/Structural Engineering experience including but not limited to:

• Open channel hydraulics and channel design of levees, slope stability structures (floodwalls, retaining walls, etc.), bridges, and other flood control structures.

• Experience performing engineering studies, writing reports, and preparing plans, specifications, and cost estimates (PS&E).

• Experience reviewing PS&E submittals and recommendations for accuracy and completeness.

• Experience providing design construction support services including bidding support, construction field observation, construction administration and construction management.

• Experience working with local and regulatory agencies.

• Project management experience, especially with multi-objective projects.

Ideal Knowledge:

• Principles, practices, concepts, and standards of water resources management and hydraulic engineering, geotechnical engineering, and/or structural engineering.

• Principles of mathematics and its application to engineering work.

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

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

• Familiarity with environmental process and regulatory agency coordination on projects.

• Office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work.

• English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.

• Principles and techniques for providing customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and Valley Water staff.

• Recent and on-going engineering related developments, including information technology, current literature, and sources of information related to the operations of assigned area of responsibility.

• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:

• Apply engineering principles, practices, concepts, and standards to engineering problems.

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

• Perform engineering and statistical calculations.

• Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present technical engineering information and data in an effective manner.

• Learn to independently conduct comprehensive engineering studies, investigations, and analyses.

• Learn, interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations, and Valley Water engineering policies and procedures.

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

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

• Effectively represent the unit and Valley Water in meetings with contractors, engineers, developers, architects, a variety of outside agencies, and the general public.

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

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

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

• Independently conduct comprehensive engineering studies, investigations, and analyses.

Ideal Training and Education:

• Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in civil, structural, or geotechnical engineering or a valid California Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Certificate with two (2) years of associated paraprofessional engineering experience.

• Civil CADD, Civil 3D, geotechnical and structural design software and analysis methodologies.

• Project management related training.

• Construction administration/management training.

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 Assistant Engineer I-II 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 Requirement

An 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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