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Materials Testing Technician II (Geotechnical)

East Bay Municipal Utility District
Oakland, California
$87,420 - $106,260 Annually
Closing date
Feb 24, 2023

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East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) is now recruiting for Materials Testing Technician II (Geotechnical) to immediately fill one regular position. Reporting to the Materials Testing Supervisor in the Geotechnical Engineering Section, the Materials Testing Technician II is primarily based in the EBMUD’s Materials Testing Laboratory, with field work in the EBMUD service area and at the upcountry facilities. The Materials Testing Technician II is responsible for laboratory and field testing of geotechnical and construction materials including soils, rock, mineral aggregates, asphaltic mixes, concrete, and steel.

Typical duties include:
• Conducting field and laboratory tests on engineering properties of construction materials such as soils, rock, and concrete, including tests of compressed strength, particle size distribution, Atterberg limits, specific gravity, consolidation, triaxial shear, field density and moisture content and other properties.
• Conducting subsurface exploration, working with drilling crews, keeping drilling logs, performing soil and rock classifications in the field, and installing and monitoring geotechnical instrumentation.
• Applying laboratory and field test requirements and methodology, then monitoring results, evaluating compliance with EBMUD specifications, and recommending acceptance or rejection of materials.
• Operating, cleaning, adjusting, installing, and maintaining instrumentation and equipment.
• Making calculations, reports and recording field and lab results in a computer database.
• Preparing charts, graphs, curves, and other representations of test results.
• Performing dam safety inspections, taking and recording measurements for dam surveillance programs, including groundwater elevations, soil movements, and seepage flows for local and upcountry dams.
• Coordinating activities with other EBMUD sections, contractors, and representatives of other agencies on a variety of materials testing issues.
• Preparing a wide variety of written and computerized periodic and special reports, records, and related documents.
• Maintaining effective working relationships with other EBMUD sections, stakeholders, and representatives of outside agencies.
• Maintaining performance, safety, and quality control standards.
• Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.

The ideal candidate will have experience with MS Excel, Geosystem and gINT software, and other related applications; a Radiation Safety and Use of the Portable Nuclear Moisture/Density Gauge certificate; American Concrete Institute (ACI) certifications in concrete testing; strong oral communication skills; ability to work effectively with engineering, technical, construction and field staff; ability to work independently in the field; and strong math skills. Previous experience with state-of-the-art soils and materials testing equipment and instruments is preferred.

The salary range is $7,285 per month increasing to $7,649, $8,031, $8,433 and $8,855 after 6, 18, 30, and 42 months, respectively.

EBMUD offers an excellent benefits program that includes: paid vacation, holidays and sick leave; family health insurance coverage; family dental and vision care plans; retirement plan (reciprocal with CalPERS); 401(k), 401(a) and 457(b) tax-deferred retirement plans; transit subsidy; tuition reimbursement; and opportunities for professional growth including training and career development.

1. Completion of the twelfth grade or its equivalent.
2. Two years of experience in soils or materials testing, surveying, construction inspection or suitable laboratory work.
3. Must possess a valid California driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record.

In addition, the incumbent must possess the physical characteristics to perform the critical and important duties of the position, including sufficient agility and strength to dig test holes with proper equipment, and to lift and carry equipment and materials weighing up to 50 pounds. Must be willing to work outdoors in a variety of geographic and climatic conditions, and where insects and poison oak may be hazards.

Please note: EBMUD requires all employees to provide written proof of vaccination. Those employees with sincerely held religious beliefs or valid medical reasons, as determined by EBMUD, will be exempt from vaccination requirements. Contact EBMUD Human Resources for additional questions.

Submit a completed EBMUD application and the required supplemental question responses online at by 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 24, 2023. Only application materials submitted online during the filing period will be accepted.

EBMUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability
Job Hotline: (510) 287-0735


The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) has a proud history of providing high-quality drinking water for 1.4 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. EBMUD’s award-winning wastewater treatment protects San Francisco Bay and serves 685,000 customers. It is a public utility formed in 1923 under California's Municipal Utility District Act. EBMUD Mission: to manage the natural resources with which the District is entrusted; to provide reliable, high quality water and wastewater services at fair and reasonable rates for the people of the East Bay; and to preserve and protect the environment for future generations. EBMUD employs nearly 2,000 employees at locations throughout the East San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Stockton, Camanche and Pardee Reservoir areas. Explore the different careers paths available at EBMUD with descriptions of skills, experience, education, certifications and licenses needed to move and grow within the organization! EBMUD offers employees a wide range of benefits and programs designed to suit their individual needs and promote balance between their work and everyday lives. You can read more about our employee benefits program here. EBMUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard race, color, religious creed, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital or registered domestic partnership status, age for individuals over forty years of age, national origin, ancestry, disability (mental or physical, including AIDS and HIV), medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veterans status, family or medical leave status, pregnancy, pregnancy disability leave status, or any other status protected by federal, state and/or local laws. EEO/Accommodation Statement: If you need an accommodation to apply for any jobs at East Bay Municipal Utility District, call (510) 287-0735.

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