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Assistant or Associate Engineer

Marin Municipal Water District
Corte Madera, California
$8848.00 - $12354.00/month
Closing date
Apr 21, 2023

Job Details

Assistant or Associate Engineer (2 Openings)




Salary:   Assistant Engineer- $8,848 -$10,716 per month


Salary:   Associate Engineer-$10,228 -$12,354 per month


Posted: March 8, 2023    Filing deadline Wednesday, March 29, 2023 by 4:30 p.m. for manual submissions; 5:00 p.m. for online submissions




The District has two open, full-time positions for either an Assistant Engineer or an Associate Engineer in both the Engineering & Drafting Section and Planning Section of the Engineering Division. At the Assistant Engineer level, under direction of a responsible in charge engineer, performs professional and technical engineering work directly and indirectly related to the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of water system facilities; and  performs related work as required. At the Associate Engineer level, under direction, plans, schedules, supervises and performs difficult professional and technical engineering work in the areas of planning, design, construction, and operations of the water system; conducts studies, analyzes data and prepares reports on a wide variety of District operations; and performs related work as required. This position will be staffed at a level commensurate with the qualifications of the selected individuals.




Assistant Engineer - This class is distinguished from the class of Junior Engineer by the assignment of more responsible professional tasks and the relatively greater degree of independence with which such tasks are performed.  In addition, an incumbent of this class may be assigned to oversee a portion of the daily operation of the engineering office serving as the initial contact for the general public, vendors, private engineers, architects and developers. The Assistant Engineer is further distinguished from the class of Associate Engineer in that the latter functions as a project manager and is responsible for ensuring projects are completed on time and within budget.


Associate Engineer - This is the fully-qualified working level in the engineering series.  Individuals in this class are usually project managers or have major responsibilities for system planning, design and construction, system operation and protection depending on assignment.  Positions in this class are assigned complex engineering projects involving responsibility for the timely completion and sound financial management of such projects, often involving supervision of other engineering personnel and coordination with personnel and resources from other divisions throughout the District and outside entities.


Positions in the Engineer class series are flexibly staffed; positions at the Associate Engineer level are normally filled by advancement from the Assistant Engineer level; progression to the Associate Engineer level is dependent on (i) management affirmation that the position is performing the full range of duties assigned to the classification; (ii) satisfactory work performance; (iii) the incumbent meeting the minimum qualifications for the classification including any licenses and certifications; (iv) the incumbent satisfactorily meeting the internal promotional criteria; and (v) management approval for progression to the Associate Engineer level.




At both levels, typical duties may include but are not limited to the following:


Assistant Engineer:


  • Performs professional engineering work related to the preparation of plans and specifications for pipelines, pump stations, tanks, water treatment system planning, and other water system facilities under a responsible in charge engineer; directs the inspection of and may inspect contract construction for compliance with approved plans and specifications; may prepare or assist in the preparation of economic and engineering planning and/or design studies; assists in the long range planning of pipelines, pump stations, tanks, water treatment, and other water system facilities; may serve as project engineer on construction projects; may analyze and work with developers on pipeline extension requirements; gathers, compiles and analyzes engineering and statistical data; may prepare operational manuals and recommend procedures; may provide functional direction to subordinate staff; and interprets and applies safety rules and regulations to work assignments.

Associate Engineer:


  • Directs or performs the preparation of planning reports, project schedules, designs, construction plans, cost estimates, specifications and bidding documents for a variety of District projects; conducts research and prepares reports on long-range projects to assure successful operation of, water supply, transmission and distribution facilities; may analyze the water system to determine what projects and operational procedures are necessary to improve water distribution and water quality; manages construction contracts including directing contractors; monitors progress on construction projects; directs, or may perform, inspections of construction projects; may prepare or assist in the preparation of grant applications for State and Federal funding; prepares Requests for Proposals for consultants and administers consultants' work on projects; may provide technical information to engineering officials of other governmental jurisdictions, District staff and the public, and coordinates with same; keeps abreast of new technological developments through contact with vendors and suppliers; orders supplies, materials and equipment when necessary; prepares engineering reports and processes progress payments for construction work; may administer and manage corrosion protection programs; coordinates project development with other participating disciplines; calculates and monitors project costs; may train and evaluate the work of subordinates; and ensures that safe working conditions are maintained.


The District provides high-quality drinking water to customers and visitors of its service area. The District is a medium-sized, municipal, water agency with a Board of Directors/General Manager form of government, 240 full-time employees and a $107,895,000 combined annual operating and capital budget for FY 2021. Annually, the District delivers water to 190,000 residents and businesses in the central and southern portions of Marin County and has stewardship responsibilities for 21,000 acres of pristine watershed lands on Mt. Tam.

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