Assistant Engineer/Associate Civil Engineer (Water)

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THE CITY OF VALLEJO
The City of Vallejo is located in Solano County and has a population of approximately 121,000 residents. Vallejo is a rapidly changing, highly diverse community located midway between the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento. It is a friendly, active waterfront community that attracts innovative, hardworking people and takes great pride in its 148-year history and maritime heritage. Residents of Vallejo are situated to take advantage of the best of what the area has to offer. Golf, museums, performing arts, boutique shopping, brewpubs and a wide selection of restaurants are all available in Vallejo. Residents and visitors alike enjoy Vallejo's delightful historical downtown area, weekly downtown farmer's market, and beautifully restored Victorian homes and business facades. Vallejo is also home to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, one of America's only combination wildlife, oceanarium and theme parks.

THE DEPARTMENT
The Vallejo Water Department is a dynamic organization engaged in growth and positive change for the benefit of our customers and community. The Department provides potable water to 121,000 customers through a highly complex system including multiple raw water sources, three surface water treatment plants, a sludge dewatering Facility, 600 miles of distribution pipes, 8 pressure zones, 27 pump stations, and 37,000 service connections. Vallejo Water is a Treatment-5/Distribution-5 drinking water agency, classified among the State's largest and most complex water utilities.
   
In 2017, Vallejo water services transitioned from a division of Public Works, to a standalone Water Department reporting directly to the City Manager. This change gives drinking water-related operations and issues greater visibility and strategic direction for the benefit of rate-payers. The Water Department's strategic goals include: infrastructure reliability, public trust, sustainability, organizational performance, and financial viability. Key initiatives include:

  • Rehabilitation and replacement of aging infrastructure.
  • Revenue streams that help offset water rates.
  • Innovative approaches to management and technologies.
  • Sustainable budgets and staffing.
  • Pursuit of regional partnerships.
  • Strategic, proactive engagement with the expanding regulatory environment.

The Water Department's growth and enthusiasm about the future support the larger community's vision and needs. The City of Vallejo is on the move with many economic development opportunities underway, including the redevelopment of Mare Island (former Naval shipyard). New eateries, a thriving arts community, parks, and water front development are all contributing to Vallejo's revitalization. The City engages with all facets of civic life, and the Water Department's services provide a vital resource to our residents, businesses, schools, City departments, and community organizations. The Water Department has six Divisions: Water Treatment, Engineering, Distribution, Watershed and Facilities Management, Water Quality, and Administration/Conservation.  

THE ENGINEERING DIVISION
The Engineering Division of the Vallejo Water Department works to manage and implement the Water Department's capital improvement program (CIP), consisting of the replacement and renewal of water assets in the City of Vallejo's water system, including tanks, reservoirs, pump stations, pipelines, dams, valves, and water treatment plant facilities.  In addition, the Engineering Division provides engineering reviews for new development projects, and reviews projects from outside agencies that may affect the Water Department. The Engineering Division aids the Distribution, Facilities, and Operations divisions with their goals to safely and efficiently operate the water system; to help the City meet all Federal and State requirements; to protect public health, and to ensure the system meets the fire-flow needs of the City. The Division also aids in the management of the City's long-term water supply and in protecting the City's water rights for future generations.

The Department has recently passed new water rates, and has a new 5-Year CIP that significantly increases yearly investments in water infrastructure.  These projects will consist mostly of water pipeline replacement and renewal, treatment plant upgrades, pump station improvements, and dam improvements.

THE POSITION
This recruitment is being conducted to fill three vacancies in the Engineering Division of the Water Department. The department may choose to fill these vacancies at the Assistant Engineer Level (no PE required) or the Associate Civil Engineer level (PE required), depending on the qualifications of the candidate pool. The list established by this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited term, and temporary vacancies for up to one year.

The ideal candidate for Assistant Engineer will thrive in a fast paced environment and work collaboratively with other team members. They will have experience in project management, treatment plant rehabilitation development review, pipe replacement design, pump design, and pump replacement.  

The ideal candidate for Associate Civil Engineer will have experience with Capital Improvement Project (CIP) contracts, designing and reviewing pipeline and facilities projects, managing consultants, interacting with state and local agencies, and leading subordinate engineering staff.  

SALARY

Assistant Engineer: $38.90 - $47.27 Hourly $3,111.22 - $3,781.71 Bi-Weekly $6,740.99 -
$8,193.72 Monthly $80,891.89 - $98,324.58 Annual

Associate Civil Engineer: $45.11 - $54.83 Hourly $3,608.53 - $4,386.18 Bi-Weekly
$7,818.47 - $9,503.40 Monthly $93,821.68 - $114,040.84 Annual

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Assistant Engineer - This position will perform professional engineering work under the supervision of a Senior Civil Engineer or Associate Civil Engineer, involving the design, investigation and construction of water projects including preparation of drawings and specifications for the construction of pipelines, storage facilities, pumping facilities, and treatment plant improvements.

Associate Civil Engineer - This is the full journey level class within the Civil Engineer series. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Assistant Engineer by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned including independent development of engineering designs and managing complex design/construction projects and studies. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.

This position will perform professional, complex engineering work involving the design, investigation and construction of water projects including construction of pipelines, storage facilities, pumping facilities, and treatment plant improvements; and to act as a project manager on assigned projects.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Assistant Engineer - Receives direction from professional engineering staff and/or higher level management staff.

Associate Civil Engineer - Receives direction from higher level management staff.

Exercises functional and technical supervision over professional engineering staff.

May exercise direct supervision over technical engineering staff.

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Assistant Engineer
- Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Perform professional civil engineering calculations for various projects.
  • Prepare special engineering studies and reports; perform special assignments on engineering problems as necessary; prepare specific studies for other City staff.
  • Provide public counter support to developers, builders, contractors and the general public pertaining to City engineering and related requirements; process a variety of permits including encroachment, excavation, quit claim and block party.
  • Attend planning commission meetings and other sessions of various committees as directed by management staff.
  • Respond to public or other inquiries relative to engineering policies and procedures on specific projects and other divisional information.
  • Exercise professional engineering judgment in accordance with current accepted practice of civil engineering and appropriate laws and codes.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
When assigned to Development:
  • Provide technical and professional engineering support services relative to capital improvements and current development.
  • Prepare engineering designs, specifications, costs and quantity estimates of public work projects; obtain required easements or permits for streets, water and sewer system construction, utility structures and other public works projects.
  • Prepare and/or review the adequacy and accuracy of computations, preliminary layout and design work from field and survey data.
  • Review and approve changes to approved plans and specifications.
  • Identify and plan required capital improvement projects for system expansion.
  • Design the necessary modifications and/or new construction of public works streets, traffic, water, and related projects within City, County, State and Federal guidelines.
When assigned to Water:
  • Participate in the design, construction and inspection of water projects; prepare drawings for the construction of pipelines, lake outlet structures, and retaining walls.
  • Review pipeline plans for new projects including subdivisions, additions, commercial center and various other projects.
  • Perform water/hydraulic engineering calculations, pipe network analyses, and recommended pipe sizing.
  • Provide technical and professional engineering support services relative to water engineering.
  • Prepare water service agreements to provide service to the public; issue permanent water meters; issue temporary construction meters.  
When assigned to Construction Management:
  • Participate in directing the activities of survey parties involved in the conduct of location surveys for roads and utilities; calculate and plot the results of field surveys; locate, set or reset survey points.
  • Maintain constant awareness of progress on assigned projects to assure compliance with designated time and cost schedules for project completion.     
  • Provide assistance to construction inspectors in the interpretation of plans and resolution of problems during construction; review as-built plans to ensure compliance with original plans and specifications.
  • Prepare maps, deeds, legal descriptions, and other contract documents.


Associate Civil Engineer
- Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Perform professional civil engineering calculations for various projects.
  • Prepare special engineering studies and reports; perform special assignments on engineering problems as necessary; prepare specific studies for other City staff.
  • Provide public counter support to developers, builders, contractors and the general public pertaining to City engineering and related requirements; process a variety of permits including encroachment, excavation, quit claim and block party.
  • Attend planning commission meetings and other sessions of various committees as directed by management staff.
  • Respond to public or other inquiries relative to engineering policies and procedures on specific projects and other divisional information.
  • Exercise professional engineering judgment in accordance with current accepted practice of civil engineering and appropriate laws and codes.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
When assigned to Development:
  • Provide technical and professional engineering support services relative to capital improvements and current development.
  • Prepare engineering designs, specifications, costs and quantity estimates of public work projects; obtain required easements or permits for streets, water and sewer system construction, utility structures and other public works projects.
  • Prepare requests for proposals and bids; review contract bids and proposals; assist in the coordination and review of consultants' design work.
  • Prepare and/or review the adequacy and accuracy of computations, preliminary layout and design work from field and survey data.
  • Participate in the initial planning of projects to be proposed and make recommendations to assist assigned management staff in establishing schedules and budgets.
  • Review developer plans, specifications and other planning applications within scope of knowledge for the appropriate design of public works projects including extensions for water, sewer, and street systems; prepare conditions of approval for a multitude of planning applications.
  • Review and approve changes to approved plans and specifications.
  • Identify and plan required capital improvement projects for system expansion.
  • Design the necessary modifications and/or new construction of public works streets, traffic, water, and related projects within City, County, State and Federal guidelines.
When assigned to Water:
  • Act as project engineer for the design, construction and inspection of water projects; prepare drawings for the construction of pipelines, lake outlet structures, and retaining walls.
  • Review pipeline plans for new projects including subdivisions, additions, commercial center and various other projects.
  • Perform water/hydraulic engineering calculations, pipe network analyses, and recommended pipe sizing.
  • Provide technical and professional engineering support services relative to water engineering.
  • Administer contracts for various water construction projects.
  • Prepare water service agreements to provide service to the public; issue permanent water meters; issue temporary construction meters.
When assigned to Construction Management:
  • May act as project manager on assigned projects; oversee, direct and review the work of assigned professional and technical project staff; establish design criteria to be used by project staff and/or outside consultants.
  • Act as a project engineer; research applicable codes, regulations and requirements for assigned project; develop engineering plans and compile preliminary layout of plans; write specifications for plans; coordinate required advertising for bids; advise contractor(s) and construction inspectors during actual construction.
  • Direct the activities of survey parties involved in the conduct of location surveys for roads and utilities; calculate and plot the results of field surveys; locate, set or reset survey points.
  • Maintain constant awareness of progress on assigned projects to assure compliance with designated time and cost schedules for project completion.
  • Provide assistance to construction inspectors in the interpretation of plans and resolution of problems during construction; review as-built plans to ensure compliance with original plans and specifications.
  • Prepare maps, deeds, legal descriptions, and other contract documents.


Assistant Engineer 

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of civil and structural engineering.
  • Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in technical civil engineering report preparation.
  • Materials, tools, and equipment used in civil engineering.
  • Principles of mathematics as applied to engineering work.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment.
  • Basic principles and practices of street, traffic control and water and sewer system design.
  • Basic principles and practices of water distribution and supply systems.
  • Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding civil engineering.

Ability to:

  • Learn to develop, review and modify civil engineering plans, designs, and specifications.
  • Learn pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations including civil engineering laws and regulations.
  • Prepare and maintain technical civil engineering records and prepare reports.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Learn principles and practices of project and construction management.
  • Develop, review and modify civil engineering plans, designs, and specifications.
  • Pertinent Federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including civil engineering laws and regulations.
  • Conduct basic engineering studies and develop appropriate recommendations.
  • Perform technical research and solve engineering problems.
  • Compile rough technical data and prepare statistical and narrative reports from field studies.


Associate Civil Engineer

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of civil and structural engineering.
  • Principles and practices of street, traffic control and water and sewer system design.
  • Principles and practices of water distribution and supply systems.
  • Principles and practices of pavement management and design.
  • Principles and practices of project and construction management.
  • Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in technical civil engineering report preparation.
  • Principles of mathematics as applied to engineering work.
  • Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding civil engineering.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations including civil engineering laws and regulations.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment.


Ability to:

  • Develop, review and modify complex civil engineering plans, designs, and specifications.
  • Resolve regulatory, public relations and system design questions.
  • Manage engineering projects.
  • Ensure project compliance with appropriate Federal, State, and local rules, laws, and regulations.
  • Monitor phases of construction projects and prepare progress reports.
  • Perform technical research and solve multi-disciplinary engineering problems.
  • Develop, review and modify civil or structural engineering plans, designs, and specifications.
  • Exercise professional engineering judgment to achieve results consistent with objectives.
  • Prepare and maintain technical civil engineering records and prepare complex comprehensive reports.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • To meet the essential functions and physical requirements contained in the Physical Analysis of Job Assignment attached to this specification and incorporated herein by this reference.

Experience and Training Guidelines

Assistant Engineer

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
 
Experience
Two years of professional civil engineering experience.
 
Training
Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from and accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field.
 
License or Certificate
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an Engineer in Training Certificate is desirable.


Associate Civil Engineer
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience
Four years of increasingly responsible professional civil engineering experience.

Training
Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field.

License or Certificate
Possession of a current and valid Certificate of Registration as a professional engineer issued by the California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers is required for this position.

The Recruitment & Selection Process

1. Applications are due by 5:00 P.M. on Monday, August 2, 2021. Applicants must submit a completed City of Vallejo online application, including all responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire (Resume/Cover Letter Optional), by the posted deadline in order to be considered.

NOTE: If you have problems creating a user account, obtaining your already created account information, or submitting your online application, please contact governmentjobs.com applicant support directly at 855-524-5627. City of Vallejo staff are unable to assist with these issues.

2. Applications will be screened for overall qualifications the week of August 2, 2021. 

3. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental responses scored by subject matter experts the week of August 9, 2021. The most qualified applicants from the scoring of the supplemental questions will be invited for an Oral Panel Interview. 

4. Oral Panel Interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place the week of August 23, 2021. Oral Panel Interviews are weighted at 100% of the candidates' score. Candidates must achieve a minimum passing score of 70%. Those achieving 70% or higher will be placed on the Register of Eligibles (eligible list) and may be considered to fill positions for up to one year.
 

The City reserves the right to limit the number of candidates to those determined to be best qualified based upon all requested application materials, including training and experience, current resume, and responses to supplemental questions. 


5. Candidates placed on the Register of Eligibles (eligible list) will be referred to the Department for final interviews based on their Oral Panel Interview score. The number of candidates referred for a hiring interview is at the discretion of the hiring department.


REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS 
The City of Vallejo is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application, assessment or selection process may contact the Human Resources Department to request an accommodation. Please contact Vanessa Gould at (707) 649-3512 or send an email to: vanessa.gould@cityofvallejo.net no later than August 2, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

PRIOR TO HIRE
The selected candidate will be required to: 1) Submit to reference checks 2) Submit to and successfully pass a pre-employment background check, including fingerprint check. 3) Successfully complete a job-related pre-placement medical exam.  4) Provide proof of legal right to work in the United States.

Disaster Service Workers - All City of Vallejo ("City") employees are designated Disaster Service Workers ("DSW") by state law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109).  Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all DSW-related training as assigned and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Veteran's Preference - Veteran's preference points will be applied in accordance with Civil Service Rule 24. A copy of the DD 214 form must be filed at time of application.

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) - The City of Vallejo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Vallejo to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, or denial of medical and family care leave, or any other non-job-related factors.

Note: The provisions in this bulletin do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice

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