Senior Engineering Technician (Water Dept.)

Vallejo, California
$73,282.49 - $89,075.32 Annual
Jul 20, 2021
Aug 20, 2021
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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 (driving distance to Napa Valley).

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 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.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill one full-time vacancy. 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 Senior Engineering Technician will be instrumental in assisting the Engineering Division with the design and construction of CIP projects. The position may serve as a primary contact for construction projects, coordinating with contractors, designers, third-party inspectors, City agencies, and exterior agencies; provide construction project oversite and documentation; provide functional and technical supervision over Engineering Tech I and II staff (also operating under the Construction Inspection function), and will report directly to the Senior Civil Engineer.
The ideal candidate for this position will possess extensive knowledge of drafting and will be familiar with preparing engineering drawings related to the construction and renovation of water related infrastructure. They will be familiar with developing engineering drawing sets using AutoCAD and Civil 3D for different phases of a Capitol project including planning, design, construction, and/or close out and will be an innovative and creative problem solver with excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to communicate concisely and effectively.

This is the advanced journey level class in the engineering technical support series with responsibilities spanning the entire spectrum of paraprofessional engineering functions, including coordination responsibilities for projects and support programs.  Incumbents apply advanced paraprofessional engineering knowledge and skills to complete assignments in engineering, mapping, inspections of construction projects, and preparation of specifications, plans, and estimates.  The work requires public contact, the frequent use of tact and judgment, good knowledge of departmental operations, and the ability to coordinate independent projects and programs.  This class is distinguished from the professional engineering series in that the latter requires a professional degree and performs professional engineering work with independent judgment.

  • Receives general supervision from higher level engineering staff.
  • Exercises functional and technical supervision over lower level Engineering Technician staff.

Examples of Duties

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.

Important responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

All assigned functions:
  • Lead and perform a variety of the most complex technical engineering work including design and drafting work and design review; to perform duties involved in office engineering and construction inspection activities.
  • Perform skilled drafting in preparation of plans for public works or water utility projects.
  • Provide information to the public, contractors and consultants relative to engineering office business and technical matters.
  • Coordinate public works or water utility projects with applicable city, state and federal officials and other relevant agencies and parties.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

When assigned to the Construction Inspection function:
  • Lead and facilitate construction staking layout of approved engineering drawings.
  • Conduct research of ownership, legal descriptions or other such data needed to complete information required in preparation for construction.
  • Participate in the preparation of legal descriptions and plat maps for right-of-way or public acquisitions including easements, abandonments, lease parcels and real property.
  • Assist engineering staff in the preparation of engineering designs, related drawings, specifications and construction project estimates.
  • Perform construction inspection for various projects; ensure project is built to the plans and specifications.
  • Meet with contractors to coordinate construction schedules.
  • Assists with the American Public Works Association accreditation process by participating in meetings, sharing information, and facilitating the adoption of new procedures directly related to the function.

When assigned to the Office Engineering function:
  • Lead and perform the checking of plans for accuracy and compliance with City standards and general construction practices.
  • Apply survey information and field notes to create designs and drawings for various engineering and planning projects.
  • Research, investigate and analyze complex land title problems; prepare recommendations for professional staff.
  • Act as project manager, project designer, project inspector, and project administrator for various Capital Improvement Projects.
  • Prepare feasibility studies for the acquisition of technical equipment.
  • Perform purchasing activities for the division.

Typical Qualifications

Knowledge of:
  • Techniques and practices of land surveying.
  • Trigonometry as applied to the computation of angles, areas, distances, and traverses.
  • Design and construction theory and engineering design standards.
  • Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques of drafting and computer aided design.
  • Materials, methods, and techniques of modern construction.
  • Methods and techniques of construction inspection.
  • Engineering maps and records.
  • Drafting materials, tools, and equipment.
  • Standards applicable to engineering drawings.
  • Construction plans and specifications.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment.
  • Applicable laws, regulations, codes, department policies, governing assigned engineering duties.
  • Information contained in applicable memoranda of understanding.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

Ability to:
  • Lead, supervise, train and evaluate assigned Engineering Technicians.
  • Interpret and apply state and local policies, procedures, laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Interpret, and apply field notes in the performance of drafting duties.
  • Compile rough technical data and prepare statistical and narrative reports from field studies.
  • Perform engineering design and drafting work.
  • Understand and interpret engineering plans and specifications.
  • Deal firmly and tactfully with contractors, engineers, and property owners.
  • Prepare accurate engineering records.
  • Use algebraic formulas, trigonometry tables and statistical mathematics to accomplish the level of work described herein.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Experience and Training Guidelines
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:

Three (3) years of increasingly responsible technical engineering experience in the areas of drafting, design and construction inspection.

High School diploma or G.E.D. and at least fifteen (15) semester units of college level courses covering subjects such as engineering, drafting, construction inspection, constriction management, water treatment and distribution systems., hydrology, environmental design, or other topics related to assigned areas of responsibility.


Supplemental Information

The Recruitment & Selection Process

1. Applications are due by 5:00 P.M. on Monday, August 16, 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 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 16, 2021. 
3. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental responses scored by subject matter experts the week of August 23, 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 September 6, 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 performance in the exam. The number of candidates referred for a hiring interview is at the discretion of the hiring department.

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: no later than August 16, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
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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