MECHANICAL ENGINEER I/II/Senior
This position supports the Engineering and Operations Departments and is dedicated to mechanical engineering related to water and wastewater treatment plant facilities.
District employees are expected to work overtime, weekends, evenings and holidays as required to accommodate the District needs, in addition to responding as a Disaster Emergency Service Worker.
Engineer I: This journey-level classification in the Engineer series is responsible for professional and technical engineering assignments requiring the use of judgment and initiative in developing solutions to problems, interpreting policies, and determining work assignments. Incumbents are responsible for gathering and compiling data and preparing designs, plans, details, estimates and specifications for construction, operation, and maintenance of District projects.
Engineer II: This mid-level classification in the Engineer series is responsible for complex professional and technical engineering assignments requiring the use of judgment and initiative in developing solutions to problems and interpreting policies and may be responsible for monitoring performance and overseeing the work of professional and technical staff.
Senior Engineer: This advanced-level classification in the Engineer series assume a high level of complex duties including the use of independent judgment and decision-making, initiative, and project management. Incumbents serve in the capacity of a leader, and perform difficult and responsible types of duties, including providing direction over department personnel.
Incumbents within the Engineer series report to a Principal Engineer or the Deputy Director of Engineering.
Examples of Duties: The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this classification.
Members of this classification may be assigned to civil, mechanical or other engineering discipline assignments as needed.
Universal Functions to the Engineer Series:
- Prepares plans and specifications for water/wastewater facility capital improvement projects.
- Coordinates major construction projects with other District departments and outside agencies.
- As project manager, maintains quality assurance of consultant's designs, drawings, and specifications to district requirements.
- Ensure project inspection and quality assurance is performed per District Standards.
- Performs contract administration for design and construction of capital improvement projects. This includes correspondence, minutes, information requests, submittals, and related documents.
- Coordinates and negotiates project work with developers, public agencies, public utilities, local groups, cities and individual customers.
- Review and compare developer plans to District Master Plans to ensure District goals are met.
- Prepare hydraulic analysis for water/wastewater systems including pipelines, tanks, and pump stations.
- Adhere to office procedures including record management policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with the District's record retention policy.
- Provide a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and District staff.
- The incumbent, while exercising his/her authority, shall abide by and promote the District's values and beliefs and adhere to the District's ethics policy.
Essential functions specific to Mechanical Engineer assignments include:
- Performs design work including researching data and determining design criteria according to required standards and codes; prepares sketches, plans, specifications, and estimates for the constructions, installation, and modification of mechanical equipment at pumping plants, water and wastewater treatment plants, and related facilities
- Monitors and reviews new methods and equipment and evaluates their potential application to District operations; may act as a technical consultant or resident engineer on mechanical installation or modification projects.
- Performs a variety of computations and analyses related to the flow of water in aqueducts and conduits, water transmission, heat transfer, mechanical power transmission, air conditioning, ventilation, and related mechanical engineering problems.
- Reviews plans and technical specifications and provides input on functional aspects of proposed plant and collection facilities as well as rehabilitation projects.
- Reviews plants, pump stations, and collection system processes; discusses with staff how to take or direct corrective action, and coordinates operational and/or maintenance activities to optimize wastewater process.
- Oversees the design, replacement, rehabilitation, and abandonment of plant process areas, collection facilities, and pump stations; analyzes and performs optimization studies of various chemicals, unit processes, odor control, and utilities.
- Oversees research for air pollution control and implementation; develops and manages emission modeling systems and testing programs.
- Provides corrosion engineering support; conducts and reviews failure analyses; reviews lab reports; monitors and controls chemicals; prepares recommendations for appropriate action.
- Performs complex power system studies of electrical equipment to determine how modifications affect the systems and to plan future growth.
- Performs engineering calculations and analysis for project and process monitoring and control, and equipment replacement.
- Prepares memorandums and technical reports regarding wastewater treatment management and air quality management; develops, manages, analyzes, and utilizes relevant database systems and recommends methods to meet compliance requirements.
- Adherence to District personnel rules, policies and labor contract provisions with the ability to exercise sound independent judgment within general policy guidelines.
- Provide transparent, high quality and fiscally responsible services, while meeting the needs of the District and its customers.
- Proper English usage, punctuation, grammar and spelling.
- Gather, research, and compile data in preparation for reports, studies, and analyses.
- Utilize exceptional customer service and communication skills both verbally and in writing, with the ability to cultivate professional business partnerships and inspire team collaboration.
- Think creatively and seek alternative solutions in order to produce results that benefit the District, its internal and external customers, while clearly articulating options to management and policy makers.
- Use modern office equipment including computer software applications related to the field of work.
Mechanical Engineer Additional Qualifications:
Thorough Knowledge of: Mechanical engineering principles, practices and methods with particular reference to the planning, design, construction and operation of water and wastewater facilities.
Working Knowledge of: Mechanical engineering mathematics; hydraulics as applied to pumping and water distribution systems; mechanical power transmission and control systems; pneumatic and hydraulic instrumentation systems; the usual sources of mechanical engineering information; electronic data processing applications to engineering problems; applicable safety standards and engineering economics.
General Knowledge of: Heat transfer, ventilation, noise control, engineering materials, control systems and principles; metallurgy and welding technology; corrosion control principles.
- Advanced modern and complex principles and practices of civil, electrical, mechanical, environmental, structural, safety, or control systems engineering.
- Advanced principles and applications of critical thinking and analysis.
- Advanced principles, practices, policies, and procedures of construction and project management.
- Operations of wastewater management systems and flow regimes.
- Advanced principles of air dispersion, fate-transport, interceptor odor, and safety and health risk analysis modeling.
- Methods and techniques of engineering plan review and analysis.
- Project management and contract negotiation and administration principles and techniques.
- Principles and practices of field surveying.
- Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility.
- Modern developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding engineering.
- Principles of advanced mathematics and their application to engineering work.
- Principles of chemistry and biology as applied to wastewater treatment.
- Principles of safety requirements as applied to wastewater treatment.
- Practices of researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective staff reports.
- Methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation.
- Techniques for effectively representing the District in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, various business, professional, educational, and regulatory organizations, and with property owners, developers, contractors, and the public.