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The San Diego County Water Authority is an independent public agency that serves as San Diego County's regional water wholesaler. The mission of the San Diego County Water Authority is to provide a safe and secure water supply to its 24 member agencies serving the region's $222 billion economy and its 3.3 million residents.
With an acute awareness of San Diego's dependence on imported water sources, the Water Authority is executing a long term strategy to diversify the region's supply sources, make major investments in the region's water delivery and storage system, and improve water use efficiency. Through dynamic leadership, thoughtful planning, and prudent fiscal policies, the Water Authority is cost effectively managing the region's water portfolio, while continuing to diversify supplies to enhance future reliability
THE ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT The Engineering Department is responsible for the design and construction of new regional water facilities in the Capital Improvement Program (CIP); rehabilitating or replacing facilities identified as part of the Asset Management Program; identifying and employing value engineering of design concepts to optimize facility and aqueduct system performance; managing major emergency facility repairs; and providing overall CIP programmatic monitoring and controls. It also manages the Water Authority's real-estate interests by acquiring, disposing of, and leasing real property; patrolling and managing 168 miles of right of way; administering the deferral of standby water availability charges; and providing survey services. In addition, the department provides technical support to other agencies, departments, and member agencies.
THE CONSTRUCTION SECTION The Engineering Department's Construction Section is responsible for supporting engineering project and construction managers in the planning, design, and construction phase of projects; providing a full range of detailed construction inspections of concrete, welding, structural, masonry, and soils, for multi-disciplined public works, waterworks and facility construction projects; interpreting plans and specifications to ensure construction contract compliance and documenting findings on a variety of software applications; providing lead work direction to lower-level technicians and staff; establishing work priorities and reviewing work in progress to ensure critical project milestones are met, and performing related duties as assigned.
THE POSITION Under general supervision, the Senior Engineering Technician will provide technical, paraprofessional engineering support to engineering project managers in the planning, design, permitting and construction management of SDCWA capital improvement projects and existing facilities maintenance; provide a full range of detailed construction inspections of multi-disciplined public works, waterworks and facility construction projects; prepare and interpret plans and specifications to ensure construction contract compliance; prepare and recommend change orders and cost estimates; and perform related duties as assigned
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE The ideal candidate is one who conducts their work in a positive, productive, and supportive manner with others to achieve the organization's project or program goals, and responds to internal and external customers in a timely, effective, and professional manner, and who cooperates with fellow employees and contractors, maintains a positive outlook, acts respectfully towards others, and behaves or reacts in a professional manner in accordance with the Water Authority's standards, vision, and values.
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 the class.
Provides a full range of highly skilled technical support for professional engineers and project managers; performs journey-level computer-aided design drafting and preparation of engineering plans, sketches, record drawings, layouts, right-of-way drawings, legals and plats, graphic displays, exhibits, maps and cost estimates for water conveyance facilities.
Utilizes field survey data, project design criteria and standards, and computer-aided design and drafting software to produce engineering plans, sketches, profiles, plats, tables, graphics and maps; performs routine-to-difficult mathematical calculations; prepares and revises record drawings; performs manual drafting when necessary.
Performs construction site visits prior to initiation of construction to record and document site conditions using still and video photography; reviews contractor materials submittals; assists project managers with change order, addendum and amendment preparation; conducts project research as directed.
Monitors and inspects a variety of water conveyance construction projects and installations to ensure compliance with project documents including the installation and construction of pipelines, flow control facilities, valves, metalwork fittings and welds, earthwork, asphalt paving and structural concrete.
Interprets engineering plans, documents, and construction specifications; makes recommendations on change orders; confers with supervisors, consultants, contractors and various Authority staff on field design conflicts, construction requirements and contract documents.
Review, evaluates and comments on shop drawings, project documents and construction sites prior to the start of construction, thereby identifying potential problems; reviews and modifies contractors' material submittals prior to construction
Determines elevation of pipe, flow control facilities and other structures; verifies alignment and obtains measurements as pipeline and structures are being constructed; verifies concrete construction, including placement of reinforced steel, embedded items, concrete quality, placement of form work, expansion and sealant materials and welded joints; responds to contractor requests for information.
Reviews retained consultants' and construction contractors' invoices for compliance with contract agreements; reviews project budget documents and prepares monthly progress payment requests for project manager approval.
Provides direction to lower-level technicians and staff; establishes work priorities and reviews work in progress to ensure critical project milestones are met.
Drafts correspondence, memoranda, reports, position papers and legal descriptions pertaining to capital improvement and maintenance projects to consultants, contractors, materials suppliers, utilities, public agencies and property owners; prepares purchase order requests, service requests and work status reports; coordinates administrative documents with other Authority departments, as necessary.
Creates manual and computer-generated graphics and illustrations for reports, presentations and Board meetings.
The Senior Engineering Technician is the advanced, journey-level class in the subprofessional engineering series. Under general supervision, incumbents are responsible for conducting the more difficult calculations, computer-aided design drafting, plan checking, contractor submittal review, construction inspection and related technical duties. This classification must possess a thorough knowledge of SDCWA water conveyance facilities. Incumbents are expected to perform a full range of design drafting and/or inspection duties independently. This class is distinguished from the Supervising Engineering Technician in that it does not have the supervisory responsibilities of the latter class. This class is distinguished from the Engineering Technician II class in that this class is generally responsible for independently performing more complex inspections and design drafting, and providing technical guidance and assigned project supervision to lower-level technicians.
To be considered for this position, please submit an employment application and supplemental questionnaire by 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2018. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application and supplemental questionnaire. All applications and supplemental questionnaires will be evaluated in relation to the criteria outlined in this job announcement. The selection process may consist of an appraisal interview, writing exercise, and/or other appropriate screening methods.
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The qualification guidelines generally describe the knowledge and ability required to enter the job in order to successfully perform the assigned duties. Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:
Graduation from high school or G.E.D equivalent, supplemented by college-level course work in civil engineering, construction management or related fields; and six years of responsible sub-professional engineering, or construction management experience in public works constructions, including three years as a project inspector and/or construction administrator in the waterworks industry; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
NDT Grade I certification in welding
Some positions may require a valid California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the Authority's Vehicle Insurance Policy.
Internal Number: 18-20
About San Diego County Water Authority
The San Diego County Water Authority is a progressive, independent public agency that serves as San Diego County's regional water wholesaler. The Water Authority's mission is to provide a safe and reliable supply of water to its 24 member agencies serving this semi-arid region's $222 billion economy and its 3.3 million residents.