Assistant / Associate Engineer- Utilities

City of Carlsbad | Carlsbad, CA

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Posted Date 7/14/2020

Salary: $73,153.60 - $112,236.80

The City of Carlsbad is currently seeking an engineering professional to fill the role of a Utilities Engineer. This position may be filled at the Assistant or Associate level. This is an exciting opportunity to work within the Utilities Division of the City's Public Works Department, helping the city with its capital improvement project and operations/ maintenance programs. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong capability in the areas of resourcefulness, creativity and innovation; think "outside the box", and propose creative ideas and solutions to the complicated and rewarding projects we face on a daily basis.

The Utilities Division is responsible for the maintenance and operation of water & recycled water distribution systems and a wastewater collection & conveyance system. You will be part of an eight-person engineering team managing a variety of utilities projects, sometimes independently or with a great team. The duties include review, evaluation, design, and project management of Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) focusing on sewer, water and recycled water infrastructure.

The City of Carlsbad is a public agency offering a great culture and exposure to a variety of water and wastewater or (Public Works Utilities) related.

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Carlsbad - The Community:

This 39 square mile city is ideally situated in north San Diego County with an approximate population of 115,000. The City of Carlsbad offers a great climate, beautiful beaches, lagoons and abundant natural open space. World class resorts, family attractions, well-planned neighborhoods, a diverse business sector and a charming village atmosphere combine to create the ideal California experience.

This job structure includes employees who perform professional engineering work on a variety of projects and on-going programs in support of the public works infrastructure. Engineering professionals are individual contributors who may work independently or under the direction of a registered professional engineer or engineering supervisor and who use their underlying knowledge, skills and abilities in the fields of civil, utilities construction, land-use, land surveying, and / or transportation/traffic engineering, along with skills and abilities in research, design, analysis, project management, program management and personnel management to perform their duties.

The job level of an Engineering Professional (as described by the KSA matrix) is determined by two factors. The first is "business need" to have a job performed at a certain level, as defined by the specific responsibilities designed into the role, and how the organization is structured. The second is that the job incumbent must possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to function at the assigned professional level, as demonstrated by their work and contributions.

Assistant Engineer: $35.17 - $46.02
Associate Engineer $41.24 - $53.96

The complete job description for ENGINEERING PROFESSIONALS

Key Responsibilities
Design and prepare, and /or supervise the preparation of plans, specifications, agreements, contracts and estimates for City, Water District Projects and maintenance and operations (M&O) projects in assigned area
Perform professional civil engineering work, independently or under the direction of a registered professional engineer, at the planning, design and constructions stages
Perform project management activities in the technical areas assigned, including using standard good practices of project and program management
Manage and administer contracts for City's Capital Improvement Projects and M&O projects to ensure completion within scope, schedule, and budget;
Review and approve invoices related to projects assigned.
Coordinate utility engineering projects with other City departments, public agencies and utility companies to avoid potential conflicts
Work closely with external consultants, contractors, suppliers, vendors and regulatory agencies to support to implement and oversee department policies and objectives
Coordinate project scoping, design and implementation; prepare requests for proposals for services; meet with consultants to discuss concepts of general requirements for projects; assist in the selection of consultants;
Coordinate and evaluate consultants' work; prepare periodic reports and updates.
Participate in the development of standard engineering specifications, criteria and procedures;
Provide technical advice to field operations, other City departments and the general public in the interpretation of City ordinances, policies, regulations and procedures;
Ensure conformance with City of Carlsbad policies and standards.
Collect, analyze, interpret, report and apply technical data
Prepare and/or review engineering reports, studies, calculations, including geotechnical studies, odor studies, flow studies, biology studies, preliminary engineering reports, estimated costs, etc.
Review the work of consultants, when they submit reports or studies of this nature
Prepare and/or review various project reports, council resolutions, staff reports, environmental impact reports, negative declarations and reports required by state and federal agencies
Attend City Council meetings or other agency meetings as required;
Represent the City in the community and at professional meetings as required
Review development utility projects for accuracy and ensure project compliance with city engineering standards and the Carlsbad Municipal Code
Work closely and keep an open line of communication with operations and engineers of other departments to interpret City policies and ordinance requirements;
Review plans, and coordinate the work involved in processing private residential, commercial and industrial projects
Principles, practice and methods of engineering.
Experience preparing designs, plans, specifications, estimates, reports and recommendations relating to engineering projects.
Applicable federal, state and local codes, design standards, laws and regulations
The City's Mission and Vision, the Organizational and Community Values and how your position supports those goals
Ability To:
Perform technical engineering work of a complex nature with a minimum of supervision.
Take initiative and be innovative within all aspects of the position.
Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Learn the organizational structure of the City and the roles and responsibilities of functions related to this position.
Use Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Project or other related project management software.
Experience using Microsoft Project, AutoCAD, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is highly desirable
Effectively communicate both verbally and in writing with all levels of staff, including various agencies and the public
Problem-solve and determine alternatives for complex situations
May supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff
Experience & Education
Assistant Engineer:
An equivalent combination of the education and experience listed below:

Bachelors degree in engineering or a closely related field, from an accredited college or university,
Minimum of two years of related work experience
A master’s degree in engineering or a related field may be substituted for work experience
Engineer-In-Training Certificate
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California Drivers License

Associate Engineer:
An equivalent combination of the education and experience listed below:
All of the education requirements for the Assistant Engineer AND:
Minimum of five years of related experience
Masters degree in engineering or a related field may be substituted for work experience
Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer
Experience with:
Pressurized pipes and gravity systems
Municipal utility-related capital projects delivery
Working knowledge of Water, Wastewater, and Recycled Water System Design

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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