Placer County Water Agency

Auburn , CA
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Associate Engineer

Placer County Water Agency
Auburn, CA Full-time
Posted on March 15, 2019

$90,960 - $116,093 annually, DOQ, plus excellent benefits

Perform professional and technical engineering duties as required for water and power systems; to serve as project manager through planning, design and construction on assigned projects.

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:

  • Prepare water system plans, specifications, engineering studies and reports and contracts.
  • Assist with environmental assessments.
  • Conduct hydraulic, operational and economic analysis of water systems.
  • Design pipelines, canals, pumping plants, building structures, power facilities, and related facilities.
  • Make engineering calculations.
  • Review and assist with the coordination of consultants work.
  • Prepare bid documents and cost estimates.
  • Analyze problems and develop effective solutions.
  • Determine the federal, state or local laws, regulations or guidelines that affect projects and apply them appropriately.
  • Analyze and track project costs and recommend action on progress pay estimates.
  • Conduct surveys.
  • Analyze proposals and bids.
  • Provide technical assistance and support to Agency staff.
  • Draft technical and administrative correspondence.
  • Serve as a project manager over assigned projects including preparing and managing scope, schedule and budget.
  • Instruct staff in methods of executing sub-tasks within the planning, design and analysis phases of projects.
  • Assist in the preparation of annual and long-range CIP projects by providing project description, project cost and recommendations for project priority.
  • May conduct public meetings on water system projects.
  • May inspect construction project sites.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other Agency employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications – Knowledge of:

  • Civil and hydraulic engineering principles and practices.
  • Computer principles as related to the solution of engineering problems.
  • Pipeline materials and construction.
  • Water treatment processes.
  • Methods of water system planning.
  • Practices of feasibility studies and cost estimating.
  • Principles and practices of surveying and mapping.
  • Principles and practices of project management.
  • Methods of budget management.
  • Contract and construction management principles.
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines.
  • Modern office equipment including use of word processing, database and spreadsheet applications.
  • Principles and practices of customer service.

Required Qualifications – Ability to:

  • Perform complex engineering analyses and computations.
  • Prepare plans and specifications.
  • Conduct public meetings.
  • Prepare cost estimates and project plans.
  • Analyze bids for construction, design and project engineering and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Analyze problems and prepare appropriate solutions.
  • Work independently and identify and resolve potential problems.
  • Operate a computer using word processing and business software.
  • Use common office equipment.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession and maintenance of a valid California driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of California.

Experience and Education:

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


  • Four years of professional civil or mechanical engineering or equivalent experience with water systems related operations.


  • Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in Engineering or a related field.


Applications must be received on/before Monday, April 8, 2019

PCWA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.