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ENGINEER (Civil/Environmental, Chemical or Mechanical)

Company Name: Metropolitan Water District
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Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date Posted: 5/3/2013
Posting Expiry Date: 6/2/2013
Pay Rate: Competitive

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The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts. Our water is treated in California and distributed across 6 counties, providing nearly 19 million Californians with high quality water. Metropolitan's success is derived from our talented and diverse workforce whose efforts jointly drive the organization toward excellence. By joining our team, you will be faced with a challenging and exciting work environment allowing opportunities for training and career advancement. We offer excellent benefits and perks. Let's embark on creating a sustainable future together.

ENGINEER (Civil/Environmental, Chemical, or Mechanical)

The Engineering Services Group, Program Management Section, currently has two (2) openings for an Engineer in the Program Management Unit.

This position will be responsible for the management of multiple water treatment plant-related projects within Metropolitan's Capital Investment Plan. Potential projects will be located at MetropolitanÆs five water treatment plants. Positions at this level are recognized as technical specialists using initiative and resourcefulness in deviating from traditional methods or researching trends and patterns to develop new methods, criteria, or proposed new policies. The technical specialists act as project leaders. Projects involve treatment processes, plant upgrades, and equipment rehabilitation. Processes used at the conventional water treatment plants include coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection, and residual solids handling. Chemicals fed include ozone, hydrogen peroxide, sodium hypochlorite, sulfuric acid, caustic soda, polymers, alum, ferric chloride, fluorosilicic acid, chlorine, and ammonia.

Typical responsibilities include: Leading interdisciplinary teams assigned to programs and projects; Ensuring compliance with project and customer requirements; Leading and preparing engineering investigations and economic studies of engineering projects; Leading and developing project budgets and schedules; Forecasting cash flow for program and projects; and Developing, negotiating and administering consulting contracts for professional engineering services.

Other responsibilities include: Developing project justifications and preparing letters and presentations to the Metropolitan Board of Directors; Defining project work scopes; Monitoring expenditures, schedules, quality, and reporting; Providing technical leadership during the conceptual and preliminary design phases; Providing project management leadership during the preliminary design, final design, and construction phases; Coordinating with other internal groups to ensure project goals and objectives are addressed; Identifying and coordinating the need for environmental assessment; Delivering presentations on projects to Metropolitan management; Preparing regular status reports on assigned projects; Utilizing various software to obtain and present project data; and Preparing project management plans and preliminary design reports, and study and investigation reports.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday (Alternate Fridays off)

ò Education and Experience: BachelorÆs degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and six years of relevant experience, of which two years must have been at the Associate Engineer level; or MasterÆs degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and four years of relevant experience, of which two years must have been at the Associate Engineer level.
ò General Required Knowledge of: Engineering principles, practices and applications in specific discipline; project management principles and practices; applicable federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations related to area of responsibility; project management; and current office technology and equipment.

Employees in this position are required to obtain and maintain the following certifications, licensing and registrations:

ò Valid California Class C Driver License that allows you to drive in the course of your employment
ò License in good standing as a California Professional Engineer

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met or may be encountered by an employee to successfully perform the job duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job duties.

Physical Demands: The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; recurring lifting of moderately heavy items such as personal computers and record boxes. The work may require specific, but common, physical characteristics and abilities such as above-average agility and dexterity.

Work Environment: The work involves moderate risks or discomforts that require special safety precautions, e.g., working around moving parts, carts, or machines, or irritant chemicals; etc. Employees may be required to use protective clothing or gear such as masks, gowns, coats, boots, goggles, gloves, or shields.

Selection Procedure:
The applicant profile, resume, and response to the questionnaire will be used to screen an applicantÆs ability to meet the minimum requirements. Based on a comparative analysis, only those candidates demonstrating the strongest backgrounds will be invited to participate in a written test and oral panel interview.

Job Related Selection Criteria:
20% Job Preparation (education, experience & training relevant to the position)
25% Technical Skills and Knowledge such as:
ò Large scale water treatment process design and operation;
ò Public works construction concepts and techniques.
25% Project Management, Organization, and Planning Skills and Knowledge such as:
ò Engineering project management concepts and techniques, including scoping, budgeting, benchmarking, scheduling, negotiating, estimating, and planning; status reporting; project controls; project team building; conflict resolution; and leading project staff.
15% Oral Communication Skills
15% Written Communication Skills
100% Total

ò Competitive compensation
ò Excellent Medical, Dental, Life, Vision, Retirement plans including Pension plan and 401K (with matching employer contribution), tuition reimbursement, and more
ò Training and advancement opportunities
ò On-site fitness center
ò Excellent working environment
ò Hub of public transportation: Rail, subway, buses and taxis
ò Public transportation reimbursements and van pools

This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. To receive a copy of the complete job description, please send an email to

For more information of MWD benefits, please use the following link:

Reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities may be requested by calling (213) 217-7738 at least five (5) working days in advance of the scheduled examination date(s).

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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