Engineering Technician III

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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Chicago, IL, United States

Phone: 312-751-5462
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Engineering Technician III


Chicago, IL 



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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Engineering Technician III
Recruitment #23-20003575-002

Date Opened: 3/31/2023 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 4/14/2023 11:59:00 PM
Qualification Date: May 14, 2023
Job Type: Original Entrance
Salary: Starting Annual Salary: $58,236.88/year

How to Apply: Go to by April 14th to submit an application.

General Statement
Under supervision, is responsible for performing technical tasks related to the maintenance and operation of a sewage treatment plant.

Essential Job Functions
Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here.
  • Assists engineering personnel in carrying out wastewater treatment operations; assists in performing field inspections of operations, facilities and equipment and in resolving operating problems; supervises trades personnel in the completion of maintenance activities.
  • Assists engineering personnel in the supervision and inspection of maintenance and construction work and the enforcement of District specifications and safety requirements; collects related data for preparation of correspondence.
  • Assists in planning and directing biosolids receiving, drying and shipping operations at various sludge drying sites; monitors activities and site conditions; determines and records truck and material weight information.
  • Retrieves, microfilms, duplicates, checks, codes and files departmental records; copies and archives contract plans; maintains filing system for records retrieval.
  • Sets up and maintains surveying equipment; assists in establishing and recording survey information such as lines and grades, bench marks and cross sections.
  • Obtains, assembles and prepares data and maintains records; makes routine checks on data; utilizes departmental information systems to retrieve and enter information and prepare reports.
Other Job Functions
  • Performs standard tests and checks.
  • Drafts and prepares charts and exhibits.
  • Maintains supply and equipment inventories; prepares purchase requisitions.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Environmental Conditions
Typical office environment. May use standard office equipment and computer terminals. May involve exposure to a variety of operating mechanical equipment and loud noise and/or noxious odors. May include working in all types of weather conditions throughout the plant facility and collection system. May involve working in close proximity to or in conjunction with construction activities and heavy equipment, and may require exposure to a variety of weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Some knowledge of geometry, college algebra and trigonometry.
  • Some knowledge of field surveying and related computations.
  • Some knowledge of engineering measuring devices, instruments, laboratory and sampling equipment.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to use engineering transits and levels.
  • Ability to make working drawings from rough drafts or notes.
  • Ability to utilize word processors, spread sheets, database managers, and similar applications.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Original Entrance - Introduction

This examination is open to all candidates, both internal and external, who meet the minimum requirements.
Applications will be accepted only during the designated filing period for this examination.  The opening and closing dates of the filing period are listed in this announcement.  Applications must be filed by the following method:
Submitted online through the District's Online Employment Center at  Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on the closing date in order to be considered.
The deadline for filing an application will not be extended due to any unavailability of the District's Online Employment Center.  The District will not be liable for the Online Employment Center being unavailable for any period of time, and it is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application form is completed and submitted in a timely manner.  Therefore, it is recommended that applications be submitted early in the filing period.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application form is completed and submitted in a timely manner by the method described above
Descriptions and dates of education, experience and any required license or certification should be very clear so that it is understood exactly how the applicant meets the minimum requirements. Prospective employees will be required to provide documentation of the required education, experience and licensure/certification upon employment. Falsification of a material statement in an application may constitute grounds for rejection of the application, exclusion from the examination, removal from the eligible list, or discharge of an employee from his or her position in the Classified Service.
Minimum Requirement Date: The minimum requirements for this examination must be met by the qualification date listed in this announcement.
Residency Requirement: There is no residency requirement to participate in the examination; however, all District employees must be domiciled within the boundaries of the District within six months of successful completion of probation. (The District is in Cook County, Illinois, covering approximately 90% of the county area.)
Veterans' Preference: In Original Entrance examinations, five points for Veterans' Preference will be added, in accordance with the District statute, to the scores of those candidates who attain a passing score in all phases of the examination. Information regarding the periods of eligible service, the documentation needed to file a claim and Veterans' Preference claim forms can be obtained through the District's website, by clicking here, or requested at the test site.
Probationary Period: The probationary period for this classification is one year (250 days worked).
Hiring and Employment Objectives: The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is committed to hiring and employment practices that base employee selection on a candidate's knowledge, skill and ability to perform effectively on the job; provide equal employment opportunity to all applicants; prohibit the entry of political reasons or factors and other improper considerations into any stage of the selection and hiring processes; and create a transparent, honest and fair hiring system.
An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D
Reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with applicable laws.  Requests for testing accommodations are to be made within one week after the close of the filing period.  For information regarding accommodation for individuals with disabilities, phone (312) 751-5170 (voice) or (312) 751-5916 (TTY).

Original Entrance - Examination

Duties: Under supervision, is responsible for performing technical tasks related to the maintenance and operations of a sewage treatment plant.

Minimum Requirements: Graduation from a standard senior high school or the equivalent and two years of sub-professional engineering experience. Substitution: College or technical training beyond high school in engineering or mathematics may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Examination: The examination will consist of a written test weighted 100%. The minimum passing score on the written test will be 70% unless determined otherwise by the Director of Human Resources. Candidates must achieve a passing score to have their names placed on the eligible list.

The written test will assess candidates' knowledge, skill and ability in areas such as mathematics and computational ability; engineering concepts; principles of applied science and technology; comprehension of written and graphical materials; effective written communication and following written instructions; safety principles and practices.
Examination Process: All applicants will be advised by email if they have been admitted to the examination process. Applicants who do not receive a response to their application by Friday, May 12, 2023, should contact the Employee Selection Office at (312) 751-5100.
WRITTEN TEST: The written test will be administered on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St., Chicago, IL 60655.
Candidates should report at 9:00 a.m. with the approved (printed) admission letter and driver's license or other form of photo identification. Calculators will be provided. The use of books, study guides, cell phones, tablets, smartwatches, laptops or other aids during the test is prohibited.

Original Entrance - Appointments
Appointments will be made from an eligible list with three categories: A (Exceptionally Well Qualified), B (Well Qualified) and C (Qualified). Candidates in the highest category will be given first consideration for appointment. The eligible list has a duration of three years. Appointment is subject to successfully passing a physical examination, a drug test and a criminal history background investigation.