2022-09-13 2022-10-18

Capital Facilities Assistant Engineer

Vallecitos Water District
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: San Marcos, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 84678
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: San Marcos, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 84678
  • Organization Website

Annual Salary Range: $78,970 - $105,826

Hiring Salary Range: $78,970 - $87,063

Applications will be accepted until there are a sufficient number of highly qualified applicants from which to make a selection. However, for the earliest consideration, please submit your application materials by September 26, 2022.


Under general supervision, performs professional engineering work; provides technical engineering support work related to all District capital facilities, including communication, documentation for design production, and record-keeping; provides contract administration, and project coordination; performs related duties as required.


This class performs technical engineering support tasks, including proper file management of capital facility records; professional assistant-level engineering duties; and, coordinating small to mid-sized capital facility projects, monthly billings processing/tracking, and contract administration. This class is distinguished from the Capital Facilities Engineer, which is responsible for overseeing mid-size to large capital facility projects, including contract administration.

Examples of Duties

Essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Coordinates construction activities with District construction, inspection, operations and maintenance personnel;
  • Communicates regularly with contractors, consultants, developers, public agencies, homeowners’ associations, and other concerned parties, via telephone, mail, and e-mail; drafts, prepares, and reviews District memoranda and correspondence;
  • Performs project administration duties, including budget tracking; reviewing scopes of work, improvement plans, specifications, and submittals; tracking projects; preparing and reviewing project reports and cost estimates; and coordinating construction inspection services; reviews and provides feedback on project deliverables;
  • Assists with the review and production of designs, plans, and specifications for the construction and development of District projects;
  • Reviews and processes requests for payment and change orders; assists engineering staff, customers, consultants, and contractors with items needed to start and complete projects;
  • Reads and interprets hydraulic analysis of proposed capital improvements utilizing computer systems and manual calculations; performs sewer and water modeling/hydraulic analysis of proposed capital improvements including gravity flow, pressure pipe, and pump design;
  • Calculates angles, areas, stationing, traverses, and related mathematical functions for engineering construction drawings and field surveys;
  • Reads and interprets regulations, contracts, plans and specifications, maps, and a variety of other engineering and contract related information; uses computer software, calculators, and equipment, reproduction equipment, and a variety of other engineering and office equipment in performing job duties;
  • Represents District in coordination with other utilities, regulatory agencies, governmental bodies, planning agencies, technical groups, contractors, and the public; provides support to the Capital Facilities Senior Engineer in preparing presentations to the Board of Directors;
  • Occasionally visits project sites, including accompanying construction inspectors, and observing field staff and projects;
  • Occasionally assists as a member of survey crew;
  • Operates copiers, plotters, and a variety of office equipment'
  • Performs duties in a timely professional manner and works well with others or in a team setting;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers, outside agencies, and the public;
  • Regular attendance and adherence to prescribed work schedule to conduct job responsibilities;
  • Observes safe work practices and safety methods; performs other duties as assigned.

Typical Qualifications

Ideal Candidate

The Capital Facilities Assistant Engineer must be able to establish professional, effective working relationships with coworkers, vendors, and contractors. Organizational skills, ability to meet deadlines, and attention to detail are necessary qualities. Demonstrated project coordination, including contract administration, is highly preferred. As the entry-level engineer in Capital Facilities, the ideal candidate is interested in, and open to, receiving mentorship and training. The successful candidate is eager to learn new things, demonstrates, initiative, and has a positive attitude.

The ideal candidate has knowledge of principles and practices of contract administration and technical writing. Knowledge of civil engineering support work, including mapping, drafting, design and specifications, cost estimating, and scheduling is important. The ideal candidate will already possess a current California Engineering-in-Training certificate. The Assistant Engineer communicates clearly and works with staff at multiple levels of the organization. Key attributes include sound engineering ethics, and the flexibility to serve multiple projects at one time.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices, methods, and materials of civil engineering support work including mapping, drafting, design and specifications, cost estimating, and scheduling related to District systems;
  • Engineering mathematics; hydraulics; and water treatment;
  • Principles and practices of contract administration, technical writing, data collection & analysis methods;
  • Standard office practices and procedures;
  • Operation of standard office and engineering equipment including computers and reproduction equipment;
  • Software used for word processing and spreadsheets; computer aided design software, such as AutoCAD or Bluebeam Revu design software.

Ability to:

  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
  • Draft engineering documents and schematics, including feasibility studies and preliminary design reports and schematics;
  • Read plans accurately, perform applicable math and itemization, and produces engineer’s estimates;
  • Plan, organize, track, and coordinate District projects through design, bid, and construction phase; manage small–mid-sized projects and perform contract administration;
  • Understand, read, and interpret GIS data;
  • Understand and follow verbal and written directions; explain and apply policies and procedures; work independently;
  • Coordinate multiple projects and meet critical deadlines; keep accurate records;
  • Analyze information, evaluate alternatives, and make sound recommendations;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and those contacted in the course of the work.

Education & Experience

Any combination of education or experience that would likely provide the necessary knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Possession of a bachelor’s degree in civil or environmental engineering is highly desirable. At least one year’ experience in technical engineering support work that included reading and interpreting background data, independent research, designs, plans, and specifications is required.

Licenses, Certificates, and Special Requirements

  • Possession of a California Engineer-in-Training certification preferred but not required.

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