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Assistant Engineer/Associate Engineer (DOQ)

Assistant Engineer/Associate Engineer (DOQ)


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Are you interested in a meaningful career helping manage the Agency's asset portfolio as an integral part of the Asset Management Unit? The Agency is seeking a strategic, innovative, and influential problem solver to serve as its next Assistant Engineer or Associate Engineer.   IEUA has emphasized the importance of managing infrastructure assets and ensuring long-term reliability for our various resources while minimizing the total life cycle cost. If you enjoy optimizing asset lifespan and conducting capital investment replacement analysis, this is the position for you!  
This Position is perfect for you if:
  • You want to ensure the longevity and efficiency of critical Agency assets.
  • You value teamwork and the opportunity to work with a collaborative group of engineering professionals.
  • You have strong analytical skills and are able to take a creative approach to solving problems.
  • You are able to communicate effectively with both internal and external stakeholders both verbally and in writing.
  • You want to contribute to the community's well-being and growth!
Here at the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, we are a leader in water management and environmental stewardship. We strive to produce high-quality renewable products such as recycled water and top-quality compost to enhance and preserve the quality of life throughout our region. Our values go beyond just protecting the resources and the communities we serve. We are committed to applying ethical, transparent, and environmentally sustainable principles to all aspects of business and organizational conduct. We recognize that our commitment to the community starts with our employees. In order to ensure that our staff are able to continue to perform at a high level and provide unparalleled services throughout our service area, we strive to provide a healthy work-life balance.
Here are a few ways the Inland Empire Utilities Agency is committed to helping you feel your best, work your best, and live your best while working with us:

  • A 4-day work week with remote hybrid work schedules for some positions
  • A pension through California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS)
  • Generous employer monthly health benefit allowances to go towards the cost of medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Competitive vacation, floating holiday, sick time in addition to 9 agency paid holidays
  • Education Reimbursement up to $5,250 per fiscal year
  • Professional Development Stipend of $1,000 per fiscal year
  • Basic life insurance coverage provided
  • Wellness Stipend of $500 per fiscal year
  • 457b Deferred Compensation Contribution
  • Interest free loan for a computer purchase up to $3,000

This position is open until filled. The deadline for the first review of applications is 11:59 PM on Thursday, June 15, 2023.  Applicants that submit applications after the first review deadline are not guaranteed to be considered for this recruitment.  This recruitment may close at any time without notice after the first review deadline.

There is one (1) vacancy in the Engineering Department

This recruitment is being conducted to fill one (1) vacancy and will establish an eligibility list which may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur during the active status of the eligibility list.

Salary Range: Assistant Engineer: UN 179 ($3,457-$4,212
                         Associate Engineer: UN 182 ($4,001-$4,875)
FLSA: Exempt
Under general supervision, performs routine to difficult professional engineering-related duties for a number of functional areas, including CIP project planning/design, engineering and construction project management, environ­mental resource planning and compliance monitoring, maintenance/reliability engineering, and recycled water systems; and performs related duties as assigned.

Assistant Engineer is the entry-level professional class in the engineering class series. Staffing for the class may be in multiple Agency divisions/departments, including Engineering & Construc­tion, Environ­mental Planning & Compliance, Technical Services, Operations and Maintenance. Incum­bents perform routine professional engineering and planning work and analyses. As incumbents gain experience, work assignments become more diversified and difficult and require the application of more detailed know­ledge of Agency opera­tions and infrastructure.

Associate Engineer is the journey-level professional class in the engineering class series. Incumbents perform the full range of engineering work and analyses requiring strong technical know­ledge and sound independent judgment and initiative. Work is performed with limited super­vision and direction, and results are reviewed for quality and accuracy of plans and recommenda­tions. Assistant Engineers may be considered for advancement to Associate Engineer after demonstrating the ability to successfully perform the full range of duties of the latter class.

Associate Engineer is distinguished from Senior Associate Engineer in that incumbents in the latter class are responsible for leading and participating in the most complex engineering projects, programs and activities.


The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.
Provides cross-division assistance on engineering issues and projects; performs standard calculations and prepares engineering estimates of time/materials costs; assists outside agencies and businesses on engineering, planning and operational concerns; assists in coordinating engineering projects with other utilities and member agencies.

Prepares a variety of reports and correspondence on technical engineering matters.

Serves as engineering project manager for assigned projects; may negotiate and oversee consultant engineering firms; prepares cost estimates, scopes of work, project schedules and budgets; manages consultant contracts and reviews consultant output for compliance with Agency standards; reviews requests for change orders; prepares project status reports and reviews with management.

Interprets applicable laws, regulations, policies and engineering standards.

For Technical Services
Provides knowledgeable technical support to other Agency divisions and departments, with a focus on Operations and Maintenance.

Provides frontline technical guidance and consulting assistance to plant management/operators to troubleshoot and resolve engineering, operations and maintenance issues; iden­tifies and finds solutions to problems in engineering design, capital project construction, implementa­tion of new equipment in facilities, plant maintenance and plant operations.

Serves as a member of capital project teams; participates in defining project objectives; contributes concepts for design; assists in resolving operational issues during design and construction; partici­pates in startup and ongoing operations to ensure project goals are achieved.


Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in civil engineering or a related engineering discipline, and:

One year of professional engineering or related field/planning experience (including internship experience), prefer­ably with a water or wastewater utility; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

An Assistant Engineer may be considered for advancement to Associate Engineer after demonstrating proficiency to perform the full range of duties of the latter class. Proficiency criteria and the process for demonstrating performance at the levels established in the criteria are established jointly by hiring authorities and the Director, Human Resources and are described in a separate document.

Typically, an Assistant Engineer is expected to be capable of meeting the proficiency criteria within a 12 to 24-month period, depending on an individual's prior experience and progression in performing the full range of Associate Engineer duties as described in the establish performance criteria.

A valid California Class C driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the Agency's vehicle insurance program.  

For Associate Engineer, F.E. Certification is required.

For Assistant Engineer, F.E. Certification is required within 12 months of hire..
Level 1 vibration analysis, infrared and tribology certifications from a recognized training institution are desirable.

Certain assignments require a Wastewater Treatment Operator Grade III certification or a Water Treatment Operator 1 and/or Distribution Operator 1 certifications within 12 months of hire or promotion.

Principles and practices of engineering design, construction, contract administration and project management that relate to wastewater and water treatment/distribution facilities and infrastructure.

Principles of physics, mathematics, hydraulics and geographic information systems applicable to assigned engineering discipline.

Methods, techniques and equipment used in the design, construction and maintenance of wastewater, water and recycled water capital projects.

Applicable laws, regulations and codes related to the assigned area of engineering or program management.

Modern developments, current literature and sources of information regarding the assigned area of engineering.

Safety policies and safe work practices applicable to the work.

Practices and techniques of sound business communications.

Information technology and computer capabilities applicable to assigned engineering functions, including SCADA and geographical information systems at an advanced user level.

Review, prepare or direct consultant preparation of engineering designs, plans, specifications and legal contracts.

Prepare and evaluate engineering studies for CIP projects.

Perform technical research and analyze engineering and mathematical problems, evaluating alterna­tives and recommending effective courses of action.

Prepare clear, concise and accurate reports, drawings, maps, notes, correspondence and other written materials.

Participate in engineering design and construction activities for capital improvement or maintenance projects.

Understand, interpret, explain and apply federal, state and local laws, regulations, codes and policies applicable to assigned engineering functions/projects.

Organize work, set priorities and exercise sound independent judgment within assigned areas.

Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and make presentations to management.

Represent the Agency effectively in dealings with consultants, contractors and other agencies.

Present proposals and recommendations clearly, logically and persuasively.

Operate a computer using standard business and engineering software.

Use tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive issues, situations and concerned individuals.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all those encountered in the course of work.


All employment applications will be reviewed for accuracy, completion, relevant experience, education, training and other job-related qualifications. Applicants with the strongest background relating to the responsibilities of this position will be invited to participate in the testing process which may include one or more of the following: written test, oral interview, performance/practical examination. The successful candidate will be required to pass a background/reference check and pre-employment physical examination including a drug screen (for safety sensitive position) at no cost to the candidate. Please visit our website at and select the Human Resources Department for additional information regarding the Agency, the hiring process and benefit information.
Any applicant requiring reasonable accommodation during the selection process due to a qualified disability must inform the Human Resources Office at (909) 993-1640 or at least 72 hours in advance of the need for accommodation.
"The Agency's success is obtained by creating a positive and diverse work environment which recognizes individual differences and experiences".

Inland Empire Utilities Agency
6075 Kimball Ave.

Chino, California, 91708

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Job Type : Full-Time

Job Function : Services

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