SPIARS Engineering

A Christian-led Company

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Associate District Engineer

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Principal Engineer, an Associate Engineer performs a variety of professional engineering tasks related to the planning, design, construction, operation and evaluation of the District’s water and wastewater facilities.

In addition, the Associate Engineer, conducts studies and prepares engineering and technical reports, correspondence, and technical specifications and contract provisions for proposed construction projects.

Job Functions

  • Utilize AutoCAD Civil 3D to prepare detailed layout and design drawings for District construction and maintenance projects, structures and other facilities; produce drawings, maps, or charts; reviews designs with operating personnel; prepares environmental CEQA documents for regulatory compliance.
  • Provide technical operations assistance to plant personnel; identify operational problems and recommends process changes; conduct pilot studies to optimize plant operations; make recommendations regarding equipment operation/purchase and maintenance of District structures.
  • Identify long term projects to improve plant operations and assure regulatory compliance and provide information and training to operating personnel on various technical topics.
  • Prepare CIP budgets for capital improvement projects.
  • Coordinate the work among contractors, consultants, utility providers, municipal agencies and regulatory agencies; review RFI and submittals, check and inspect the work of contractors and consultants; act as liaison between contractors/consultants and District staff.
  • Perform calculations and prepare estimates of costs, quantities, and work for a variety of projects; provide cost-benefit analyses.
  • Represent the District with utilities, cities, engineering firms, contractors, developers, contractors, manufacturers in accomplishing assignments, coordinate District projects with other agencies. Present complex technical topics to various audiences such as the Board of Directors.
  • Perform miscellaneous engineering office/field work and other related duties as assigned.


Demonstrated knowledge of and performance in the following areas:

  • Civil engineering principles, practices, and methods.

  • Hydraulics, hydrology, chemistry and thermodynamics.

  • Mechanical equipment, electrical and control systems.

  • Construction practices, trades and materials.

  • Project management and coordination.

  • Contract administration practices and principles.

  • Methods and techniques used in design and construction for planning, design, cost estimation, construction, installation, and inspection of wastewater collection, distribution, and treatment facilities.

  • Federal, State, and local laws and regulations related to CEQA, water/wastewater system design, construction, and plant operations.

  • Engineering mathematics, economics, and statistical analysis.

  • Safety standards and practices.

Educational & Certification Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering
  • Engineer-In-Training (EIT) Certification minimum, Professional Engineer licensing (P.E.) preferred.
  • Minimum 4 years of increasingly responsible professional engineering experience and project management related to water and/or sewage collection systems.
  • Wastewater Treatment and Water Distribution or Treatment certification.


  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with employees, other managers, the public, developers, other government agencies, consultants and contractors.
  • Interpret, implement and enforce District water, REW, sewer and administrative ordinances and other state and local regulations.
  • Prepare clear and concise technical reports, correspondence, and other administrative documents.
  • Provide clear verbal communications and make formal group/public presentations.
  • Analyze engineering and operational problems, evaluate alternatives and provide options and recommendations that demonstrates technical, administrative and political considerations.
  • Use a variety of software applications related to the occupation.

Character Traits

  • Learning & Adaptive – In a growing business with a big mission, our engineers must have an appetite to learn and improve their skills.
  • Determination & Resourcefulness – This person must be a creative problem solver and be willing to roll up their sleeves until they make things work. Whether it be asking questions, finding outside tools, or seeking out best practices, this person will need an open mind and good resolve.
  • Organizational Skills – This position requires a capacity for seeing patterns and improving processes for optimal outcomes.
  • Collaborative – This is a fun and productive culture. We laugh, work hard, press hard, and jump in to figure things out. Fitting into the team is essential!
  • Authentic – We operate with a high trust culture and shared values. Integrity, honesty, compassion, and diligence are all qualities this person must possess to flourish here.
  • Energy & Enthusiasm – This person must bring joy and passion to the job. It is essential to self-motivate and encourage one another in our work.
  • Project Management – This person must be able to keep an eye on deadlines and critical dependencies to ensure they are met.

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