Senior Engineering Assistant

City of Davis | Davis, CA

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Posted Date 12/27/2019

Salary: $71,906.64 - $87,403.06

To oversee and participate in the activities of a major, technical engineering unit; to perform technical engineering tasks and assignments relative to assigned area of responsibility; and to provide lead supervision and guidance to assigned technical and maintenance staff as applicable.


This is the advanced journey level class in the Engineering Assistant series. Positions in this class are distinguished from the Engineering Assistant by the responsibility assumed for overseeing a major, technical engineering function within the engineering division. Incumbents typically perform the more complex duties and tasks assigned to positions within the assigned unit.


Receives direction from management staff.

Exercises direct supervision over Engineering Technician classifications. Exercises technical and functional supervision over technical and/or maintenance staff as assigned.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Essential functions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Supervise and train assigned staff.

Oversee and participate in the activities of a major, technical engineering function.

Perform technical engineering tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.

Oversee and participate in the city's water conservation program; respond to public complaints and inquiries regarding water quality and production.

Participate in the operation and maintenance of the water system SCADA master system and related equipment.

Monitor the production and quality of the city's water supply.

Prepare and update water capacity projections.

Read electric, flow, and hour meters at well sites monthly, and tabulate and analyze water production and use data; monitor data.

Monitor pump and motor efficiencies in coordination with PG&E.

Schedule and take water samples from well sites and arrange for analysis of same; log and report results of testing to proper authorities in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and state standards.

Prepare appropriate reports as required by law.

Review plans and specifications for water related facilities.

Maintain and review records on contamination sites; attend and document related meetings.

Participate in budget preparation for assigned program.

Coordinate interpretation and implementation of fire codes as they related to chemicals used at water facilities.

Coordinate and schedule routine equipment maintenance at well sites; arrange for unscheduled repairs and maintenance in coordination with the Public Works Supervisor in charge of water.

Confer with contractors, consulting engineers, subdividers, and members of the public relative to assigned area of responsibility.

Represent the city and serve as staff on various boards, commissions and committees relative to assigned area of responsibility.

Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other city employees and the public using principles of good customer service.


Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of engineering and their administration.

Modern methods and techniques used in the design, construction and surveying of a variety of public works engineering projects, including street, sewer, traffic, and storm drain projects.

Geology and hydrology as associated with groundwater and its extraction.
Principles of algebra, geometry and trigonometry as applied to the computation of angles, areas, distances and traverses.

Basic chemistry as it relates to water and water quality.

Mechanics as related to the operation and maintenance of wells and pumps.

Principles and practices of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment including word processing, database, spreadsheet applications and CAD software required in area of assignment.

Ability to:

On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policy and procedures.

Use computer and related software as needed for drafting, recordkeeping, communication, and documentation.

Prepare specifications and write technical reports.

Perform complex engineering and mathematical calculations with speed and accuracy.

Coordinate and oversee the work of assigned staff.

Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Demonstrate tact and diplomacy with the public.

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

Experience and Training

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Four years of increasingly responsible experience in sub-professional civil engineering.


Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade including additional college level courses in algebra, geometry, trigonometry or courses related to assigned area of responsibility.

License or Certificate

May need to possess an appropriate California driver's license as required by the position.


On a continuous basis, sit at a desk for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone, and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; lift or carry weight of 10 pounds or less.

Job Category
Local Government
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