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Job Description


$87,686 - $111,914 annually, DOQ, plus excellent benefits


 PCWA is seeking qualified candidates to perform professional and technical engineering work for water systems.  Primary functions of this position are managing a broad range of projects through planning, design, construction and implementation and preparing capital improvement plans for public works.  Projects include water treatment plants, equipment and processes, pipelines, canals, control systems and pumping facilities.  Our ideal candidate for this highly desirable career opportunity will possess a Bachelor’s degree in civil or mechanical engineering or a related field and four years of professional civil or mechanical engineering experience with water systems and related operations.  Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of California is required.


Visit our website for detailed recruitment information and to complete the on-line application process:  https://careers.pcwa.net/postings/1842


Applications must be received on/before Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

PCWA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position Information


Position Type Regular (subject to probationary period)
Work Schedule 5-8-80
Position End Date<br>(if temporary)  

Position Summary and Qualifications


Position Number xx-2-90-20-080-60205-03
Division Technical Services - Engineering
Location Auburn
Summary Description

To perform professional and technical engineering duties as required for water and power systems; to serve as project manager through planning, design and construction on assigned projects.

(Spec Revised December 2013)

Examples of Duties

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices:

  • Prepare water system plans, specifications, engineering studies and reports and contracts.
  • Assist with environmental assessments.
  • Conduct hydraulic, operational and economic analysis of water systems.
  • Design pipelines, canals, pumping plants, building structures, power facilities, and related facilities.
  • Make engineering calculations.
  • Review and assist with the coordination of consultants work.
  • Prepare bid documents and cost estimates.
  • Analyze problems and develop effective solutions.
  • Determine the federal, state or local laws, regulations or guidelines that affect projects and apply them appropriately.
  • Analyze and track project costs and recommend action on progress pay estimates.
  • Conduct surveys.
  • Analyze proposals and bids.
  • Provide technical assistance and support to Agency staff.
  • Draft technical and administrative correspondence.
  • Serve as a project manager over assigned projects including preparing and managing scope, schedule and budget.
  • Instruct staff in methods of executing sub-tasks within the planning, design and analysis phases of projects.
  • Assist in the preparation of annual and long-range CIP projects by providing project description, project cost and recommendations for project priority.
  • May conduct public meetings on water system projects.
  • May inspect construction project sites.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other Agency employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications - Knowledge of
  • Civil and hydraulic engineering principles and practices.
  • Computer principles as related to the solution of engineering problems.
  • Pipeline materials and construction.
  • Water treatment processes.
  • Methods of water system planning.
  • Practices of feasibility studies and cost estimating.
  • Principles and practices of surveying and mapping.
  • Principles and practices of project management.
  • Methods of budget management.
  • Contract and construction management principles.
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines.
  • Modern office equipment including use of word processing, database and spreadsheet applications.
  • Principles and practices of customer service.
Required Qualifications - Ability to
  • Perform complex engineering analyses and computations.
  • Prepare plans and specifications.
  • Conduct public meetings.
  • Prepare cost estimates and project plans.
  • Analyze bids for construction, design and project engineering and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Analyze problems and prepare appropriate solutions.
  • Work independently and identify and resolve potential problems.
  • Operate a computer using word processing and business software.
  • Use common office equipment.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Working Conditions
  • Work is generally carried out in an office setting with regular field visits requiring the operation of a motor vehicle and occasionally traversing uneven terrain and working in inclement weather.
  • Frequently sit at a desk and in meetings for long periods of time.
  • Frequently twist to reach equipment and perform simple grasping and fine manipulation to write and use keyboard.
  • Occasionally lift up to 50 pounds.
License or Certificate
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid California driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of California.
Experience and Education

Any combination of education and experience 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 professional civil or mechanical engineering or equivalent experience with water systems related operations.


  • Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in Engineering or a related field.

Posting Detail Information


PCWA EEO Statement

PCWA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. If you require accommodation in the employment process, contact Human Resources.

Open Date 02/13/2018
Close Date 03/06/2018
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions Summary

Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm on the final filing date, Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Additional Information

Placer County Water Agency utilizes an online application format which allows the user to start an application, save changes and finalize his/her materials prior to submission. Users may log in and out of applications in progress. Applications must be submitted by the final filing date, as applicable; however, once certified and submitted no changes or updates will be allowed.

Users are encouraged to fully complete their application materials, clearly indicating how their experience, education, and training meet the qualifications required. Omitted or incomplete information in the application cannot be assumed or derived from a resume or other documents.


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About Placer County Water Agency

The Placer County Water Agency was created under its own state legislation entitled the "Placer County Water Agency Act," adopted in 1957 by the California State Legislature. PCWA carries out a broad range of responsibilities including water resource planning and management, retail and wholesale supply of irrigation water and drinking water and production of hydroelectric energy. The Agency is governed by a five-member Board of Directors, elected to four-year terms by voters residing within five geographical districts of Placer County. The Board of Directors meets twice monthly in regular session and holds special meetings as needed. The Board employs a General Manager to administer all Agency activities, services and employment, and a General Counsel to advise the Agency on legal and regulatory matters. The Agency employs 179. Most administrative services are based at the PCWA Business Center in Auburn. The Power System office is located in Foresthill. Water treatment operations are coordinated from offices located on Ferguson Road, across from the Business Center.