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Engineer

Company: Suburban Water Systems
Location: covina
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

About Us:

Suburban Water Systems, a part of SouthWest Water Company, is an investor-owned water utility providing high-quality water and reliable service in an approximately 42-square-mile service area that covers all or portions of Glendora, Covina, West Covina, La Puente, Hacienda Heights, City of Industry, Whittier, La Mirada, La Habra, Buena Park and unincorporated portions of California's Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Suburban Water serves a population of about 300,000 through a water distribution system than includes 18 wells, 32 reservoirs and more than 800 miles of pipeline. Our network of facilities pumps and distributes approximately 56,000 acre-feet of water annually (an acre-foot of water is about 326,000 gallons, which meets the annual average indoor/outdoor water needs of 1-2 households).

We are currently looking for an Engineer to join our team at our Covina location. This position will execute duties related to the following department responsibilities: Project Management; Engineering Design; Planning; Preparing Project Design Reports; Hydraulic Modeling and Analysis; and Meeting Coordination.

Job Duties

Job duties for the Engineer position include, but are not limited to:

Project Management

Engineering consultant and construction contractor contract management, including: requests for qualifications; request for quotation; competitive bidding; change orders; request for information; material specification review; field investigation, construction inspection; contract commitment and invoice tracking; permit acquisition from city, county, state and federal agencies.

Engineering Design

Coordinate and perform engineering plan and specification preparation for water infrastructure projects. Read manufacturers product specifications and determine if products are suitable for application, or meet contract specifications. Review archived record drawings and GIS for project examples and existing as-built conditions.

Review and comment on plans and specifications prepared by internal or external design groups. Coordinate review of plans and specifications by operations personnel.

Perform field investigations or planned projects to determine existing conditions and project requirements.

Water infrastructure projects include the following elements: water pumps, wooden and block buildings, electric motors, natural gas engines, wells, pipelines, reservoirs, reservoir coating and painting, cathodic protection (impressed and sacrificial), pressure control valves, instrumentation and telemetry (SCADA), electrical (MCC, VFD, circuit breakers, transformers, conduits, wiring), ventilation and air conditioning, grading, paving, storm drain, sewer, landscaping, fencing, site improvements, basic level surveying and construction staking, natural gas engines, diesel generator set. Geotechnical testing and design, structural design, land surveying (topographic, boundary, metes and bounds descriptions and plats), and painting and coating services are normally procured from consulting engineers, however a working knowledge of these fields is preferred.

Preparing Project Design Reports

Determine need for a project; describe background of existing facilities and nature of problem to be resolved; analyze operations data (SCADA and system equipment settings), and prepare graphs and tables to demonstrate verify and test assumptions; determine alternative solutions, describing alternatives, list the advantages and disadvantages of alternatives, research component costs and historical bid tabulations to prepare preliminary cost estimates for alternatives, make recommendations for preferred alternative, and describe decision methodology for recommendation.

Hydraulic Modeling and Analysis: Perform simple hydraulic analysis including pipe velocity, head loss, hydraulic and energy grade lines, pump characteristic curves, fire flow availability, manually, using spreadsheets and the hydraulic model to determine operating characteristics of improvements and effects of proposed improvements on the existing distribution system.

Meeting Coordination: Prepare for and lead meetings with agencies, contractors, operations personnel, customers, developers, consultants, vendors. Prepare agendas, take meeting notes and action items from meeting, prepare meeting minutes, and then follow up and complete actions items.

Position Qualifications

Education

* Bachelor of Science degree focused in Engineering required; concentration in Civil Engineering preferred

Experience

* Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience * Registered Professional Engineering (PE) certification in the State of California is required

Skills & Abilities

* Knowledge of principles, practices and methods of construction inspection, reading plans and interpreting standards and specifications * Knowledge of the practices and requirements defined in the Standard Specifications for Public Works Construction Green Book * Familiarity with using two-way radio and Radio Watch procedures * Skills and experience in diffusing conflict and achieve resolution in confrontations with contractors, agency officials and Company personnel * Working knowledge of computer software including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook * Good mathematical and reasoning skills and professional knowledge of water distribution system materials and water hydraulics * Good communication skills and experience writing reports, memos and letters

Computer Skills: Experience using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and Mobile Data Terminals (MDT) such as SAP for work order management and scheduling, time card management, inventory management, and procurement activities is desirable. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Windows Explorer is required; Experience using GIS map viewer software is desirable. Experience using field data collection devices such as GPS, valve operating data, etc. is desirable.

Other Requirements

* Driver's License: Hold a valid California driver's license with acceptable driving record as determined by Company insurance carrier; Familiar with safety practices and rules applicable to job duties.

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Keywords: Suburban Water Systems, Covina , Engineer, Other , covina, California

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