2021-05-19 2021-06-23

Engineering Technologist

Yuba Water Agency
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Dobbins, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 66132
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Dobbins, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 66132
  • Organization Website

Salary Range: $71,656.00 - $87,089.60 / year

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Under general direction of the Engineering Manager, the Engineering Technologist is responsible for a variety of technical engineering work for water and power project to assist the Engineering, Maintenance and Operations divisions.

The Engineering Technologist is in the Engineering division, working with indirect supervision to perform tasks independently as well as working with other mechanical, electrical, operations and communications technicians, depending on the job. This position will work with internal and external engineering resources, performing duties within a broad framework of general policy and requires creativity and resourcefulness to accomplish goals and objectives. All work is expected to be carried out in an ethical, accurate, secure, timely and confidential manner.

This class description lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Not all duties are necessarily performed by each incumbent. Incumbents may be expected to perform job related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills to perform other duties as assigned.

  • Prepares plans, specifications, engineering drawings, maps and as-built drawings.
  • Administers security of drawings and engineering records in support of requirements prescribed by the agency, FERC, NERC, DSOD, etc.
  • Maintains all equipment manuals, maps, and drawings to ensure accurate as-built status.
  • Provides routine and complex assistance on engineering projects; conducts research to determine available data; prepares preliminary designs and plans; reviews with engineering staff.
  • Performs and attends design reviews and researches project design meetings with engineering staff.
  • Sponsors engineering contractors, per agency policy, to ensure work is performed as contracted.
  • Provides responsible technical assistance to engineering staff on projects, as assigned.
  • Performs field investigations and gathers data for the preparation of the design phase of projects.
  • Participates in the reproduction of plans and the preparation, filing and retrieval of engineering maps, documents and records.
  • Assists engineers in the preparation of bid specifications, design specifications and bid documents for projects; prepares exhibits and reports as required.
  • Prepares and reviews various reports for a variety of engineering activities.
  • Performs a variety of related office or field tasks to gather, analyzes and record data; prepares a variety of letters and other correspondence related to tasks.
  • As assigned, sets up, modifies, updates, and maintains CAD standards; sets up and troubleshoots CAD computer station for the configuration of CAD programs and file sharing, plotting; trains staff in the use of AutoCAD, file sharing and related software as necessary.
  • Attends meetings and seminars related to engineering, as assigned.
  • Maintains and updates Computerized Maintenance Management System for Engineering.
  • Utilizes field notes/sketches, engineering drawings and files to prepare design and construction drawings.
  • Organizes, indexes and catalogues documents in appropriate project management system; creates and maintains a searchable back-up system for all manuals and drawings using a control system.
  • Works collaboratively with engineers, crew and contractors to ensure timely updates match all repairs, upgrades and installs.
  • Meets project objectives, as assigned.
  • Prepares graphic and technical illustrations.
  • Maintains and plans for timely ordering of supplies required for projects.
  • Be the one point of contact for drawings/records that our engineering consulting firms reach out to.
  • Builds and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers, other agency employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Regular attendance and adherence to prescribed work schedule to conduct job responsibilities.
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Documentation applied drafting practice with mechanical, electrical and civil components and systems, as well as fundamentals of descriptive geometry, orthographic projection, sectioning, tolerancing and dimensioning, and basic computer aided drafting and design with technical depth.
  • The application of physics and engineering fundamentals having an emphasis in applied power generation, application of physics having emphasis in mechanical and/or electrical and/or civil components.
  • The application of manuals, handbooks, material and/or equipment specifications, and related software in advanced drafting/design. Competency in the application of current codes and standards with open-ended design experiences that integrate materials, manufacturing, design analysis, and graphics. Understanding of concepts relating to the environmental and economic impacts of design.
  • Design of machine and electrical elements, advanced drafting including current three-dimensional computer representations as related to mechanical, electrical and civil design. Advanced proficiency in at least three drafting / design related areas, consistent with the technical orientation of the program.
  • Selection, set-up and calibration of instrumentation and the preparation of laboratory reports and system associated with the development, installation, and maintenance of mechanical and electrical components and systems.
  • Principles of modern records management and techniques
  • Technical communications, oral and written, typical of those required to prepare and present proposals, reports and specifications.
  • Modern office equipment including use of word processing, database and spreadsheet applications.
  • Principles and practices of motivation, team building, conflict resolution and customer services.


  • Maintaining accurate records and files.
  • Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up assignments with minimum direction.
  • Identifying, diagnosing and resolving problems and situations in the workplace.
  • Communicating clearly and concisely, both oral and written.


  • Perform technical support for engineering designs, field engineering and technical office activities.
  • Correlate field as-installed/constructed with as-built drawings.
  • Analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Respond to difficult and sensitive inquiries.
  • Perform civil, mechanical and electrical engineering plan reviews.
  • Operate still and video cameras for accurately recording field conditions and gathering data.
  • Interpret and apply national, state and local policies, procedures, laws, codes, regulations and standards.
  • Understand, interpret and prepare engineering designs, plans and specifications.
  • Perform routine to complex civil, mechanical and electrical engineering drafting work.
  • Perform technical research.
  • Prepare and determine plans and estimates involving the scope, time and resources needed to complete a variety of projects.
  • Prepare and maintain accurate engineering records.
  • Read and create plans, maps and drawings.
  • Use algebraic formulas, trigonometry tables and statistical mathematics to accomplish technical engineering work.
  • Read blueprints, interpret standard drawings and specifications, survey notes, maps and reports.
  • Operate office equipment including computers and supporting software applications.
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision.
  • Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.
  • Communicate technical engineering information and not technical information clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Organize drawings and related project information.
  • Work with and control sensitive, confidential information.
  • Adhere to safe working practices.
  • Analyze exposures and recommend appropriate actions.
  • Use initiative and independent judgment within the appropriate management and supervision guidelines.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Interpret and apply agency and department policies, procedures, rules and regulations.

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed in both inside and field settings, with all types of weather and temperature conditions; exposure to noise, dirt, dust, traffic, electrical energy, and high voltage; may work irregular hours; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain; frequent opportunity and requirements to interact with the general public and property owners, contractors, suppliers and state, federal, county and other public agencies.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in the field environment with some office setting work. The position requires climb ladders, have dexterity to climb in and out and work in close quarters, have the ability to work at heights, walk in steep terrain, work in or on water (gage equipment and boats), and work outside in all kinds of weather. The job requires standing, sitting, stooping, kneeling, reaching, pulling, pushing, prying, swinging hand tools and working from below one’s feet to above one’s head, close and distance vision and good color perception. The job entails substantial physical activity requiring good dexterity, coordination and ability to lift and carry moderate loads. If lifting more than 50 pounds use two or more people to lift load. Must be able to use respirators and self-contained breathing apparatus; requires the use of safety hats, belts, harnesses, face guards, safety glasses and goggles, safety shoes, protective clothing, ear protection and other safety equipment where necessary.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

The minimum and preferred requirements are listed below. While the following requirements outline the minimum qualifications, the agency reserves the right to select applicants for further consideration who demonstrate the best qualifications match for the job. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee further participation in the selection process.

2-5 years of increasingly responsible sub-professional engineering experience with an Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in Engineering Technology or a related field


5-10 years of increasingly responsible sub-professional engineering experience with a high school diploma or equivalent

Bachelor’s degree from an ABET accredited college or university in Engineering Technology or related field. Minimum five years of increasingly responsible sub-professional engineering experience. Proficient with AutoCAD.

License or Certificate:
Possession of, and ability to maintain an appropriate valid California Driver License.

This position is subject to call out at any time and must reside close enough to travel to the Colgate Powerhouse within one hour.

Employment is subject to passing a physical examination, including a drug test, and a pre-employment background check.

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