2019-11-05 2019-11-22

Senior Engineer

West Basin Municipal Water District
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Carson, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 53293
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Carson, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 53293
  • Organization Website

West Basin Municipal Water District is a global leader in the water industry in water recycling, conservation, water resource management, youth and adult education, and ocean-water desalination. West Basin provides drinking water and recycled water to eight local retail water agencies including four cities, three private water companies and one county water agency. The District serves a population of nearly one million residents in 17 cities and unincorporated areas along the coastal corridor from Palos Verdes to Malibu. The District is governed by an elected five-member Board of Directors and is a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. West Basin operates the state-of-the-art Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility and three satellite locations. It is the largest treatment and water purification facility of its type in the world providing nearly 40 million gallons of water each day to over 300 sites. West Basin utilizes various advanced treatment processes to produce five types of high-quality "designer" waters used for commercial, industrial and landscape purposes, including three ultra-pure waters.

West Basin owns and operates over 100 miles of recycled water pipeline, and supplies recycled water to customers for non-potable use. To expand the use of recycled water, the District assists customers with the process of converting their sites to utilize recycled water. In addition, the District conducts site inspections to ensure compliance for the safe use of recycled water.

West Basin is an equal opportunity employer, promoting diversity in its recruitment process and programs. The District is committed to customer service and seeks to provide its customers with the most qualified and exceptional professional services through those they employ, while offering an excellent benefits package to its employees.


West Basin is seeking a highly skilled Senior Engineer who, under direction, will provide project management oversight for the planning, design, and construction of West Basin's capital improvement projects; and manage, administer and oversee work performed by project consultants and contractors. Further, this position will ensure work quality and adherence to professional engineering standards; respond to questions and inquiries from the general public, developers, contractors, engineering professionals, consultants, city officials, regulatory agencies, and West Basin's staff regarding engineering and development projects, and perform related duties as assigned.

Key responsibilities are:

• Plans, organizes, controls and evaluates the work of retained consultants and contractors on capital improvement projects.

• Conducts project review meetings; and develops, implements and monitors project timelines and objectives to achieve the Engineering department's mission and capital project priorities.

• Develops and monitors project budgets; prepares engineering calculations; and conducts technical and literary review of planning/design documents.

• Utilizes effective project management and cost analysis techniques; and ensures consultant and contractor compliance with project schedules.

• Conducts community outreach efforts when required based on project type and location; and oversees and reviews the project work of other engineers in the department as assigned.

• Oversees and prepares pilot studies, including tracking and adherence to work plans and study objectives; collects field data related to flow, pressure, temperature, and water quality; performs data, hydraulic, and process engineering analyses; determines key design parameters; and develops planning level cost estimates.

• Exercises primary management responsibility for the full range of project activities from early project conception through planning, design, construction, start-up, completion and transfer to operating staff; and manages a broad range of project types and ensures their economy, efficiency and sound engineering bases.

• Develops and reviews consultant engineering reports, proposals, planning/ feasibility studies, designs, drawings and construction specifications and associated cost estimates.

• Provides technical feedback on project cost estimates; provides effective evaluations and selects consultants for projects; interprets specifications; initiates, reviews and negotiates project change orders; and approves final designs.

• Performs field reconnaissance and site review for project facilities to ensure construction activities are in compliance with project specification and safe industry practices; and resolves design and construction conflicts.

• Conducts reviews of outside agency development/capital projects that could impact West Basin facilities, and recommends actions to department management.

• Oversees and performs detailed engineering calculations, including mass and flow balances; water quality analysis; headloss and pipe velocity evaluations; process and equipment sizing, selection, design for pumping, pipeline, and treatment facilities; chemical treatment applications; scale and corrosion evaluations; and engineering economics calculations.

• Represents West Basin with consultants and contractors; coordinates all planning, permitting and financing at project initiation; coordinates with public and regulatory agencies for permits and regulatory compliance; and authors, reviews, presents technical reports to regulatory agencies.

• Prepares and reviews requests for proposals and submitted bids for projects; conducts interviews for the selection of consultants for various capital improvement projects; develops and negotiates contracts; authors technical reports; prepares correspondence on technical engineering issues; coordinates and integrates engineering project activities with other West Basin departments, various outside agencies, municipalities and customers; and revises design and construction standards to improve methods, procedures and practices.

• Develops reports, letters and memoranda regarding project issues for both internal and external distribution; prepares periodic project status reports; and ensures the maintenance of detailed records of project activities.

• Prepares studies and reports relating to current and long-range capital improvement and facilities expansion needs and develops specific proposals to meet the identified needs; prepares and delivers technical presentations in various forums; and briefs management on current issues, assignments, reports and planned activities.

• Responds to questions and inquiries from the general public, developers, contractors, engineering professionals and West Basin staff regarding engineering and development projects; provides technical and engineering support services to other departments on operational and technical issues; provides input into the development of internal and external agreements; and interprets policies, requirements of grant agreements, and public code understanding.

• Provides project recommendations and status to management and Board of Directors; represents West Basin at various outreach activities, events, and conferences; and presents and participates in technical discussions.

• Performs related duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will have:

• Education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in civil engineering, or a closely related engineering field; AND at least seven (7) years of professional engineering experience, including two (2) years in a supervisory or project management capacity; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

• California registration as a Professional Engineer.

• Knowledge of principles and practices of civil engineering planning, design and construction; and federal, state and local codes and regulations governing water facility planning, design, construction, and operations.

• Knowledge of local and state permitting and monitoring requirements; and water quality standards and procedures.

• Knowledge of trends, approaches and problem-solving techniques used in engineering project planning, design, permitting, construction, inspection and compliance processes.

• Knowledge of modern methods of construction and structural design concepts; techniques, equipment and materials used in water facility construction; and survey principles, techniques, mathematics and procedures.

• Knowledge of principles and practices of large, complex project management; and cost estimation procedures, factors, and methodology.

• Knowledge of geotechnical and environmental principles and practices.

• Knowledge of methods and techniques of contract negotiation and administration; engineering plan review and analysis; and recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to innovations and trends in civil engineering design and development.

• Knowledge of conflict resolution and negotiation strategies.

• Knowledge of principles, practices and policies related to planning, design, and construction of distribution systems and treatment facilities; design and construction projects within public right-a-way, including construction methods, regulations, and interaction with the public and regulators; and review and development of technical design, specifications, and reports.

• Knowledge of methods and techniques of public speaking; and office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and specialized engineering software programs.

Ability to:

• Plan, organize, assign, coordinate, integrate and evaluate the work of assigned capital engineering projects.

• Manage and oversee the planning, design, and construction of multiple, diverse major engineering projects through outside consultants and/or internal project staff to meet stringent project milestones and completion deadlines.

• Prepare, administer and monitor project budgets and schedules and control change order processes; and complete projects from start to finish with minimal guidance.

• Perform technical research and analyze complex engineering and mathematical problems, evaluating alternatives and recommending or adopting effective courses of action.

• Interpret, explain and apply project specifications, complex rules, regulations, laws and ordinances; and provide technical assistance and staff leadership on all assigned projects.

• Prepare accurate and detailed written material, including staff and administrative reports; exercise sound, independent judgment and initiative within established guidelines; and interpret test results of laboratory water quality.

• Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with consulting engineers, construction contractors, representatives of other agencies and others encountered in the course of work.

• Possess a valid Class C California Driver's License, proof of insurance and an acceptable driving record are required at the time of appointment and as a condition of continued employment. Employee is required to use his or her own vehicle with mileage reimbursed at the standard IRS rate.

• Work under typical office conditions, where the noise level is usually quiet; and may work outdoors, with occasional travel/visits to industrial and construction sites where noise level may be higher than the typical office environment.


There are two (2) vacancies currently available for this position. The salary range is $121,529.00 - $167,103.00 annually, depending on qualifications.

Application deadline: November 22, 2019. Apply online at: www.westbasin.org. For questions or additional information, please contact: West Basin Municipal Water District, Human Resources Department, 17140 S. Avalon Boulevard, Carson, CA 90746, (310) 660-6228. Email: hr@westbasin.org.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed District Online Application and Supplemental Questionnaire. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate further in the screening process, which will include a panel interview and possible written exercise.

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