Associate Engineering Technician (RWF), Environmental Services

City of San José - Environmental Services Department | San Jose, CA

Salary Range: $67,412.80 - $82,056.00 Annually
Open Date: 1/7/21
Close Date: 1/28/21

Position Description

Job ID#:2100007
Salary Range: $67,412.80 – $82,056.00 Annually
Closing Date: January 28, 2021

About the Department

The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is a place where people do great work and make a difference. To see some of the first-rate work ESDers have accomplished in the past fiscal year, review the ESD 2019 Annual Report: For more information about the department, please visit our website or @sjenvironment on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Join us to make a difference!

Positions & Duties

Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at

The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience. In addition to the starting salary, employees in the Associate Engineering Technician classification shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation pay.

ESD is currently seeking Associate Engineering Technicians in their Wastewater Facility Operations & Management Division (O&M) and Capital Improvement Program (CIP). This position is located at the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility, at 700 Los Esteros road, San Jose, 95134

The Wastewater Facility Operations & Management Division is responsible for the daily functioning and control of the Regional Wastewater Control Facility. Staff is present 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a minimum of eight personnel on site at all times. The facility operates with an extensive system of instrumentation that sends status to a central processing unit (computer system).

Operations are supported by maintenance staff for repairs for technical services for the design and implementation of improvement and replacement projects, and the onsite laboratory for hundreds of accurate analyses every week to assess the treatment results.

The San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility Capital Improvement Program (CIP) division is leading one of the largest public works programs in San José’s history! Check out CIP’s website for more information on the $1.4 billion infrastructure construction program currently in its first 10-year phase. While all this planning and construction is on-going, the facility is in continuous operation, serving 1.4 million residents and over 17,000 businesses in eight cities.

Combine your expertise with the on-the-job experience you’ll gain in CIP by working with multi-discipline engineering professionals, program management consultants, and San José Public Works staff. You will enjoy career development, new skills, mentoring, and the benefits of contributing to your community.

This class is the journey level class in engineering technical series. Incumbents of this class perform a variety of sub-professional engineering work in design drafting and office engineering, under general supervision of a higher level employee, as assigned. This class differs from the next higher class of senior engineering technician in that incumbents of the latter class may supervise a technical unit and perform sub – professional engineering work.

The Associate Engineering Technician positions will be responsible for providing technical support to a variety of wastewater improvement projects from planning through detailed design, bid and award, construction management, and contract administration support in O&M or CIP.

Typical duties for this position may include the following but are not limited to:

Assisting the Project Manager in delivery of projects related to Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Engineering and Capital Improvement Program (CIP)
Collect and analyze field, operational and technical data; and research wastewater equipment, material costs and specifications
Contract administration and construction management support including but not limited to invoice review, managing process shutdown requests, change orders, etc.
Assisting with the review and/or development of engineering plans, specifications, cost estimates, construction contracts, and bid process
Preparation of CAD drawings, diagrams, maps, and other presentation material; performing field inspections
Assisting consultants with condition assessment, and site investigation
Managing and maintaining documents and record drawings
Assisting with Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)
Interfacing effectively with consultants, contractors, operations and maintenance staff, and other city department staff.
This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Position Qualifications


The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise: Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.

Ability to understand basic engineering practices and make engineering computations. - Ability to read, interpret, and produce engineering plans and sketches.
Ability to create, analyze and revise maps and graphs using GIS software and related equipment.
Ability to perform field inspections and understand construction practices.
Experience with computer drafting programs, e.g. AutoCAD, Microstation; geographical data applications; e.g. Geographic Information System (GIS).
Communication Skills: Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.

Computer Skills: Experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel.

Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills: Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

Continuous Improvement: Actively identifies new areas for learning and regularly creates and takes advantage of learning opportunities.

Decision Making: Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities; uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions.

Initiative: Exhibits resourceful behaviors toward meeting job objectives; anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids difficulties by planning ahead; displays willingness to assume extra responsibility and challenges; pursues continuing education opportunities that promotes job performance.

Reliability: Completes quality work assignments in a timely and efficient manner; fulfills responsibilities and maintains confidentiality as appropriate.

Technology Use/Management: Uses efficient and cost-effective approaches to integrate technology into the workplace and improve program effectiveness.


Education: Completion of high school, or equivalent (General Education Development [GED] Test or California Proficiency Certificate)

Experience: Four (4) years of increasingly responsible sub-professional engineering/technical support experience of which two (2) years of experience includes performing materials sampling and testing, drafting and developing plans and specifications, construction or infrastructure inspections, traffic engineering, or field surveying.

Acceptable Substitution: Successful completion of two (2) academic years or sixty (60) semester units of college level engineering technology courses or related field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for the two (2) of four (4) years of sub-professional engineering/technical support experience. There will be no substitute for the two (2) years of experience performing materials sampling and testing, drafting and developing plans and specifications, construction or infrastructure inspections, traffic engineering, or field surveying.

Licenses or Certificates: Possession of a valid State of California driver’s license

Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

How to Apply

The Job ID for this position is 2100007. To view the full job announcement and to apply, please visit If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Janie Saetern at
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