Engineering Technician I/II

Union Sanitary District | Union City CA

Salary Range: $43.02 - $57.52
Open Date: 08/10/2021
Close Date: 09/06/2021

Position Description

USD is Building its Future – Join us and Build Yours, too!

Are you passionate about protecting the San Francisco Bay? Are you looking for a place to grow and develop your skills, to have the opportunity to do meaningful work, and to serve your community? Take your career to the next level with USD.

Union Sanitary District (USD) is an award-winning, innovative independent special district formed in 1918 providing wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal services to the residents and businesses in the Tri-cities of Fremont, Newark, and Union City in southern Alameda County (south-eastern Bay Area).

USD offers careers with a great work/life balance. We are extremely proud of our diverse workforce of professionals. We currently have one position available for an Engineering Technician I or II. This key, unique role will work on our Capital Improvement Projects Team to perform both civil engineering office and field work, and work with our GIS database. If you are looking for a career path in civil engineering, this is a great opportunity to develop your skills and gain hands-on experience.

About the Job
In our team environment, you’ll be learning, updating, and maintaining the District’s sewer Geographic Information System (GIS) database, including sewer mains and manholes, storm drain mains and manholes, parcels, streets, addresses, etc. You will be working with a team of professional civil engineers and project managers.

The following is a list of just some of the things you will be working on:
Learn and review digital submittals of engineering plans by developers, contractors, and consultants for conformance with District guidelines.
Learn, update, and maintain the District’s sewer assets in the computerized maintenance management system.
Preparing drawings for in-house Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) using AutoCAD.
Preparing project plans, drawings, and documents for conversion in the District’s Document Management System.
Perform field work, including construction inspection, surveying and information gathering.

Position Qualifications

About You
You must be detail-oriented, highly organized, able to balance multiple areas of responsibility, complete work of a highly detailed nature, possess strong computer skills, have a proven track record of producing accurate, high-quality work in a fast-paced environment, and have strong interpersonal communication skills. Additionally, you must be able to prioritize work according to changing situations and requirements and be able to work effectively in a team-based structure.

You will need the following education and experience. A typical way to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities for this position include:

Education and Experience
- Engineering Technician I: Completion of high school (or equivalent) and one year of related experience; one year of technical training beyond high school including coursework in engineering, construction inspection, OR two years of college with major coursework in math, science or engineering may be substituted for the required experience.
- Engineering Technician II: Completion of high school (or equivalent) and three years of related experience OR two years of related experience including one year as Engineering Technician I at USD; one year of technical training including coursework in engineering, construction inspection OR two years of college with major coursework in math, science or engineering may be substituted for one year or required experience.

Knowledge of basic civil engineering principles, practices and methods; knowledge of general mathematics including geometry; basic plan layout and design.
Skill in applying basic engineering principles and techniques; performing simple engineering calculations.
Knowledge of (or ability to learn) land/construction surveying and construction inspection principles.
Ability to set priorities and work on several concurrent assignments under time pressures and deadlines.
Have excellent customer service skills and can work effectively in a team based organization; demonstrate strong two-way communication skills, including the ability to listen, explain and facilitate.
Must possess a valid Class C California driver's license, have and maintain a satisfactory driving record, and be insurable by the District to operate District vehicles.

The difference between the classifications is in the level of knowledge and experience at entry, independence required in carrying out the work, and the level of review required. The Technician I is an entry-level classification, and the Technician II is a journey-level classification. As experience is gained and other requirements are met, employees may promote from Engineering Technician I to II to III. Incumbents must serve a minimum of one year at Engineering Technician I level and may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and achieving proficiency that meet the requirements of the Engineering Technician II.

Excellent Benefits
We also offer an excellent benefits package including:
CalPERS retirement 2.5% at 55 formula. (If new to CalPERS or not from an agency with reciprocity with CalPERS, the formula is 2% at 62 by pension reform law.)
Medical, dental and vision insurance substantially paid for by the District for the employee and family.
Two weeks' vacation per year (increasing with longevity); and 13 paid holidays per year.
Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability and Life Insurance paid by the District.
Alternative Work Week Schedule.
Deferred Compensation Plan with matching component.
Educational Reimbursement, Student and Computer Loan programs for non-probationary employees.
This position is a member of Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021.

How to Apply

The Details (otherwise known as Important Application Information) Applicants must apply online at by 4:00 p.m., Monday, 9/6/2021. Union Sanitary District is not responsible for the failure of Internet forms in submitting your application. Candidates who meet minimum qualifications will be invited to an Online Written Exam scheduled for Wednesday, 9/8/2021 – Thursday, 9/9/2021. Those candidates scoring highest on the exam will be invited to a VIRTUAL Qualifications Appraisal Interview and Work Sample scheduled for Wednesday, 9/22/2021, or Thursday, 9/23/2021. IN-PERSON Hiring interviews are scheduled for Monday, 9/27/2021. You will be contacted regarding all phases of this recruitment via email, so please check your inbox for correspondence regarding next steps and results through the exam process. Please ensure that the email address on your application is correct and current before submitting your application. Before appointment to the position the candidate must pass a criminal background check which includes a finger print scan, references, current DMV report and pre-employment physical. Disaster Service Worker: Employees of Union Sanitary District are, by state and federal law, Disaster Service Workers. In the event of a declaration of emergency, any employee may be assigned activities which promote the protection of public health and safety or the preservation of lives and property either at the District or within the local, or your own community. Accommodation: Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or selection process should advise Human Resources by emailing upon submittal of application. Union Sanitary District is an equal opportunity employer encouraging workforce diversity.
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