Construction Services Unit (Position Code 0322) Overview: We are seeking an experienced Associate Engineer to join Valley Water's Construction Services Unit within the Water Utility Capital Division. The Associate Engineer will participate in a cross functional team of Valley Water contractor and subcontractor personnel in the implementation of the construction phase of highly complex capital projects. They will assist Valley Water's designated engineer representative on large, complex, or multiple construction contracts or act as Valley Water's designated engineer representative on small or less complex capital projects. This position will effectively manage construction contracts, ensure compliance with contract documents, Health and Safety regulations, environmental regulations and permits, as well as coordination with Operations and Maintenance staff to ensure system reliability during construction. The Associate Engineer will provide claims management services to reduce Valley Water exposure and will respond to sensitive inquiries from the public and other external agencies. This position will also exercise functional supervision over assistant engineers in managing construction contracts.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Assist Valley Water's Designated Engineer representative on construction contracts for highly complex water utility, watershed, and facility improvement projects.
Ensure construction work is completed in compliance with contract documents. Ensure contract compliance with health and safety and environmental requirements, including regulatory permit requirements. Ensure compliance with legal statutes, including subcontracting, Stop Notices, labor compliance, retention, and utility protection.
Participate in cross functional team of Valley Water contractor and subcontractor personnel to ensure construction proceeds diligently through to completion of the project. Coordinate construction work with Valley Water operations and maintenance, outside agencies, and utilities. Ensure water utility plant processes remain operational during construction.
Respond to contractor requests for information, produce responses to contractor submittals, issue design clarifications, manage potential changes to the contract and issue contract change orders.
Participate in the analysis and negotiation of construction contract change orders. Participate in the analysis of complex construction claims and negotiation of resolutions. Participate in dispute resolution, including use of alternative dispute resolution methods such as Dispute Review Board, arbitration, or mediation.
Ideal Candidate's Background Includes: Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria listed below.
Four (4) years of professional engineering experience.
Direct experience managing construction contracts.
Four (4) years of project management experience.
One (1) year experience as design engineer during the construction phase.
Ideal Skills and Abilities:
Lead, coordinate and oversee engineering design projects through the construction phase.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Prepare clear, concise, and effective written correspondence.
Analyze construction change order costs.
Set priorities and exercise sound judgment.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Ideal Training and Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in civil, mechanical, or electrical engineering.
Possession of a valid California Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Certificate with two (2) years of associated paraprofessional engineering experience.
Required License or Certificate
Professional Engineer (PE) License issued by the State of California is required. Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis. To review the Classification Specification, please click here(Download PDF reader)
(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview. (2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.
NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary. Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.
Valley Water's Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.
Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 408-630-2260.
Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.