The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

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Metropolitan’s Engineering Services Group currently has one (1) opening for an Associate Engineer in the Safety of Dams Team. This position is located at our Headquarters Building in Los Angeles, CA.

This position will be involved with dam safety engineering, dam assessment and design, dam rehabilitation and instrumentation modernization, dam safety emergency action planning, and related geotechnical engineering activities. Responsibilities of the position include monitoring and evaluating the integrity and safety of existing dams and appurtenant structures; conducting site inspections and assessments of existing dam facilities; preparation of annual dam safety inspection and surveillance reports; organizing, reviewing, and analyzing dam safety surveillance and instrumentation data; planning, managing, and guiding field investigation programs, exploratory work, and laboratory testing; and geotechnical engineering activities related to the maintenance, design, and construction of water related facilities. Activities include data acquisition, processing, analysis and interpretation, and preparation of technical memoranda, reports and associated graphics.

This position requires knowledge of dam safety and design principles; dam safety regulations; dam instrumentation; techniques for field observations, inspections, and forensic evaluations; invasive and non-invasive field exploration and testing methods; geotechnical analysis methods for embankments, slopes, excavations, retaining structures, seepage, and foundations; and geotechnical laboratory testing methods. Candidates for this position must have the ability to work independently or with a project team; possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills; be proficient with the use of personal computers and automated data acquisition tools; conduct standard geotechnical analyses for embankments, slopes, excavations, retaining structures, seepage, and foundations; and prepare technical reports.

Positions at this level are fully competent and use judgment in interpreting and adapting guidelines such as policies, regulations, precedents, and work directions for application to specific cases or problems. The decision regarding what needs to be done depends upon the analysis of the subject, phase, or issues involved in each assignment, and the chosen course of action may have to be selected from many alternatives. The work involves treating a variety of conventional problems, questions, or situations in conformance with established criteria.

1. Performs and may lead the planning, coordinating, conducting, and monitoring tests, studies, investigations.
2. May represent Metropolitan within area of responsibility with external entities.
3. Prepares technical documents and reports; prepares and may make presentations.
4. Assists with Developing and administering contracts and agreements; reviews the work of vendors, consultants and contractors.
5. Plans and coordinates project tasks within area of responsibility, including monitoring scope, quality, budget, and schedule.
6. Provides technical expertise within area of responsibility on projects and issues.
7. Assists on special assignments in support of Metropolitan initiatives.
8. Performs technical analyses and provides recommendations to support planning, design, construction, infrastructure reliability and/or operational issues.
9. Prepares and reviews design criteria, plans, specifications, submittals, cost estimates, and budgets.
10. Assists with developing standards, procedures, guidelines, and manuals.
11. May execute mathematical, statistical, and other models.
12. Performs site and construction inspections.
13. May perform emergency response duties.
14. Maintains official records, documents, and data.
15. May participate on a project team. 

Work Schedule: 9/80; Monday–Friday (alternate Fridays off)

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and four years of relevant experience, of which two years must have been at the Assistant Engineer II level; OR a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and two years of relevant experience which must have been at the Assistant Engineer II level.

Relevant experience is defined as experience in conducting safety inspections of existing dams or levees; analyzing and assessing the performance of existing dams or levees; preparing dam safety inspection and surveillance reports; and development, coordination, execution, monitoring, and reporting of geotechnical studies and investigations.

Related field of study is defined as an Engineering degree (Bachelors or higher) in Civil, Geotechnical, or Structural.

General Required Knowledge of: Engineering principles, practices and applications in specific discipline; project schedules and budgets; applicable federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations related to area of responsibility; and current office technology and equipment.

General Required Skills and Abilities to: Analyze and interpret data; organize; project scheduling software; prepare technical reports and correspondence; use independent judgment and exercise discretion; problem solve; prioritize and multi-task; communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; work independently and in a team environment; and operate current office equipment including computers and supporting applications.

Employees in this position will be required to obtain and maintain the following certifications, licensing and registrations:
• Engineer in Training (EIT) (Must have at time of application).
• Valid California Class C Driver License that allows you to drive in the course of your employment (Must have at time of application).

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met or may be encountered by an employee to successfully perform the job duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job duties.

Physical Demands: The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; recurring lifting of moderately heavy items such as personal computers and record boxes. The work may require specific, but common, physical characteristics and abilities such as above-average agility and dexterity.

Work Environment: The work involves moderate risks or discomforts that require special safety precautions, e.g., working around moving parts, carts, or machines, or irritant chemicals; etc. Employees may be required to use protective clothing or gear such as masks, gowns, coats, boots, goggles, gloves, or shields.

Job Related Selection Criteria:
35% Technical Knowledge (knowledge and skills in geotechnical engineering)
15% Job Preparation (education, experience & training relevant to the position)
10% Customer Service
15% Written Communication Skills
5% Teamwork Skills
5% Interpersonal Skills
15% Oral Communication Skills
100% Total

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