Associate Engineer/Engineer-(Environmental) City of Pasadena, CA City of Pasadena, CA

Associate Engineer (Environmental)
Salary $46.06 – $57.58 Hourly
$7,984.53 – $9,980.67 Monthly
$95,814.37 – $119,768.06 Annually

Engineer (Environmental)
Salary $52.16 – $65.19 Hourly
$9,040.27 – $11,300.33 Monthly
$108,483.23 – $135,603.94 Annually

The City of Pasadena is seeking an Engineer with experience in environmental compliance, preferably thermal power plants and associated projects, at the Water and Power Department (PWP) of the City of Pasadena.

Appointment will be made at the Associate Engineer or Engineer level depending on experience and qualifications.


Reporting to the Power Plant Manager, the ideal Associate Engineer/Engineer (Environmental) is knowledgeable and experienced with compliance requirements about local, state and federal air quality, storm water, wastewater and solid waste regulations applicable to power plants and electric utilities, self-driven, analytical and tactful in dealing with regulatory agencies, enjoys challenges and being an integral participant in various areas, such as environmental compliance reporting, audits and compliance strategies; participates in program design, policy development; project management; and intergovernmental relations . Ability to analyze regulatory requirements and act as in-house consultant to other workgroups within PWP are highly desirable. The successful candidate will be a vital part of the PWP team and must have great interpersonal and communication skills.

Associate Engineer performs journey-level work and is expected to conduct independents engineer studies, perform analyses and make recommendations, and develop plans and proposals for current and future regulatory compliance. This class requires an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Certificate and a lesser degree of engineering experience.

Engineer independently performs complex/ and/or special engineering assignments, and provides project leadership. The Engineer class requires state registration as a Professional Engineer.

Essential Functions

The major responsibilities of this position are listed below. For more detailed information, please review the Associate Engineer and/or Engineer job descriptions.
Associate Engineer (Environmental)

  • Conducts and monitors the review of departmental operations, documentation, training, and work products ensuring compliance with applicable environmental policies and regulations.
  • Develops formal environmental compliance plans in accordance with federal, state and local regulations and participates in developing the Department's environmental compliance program goals, objectives, policies, procedures, schedules and priorities. Maintains updated awareness of current developments and trends in the area of environmental protection and regulatory compliance and participates in workshops on rule development.
  • Works with Department Managers and staff to obtain necessary environmental regulatory permits and project approvals.
  • Performs internal audits for environmental compliance and recommends corrective actions; may contract with and monitor the performance of outside firms in performing these duties. Coordinates staff training in environmental compliance in accordance with Department policies and regulatory agency requirements.

Engineer (Environmental)
In addition to the essential functions detailed for the Associate level the Engineer level incumbent:

  • Performs highly specialized design, research, or analysis on a project-by-project basis;
  • Makes engineering analysis of designs and checks calculations; advises on code compliance; prepares and updates project schedules;
  • Prepares status reports; prepares Engineering Job Orders and/or work orders; performs economic feasibility studies; prepares proposals for bid; evaluates bids;
  • Confers with other professional and technical staff; prepares comprehensive reports; coordinates projects with other departments, outside agencies, contractors and consultants.
  • Participates in the preparation of project budgets, estimating cash flow projections and providing cost justifications; monitors and ensures cost containment of projects within budget and section constraints;
  • Prepares proposals, specifications and agenda reports to contract services or purchase equipment or consumables; maintains administrative and engineering records.
  • Administers contracts; directs, prepares, reviews and approves contract documents and specifications, making modifications and recommending alternatives as needed; estimates construction costs and time requirements; negotiates contracts; prepares agenda reports for contract award; oversees contractors; coordinates work with others;
  • Reviews and inspects work in progress to ensure compliance with standards and specifications; initiates and negotiates Change Order documents; exercises cost control and monitors schedules; performs and witnesses work performance tests and evaluates results; prepares and submits reports.
  • Plans, organize, supervise, review and evaluate the work of professional and para-professional personnel; prepare and/or direct the preparation of complex plans, specifications and legal contracts; perform difficult research, analyze complex engineering problems, evaluate alternatives and recommend effective action;
  • Uses computerized engineering applications; select, train and motivate staff; establish and maintain effective relations with those in the course of work;
  • Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing.Prepares and presents technical reports and business correspondence.

Qualification Guidelines

The following list presents some of the core competencies for this position; see the Class Description for more detailed information:

Oral Communication – Engaging effectively in dialogue. Communicating with people both inside and outside the organization, representing the organization and effectively answering questions with the public, officials, committees, regulatory agencies and internal department contacts.

Writing – Communicating effectively in writing. Excellent writing skills, particularly complex report preparation, contract documents and agenda reports.

Knowledge – Knowledge of issues, principles and practices of contemporary environmental engineering and regulatory compliance, particularly as related to air quality, wastewater, storm water and hazardous materials/waste; knowledge of public utility operations and regulatory issues.

Analyzing & Interpreting Data – Drawing meaning and conclusions from quantitative or qualitative data. Ability to interpret environmental regulations and recommend cost-effective corrective actions and enhancements to public utility operations, read, prepare plans, specifications and designs; analyze engineering problems, evaluate materials, workmanship and construction methods.

Project Management– Ensuring that projects are on-tome, on-budget, and achieve their objectives

Associate Engineer
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in environmental or civil, electrical, chemical or mechanical engineering or related engineering discipline with coursework in air quality, wastewater, storm water and hazardous materials/waste compliance. And at least two years of recent related engineering experience at the level of Assistant Engineer; or equivalent combination of training and experience.

An Engineer-in-Training certificate issued by the California State Licensing Board is required

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in environmental' civil, electrical, chemical or mechanical engineering or related engineering discipline with coursework in air quality, wastewater, storm water and hazardous materials/waste compliance. And at least four years of recent related engineering experience at the level of Associate Engineer; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

A certificate of registration as a Professional Engineer issued by the California State Licensing Board is required.

Experience with public utility operations and regulatory issues is highly desirable.

Selection Process

Applicants who appear best qualified based on their application submitted will be invited to any combination of written, performance or oral appraisal to further evaluate their job-related experience, education, knowledge, skills and abilities.Probationary work test period is one year.

There is currently one vacancy in the Power Supply division of the Water and Power Department.

Special Requirements
Possession of or ability to obtain a Class C California driver's license and a satisfactory driving record.
FLSA – Exempt

  • Must possess a valid Engineer-in-Training Certificate issued by the State of California.

  • Applicable to Associate Engineer Position

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