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WATER SYSTEMS CONSTRUCTION ENGINEER
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for applying engineering principles in the design and construction of water and/or wastewater treatment systems and their appurtenances. Under the general supervision of an Administrative Superior, an employee in this class oversees and participates in the mapping, development and implementation of a Geographic Information System, specification writing, materials estimates, inspection, budgeting, and cost projections. Work is reviewed by spot checks of studies or fieldwork. An employee in this class receives assignments in the form of Project proposals and then delegates specific tasks to appropriate personnel under his or her general or direct supervision. Certain assignments made to employees in this class will require reasonable access to transportation to meet field work requirements made in the ordinary course of business in a timely and efficient manner. Depending on area of assignment, supervision is exercised over a number of subordinate employees. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Oversees and/or participates in the design of new construction and renovation of water system components such as water mains, pumping stations, water services, fire hydrants, meter installations, etc.
Oversees and/or participates in mapping, implementation and maintenance of the GIS System and it use and function of the system as it relates to water systems.
Oversees and participates in specification writing, materials estimates, inspection, and cost projections as applied to the design, construction, and renovation of water and/or wastewater system components such as water mains, pumping stations, water services, fire hydrants and meter installations, repairs, replacements, upgrades or improvements of wastewater treatment, pumping and conveyance facilities, systems and equipment.
Supervises or assists in the supervision of the operation of the water system including water transmission facilities, conduits or lines with the goal of maintaining an adequate water supply, pressure and purity. Supervises by assigning work, interpreting or advising with respect to procedures or methods to be used, and promoting efficiency through timely and thorough review.
Designs proposed installation from maps, records or field surveys, lays out proposed installation in the field site, draws maps or plans of proposed installation, estimates costs of installation; issues contracts to proceed, draws as-built maps of installed materials, certifies payment and submits completion notices.
Reviews requests for payment submitted by contractors to verify that work is completed in accordance with specifications and certifies engineer's estimates to release payments to contractors.
Participates in the application process to obtain highway and health permits and rights of way.
Drafts specifications for bidding of water system construction and renovation projects, reviews materials inventories to meet construction needs, and maintains a variety of records pertaining to sections of water main, valve locations and sizes, field surveys, rights of way, and as-built drawings.
Reviews and completes departmental budgets as requested.
Performs a variety of miscellaneous engineering field work such as conducting studies regarding construction, operation, and maintenance of the water system; assisting private contractors and plumbers with information regarding rules and regulations for operation and expansion of water system facilities; locating water mains, valves, and other underground water facilities; conducting leak detection and other water waste surveys; and training and supervising subordinates in the engineering techniques to accomplish the above.
Supervises and maintains the mapping of the water system on a grid system and CAD, and the microfilming of maps, contracts and records as needed.
Supervises emergency repairs made to transmission, distribution, and service water lines, inclusive of utilizing emergency connections and manipulating valves to shut off or turn on water, thus allowing repairs.
May represent the department at professional, technical and business meetings.
When Assigned to the Department of Water Environment Protection
Investigates and evaluates needs for repairs, replacements, upgrades or improvements of wastewater treatment, pumping and conveyance facilities, systems and equipment.
Applies engineering principles to research and develop solutions for addressing needs.
Performs engineering studies and calculations as required to design hydraulic, mechanical, structural and electrical components and systems.
Researches and evaluates material and equipment to be specified.
Obtains detailed field measurements and data.
Prepares detailed engineering drawings and technical specifications in form and content suitable for competitive bidding.
Assembles contract documents for bidding.
Prepares permit and easement documents.
Reviews shop drawings and other technical information submitted by contractors.
Assists construction inspectors and provides clarification and coordination during construction as required.
Attends and conducts project review and coordination meetings.
Coordinates with electrical, telephone and water utilities.
Reviews reports, drawings and specifications prepared by outside consultants.
Assists in startup of new equipment and systems.
Prepares engineering cost estimates of proposed projects.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of engineering principles as applied to the design, construction, and maintenance of a water transmission and distribution system and/or wastewater treatment system and appurtenances.
Good knowledge of the principles, practices, and materials used in design, construction, and maintenance of a water transmission and distribution system and/or wastewater treatment system and appurtenances.
Good knowledge of principles and practices of supervision.
Ability to design and map water systems installation, such as water mains, services, hydrants, meter vaults, and pump station appurtenances.
Ability to estimate costs of new construction and renovation, including but not limited to, costs and amounts of materials, equipment and labor.
Ability to inspect new construction and renovation work to determine whether work conforms to original design.
Ability to plan and supervise the work of subordinates.
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
A Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a baccalaureate degree in engineering and two (2) years of professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, in civil engineering as applied to design, construction, and maintenance of water transmission and distribution systems and/or wastewater treatment systems and appurtenances; or,
B Six (6) years of paraprofessional or professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, in engineering, two (2) years of which must have been in a professional level capacity in civil engineering as applied to design, construction, and maintenance of water transmission and distribution systems and/or wastewater treatment systems and appurtenances; or,
C An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of A and B.
SPECIAL NECESSARY REQUIREMENT When employed in the Onondaga County Water Authority possession of a grade D distribution certification under Part V of Chapter 1, State Sanitary Code for the facility to be operated at the time appointment.