Cachuma Operation and Maintenance Board
Under the direction of the General Manager, the Engineer will perform a wide variety of professional
engineering work for Cachuma Operation and Maintenance Board’s (COMB) Capital Improvement Program
related to the planning, design, construction, operation and rehabilitation of Cachuma Project structures and
facilities used for water storage, water supply and transmission. The Engineer prepares plans, specifications,
and cost estimates; organizes, manages, directs, and supervises COMB’s engineering functions; acts as a
liaison between the public and federal, state and local governmental agencies; handles utilities rights-
of-way ; provides project coordination and direction to technical engineering staff; serves as the agency
engineer on construction projects; and performs related duties as assigned.
The Engineer is a single-position classification responsible for performing professional engineer work in
the design and construction of a wide variety of complex engineering projects. Individuals in this class
exercise considerable discretion and judgment in the coordination and prioritization of projects including,
but not limited to, planning, designing and coordinating projects as well as contract administration. The
Engineer reports to and assists the General Manager in both long-range planning, budget preparation,
and project management for capital improvement projects. The Engineer interfaces and coordinates
with the Operations Foreman regarding activities to be completed by the COMB field crew, outside
contractors, or engineering consultants.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES – Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
? Responsible for the development and implementation of a capital improvement program and budget
for major construction projects for COMB facilities.
? Provides general guidance related to engineering functions for COMB projects, and coordinates
projects with professional engineering consultants, including the approval of plans and specifications
developed by consultants.
? Coordinates and supervises the development of capital improvement projects, including
contract administration, environmental compliance, permit acquisition, preparation of bid
documents and contracts, consultant and contractor coordination, and construction monitoring.
? Directs the preparation and reviews a variety of engineering reports and technical analyses.
? Represents COMB in coordinating with other utilities, regulatory agencies, governmental bodies,
planning agencies, trade and professional associations, technical groups, and developers.
? Coordinates the progress, inspection, and proper completion of major construction projects.
? Interprets and ensures compliance with all agency policies and procedures, standards of quality
and safety, and all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations.
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? Trains, schedules, supervises and evaluates the performance of COMB technical engineering
staff; implements disciplinary action as appropriate.
? Performs general administrative duties as required, including but not limited to attending and
conducting meetings, preparing Board reports and correspondence, compiling data for reports,
entering computer data, and preparing spreadsheets, etc.
? Regularly updates the General Manager regarding projects and personnel issues. ? Represents the General Manager at meetings and conferences as delegated.
? Provides support to the General Manager in making presentations regarding engineering issues to
the Board of Directors.
? Performs related duties as assigned.
? Plan, organize, and develop COMB engineering functions, particularly as they affect water storage
and distribution system rehabilitation.
? Interpret, analyze and apply federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations, policies and
procedures pertaining to assigned areas of responsibility.
? Develop long-range capital improvement programs to implement agency goals, objectives,
policies, procedures, and work standards.
? Determine work priorities and scope, and effectively coordinate and schedule resources and
staff to perform activities and projects within time limits.
? Schedule, train, supervise and evaluate the performance of staff; deal constructively with
conflict and develop effective resolutions.
? Exercise sound independent judgment within general policy guidelines.
? Read and interpret blueprints, maps, drawings and documents related to water projects, and
collect, compile, analyze, organize and present technical and statistical information.
? Read, write and speak English fluently; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in
writing; prepare and present written and oral technical reports, using good grammar and writing
? Perform required mathematical computations with accuracy.
? Adhere to prescribed work schedule to conduct job responsibilities.
? Principles and practices of civil engineering and engineering economics with particular emphasis on the design and construction of water distribution systems and/or other hydraulic projects and facilities.
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? Federal, state, and local laws, codes, rules, regulations and standards affecting areas of
? Budget development, fiscal controls, and capital improvement cost development.
? Contract development and administration.
? Principles of organizational management, planning, staffing, supervision, and employee development.
? Administrative principles and methods, including goal setting, planning, program and budget
development and implementation.
? Organizational and management practices as applied to the engineering functions and operational
? Computer systems and software packages related to engineering analysis and functions as well as for
word and data processing, spreadsheet preparation, graphics, Geographic Information Systems,
and SCADA applications.
? Technical issues involved in the operation and maintenance of water facilities and pipelines.
? Professional standards for the development of operation and maintenance programs as applied to
planning, permitting and environmental review.
? Business letter and report writing, English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. Upper division course work in hydrology or water resources is highly desirable.
Minimum of four years of increasingly responsible professional engineering experience in design and construction of pipeline, irrigation, flood control, water treatment, water distribution, or wastewater treatment facilities, including at least two years in a management or supervisory capacity.
LICENSE / CERTIFICATE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT
Possession of a valid and current Certificate of Registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the State of
Possession of a valid California Class C Drivers License and an insurable driving record. Failure to
obtain or maintain such required license(s) may be cause for disciplinary action. Individuals who do
not meet this requirement due to a physical disability will be considered for accommodation on a
Possession of a Grade IV Water Distribution Certificate preferred.
Must pass a pre-employment physical, which includes drug screening.
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Salaried (Exempt Employee)
TYPICAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Requires the ability to sit at desk and intermittently walk, stand, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, bend, crouch, crawl, push, pull and reach while performing office duties and/or field work; operate motor vehicles; enter confined spaces and engage in work activities therein; lift and/or move up to 25 pounds frequently and up to 40 pounds occasionally; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools and controls. Must be able to work effectively despite occasional exposure to adverse environmental conditions, including extreme weather conditions, heights, confined spaces, wetness, humidity, noise, air contaminants, fumes, dust, grease / oil, solvents, machinery hazards, traffic hazards, etc. Must be able to maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for making observations, communicating with others, reading and writing, and operating office equipment and hand tools. Must be able to use a telephone to communicate verbally and a keyboard to communicate through written means, to review information and enter/retrieve data, to see and read characters on a computer screen.