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Updated on January 12, 2015

Assistant or Associate Engineer, Electric and Controls
Associate Engineer, Electric and Controls Salary: $7281 - $10067 Monthly Schedule: Full Time
or Assistant Engineer, Electric and Controls Salary: $6071 - $8361 Monthly

Associate Engineer, Electric and Controls

$7281 - $10067 Monthly


Assistant Engineer, Electric and Controls

$6071 - $8361 Monthly

DEFINITION:  Under direction, performs complex professional engineering work related to the design and construction of District electrical facilities and control systems.  Provides project supervision over engineering staff assigned to projects.


1.      Assists in the administration of general construction projects such as wells, booster stations, treatment plants and other related projects.  This includes executing contract summaries, negotiations in changes of contract scope, monitoring design costs and overall project budget and resolution of claims, disputes and outstanding issues.

2.      Performs project management on district construction projects.  Maintains quality assurance of consultant’s designs, drawings and specifications to district requirements.  Ensures that inspection and quality assurance is performed on the construction and that the project is completed within budget cost and on schedule.

3.      Maintains documentation for both contract administration and project management that includes correspondences, meeting minutes, requests for information, submittal reviews and other activities on the construction project.

4.      Prepares plans and specifications for electrical and control systems.

5.      Prepares studies for planning of new facilities.

6.      Coordinates survey, operations, inspections, consultants and others pertaining to District projects.

7.      Uses computers to prepare spread sheets, analyses, simulations and process control.

8.      Gathers and compiles raw data and related information for the preparation of reports and studies.

9.      Provides support and advice to other district engineers on electrical and control issues.


License and Certificates: Possession of a valid Engineer in Training Certificate is required for the Assistant Engineer, Electric and Controls position. The Associate Engineer, Electric and Controls position requires possession of a valid Professional Engineer Certificate issued by the State of California.

Experience: Any combination of training and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to have acquired the knowledge and abilities necessary for the Assistant Engineer, Electric and Controls position would be to have 1 year of related experience.  For the Associate Engineer, Electric and Controls position, a typical way to have the required skills and abilities would be to have 5 years of increasingly responsible electrical and controls facilities experience.

Education:  Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or related field from an accredited college or university.

See Human Resources for full job description.

Closing Date: Open Until Filled Apply Now

Electronic Technician Trainee, Electronic Technician I, or Electronic Technician II - 1 POSITION
ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN TRAINEE Salary: $3726 - $5070 Monthly Schedule: Full Time
or ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN I Salary: $4844 - $6654 Monthly
or ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN II Salary: $5296 - $7293 Monthly

DEFINITION: Under general supervision to perform installation, repair, calibration, and maintenance work on the district's supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, automatic control systems, trunked and radio systems, telephone systems, security systems, flood warning systems, and do related work as required.  Familiar with the district's domestic, flood control, irrigation, and sanitation distribution and collection systems.  Electronic Technician Trainee: Is an entry level, closely supervised position that does require prior Electronics experience.                                          

EXAMPLE OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:                                                          

1. Performs professional installations and calibrations and proficiently repairs and maintains system, equipment, and components including but not limited to local and remote terminal units, programmable controllers, variable drives, automatic control circuits, process controllers, liquid level controllers, level and pressure transducers, flow and position transmitters, microwave radios, multiplex and data communications equipment, base and mobile radios, tone and pulse duration transmitters and receivers, security equipment, solar power equipment, flood warning equipment, gas detectors, audio and video equipment, telephone and voice mail equipment, cellular telephone, and underground cable.

2. Systematically troubleshoots system, equipment, and component malfunctions using effect-to-cause reasoning techniques to make timely and effective repairs.  Analyzes failures and takes prompt responsible corrective action in striving to minimize service interruptions to co-workers and the district's customers and to minimize damage.

3. Understands and adheres to the rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission regarding the operation and maintenance of radio transmitters and receivers.                                                    

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:                                                       

Electronic Technician Trainee: Must become certified by FCC endorsed program or testing facility with 18 months of appointment.  Failure to become certified may influence employment or classification

Electronic Technician I and Electronic Technician II: Possession of a valid Technician Certificate issued through a program endorsed by the Federal Communications Commission or a FCC license.

Experience: Electronic Technician Trainee: A typical way to obtain this knowledge and abilities would be to successfully complete four college level classes in electronics or have one year experience in the electronics repair field. Electronic Technician I level: Any combination of training and experience, which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain this knowledge and abilities would be to have two years experience in the electronics repair field. Electronic Technician II level: Must have experience working on the District's SCADA system as an Electronic Technician I for a minimum of 5 years.

Closing Date: Open Until Filled Apply Now

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Coachella Valley Water District
P.O. Box 1058
Coachella, CA 92236
Phone: (760) 398-2661, Ext. 2103
Fax: (760) 568-1774
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The Coachella Valley Water District offers a full benefits package including Medical, Dental, and Vision plans as well as a life insurance policy, three deferred compensation plans, and two flexible spending accounts. CVWD also offers vacation benefits, floating and set holidays, paid sick leave and longevity pay after seven years. CVWD is a member of California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and an equal opportunity employer.

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