Inland Empire Utilities Agency

Assistant Engineer/Associate Engineer (DOQ)

Hybrid - Chino, CA
Application Deadline: 5/1/24

This position is open until filled. The deadline for the first review of applications is 11:59 PM on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Applicants that submit applications after the first review deadline are not guaranteed to be considered for this recruitment. This recruitment may close at any time without notice after the first review deadline.


There is one (1) vacancy in the Engineering Department


The candidate selected to fill the (1) vacancy may be selected from either this Assistant Engineer/Associate Engineer (DOQ) recruitment or from the active Project Manager I/II (Recruitment) recruitment. Applicants interested in both positions must submit separate applications for each recruitment.  

This recruitment is being conducted to fill one (1) vacancy and will establish an eligibility list which may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur during the active status of the eligibility list.


Salary Range: Assistant Engineer: UN 179 ($3,560-$4,338) 

            Associate Engineer: PR 182 ($4,121-$5,022)

FLSA: Exempt


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Are you interested in a meaningful career participating in the engineering design and construction of state-of-the-art water and wastewater treatment facilities? The Agency is seeking a strategic, innovative, and influential problem solver to serve as its next Assistant Engineer or Associate Engineer. The individual in this role will serve alongside a team of Engineering professionals dedicated to the growth and sustainability of the region. If you enjoy critical thinking and managing a variety of projects, then this is the perfect opportunity for you! 

This Position is perfect for you if:

·      You value teamwork and the opportunity to work with a collaborative group of engineering professionals.

·      You have strong analytical skills and are able to take a creative approach to solving problems.

·      You are able to communicate effectively with both internal and external stakeholders both verbally and in writing.

·      You want to contribute to the community’s well-being and growth!


Here at the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, we are a leader in water management and environmental stewardship. We strive to produce high-quality renewable products such as recycled water and top-quality compost to enhance and preserve the quality of life throughout our region. Our values go beyond just protecting the resources and the communities we serve. We are committed to applying ethical, transparent, and environmentally sustainable principles to all aspects of business and organizational conduct. We recognize that our commitment to the community starts with our employees. In order to ensure that our staff are able to continue to perform at a high level and provide unparalleled services throughout our service area, we strive to provide a healthy work-life balance.



Under general supervision, performs routine to difficult professional engineering-related duties for a number of functional areas, including CIP project planning/design, engineering and construction project management, environ­mental resource planning and compliance monitoring, maintenance/reliability engineering, and recycled water systems; and performs related duties as assigned.



Assistant Engineer is the entry-level professional class in the engineering class series. Staffing for the class may be in multiple Agency divisions/departments, including Engineering & Construc­tion, Environ­mental Planning & Compliance, Technical Services, Operations and Maintenance. Incum­bents perform routine professional engineering and planning work and analyses. As incumbents gain experience, work assignments become more diversified and difficult and require the application of more detailed know­ledge of Agency opera­tions and infrastructure.

Associate Engineer is the journey-level professional class in the engineering class series. Incumbents perform the full range of engineering work and analyses requiring strong technical know­ledge and sound independent judgment and initiative. Work is performed with limited super­vision and direction, and results are reviewed for quality and accuracy of plans and recommenda­tions. Assistant Engineers may be considered for advancement to Associate Engineer after demonstrating the ability to successfully perform the full range of duties of the latter class.

Associate Engineer is distinguished from Senior Associate Engineer in that incumbents in the latter class are responsible for leading and participating in the most complex engineering projects, programs and activities.


Who We Are:

An Employer of Choice in the Inland Empire

The Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) secures and supplies supplemental water; collects and treats wastewater; produces high quality renewable products such as recycled water, compost and energy; and promotes the sustainable use of groundwater and development of local water supplies. IEUA serves approximately 935,000 residents in a 242-square mile service area in western San Bernardino County, California. As a regional wastewater treatment agency, IEUA provides sewage utility services to seven contracting agencies and provides wholesale imported water to seven retail agencies. IEUA owns and operates four facilities specializing in regional water recycling services. The facilities take in approximately 50 million gallons of wastewater per day for treatment, producing high-quality recycled water. IEUA also manages the recharge of recycled, storm and imported water through the Chino Basin Groundwater Recharge Program and coordinates regional water-use efficiency and education programs. IEUA is committed to meeting the needs of the region by providing essential services in a regionally planned and cost-effective manner while safeguarding public health, promoting economic development and protecting the environment.

Excellent Benefits Package:

Social Security, CalPERS, 457 Deferred Compensation Plans, Competitive Salaries, Certification Incentives, Health, Dental, Vision, & Life Insurance w/Agency-paid monthly contribution of $1,180 – $1,808 per month, Paid time off for holidays, vacation, bereavement and sick leave. Additional information is available on our website at:

Job Requirements:


Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in civil engineering or a related engineering discipline, and:

For Assistant Engineer: One year of professional engineering or related field/planning experience (including internship experience), prefer­ably with a water or wastewater utility; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

For Associate Engineer: An Assistant Engineer may be considered for advancement to Associate Engineer after demonstrating proficiency to perform the full range of duties of the latter class. Proficiency criteria and the process for demonstrating performance at the levels established in the criteria are established jointly by hiring authorities and the Director, Human Resources and are described in a separate document.

Typically, an Assistant Engineer is expected to be capable of meeting the proficiency criteria within a 12 to 24-month period, depending on an individual’s prior experience and progression in performing the full range of Associate Engineer duties as described in the establish performance criteria.


A valid California Class C driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the Agency’s vehicle insurance program. 

For Associate Engineer, F.E. Certification is required.

For Assistant Engineer, F.E. Certification is required within 12 months of hire..

Level 1 vibration analysis, infrared and tribology certifications from a recognized training institution are desirable.

Certain assignments require a Wastewater Treatment Operator Grade III certification or a Water Treatment Operator 1 and/or Distribution Operator 1 certifications within 12 months of hire or promotion.


APPLY ONLINE.  This recruitment is Open Until Filled. First Review of Applications scheduled for May 1, 2024. Applications must be completed and submitted electronically. Handwritten applications will not be accepted. A complete job description, online Agency Employment Application, and Supplemental Questionnaire is available online at: (click on Job Openings).


An Equal Opportunity Employer 

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Recruiter Information:

Daniel Zerda