Santa Margarita Water District

Engineering Technician

Onsite - Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Application Deadline: 7/22/24

The Santa Margarita Water District is hiring an Engineering Technician in the Engineering Department. The Engineering Technician will work with the Senior Project Engineer, or designated staff, to assist in reviewing commercial and residential permit applications, encroachment permit applications, processing of fire flow tests, supporting the District’s backflow prevention system, and assisting with construction packages, engineering design, and other work as needed to support the Engineering Department.


The ideal candidate will have demonstrated knowledge of water pipeline distribution systems; will be a detail-oriented, critical thinker, with strong organizational skills, able to effectively manage multiple primary and secondary responsibilities, and will be capable of entering and analyzing data in Microsoft Excel and other computer programs.


In addition to working on the assigned tasks, this position will cross train with two other Engineering Technician positions with responsibilities in cathodic protection (CP) and construction management.


Under general supervision, performs technical engineering duties in support of a variety of engineering design, construction and maintenance engineering activities; processes engineering-related applications, requests for testing and permits; updates and maintains engineering plans and databases including cross-connection and GIS.


An Engineering Technician performs standard technical assignments ranging in difficulty from routine to moderate in support of engineering design, construction and customer support projects and activities. Assigned work requires an understanding of engineer­ing methods and practices and the ability to apply these competencies in varied engineering-oriented assignment including the District’s cross-connection and source control programs.


This position reports directly to the Chief Engineer or his/her designee.

 Essential Functions:The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.


  1. Processes District wastewater discharge applications; processes and tracks fire flow test requests and results; performs preliminary plumbing plan checks to evaluate need for backflow devices and grease interceptors; assists in plan review of improvement plans and engineering construction draw­ings for conformance to District standards; assists in the preparation and assembling of construction contract packages for the bidding process;  responds to requests for copies of plans and provides information on the location of District facilities.
  2. Tracks and maintains a variety of engineering department records and activities including internal inspection requests and materials, test results, plan updates, tract acceptance/bond exoneration documents and customer/developer notifications.
  3. Drafts for management review a wide variety of materials on assigned issues, including “will serve letters,” sanitation clearance requests and a variety of test results; collects background information on a variety of topics, and prepares recommendations and a variety of other supporting materials.
  4. Utilizes GIS, AutoCAD and other software tools to design and develop a wide variety of custom maps and other spatial products using standard and derived data; gathers, verifies, inputs, edits, maintains, and updates collected field attributes, tabular and spatial data; edits and performs quality assurance on data entities and attributes; produces standard maps such as distribution facility maps; verifies that maps reflect facilities and system modifications and additions as well as new parcel and account information; creates maps depicting planned and programmed water system development and new pressure zones for developable areas.
  5. Supports engineering design projects including researching related record drawings and easements, drafting specifications, incorporating SMWD and other industry standard drawings and specifications, field verification of conditions, preparing bid and contract documents, preparing quantity take offs, developing cost estimates, drafting permit applications, drafting routine CEQA documents, drafting design and support Requests for Proposal scopes of work, updating standards, and other documentation.
  6. Supports the project bid process including coordination with bidders, drafting addenda, checking bid documents, confirming contractor qualifications and insurance and other related work.
  7. Supports the construction process including logging submittals, tracking submittal review, reviewing submittals, tracking Requests for Information, investigating Requests for Information, preparing electronic progress payment documents, tracking construction releases, and other related work.
  8. Supports engineering in reviewing and responding to Encroachment Permits within the District’s properties and easements.
  9. Applies knowledge of backflow devices and cross connection program to various tasks.; reviews and logs various District agreements, contracts and contract dollar amounts; reviews requests for easements, new service and tenant improvements and enters information into database; ensures compliance with District, federal, state and local backflow and cross-connection regulations.
  10. Cross trains with other Engineering Technicians to be able to provide assistance in the areas of cathodic protection and construction management.
  11. Performs related duties and responsibilities as required. 

 Requisite Abilities:QUALIFICATIONS

Any combination of experience and training that have provided the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education, Training and Experience: 

Graduation from high school or GED equivalent supplemented by college-level course work in engineer­ing technology, drafting, engineering mathematics, project management or related fields, and at least three years of progres­sively responsible experience in performing sub-professional engineering duties; or an equivalent combin­ation of training and experience. An associate degree in civil engineering and experience in a public agency are preferred.  Technical/college level courses in water distribution or treatment are desired.

Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements: 

Possession of or the ability to obtain a valid California Class C driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the District’s vehicle insurance program.


Knowledge of: 

  1. Technical practices, procedures and standards involved in supporting the design and construction engineering of water wastewater and recycled water treatment, sewage collection facilities, water/wastewater pumping facilities, distribution systems and related facilities.
  2. District facilities and system including pressure zones and service areas.
  3. Construction techniques, practices and inspection criteria related to plan reviews.
  4. Design and construction drafting techniques, terminology and equipment, including AutoCAD and GIS.
  5. Building codes, fire codes and industrial safety regulations.
  6. Nomenclature, symbols and techniques of mapping and surveying.
  7. Engineering mathematics, including algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
  8. District, county and state codes, ordinances, regulations, policies and procedures related to cross-connection control.
  9. Principles and practices of sound business communication; correct English usage, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  10. Safety policies and safe work practices applicable to the work.
  11. Records management, recordkeeping, filing and basic purchasing practices and procedures. 
  12. Uses and operation of computers, standard business software and specialized database and spread­sheet applications. 

Ability to: 

  1. Read, understand and interpret engineering plans, drawings, specifications, maps and other technical materials of moderate difficulty applicable to the work.
  2. Perform technical engineering analyses and calculations and reach sound, accurate conclusions.
  3. Prepare maps, plans and other materials using AutoCAD and GIS technologies and software.
  4. Utilize GIS and other engineering/facilities software and databases to obtain and maintain infor­mation required for the work.
  5. Understand, interpret, explain and apply applicable codes, regulations and policies.
  6. Represent the District effectively in dealings with customers, other agencies, contractors, consul­tants and others.
  7. Operate a computer, standard business software and a variety of computer software programs and databases related to area of assignment.
  8. Prepare clear and accurate reports, documents, data entries and files.
  9. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 
  10. Understand and follow written and oral instructions. 
  11. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all those encountered in the course of work.

 Qualifications Guidelines:Physical Demands 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk and stand; talk and hear; reach with hands and arms; and perform repetitive movements of hands or wrists. The employee is frequently required to lift up to 25 pounds unaided.

Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision, distance vision, use of both eyes, depth perception, color vision and the ability to adjust focus. 

Mental Demands 

While performing the duties of this class, an employee uses written and oral communication skills; reads and interprets data, information and documents; analyzes and solves problems; uses math and mathe­matical reasoning; observes and interprets people and situations; learns and applies new information and skills; performs highly detailed work; deals with changing deadlines, constant interrup­tions and multiple concurrent tasks; and interacts with others encountered in the course of work.


The employee works in an office environment where the noise level is usually quiet. The employee occasionally works in outdoor weather conditions near moving equipment and heavy traffic.