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ABOLISHED 06/04/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-17 - Chief, Construction Branch, Department of Water Resources (3219)

ABOLISHED 06/04/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-17 - Chief, Construction Branch, Department of Water Resources

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: GN70
  • Class Code: 3219
  • Established: 04/07/1960
  • Revised: --
  • Title Changed: --


Under general direction, to be responsible for the statewide construction program of the Department of Water Resources, and to plan, organize, and direct the technical and administrative work of the Construction Branch; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Supervises and is responsible for the statewide construction program of the Department of Water Resources; directs the work of the staff of the Construction Branch engaged in the construction of major hydraulic structures, such as dams, aqueducts, powerhouses, and pumping plants, and appurtenant physical works, such as bridges, tunnels, roads, and buildings; provides general direction and consultive services on construction work assigned to a district; supervises section heads and project engineers and advises them on difficult technical administrative problems; coordinates the work of the Branch with that of other divisions, districts, and branches in the Department; reviews and approves contract cost estimates; reviews plans and specifications for feasibility of construction; approves prequalifications of contractors; assists in the review of bids and recommends the awarding of contracts; may act as the Department's representative in negotiations with contractors; reviews and recommends approval or modifications in change orders and coordinates changes with the Design Branch; approves progress payments; assigns inspectors or approves contracts for the inspection of construction material and equipment to insure compliance with prescribed specifications; selects and trains personnel, evaluates their performance, and takes or recommends appropriate action; prepares and makes recommendations to the Division Chief; as required, represents the Department at various conferences and meetings on matters relating to the work of the Construction Branch; reviews and signs documents and supervises the preparation and administration of the Branch budget; dictates correspondence and prepares reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a civil engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers. (Applicants who are not registered civil engineers will be admitted to the examination, but they must secure the certificate of registration before they will be considered eligible for appointment.) and Experience: Broad and extensive engineering experience (more than five years) in the construction of major structures, two years of which shall have been in an administrative capacity in the field of hydraulic structures. (In California state service, the Principal Engineer level meets this requirement.) and Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with major work in engineering. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Engineering theory and practices as related to the construction of major hydraulic structures; hydraulic engineering; engineering economics; construction and maintenance of various hydraulic structures and equipment involved in water supply, irrigation, power, drainage, flood control, and similar uses; safety laws and practices as related to the heavy construction industry; design of hydraulic structures; causes of floods and methods of controlling them; principles and techniques of public administration, including personnel management and budgeting; California Water Plan.


Ability to: Supervise a large professional staff; interpret and apply provisions of the California Water Code and other laws affecting the Department; prepare, review, and check engineering reports, plans, and specifications; direct construction of all kinds; address an audience effectively; establish and maintain cooperative relations with those contacted in the course of work.

  Updated: 9/28/2017
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