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Air Resources Engineer (3735)

Air Resources Engineer

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: IA84
  • Class Code: 3735
  • Established: 12/15/1977
  • Revised: 01/08/1997
  • Title Changed: --


Under supervision, incumbents solve air pollution control problems using engineering skills expertise.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Range A is the entry and first working level. Incumbents perform less difficult air pollution engineering work or motor vehicle pollution control engineering work under close supervision.


Range B is the intermediate working level at which the incumbent performs and assists higher level staff in air pollution-related engineering work of average difficulty.


Range C is the full (nonregistered) journeyperson level. Incumbents perform difficult air pollution engineering work or motor vehicle pollution control engineering work.


Range D is the full (registered) journeyperson level. Incumbents perform the full range of the more difficult professional air pollution-related work and motor vehicle pollution control engineering work for the Air Resources Board.

Typical Tasks

Incumbents perform field and office engineering duties related to air pollution programs; conduct investigations, inspections, and studies; prepare surveys and reports; design electrical instrumentation; draft and develop control systems instrumentation, tests, and methods for measurement of air pollution and emissions of air contaminants; advise and consult with Federal, State, and local agencies involved in air pollution control, often involving extensive public and professional contacts; and may act as expert witnesses in Board or court action.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Equivalent to graduation from a curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology with major work in environmental, chemical, electrical, sanitary, civil, mechanical, air resources, or a related engineering field. (Registration as a senior in such a curriculum will admit the applicant to the examination, but the applicant must produce evidence of graduation before becoming eligible for appointment.) (Possession of a valid certificate as an engineer-in-training as issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers may be substituted for the required education.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Engineering principles relating to air resources; engineering sciences and mathematics; instrumentation, methods, and techniques of air sampling and determination of physical and chemical characteristics; pollutants; factors contributing to air pollution in metropolitan areas and available control measures; design and operation of air monitoring stations; scientific computer programming/modeling applications; air pollution control measures, laws, and regulations in California; problems of industrial waste disposal and refuse disposal; factors involved in the control of vehicular and stationary source emissions from internal combustion sources; mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineering as applied to testing and evaluating automotive exhaust control devices; analysis, development, design, optimization, operation, testing, and maintenance of control systems as related to air pollution control; meteorology as related to air pollution; theory, practices, and methods used in engineering work as related to air pollution control; design and use of atmospheric pollution control devices and surveillance instruments, statistical techniques employed in the analysis of air pollution and meteorological data; economic and health effects of the discharge of pollutants into the atmosphere.


Ability to: Analyze, review, check, and interpret air pollution control engineering plans, test data, estimates, and specifications; develop and adapt instrumentation and operating procedures for automotive engine and exhaust control device testing; plan and carry out comprehensive automotive engineering studies and investigations; interpret and apply laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to air pollution in California; design, develop, and adapt instrumentation and operating procedures for air monitoring stations and other air quality measuring complexes; calibrate complex air monitoring equipment; apply computer programming and modeling skills; conduct research and special studies on, and make recommendations for, the elimination or control of air pollution sources; assist in research work and in the analysis of technical information pertaining to automatic control systems; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; communicate effectively, analyze situations accurately, and adopt an effective course of action; operate in a lead capacity for special studies and projects.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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