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ABOLISHED 06/04/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-17 - Prison Industries Engineer (7143)

ABOLISHED 06/04/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-17 - Prison Industries Engineer

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: RA25
  • Class Code: 7143
  • Established: 12/12/1973
  • Revised: 11/16/1994
  • Title Changed: 01/01/1983


Under direction, to assist management through long-range planning to improve the design of product offerings, policies and organizational efficiency as it relates to product manufacturing in the Prison Industry Authority; to conduct studies of current product design, materials and internal manufacturing practices and techniques as compared with private industry and make recommendations for establishment, discontinuance, expansion or contraction of programs and activities; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Acts as a principal consultant to management at all levels on product and manufacturing engineering needs of the Prison Industry Authority; supervises a staff of Product Engineering Technicians, as well as inmate workers; monitors and evaluates the public jurisdiction market and makes recommendations for establishment, discontinuance, expansion or modification of the Prison Industry Authority's wood and metal products, using knowledge of the Prison Industry Authority's capabilities and resources; responsible for the final check of all production drawings; designs special products and new products; ensures that the Prison Industry Authority's wood and metal products are designed to the best industry standards and will perform satisfactorily when used as intended; conducts products testing to assure the adequacy of the Prison Industry Authority's product design; reports on new concepts and new industrial training techniques and advises on how they can best be adapted to correctional needs; assists in the recruitment and training of staff for planned, expanding or existing programs; acts as liaison between headquarters and operating enterprise staff, Department of Corrections, as well as other State, Federal, private, and commercial agencies, in the determination of Prison Industry Authority product needs and priorities; provides liaison between the Prison Industry Authority and the Department of Corrections Vocational/Education Sections; may act as project chief with line responsibility for a small group of technical consultants and specialists who provide service and guidance to operating enterprises; develops and maintains technical and trade contracts; keeps abreast of commercial and governmental practices which can be adapted to a correctional setting; assists in the development and servicing of Prison Industry Trade Advisory resources; prepares correspondence and comprehensive technical reports; organizes meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: Three years of wood or metal product design or product engineering experience plus one year of experience in one of the following:


1. Factory production experience at the second line supervisory level or higher. or


2. Production engineering experience at the second line supervisory level or higher.


(Experience in California state service applied toward this requirement must have been performing the duties of a class at a level of experience at least equivalent to the Prison Industries Superintendent II level.) and Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with major work in mechanical engineering. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for not more than two years of the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles and practices of mechanical engineering and wood and metal product design, including mechanics of materials, tool/fixture design, drafting principles, personal computers, computer-aided drafting and design; quality control, production planning and scheduling; basic principles of training and motivation; laws, rules, programs and policies of the Department of Corrections and the related parole boards; Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Ability to: Apply the principles and practices of mechanical engineering and product design to Prison Industry Authority products; develop product concept sketches and drawings; develop detailed product specifications; find and evaluate sources of materials and services; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; communicate effectively; effectively contribute to the Department's affirmative action objectives.

Special Personal Characteristics

Willingness to travel.

  Updated: 10/4/2017
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