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Engineer, Water Resources (3137)

Engineer, Water Resources

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: GH62
  • Class Code: 3137
  • Established: 03/08/1994
  • Revised: 02/23/2000
  • Title Changed: --


This is the entry, first working, and journey level of professional engineering work in the Department of Water Resources. At the journey level and with registration, incumbents may be in a responsible charge capacity. Under the direction of a registered engineer, incumbents perform a wide variety of professional engineering work in either an office, field, or laboratory setting in any phase of the State water resources program. As incumbents progress in experience, they will be assigned more difficult work and may function as a lead person over the activities of various engineering and technical personnel; and do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Incumbents assist in engineering work in connection with projects relating to land, hydraulics, roads, bridges, buildings, wharves, piers, dams, levees, sanitary facilities, and similar works; prepare designs, plans, specifications, estimates, and reports for various types of construction projects including bridges, roads, dams, aqueducts, levees, ditches, retaining walls, and similar structures; revise or prepare maps, plans, charts, and diagrams; act as a member of a survey party; keep survey and construction notes; make engineering calculations in connection with field or office work; prepare simple design work and draft working plans and detail drawings and tracings and produce drawings using CADD; oversee the work of several office and field assistants engaged in conducting studies of water supply, water quality, snow conditions, flood control, groundwater analysis, and irrigation surveys; act as inspector on a variety of construction projects such as road construction and structural steel, concrete, and timber construction; inspect structures under construction; make hydrographic and irrigation investigations; inspect, make field or laboratory tests, or take samples for laboratory analysis on materials being used for construction projects; make field inspections of existing structures to determine extent of damage, deterioration, or defects; assemble data and make reports from field investigations; may assist in the development or maintenance of computer programs; may perform engineering calculations and/or prepare other documents using a personal computer or a work station; assist in preparing environmental impact analyses, environmental impact reports, and environmental impact studies; prepare memoranda and reports; may use underwater diving equipment in connection with underwater quality control investigation.

Minimum Qualifications

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Education: Graduation from a curriculum in civil engineering accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology. (Registration as a "senior" in such a curriculum will admit an applicant to the competition, but he/she must produce evidence of graduation before he/she will be considered eligible for appointment.)



Education: Graduation from an engineering curriculum which includes the basic engineering courses normally covered in a standard four- year course, and by qualifying in a written examination covering basic civil engineering. (Registration as a "senior" in such a curriculum will admit an applicant to the qualifying examination, but he/she must produce evidence of graduation before he/she will be considered eligible for appointment.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Basic principles of physics, chemistry, and mathematics as applied to civil engineering; surveying; hydrology and hydraulics; stress analysis; design of simple structures; mechanics; strength, properties, and uses of engineering construction materials; methods and equipment of engineering construction; engineering economics; common descriptions of real property; computers and computer software; use of computers in engineering practice; environmental and/or engineering science.


Ability to: Do simple mapping and drafting either manually or through CADD and make neat and accurate computations and engineering notes; do mapping and engineering drawings; use computers and CADD; prepare clear and concise reports; prepare detailed plans and specifications; inspect construction projects; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; maintain friendly and cooperative relations with those contacted in the course of work; communicate effectively.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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