County of Alameda

Mechanical Engineer (#2065)

Bargaining Unit: Local 21 - Civil Engineers (077)
$59.61-$65.59 Hourly / $4,768.80-$5,247.20 BiWeekly /
$10,332.40-$11,368.93 Monthly / $123,988.80-$136,427.20 Yearly

Under direction, to perform difficult design work involving water treatment plants and water transmission systems on a project basis; and to do related work as required.


The Mechanical Engineer is comparable in level of professional engineering competency to a Civil Engineer III. Both must be fully qualified in design work and have the ability to carry an engineering project to completion.

The Mechanical Engineer reports directly to a Supervising Civil Engineer who acts as Section Chief of the Water Resources Division, located in the Flood Control and Conservation Department. This position is responsible for planning, organizing and executing an entire project in a designated geographical area while receiving a minimum of supervision. Civil Engineer I’s and II’s are occasionally assigned to a project headed by the Mechanical Engineer in which case the Mechanical Engineer assigns and supervises their work.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Plans, organizes, and reviews or personally prepares drawings, specifications and estimates in connection with the construction, redesign, or maintenance of existing or proposed water treatment plants and distribution systems.

2. Performs difficult engineering office work in connection with cost estimating, progress reports, economic analysis and research, or other specialized technical studies.

3. Acts as resident engineer on water treatment facilities and water distribution systems.

4. Participates in the supervision of design and the preparation of specifications; inspects work in progress or equipment to be installed.

5. Conducts hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical studies; writes reports and makes recommendations on the maintenance and operations of the District's water supply system and other related areas.

6. Coordinates and develops the overall design considerations for alterations and expansion of existing water treatment and transmission facilities.

Either I

The equivalent of one year of full-time experience working in the class of Civil Engineer II in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in Mechanical Engineering,


The equivalent of three years of progressively responsible, full-time, professional mechanical engineering experience.


Possession of valid certificate of registration as a Mechanical Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers.

Special Requirements:

Work experience must include a minimum of one year in planning or designing water system facilities.


Possess and maintain a valid California Motor Vehicle operator's license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles and practices of Mechanical Engineering.
• Engineering mathematics and economics.
• Hydrology and hydraulic design, engineering, surveying, and construction.
• Testing procedures and equipment.

Ability to:

• Perform technical and administrative mechanical engineering work in engineering planning, cost estimating, and economic analysis.
• Supervise others in the performance of mechanical engineering design work.
• Prepare technical engineering reports.
• Perform technical research.
• Secure adherence by contractors to plans and specifications and maintain good relations with organizations working on contracts.

Old document: BL:lh
Revised 7/78
Updated 11/15/93
New document: Jobspecs/2065
CSC Date: 7/1978


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.