County of Alameda

Associate Control Systems Engineer, Zone 7 (#4966)

Bargaining Unit: Local 21 - Zone 7 Engineers (060)
$73.38-$89.21 Hourly / $5,870.40-$7,136.80 BiWeekly /
$12,719.20-$15,463.07 Monthly / $152,630.40-$185,556.80 Yearly

Under general supervision, performs difficult professional control systems or electrical engineering work in the design, development, implementation, modification, installation, and maintenance of Zone 7’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system and electrical or electronic systems in the area of water resources, flood control, water supply, and water treatment and distribution facilities.


This is a journey-level classification distinguished from the Senior Engineer, Zone 7, in that the latter class has first-line supervisory responsibility over professional and technical staff, while the former will be responsible for the SCADA projects and, within established administrative limits and time schedules, will plan, organize and/or execute the project with a minimum of supervision or will have responsibilities for program operations.

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. Develops design requirements including researching data, prepares plans, specifications and estimates for the purchase, installation, modification and testing instrumentation systems equipment at flood control, water supply or water treatment and distribution facilities and systems; recommends the purchase of appropriate equipment to meet Agency requirements.

2. Provides consultation on control system installations or troubleshooting; monitors and reviews the installation and testing of SCADA system.

3. Conducts site investigations including collecting and reviewing technical data, plans, drawings, specifications and estimates in connection with the construction, maintenance or operations of flood control, water supply or water treatment and distribution facilities and systems.

4. Prepares project documents including control system project justifications, budget analyses, preliminary cost estimates, project authorization forms and schedules; prepares, evaluates and approves contractor reports and supporting computations, charts, and sketches for control system engineering projects; prepares a variety of correspondence, reports and records.

5. Manages SCADA system and engineering projects; provides technical support during project design and implementation including permits, design changes, submittal review, requests for information from contractors, project change order claims, interpretation of project drawings and specifications, and contract documents; and performs inspections of contractor installations to ensure work is in accordance with project plans, specifications, and professional engineering standards and codes.

6. Conducts feasibility studies of supported software and hardware packages relating to SCADA control systems; designs new application software and modifies existing software; evaluates consultant products and prepares control strategies for new applications software and trains staff as required.

7. Confers with Agency employees, consultants, contractors and representatives of other agencies to obtain and provide technical information and troubleshoot control system engineering problems.

8. Develops, recommends and directs the utilization of computer programs for the analysis and solution of control system engineering problems; keeps abreast of new developments in information technology applications related to the Agency’s needs.

9. Administers and manages consultant contracts ensuring compliance with budget and schedules including drafting request for proposal, interviewing contractors, reviewing and evaluating proposals and recommending selection of contractors.

10. May participate in emergency response functions on a rotating basis.


Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Electrical Engineering or a closely related field. (Possession of a valid State of California Engineer-In-Training certificate may be substituted for the required degree.)


The equivalent of four years of full-time, progressively responsible control systems and\or electrical engineering experience.


Possession of a valid California Certificate of Registration as a Professional Control Systems Engineer or Professional Electrical Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration.


Possession of a valid California Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record.

Special Requirements:

Must be willing and able to work in areas where there is exposure to potential chemical, mechanical and electrical hazards and outdoors in all weather conditions. May be required to respond to off-hour emergencies.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above 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:

• Fundamental principles and practices of control and electrical systems engineering as applied to a water agency, including electrical and circuitry principles and practices.
• Principles and practices of project management and contract administration, including planning, organizing, delegating, scheduling and controlling.
• Principles and practices of control systems network administration.
• Computer programs and languages and their engineering applications.
• Operational characteristics of local area networks and supporting platforms.
• Electrical and electronic system methods, materials and equipment.

Ability to:

• Effectively organize and coordinate complex control systems and electrical engineering projects, studies and contracted services.
• Prepare and oversee preparation of plans, designs, sketches, estimates and specifications.
• Conduct engineering studies, investigations and analyses.
• Apply control systems engineering and electrical engineering principles and techniques to the study and evaluation of engineering problems.
• Make accurate engineering computations.
• Inspect construction projects and existing facilities and conduct common electrical and control systems equipment tests.
• Read, understand and interpret control systems and electrical drawings, graphs, and specifications.
• Prepare clear, concise and accurate reports and correspondence.
• Maintain accurate data and records.
• Deal tactfully and effectively with the public, other agencies, developers, engineering firms, contractors and other employees.
• Lead assigned staff in completion of projects and tasks.

MH:po 2/23/09
Newspec: 4966.doc
CSC Date: 3/25/2009


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

  • 12 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.


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