Tucson Water

Recruitment #2012-2007-001



The Tucson Water Department is seeking highly qualified individuals to join the Department as Senior Engineering Technicians in the Planning and Engineering Division. There are four sections within the division that have openings we are seeking to fill.

General Description

The Senior Engineering Technician may be creating and/or maintaining technical drawings, graphic designs, maps, figures, renderings and presentation materials. This position will also conduct research and provide information to customers and personnel, depending on the area of the position.

Some of the positions require a strong knowledge of AutoCAD, but not all of the openings require that skillset. The position also requires the ability to plan and complete project assignments in accordance with department goals and objectives as well as the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associate personnel, City staff, consultants, and outside agencies, no matter which area the position is in.

Essential Functions

  • This is a senior position. It differs from other positions in the classification series by performing tasks at a proficient, accomplished level and handling the more difficult, complex or irregular tasks. Individuals in senior positions typically assist in setting priorities for work and are asked upon occasion to use judgment to solve unusual problems.
  • Works with engineering, construction, surveying and mapping/GIS staff to create and maintain detailed construction plans, survey data, legal descriptions and exhibits, maps and other documents by examining as-built construction plans, survey data, maps and other documents;
  • Utilizes Autodesk Civil 3D drafting software to produce detailed construction plans and graphics; creates various conversions and digital drawings and makes modifications as needed;
  • Communicates with internal and external parties to obtain utility information relevant to new designs;
  • Maintains records in electronic databases and hard copy files reflecting information on engineering plans, maps, records and work orders;
  • Provides assistance to customers and personnel by answering telephones, assessing callers' needs, conducting research, providing information and technical advice to customers and other departments;
  • Provides assistance to internal customers by using computer software to design and produce presentation materials in multiple formats. Assists Civil Engineers in producing Tucson Water construction plans and specification development;
  • Participates in field construction meetings and assists Tucson Water Construction Section staff with plans and technical issues;
  • Prepares forms, reports, correspondence, and billings; performs field visits, keeps logs, creates, maintains and updates files, enters information into the system, trains personnel, maintains databases;
  • Perform related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Associate Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years' experience in computer-aided drafting, geographic information systems, or in collecting, analyzing or processing field samples and data

Valid and unrestricted Driver's License

An equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the ability to successfully perform the essential functions may be considered

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidates will possess the above minimum qualifications as well as have relevant experience in the areas of:

  • Associate degree in Computer-Aided Drafting, Engineering, or directly related engineering field
  • City, County, or State government; public or private utility experience
  • Project management experience in a water works environment
  • Design experience in a water works environment
  • Experience using Autodesk Civil 3D 2016
  • Experience reviewing public works construction drawings

Selection Plan

You are encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profiles and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in a virtual Oral Board Interview.    

        • Virtual Oral Board Interviews will be held January 29, 2021

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on an Eligibility List. An applicant's ranking on the list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

        • 20% of your rating for education and work experience

        • 80% of your oral board interview

Selection interviews may be conducted post-list by the hiring manager.

This recruitment will establish a Civil Service Eligibility List that will be utilized to fill all vacancies within Tucson Water occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the achieved score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Eligibility List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you may upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates a characterization of service.

If you are in need of an Americans with Disabilities Act related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Jocelyn D. Maez at at least 48 hours prior to the particular evaluation.


Communication during this process will be sent via email to the email address on file, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly; this may include your junk box/spam filter. Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.