Planning & Engineering Division of Tucson Water

Recruitment #2211-2012-001


Tucson Water is the second largest water utility in Arizona, serving over 730,000 customers over a 390 square mile service area. Tucson Water is recognized internationally as a leader in water conservation, sustainability, and service. Our employees are proud stewards our community’s most precious natural resource, working to embody the utility’s motto of “Pride In Service.”

The Planning and Engineering Division of Tucson Water’s Senior Engineering Associate positions are housed in the Design and Project Management Sections. These sections are responsible for delivery of water infrastructure projects of all types in a variety of forms. Some projects are submitted by other agencies for review in conjunction with a transportation improvement project. Tucson Water also delivers approximately $90 million of projects per year through its Capital Improvement Program. Capital projects are either designed by in-house staff or prepared by consultants. Tucson Water staff also manage projects through construction, working directly with contractors and inspection staff.

City-Wide Benefits
• Medical: Choice between a high deductible plan (HSA or HRA), or Network plan.
• Dental: Choice between a national dental PPO and a local dental HMO.
• Vision: Coverage for annual eye exam and glasses or contacts, plus LASIK.
• Life: City-paid coverage for you & dependents, plus option to buy more.
• Long-Term Disability: Income replacement of up to 60% of your base salary in the event of a qualifying disability.
• Employee Assistance Program: Enhance your wellbeing when life doesn’t go as planned.
• Flexible Spending: Pay for qualified health and dependent care expenses using pretax dollars.
• Colonial Voluntary Benefits: Financial help in the event of cancer, hospitalization, accident, more.

Your Security and Future
• Pension: Generous pension plans that help both civilian and public safety employees retire more comfortably.
• Deferred Compensation: Save more toward a comfortable retirement with a 457(b) plan.
• Training & Tuition Assistance: Pursue your dream through internal training or financial help toward a degree.
• Education Assistance, Reimbursement, and Qualified Loan Repayment Assistance Program: Get assistance paying off your student loan debt.
• Back-Up Care: Care for your loved ones when your regular care is unavailable.

Your Peace of Mind
• Paid Parental Leave: Six (6) weeks paid leave when you welcome a child, plus other generous leave policies for FML, Medical and USERRA.
• Paid Time Away: New hires enjoy 37 days of paid time off in the first year, with time increasing steadily thereafter (In year one: 13 accrued days of vacation, 13 accrued days of sick leave, and 11 paid holidays).
• Employee Discounts: Generous discounts, ranging from car rentals to computers, gifts to groceries, electronics to entertainment.
• Social Connectedness: Forge connections with the community we serve through paid volunteerism and payroll-deducted charitable giving.

General Description

Develops and manages projects and contracts. Reviews development plans. Develops and reviews project design plans and specifications.

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.
• Manages projects and contracts by negotiating the scope of work and the fees involved, recommending payment in accordance with contract requirements, managing the preparation of construction bid documents, managing and coordinating the review and approval of design plans, tracking and reporting on project data, investigating and resolving problems and issues and preparing engineering documents in accordance with requirements and guidelines.
• Reviews and designs plans by attending meetings, coordinating requirements with other agencies, reviewing design concept reports and plans for compliance with City requirements, preparing bid documents, conducting site visits, addressing questions, coordinating work orders and plans and reviewing system capabilities and proposed enhancements.
• Participates in public relations by interacting with the public and the media, attending meetings, establishing lines of communication within the city, answering questions and concerns, and providing information.
• Specifies and orders equipment, hardware, and software by collecting, researching and recommending items for purchase, preparing specifications, reviewing and recommending bids and evaluating purchased equipment.
• Participates in the development of projects and programs.
• Develops and reviews project design plans and specifications.
• Performs administrative duties by preparing, reviewing, and submitting reports, preparing design change authorizations, and maintaining and updating files and records.
• Leads personnel by monitoring project status.
• Reviews and approves permits for code compliance and prepares maps, petitions, and legal descriptions.
• Analyzes and resolves engineering issues related to the design and operation of systems by using computer models and geographic information systems.
• Ensures the computer models and geographic information systems contain accurate, precise, and complete information.

This description is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty. They are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this position.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years in engineering

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.

Special Job Requirements

An Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Certificate from the State of Arizona is required within 12 months of hire as a condition of passing probation. Failure to obtain the required EIT certification during the probationary period will result in the immediate failure of probation/termination of employment.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the above minimum qualifications as well as relevant experience in the areas listed below:

• Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related engineering discipline
• City, County, or State government; public or private utility experience

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.

All applicants will be required to submit a resume under the "Resume" tab as part of the online application, as your resume will be reviewed and scored during the testing process. Please ensure your application contains the required resume prior to submission.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an in-person Oral Board interview.

• In-person Oral Board Interviews will be held week of December 12, 2022

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

• 10% of your rating for education and work experience
• 90% of your oral board interview

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

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that may be utilized to fill Tucson Water vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to The DD 214 must be a member 2 copy that indicates characterization of service.

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Jocelyn D. Maez at 520.837.2113 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


Communication during this process will be sent via email, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


Unless on GS A-Team, then:

Asbestos Physical

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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.