Industrial Waste Engineering Associate II, II – Civil Engineer (CM-090-23E) Whittier

LA County Sanitation District
September 1, 2023
Whittier, CA
Job Type



invites applications for the position of:

Industrial Waste Engineering Associate II, III, Industrial Waste Engineer


The Sanitation Districts protect public health and the environment through innovative and cost-effective wastewater and solid waste management, and in doing so convert waste into resources such as recycled water, energy and recycled materials.

The Sanitation Districts are currently recruiting to fill one Engineering Associate II, III or Civil/Chemical Engineer in the Wastewater Management Department within the Industrial Waste Section.


Under the direction of a Supervising Engineer, the incumbent will perform a wide variety of routine and complex industrial waste permit and industrial source control tasks. Typical duties include: evaluation of applications for Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permits, evaluation of industrial wastewater pretreatment systems, determination of an applicant's ability to be in compliance with various technical, regulatory, and legal wastewater discharge requirements, interaction with industry contacts regarding their permits and their impacts on the Districts' facilities, review of drawings from industrial users to determine adequacy of proposed pretreatment equipment, determination of adequacy of hydraulic capacity in the Districts' sewerage system to accommodate the industrial user, determination of a facility's connection fee, evaluation of industrial users' surcharge statements; development and implementation of the elements of a source control program such as data collection and analysis for identification of sources of chemical constituents in the Districts' sewerage system, development of discharge limits and/or monetary charge programs for industrial dischargers, collaboration with industrial users and other agencies to control sources of key chemical constituents; preparation of letters, reports, calculations, charts and drawings; review and interpretation of technical publications, legislation, and regulations; make recommendations on sampling procedures, and performance of related duties as required.

This position will be assigned to the Joint Administration Office in Whittier, CA. Initial salary placement will be based on the selected candidate's qualifications.


Candidates must possess:

A valid California Class C driver license for positions performing on the job driving -AND- additional credentials as follows:

For ENGINEERING ASSOCIATE II, Option A :A bachelor's degree and master's degree both in a pertinent engineering discipline from an accredited and recognized college or university; Option B: A bachelor's degree from an accredited and recognized college or university in a related science with an Engineer-In-Training Certificate and a master's degree from an accredited and recognized college or university in a pertinent engineering discipline; Option C :Two years of professional engineering experience subsequent to earning a bachelor's degree in engineering from an accredited and recognized college or university. For ENGINEERING ASSOCIATE III, Two years of experience as an Engineering Associate II -OR- Four years of professional engineering experience subsequent to earning a bachelor's degree in engineering from an accredited and recognized college or university. For CIVIL/CHEMICAL ENGINEER, possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer with the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists -AND- Option A : Six years of professional engineering experience subsequent to earning a bachelor's degree in engineering from an accredited and recognized college or university; Option B: A master's degree in engineering from an accredited and recognized college or university -AND- Three years of professional engineering experience; Option C : A PhD in engineering from an accredited and recognized college or university -AND- two years of professional engineering experience.


The ideal candidate will have five or more years of experience working in the industrial waste pretreatment field; knowledge of industrial wastewater pretreatment programs and regulations; familiarity with emerging contaminants and source control strategies, experience with preparation of complex technical and compliance reports, familiarity with pretreatment management software and databases such as iPACs, and revenue collection programs. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor and/or Master of Science Degree in Civil, Environmental, or Chemical Engineering; possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer in Civil, Environmental, Chemical Engineering with the California Board of Professional Engineers.



  • All applications will be reviewed to determine if the conditions and qualifications for testing are met.
  • The selection process will consist of an interview weighted at 100%.
  • Candidates must receive a qualifying score on each selection component to move forward in the selection process

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Cara Morin at ext. 1328.

To be considered, please complete an LACSD Employment Application at . You may attach your résumé to your online application, but not in lieu of a completed application. Applicants with the most desirable qualifications will be invited to an interview.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Districts strongly encourage people with disabilities and people from historically marginalized communities to apply.


  • CALPERS: The Districts belong to the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), and all monthly status new hires will be enrolled in CalPERS. Most new hires will be enrolled in the defined benefit formula of 2% @ 62 in accordance with the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) and are required to contribute to the plan (7% for the 22/23 fiscal year; Effective July 1, 2023 the required contribution will be 7.75%). Those who qualify based on current or previous public service may be enrolled in the defined benefit formula in place on December 31, 2012, which was 2% @ 55 and are considered "classic" members. For "classic" members, the Districts pay the "employee share." Please contact the Human Resources Department for more information regarding contribution rates. Although Districts employees are exempt from Social Security, employees are required by federal law to contribute a percentage of their salary for Medicare coverage.
  • DEFERRED COMP MATCH: The Districts provides a matching contribution to an eligible deferred compensation plan pursuant to Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code. The match with each paycheck will be the lesser of: 3% of the employee's base monthly salary as listed in the Salary Schedule; and the amount the employee is contributing with that paycheck. The annual total combined employee and employer contribution are subject to IRS limits.


Employees receive annual salary increases until reaching step 5 of the salary range and are provided with opportunities to promote. Cost of living adjustments are implemented annually in accordance with labor agreements.

Job classifications are compensated on a 5-step salary range. New employees may receive a 5.5% step increase after successfully completing a 6-month probationary period and yearly thereafter until step 5 is reached. The Districts' typically promote qualified internal applicants before considering outside candidates. For engineering professionals, there are three levels of Engineering Associate (EA) and administrative promotion is possible to an EA II or EA III level after an engineer completes 2 years as an EA I or EA II respectively. Engineers are eligible for administrative promotion to the Civil Engineer level when they obtain registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of California and have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university and 6 years of professional engineering experience, a master's degree from an accredited university and 3 years of professional engineering experience, or a PhD and 2 years of professional engineering experience. An employee with four years of experience at the Civil Engineer level may apply to compete for promotion to Senior Engineer. Promotions to the Senior Engineer level are made depending upon the needs of the Districts. Supervising Engineer positions are filled through a competitive selection process. Management level positions may also be filled through a competitive selection process, or by appointment by the Chief Engineer and General Manager.


  • MEDICAL: Districts paid. Employees may choose from several HMO and Indemnity plans. As of January 1, 2023, the Districts contribute $1,833.55 per month for medical insurance. Depending on the choice of health plan, the Districts contribution covers all or a large portion of the premium for family coverage.

  • DENTAL: Districts paid. The Districts pay the full premium for employee and dependent coverage for a prepaid dental program which provides for most routine dental care through a panel of contracting dentists with no deductibles. Employees are eligible to enroll in an indemnity plan if requested within thirty days after completion of three years of employment (sooner for some bargaining units), or during subsequent open enrollment periods.
  • VISION: Employee paid.
  • LIFE: The Districts pay for a term life policy. Employees can buy additional types and amounts of life insurance coverage at group rates.


  • VACATION: Employees receive 88 hours of paid vacation after one full year of service, increasing up to 128 hours per year after five years, 168 hours per year after 15 years and up to 208 hours after 25 years. Prior to one year of full service, employees are given partial vacation time on January 1, based on the time worked in the preceding year.
  • SICK LEAVE : Eight hours of full-pay sick leave per month.
  • PERSONAL LEAVE: Employees may use up to 40 hours per calendar year from current sick leave for personal reasons.

13 paid holidays and one-half paid holiday depending on the employee's work schedule.

Employees may be eligible for tuition reimbursement for approved accredited course work.

For some bargaining units, the Districts will provide student loan payment reimbursements for principal or interest paid by the employee on a qualified education loan incurred by the employee for the education of the employee. The annual maximum reimbursement is $5,250 and the lifetime reimbursement limit is $21,000.

Engineers can participate in a voluntary transfer program to gain experience in various engineering sections. Transfers are made whenever vacancies and qualifications match. An engineer may apply for transfer after they have served in their assignment for 2 years.


  • A rewarding career contributing to society and the environment.
  • Flexible work schedules (e.g. 9/80 schedule) depending on the worksite.
  • Clear policies and procedures.
  • Health and safety programs.
  • Carpool opportunities with monetary incentives depending on the worksite.

More detailed benefits information can be found here: Districts Benefits

NOTE: The provisions of this posting do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this posting may be modified and/or revoked without notice.

Updated February 8, 2023

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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