ABOUT THE POSITIONS: South Coast AQMD currently has multiple vacancies throughout various departments. From this recruitment process, we expect to establish an eligibility list from which current and future vacancies at these levels may be filled, during the life of the list.
ABOUT THE JOB OF AN AIR QUALITY ENGINEER
The primary function of engineers assigned to a permitting or other related engineering units, is the review and processing of permits to construct and permits to operate equipment, to ensure that resulting emissions comply with our rules and do not negatively affect air quality in this region.
Air Quality Engineers may be expected to support various other South Coast AQMD programs, and may be assigned responsibilities such as:
Developing new or amendments to South Coast AQMD rules.
Auditing annual emissions reports.
Working in the AB-617 program (a new law targeting air pollution reductions in disadvantaged communities).
Working in the AB-2588 or AER programs (emissions inventory, risk assessment, and community right-to-know about air toxic emissions).
Handling equipment registration/certification and other area source programs.
Assisting small businesses with permitting and compliance issues.
Providing staff assistance to the small business advisory group.
Administering grant programs.
Overseeing the noticing of public workshops and hearings.
Conducting inspections and field source tests.
Reviewing/evaluating protocols, source test data, and reports submitted to the South Coast AQMD.
New engineers may be placed at any level below, depending on their qualifications and our needs. Typically, however, individuals are placed as an Assistant Air Quality Engineer and become eligible for non-competitive promotions to each successive level upon successful performance of duties for the required minimum period of time. At each level, the duties performed are similar, but vary in the degree of difficulty and complexity of work, the breadth and depth of knowledge required, the kind and amount of supervision received, and the degree of independence of action with which the work is performed.
This is the entry-levelclass in the professional Air Quality Engineer class series. Incumbents perform the less complex engineering assignments, and serve under training conditions, while acquiring the necessary air quality engineering skills and knowledge to qualify for promotion to the Air Quality Engineer I level.
AIR QUALITY ENGINEER I Biweekly Salary Range: $3,028.01 - $4,068.00 Annual Salary Range: $78,728.28 - $105,768.00
This is the intermediate-level class in the professional Air Quality Engineer class series. Incumbents are expected to complete a variety of engineering assignments, working under general supervision.
AIR QUALITY ENGINEER II Biweekly Salary Range: $3,207.04 - $4,309.80 Annual Salary Range: $83,383.08 - $112,054.68
This is the experienced,journey-level class in the professional Air Quality Engineer class series. Air Quality Engineer II is characterized by the responsibility for performing complex air quality engineering assignments requiring the use of judgment and initiative to develop solutions to problems and the interpretation and application of general policies and rules. Incumbents at this level may act as team leaders with lead responsibility for others.
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:
Evaluates, for conformity with federal and State air quality laws and South Coast AQMD rules and regulations, applications for permits to construct and to operate equipment subject to South Coast AQMD permitting requirements and recommends issuing or denying permits.
Performs complex engineering calculations and analyses of the design and operation of various industrial processes and air pollution control equipment to quantify and assess air emissions impacts.
Interprets and explains air quality rules and regulations, policies, and South Coast AQMD fee schedules to technical and non-technical permit applicants and business representatives and explains why operation of certain equipment or processes may result in violations of air quality rules and what requirements must be met for approval of permits.
Audits privatized source emissions testing for compliance with rules and regulations; develops, reviews, evaluates and approves emission test protocols and reports; validates test methods, protocols, and reporting requirements; conducts source emissions tests; and evaluates and approves continuous emission monitoring systems (CEMS).
Performs complex instrumentation engineering work involving the design, modification, construction, calibration, and maintenance of instruments and equipment used in air monitoring and air quality measurement.
Conducts technical engineering research; collects and analyzes data in support of rule-making activity; may draft and amend rules and regulations for air quality control programs; writes technical reports; assists in budget preparation; and prepares procedural manuals and other documents.
Provides expert testimony at the Hearing Board.
California State Registration as a Professional Engineer. Ability to make field visits, climb ladders, investigate emission release points on top of building or equipment roofs, may be required for positions in some units. Ability to identify emission sources and make recommendations on how to minimize emissions and to improve rules and regulations will be required in all units.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in chemical, mechanical, environmental, metallurgical, or petroleum engineering, or other related engineering field as described below.
Regarding a "related engineering field" that might be acceptable: An accredited degree in another engineering field may be acceptable IF your official college transcript documents that your course of study included at least 24 semester or 36 quarter units in chemistry, physics, physical metallurgy, power plant design, heat transfer, air pollution control, air conditioning, differential equations, combustion or thermodynamics. (All coursework must have been completed with a grade of C or above. Foreign degrees must be evaluated for equivalency to U.S. degrees before we can accept them.)
ASSISTANT AIR QUALITY ENGINEER: No experience is required.
AIR QUALITY ENGINEER I: One year as an Assistant Air Quality Engineer at South Coast AQMD or equivalent engineering experience is required.
AIR QUALITY ENGINEER II: Eighteen months of professional air quality engineering experience, either as an Air Quality Engineer I at South Coast AQMD or at an equivalent level in a similar public agency.
SUBSTITUTION: A master's degree from an accredited college or university in one of the above-listed engineering disciplines or other related engineering field may substitute for up to six months of the required experience.
Engineering principles and practices; engineering processes, methods, and equipment used in air pollution analysis and control; federal, State, and local regulations related to air quality; source testing methods and protocol; quantitative instrumentation and analysis of organic and inorganic substances and compounds; operational principles and methods of industrial processes and air pollution control equipment and instruments; and PC software applications commonly used by engineers.
SKILL OR ABILITY TO:
Understand, interpret, and explain South Coast AQMD rules and regulations and other complex rules and regulations to technical and non-technical permit applicants, business representatives, and others; apply engineering principles, methods, techniques and procedures to a variety of air quality-related matters; develop emissions monitoring procedures, protocols, and reporting requirements; analyze and evaluate the design of and recommend improvements to emission control equipment and processes; perform accurate engineering computations; prepare and analyze engineering reports, diagrams, plans, and proposals; proficiently use PC software applications common to the field and to the general business environment of South Coast AQMD; read, understand, and follow verbal and written directions; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective relationships with all those contacted in the course of work.
Field assignments in source testing may require the ability to climb ladders to heights above 30 feet, assemble and operate test equipment on platforms at heights, work in a noisy environment, be exposed to potentially unpleasant working conditions such as noxious odors, work outdoors for extended periods, and lift equipment weighing up to 40 pounds.
A California Class "C" Driver License and a good driving record are required. (For assignments in source testing, a California Class "B" Driver License may also be required.)
South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) is one of the largest and most technologically sophisticated environmental regulatory agencies in the Nation. We serve a four-county region that includes all of Orange County, and parts of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, home to more than 17 million people. South Coast AQMD's headquarters is located in Diamond Bar, 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, at the junction of the 57 and 60 freeways. With a highly diverse "Clean Air Team" of over 750 employees, an annual budget of $179.9 million, our mission is to ensure clean air and a healthy environment. South Coast AQMD is an organization you can be proud to work for -- we make a difference in the quality of life in Southern California! Please view our video to meet our Clean Air Team!
South Coast AQMD’s mission requires diverse perspectives, talents, and life experiences to solve some of the most complex technical air quality issues. We are committed to creating and maintaining a work environment that appreciates the unique contributions of our employees and fosters professional development and growth. South Coast AQMD respects the distinct ide...as and perspectives of our stakeholders and works to bring them together toward the common goal of clean air.
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