Mechanical Engineer
Central Arizona Project - Phoenix, AZ

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The purpose of this engineering position at this functional level is to guide the CAP in identifying solutions to technical engineering problems, to ensure that technical documentation for those elements to which the incumbent is assigned are accurate, complete, and retrievable by those who require such documentation, to carry out or oversee the design of solutions to the engineering problems assigned, act as a productive team member on project teams, and to bring knowledge and a set of network contacts to bear on the engineering problems facing CAP.

Position Responsibilities:

(An asterisk next to the duty signifies that it is considered to be an "essential function" of the job)

Each employee is responsible for his/her own safety and the safety of others in the workplace.

*1. Provides complete and professional design services and technical leadership for the purpose of planning and constructing new features of the CAP and modifying, operating, and maintaining existing features of the CAP through engineering expertise and coordination of all related disciplines. This includes the preparation of, or technical oversight of, plans and specifications, internal Work Packages, and materials and cost estimates. 55%

*2. Prepares, conducts, and coordinates technical studies and investigations. Communicates the outcomes in a complete and professional manner to all appropriate levels. 20%

*3. Reviews and communicates review comments on contract submittals, inspects work done by contractors and CAP maintenance personnel, and provides technical input on work quality and adherence to codes and standards. 10%

*4. Creates and maintains records (drawings, specifications, design assumptions, internal and external contact history, calculations, etc.) that reflect the condition and history of CAP property. 5%

5. Uses CAP provided software, processes, and policies in order to complete assigned tasks and projects. 5%

6. Represents CAP to outside entities on engineering, technical, and administrative matters as directed. 5%

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:


Education, Knowledge, Training, Skills and Experience:
• Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
• Five (5) years total Mechanical Engineering experience.
• Advanced degree or other related experience may substitute for up to two years of Mechanical Engineering experience.
Required Certifications or Licenses:
• A valid driver's license with a good driving record.
Preferred Certifications or Licenses:
• Professional reqistration
Independence: As a fully competent engineer in all conventional aspects of the mechanical engineering discipline, plans and conducts work requiring judgment in the independent evaluation, selection, and substantial adaptation and modification of standard techniques, procedures, and criteria. Devises new approaches to problems encountered. Makes decisions independently on engineering problems and methods. Makes use of advanced techniques.
Impact: Decisions made and work products produced influence the design of modifications to CAP assets, how specific work is to be executed, and the accuracy of CAP's technical documentation, including drawings. Performs peer reviews for other engineers to ensure high quality designs, drawings, specifications, and discipline interface. These in turn, impact the ability of CAP to provide reliable water delivery with minimal downtime.
Type: The engineer at this functional level is expected to communicate with a wide variety of both internal and external people. Internal contacts include maintenance field personnel, maintenance planners, maintenance engineers, other discipline engineers, project managers, technicians, supervisors, department managers, and senior managers. External contacts include design and construction contractors, parts, material, and equipment vendors, industry peers, and other agency representatives.
Purpose: The primary purpose of most internal communication is to discuss engineering problems and the recommended solutions and to collaborate within a team context. Contact at higher management levels is to present solutions and seek approval. Outside contact is to ensure CAP specifications are understood and followed, to seek understanding of vendor products, and to develop a network of discipline colleagues on which to rely when necessary.
Provides work direction to technicians, aides, and other assigned personnel.
Supplemental Information:
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that persons in this position will encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Physical Demands: The essential job requirements involve sitting for long periods of time including occasional lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling (in any combination thereof) of objects up to 26 pounds and the use of repetitive hand and wrist movements to enter alpha and numeric data into a computer, including the ability to grasp and manipulate work objects.
Essential job requirements involve one or more of a combination of physical movements such as standing, walking, kneeling, reaching, climbing, bending, crawling, stooping, twisting, squatting, pushing and pulling; lifts, carries, pushes and pulls objects not to exceed 26 pounds and grasping and manipulation of work objects.
A valid Arizona driver's license is an essential job requirement. Persons in this position must have the ability to see and to hear in order to drive a CAP vehicle on improved and unimproved roads. In addition, they must assure that road safety laws and road safety precautions are followed.
The person in this position may work in confined spaces from time to time.
Essential to this position is corrected or non-corrected vision. Example: must be able to see, read and interpret handwritten and printed documents, correspondence, manuals, office papers, computer screen, etc., including seeing various colors. Must be able to see to operate work equipment.
Also essential to this position is corrected or non-corrected hearing which is necessary for the ability to hear and comprehend voice communications as well as the ability to speak to communicate to individuals on the job. Must be able to hear to operate work equipment.
Work Environment: The majority of work time is spent working inside in either a single-level or upper-level structured office building, which is heated, air-conditioned and smoke-free. Persons in this position may conduct business out of the office, which may require driving a CAP vehicle on improved and unimproved roadways. Outside working conditions are dependent on the weather, which involves extreme heat in the summer (temperatures over 100 degrees) and cold in the winter (temperatures below freezing). Some work visitations may be required at the pumping plants and along the CAP canal. The pumping plants and office structures are heated and cooled. Noise levels are generally minimal, however, they can be excessive for brief periods of time. The person in this position moves about using various conveyances such as an elevator, stairway, and/or walk ramp. Persons in this position may have exposure to flora, fauna and the natural habitat of the desert environment.

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