Engineering Technician I (Right-Of-Way)
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California 5 reviews - Los Angeles, CA

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Come work for the largest importer and distributor of water in the Western United States, with a proud record of reliably delivering high-quality drinking water to Southern California for over 75 years! Our system conveys, treats and delivers an average of 1.7 billion gallons of water per day to 19 million customers in our service area.

Our employees enjoy highly competitive salaries and excellent retirement, medical, dental, 401K, and other benefits (see our website). The monthly salary range for the Engineering Technician I position is $4,697 - $6,174.


The Engineering Services Group currently has one Engineering Technician I (Right-of-Way) position open in the Engineering Survey Team within the Infrastructure Reliability Section at our headquarters facility at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.

The Engineering Technician hired through this recruitment will work with engineers, project managers, construction managers, water system operations staff, and technical specialists in an exciting, challenging environment with broad opportunities for career advancement. The successful candidate will be involved in exciting projects associated with our existing facilities and the design of new facilities required to meet future needs.

Metropolitan currently owns and operates: Five water treatment plants, the largest of which delivers 750 million gallons of water per day; the Colorado River Aqueduct, a 242-mile conveyance system designated as a national historic engineering landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers, which conveys 1.7 billion gallons of water per day from Lake Havasu to Southern California; 775 miles of pipelines, ranging up to nearly 20 feet in diameter; and numerous pumping plants, hydroelectric generating stations, and support facilities.

In addition to excellent pay and benefits, the individual hired for this position will have the opportunity to work with other professionals whose knowledge and experience has helped to create and maintain the most renowned organization in the water industry!

Under close supervision, this position performs technical assignments within a specialized segment of a field of land surveying and mapping and may work in the area of survey mapping, right of way engineering or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis.

Duties for this position include but are not limited to: performs or assists in research, records management, computations, review and preparation of GIS maps, property maps, deed exhibits and legal descriptions, and technical reports; applies theories and principles of surveying to measurement and mapping assignments; prepares, maintains, and reports statistical, technical or analytical surveying related data; reviews and checks various analyses, maps, technical reports, calculations and other material prepared by others for verification of accuracy and completeness.

The functions of this classification include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepares, maintains and reports statistical, technical or analytical engineering related data.
  • Reviews and checks various correspondence, analysis, calculations and other material prepared by others for verifications of accuracy and completeness.
  • Applies theories and principles of engineering to specific design assignments or calculates design criteria or components.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
Work Schedule: 44/36 (Alternate Fridays off)


Education and Experience:
  • Two years full-time or equivalent accredited college or university work in engineering or allied field and two years of related engineering or highly technical field experience;

  • Two years experience at the level of Engineering Aide IV, or Drafter IV, or Maintenance Worker III.
Certificates, Licenses and Registrations Requirements:
  • A valid driver’s license from state of residency equivalent to a California Class C (passenger car) or higher.
Physical Requirements: Class 3 – Moderate
This class requires that the incumbent stand or walk most of the time with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, reaching, working on irregular surfaces, occasional lifting of objects weighing over 25 pounds and frequent lifting of 10 to 25 pounds being required. (For this position, most of the time is not spent standing or walking but rather sitting.)

  • The Applicant Profile and resume will be used to screen an applicant’s ability to meet the minimum requirements. Based on a comparative analysis, those applicants demonstrating the strongest background will be invited for testing.
  • Those applicants invited for testing will participate in a competitive examination process. The exam process will consist of an oral panel interview and a technical written exercise.
Job Related Selection Criteria:
  • 15 % Job Preparation (education, experience and training relevant to the position)
  • 50% Technical Skills and Knowledge
  • 20% General Competencies
  • 15% Oral and Written Communication Skills
  • 100% Total
If the position requires a college/university degree, it must have been issued by an educational institution accredited by the United States Department of Education. Degrees issued by educational institutions outside the United States must include documentation validating the equivalency of that degree to the same degree in the United States to be considered acceptable for Metropolitan purposes .

This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. To receive a copy of the complete job description, please send an email to

Reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities may be requested by calling (213) 217-7738 at least 5 working days in advance of the scheduled examination date(s).

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer.