Mechanical Engineering Associate II, III, Mechanical Engineer (CM-210-22E) Whittier

  • LA County Sanitation District
  • Whittier, California
  • Jul 14, 2022
Full Time Engineering
  • Salary: $8,561.00 - $12,516.00 Monthly USD

Job Description


invites applications for the position of:
Mechanical Engineer/Engineering Associate II, III-Civil & Mechanical Design


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 Mechanical Engineer/Engineering Associate II, III in the Engineering Department within the Civil & Mechanical Design Group.

The Sanitation Districts are a non-civil service public agency with over 1,700 employees, including over 200 engineers. We are nationally recognized for innovative engineering practices and leadership in designing, constructing, and operating state-of-the-art systems for solid waste and wastewater management.

Our Joint Administration Office in Whittier is conveniently located near the 60/605-freeway interchange, 15 miles from downtown L.A. The Sanitation Districts also have various opportunities to enhance career growth as evidenced through various programs including tuition reimbursement, professional development, mentoring, and professional dues reimbursement. Benefit information can be found on our website at by clicking on the Position Title and then the Benefits tab.




Under the general supervision of a Supervising Engineer, the incumbent will be responsible for design of projects supporting the operation of wastewater and solid waste management facilities, including coordinating with other sections and departments to define project scope and complete design work; developing project drawings, specifications, and contract documents; performing hydraulic studies and calculations; design of grading, paving, and other site improvements; selecting pipe alignment and materials and developing supporting calculations; performing mechanical equipment sizing and selection; preparing engineering reports, memos, project schedules, and construction cost estimates; coordinating and obtaining permits from agencies, utilities, and private property owners; coordinating with and reviewing work of engineering consultants; and providing contract support during construction including reviewing submittals and assisting field staff in resolving construction problems.

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 MECHANICAL 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 two or more years of experience performing engineering design of mechanical systems including heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), flares, pumps, blowers, pressure vessels, process piping, vibration isolation, and pipe stress analysis; general civil design experience; a Bachelor and/or Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering; possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering with the California Board of Professional Engineers.

This posting will remain open until vacancy is filled and is subject to closure without notice.

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 qualified minorities, women, and disabled persons to apply.

Joint Administration Office, Whittier


The Districts belong to the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), and a ll 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 ( 6.5% for the 20/21 fiscal year; Effective July 1, 2022 the required contribution will be 7%) . 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.” In accordance with the current employee unit agreements, “classic” members will be required to contribute ½% of their total CalPERS reportable compensation toward the Unfunded Accrued Liability (UAL) if the District’s employer CalPERS cost (as published in the CalPERS Actual Variation Report), as a percentage of payroll, is 25% or greater. If the cost is 30% or greater, the contribution from “classic” members will be 1%. Pending contract negotiations, on July 1, 2022, all “classic” members will no longer be required to contribute toward the UAL. 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.

Survivor's Benefit - A mandatory deduction of $2.00 per month provides an allowance for surviving dependents of employees whose death occurs before retirement.


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.


  • 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 or 96 hours a year. Proof of illness may be required for usage. Current year sick leave, up to 96 hours, may be sold back to the Districts if the employee has accrued sick leave in excess of 240 hours.
  • PERSONAL LEAVE, AND HOLIDAYS: Employees may use up to 24 hours per calendar year from current year sick leave for personal reasons. Twelve paid holidays and one-half paid holiday depending on the employee's work schedule.


  • MEDICAL : Districts paid. Employees may choose from several HMO and Indemnity plans. As of January 1, 2022, the Districts contribute $1,758.83 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 :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. Reduced rates are charged for specialty dental services such as orthodontics and dentures. Employees are eligible to enroll in an indemnity plan if requested within thirty days after completion of three years of employment, or during subsequent open enrollment periods occurring each September/October.
  • VISION : Employee paid.
  • LIFE : The Districts pay for a term life policy; the amount depends on the employee's bargaining unit. Employees can buy additional types and amounts of life insurance coverage at group rates.
  • LONG TERM DISABILITY : The Districts provide a policy to partially compensate employees who can no longer perform their regular duties. This benefit provides 66-2/3% to 70% of their salary from the 91st day of disability up to 2 to 5 years depending on the employee's bargaining unit.


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.


Employees are paid on the 10th and 25th of each month. If payday should fall on a holiday or a weekend, then checks will be distributed on the preceding workday. Employees may authorize direct deposit of their net pay into designated bank account(s) in lieu of receiving a check.


Employees may be eligible for tuition reimbursement for approved accredited course work. Employees may be reimbursed for membership dues/fees for job-related professional organizations, seminars or workshops, technical books and computer software.


Eligible employees may elect to defer a portion of their salary from their gross income and use the tax-deferred income to pay for dependent care, insurance premiums or medical expenses.


Participation is at the employees' option and expense.


The Southland Credit Union provides a wide range of financial services including automatic payroll deductions, savings and checking accounts, Visa Cards, CDs, IRAs, and a variety of loans. Employees may call the Credit Union at (562) 862-6831 to request an enrollment package.


  • Clear policies and procedures.
  • Health and safety programs.
  • A rewarding career contributing to society and the environment.
  • Carpool opportunities with monetary or work schedule 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 5/12/2022

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Whittier, California United States View Map