SCAQMD AND JOB OVERVIEW
South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) 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. SCAQMD'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 $162.6 million, and a state-of-the-art air quality laboratory, our mission is to ensure clean air and a healthy environment. SCAQMD is an organization you can be proud to work for -- we make a difference in the quality of life in Southern California!
ABOUT THE POSITIONS:
SCAQMD 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 SCAQMD programs, and may be assigned responsibilities such as:
Developing new or amendments to SCAQMD 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 SCAQMD
New staff may be hired at any level below, depending on their qualifications and our needs. Typically, however, individuals are hired 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.
ASSISTANT AIR QUALITY ENGINEER
Biweekly Salary Range: $2,639 - $3,360
Annual Salary Range: $68,624 - $87,362
This is the entry-level class 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: $2,939 - $3,740
Annual Salary Range: $76,435 - $97,264
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: $3,113 - $3,963
Annual Salary Range: $80,954 - $103,045
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 SCAQMD rules and regulations, applications for permits to construct and to operate equipment subject to SCAQMD 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 SCAQMD 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.
MINIMUM AND DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS
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, identify emission sources and make recommendations on how to minimize emissions and to improve rules and regulations.
EDUCATION: 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 SCAQMD 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 SCAQMD 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.
KNOWLEDGE OF: 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 SCAQMD 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 SCAQMD; 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.
LICENSE: 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.)
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
APPLICATION PACKETS MUST INCLUDE:
A completed employment application covering at least the past 10 years of employment history (or longer if you have other relevant experience), and your entire SCAQMD employment history if you are an SCAQMD employee.
Four references which include the names and phone numbers of your present and past supervisors or managers, or persons for whom you have directly provided services, not peers.
Complete responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire. (Do not simply state "see resume.")
An unofficial copy of your transcripts, documenting all qualifying education claimed, submitted as an attachment to your online application. (Applicants who are completing their qualifying degree this quarter/semester may submit a student copy of their transcripts as a placeholder. However, original, official transcripts must be received before the time of hiring interviews.)
Job applications must be completely filled out. A resume cannot be substituted for the required information. Be sure to detail any education, training or other relevant coursework that would make you a particularly strong candidate.
THE SELECTION PROCESS
Application packets and supplemental questionnaires will first be reviewed and only the most competitively qualified candidates will be invited to the next step of the process, which is a multiple-choice examination, and a writing exercise rated on a pass/fail basis.
Candidates who pass will be invited to a panel interview. The interviews (weighted at 100%) are expected to result in a ranked eligible list from which current and future vacancies may be filled, that occur during the 6-12 month life of the list.
Prior to placement on the eligible list, candidates will be required to arrange for original, official transcripts to be mailed directly from their college/university to SCAQMD, documenting all education claimed on their application.
Only those who demonstrate at each successive step of the selection process that they are among the most competitively qualified will be advanced to the next step. SCAQMD reserves the right to add, delete, or modify any elements of the selection process as deemed appropriate, based on the number and quality of applicants at each step.
Candidates who may need accommodations during the selection process must call the Human Resources Department at least one week prior to any test dates.
Important note for potential candidates who do not have the continued and unrestricted right to work full time in the United States: If you currently, or will in the future, require sponsorship (i.e., H1-B Visa) in order to maintain your right to work in the United States, please be aware that decisions regarding sponsorship for maintaining a right to work in the United States are made on a case-by-case basis. You are welcome to participate in this recruitment process, but there is no guarantee that a job offer with the requested sponsorship will be made to you.
If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the Human Resources Department at (909) 396-2800.
South Coast Air Quality Management District