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Tucson Water - Planning & Engineering Division

Grade: 917 Salary Range: $16.79 - $26.64 per hour


You are encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes.

Employees in these classifications earn 104 hours of sick leave and 104 hours of vacation leave annually. Vacation accrual rates increase with seniority. Sick Leave balances are unlimited and Vacation balances have a cap of 288 hours.

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This recruitment will establish a civil service list which will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months. You are encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes.

The Tucson Water Department is seeking two qualified and motivated individuals for its Plant Design Section and its Distribution Design Section within the Planning and Engineering Division. One position is primarily engaged in computer-aided drafting layout and drafting support for Civil Engineers and Senior Engineering Associates. The second position is involved in a combination of project database maintenance, utility research and coordination, and use of computer-aided drafting software.

Examples of essential duties may include but not limited to:
  • Works with engineering, construction, surveying and mapping/GIS staff to create and maintain detailed construction plans, survey data, legal descriptions and exhibits, maps, and other documents by examining as-built construction plans, survey data, maps, and other documents.
  • Utilizes computer-aided drafting software to produce detailed construction plans and graphics; creates various conversions and digital drawings and makes modifications as needed.
  • Communicates with internal and external parties to obtain utility information relevant to new designs.
  • Maintains records in electronic databases and hard copy files reflecting information on engineering plans, maps, records and work orders.
  • Provides assistance to customers and personnel by answering telephones, assessing callers' needs and conducting research, providing information and technical advise to customers and other departments.
  • Provides assistance to internal customers by using computer software to design and produce presentation materials in multiple formats.
  • Assists Civil Engineers in producing Tucson Water construction plans and specification development.
  • Participates in field construction meetings and assists Tucson Water Construction Section staff with plans and technical issues.
  • Prepares forms, reports, correspondence, and billings; performs field visits, keeps logs, creates, maintains and updates files, enters information into the system, trains personnel, and maintains databases.

  • Associate's Degree in Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD), Engineering, Geographical Information Systems (GIS)or a directly related field.

  • Two or more years experience with computer-aided drafting and design software or geographical information systems.
  • Valid driver's license.

  • An equivalent combination of education and relevant-level experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the essential functions of this position may be considered.

    The ideal candidate will possess the above minimum qualifications as well as relevant experience in the areas listed below:
  • Project management and design experience in a water works environment
  • Experience utilizing Autodesk Civil 3D 2012-13
  • Experience reviewing public works construction drawings
  • Designer experience in a professional civil engineering environment

    Some positions require a satisfactory criminal background check, Motor Vehicle History Report, Public Records Check, and or physical, drug screen, and/or audio exam. Fingerprinting and reference checks may also be conducted prior to an offer of employment. Employment offers are contingent upon successfully passing any of the above requirements.

    MARCH 14 - MARCH 25, 2014


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    Roxie Escarcega, Lead HR Analyst, (520) 837-4167 or email:

    JOB CODE: 2007/0314

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