Arlington, Virginia
$39,811.20 - $66,622.40 Annually
Oct 23, 2020
Nov 06, 2020
Full Time
Position Information

The Department of Environmental Services (DES) is seeking an Engineering Support Associate to become part of a team, performing multi-skilled engineering support work for the Water/Sewer/Streets Bureau. The work includes entry to advanced level technical engineering support of Arlington County's Water, Sewer, Storm Sewer and Street infrastructure.

Specific duties include:
  • Establishing and administering new databases to track the work of the Water Utility Unit, to include the following programs: Hydrant Flushing, Valve Exercise, Accelerated Pavement Restoration and escalated water usage incidents and investigations;
  • Identifying appropriate metrics to track and developing dashboards to provide frequent updates of high priority metrics;
  • Analyzing data to identify trends, problem areas and preparing ad hoc reports;
  • Developing recommendations based on results of data analysis, verifying the source of data and organizing database development to ease analysis;
  • Updating and maintaining water and sanitary sewer records and maps, along with reviewing water data;
  • Providing customer service by researching and resolving citizen issues, working with technical staff and contractors; and
  • Providing utility and work order automation support to the Bureau.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: High school diploma/GED, plus progressively responsible experience in a public works environment (or directly related field) which includes one or more of the following areas:
  • Engineering support;
  • Construction management;
  • Trades work in a Water/Sewer/Streets, Utility or similar environment;
  • Laboratory testing in a trades, plant or related environment;
  • Customer service in a trades, utility or related environment;
  • Automated records management; and/or
  • Administrative support.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Working with a relational database facilities maintenance programs such as CARTEGRAPH, ACCESS, EXCEL;
  • Reading engineering plans, schematics, maps, and drawings showing water and/or sewer systems;
  • Working with an automated work order management system;
  • Working with citizens to resolve public work issues; and
  • Commercial Driver License (CDL) A or B.

Special Requirements

  1. Work is performed both outdoors in all types of weather conditions and within an office environment. The work environment includes exposure to drafts, noise, dust, grease, and dirt, and may include extended periods of standing, walking, bending, crouching, and lifting light to heavy objects and equipment.
  2. Applicants must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid Driver License. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.
  3. An offer of employment will be contingent upon a favorable pre-hire background check conducted by the Sheriff's Department on all final candidates. It may include successful checks of the following: criminal record, credit history and DOT physical. You will be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Additional Information

Work Hours: Monday - Friday and 6:30a.m. - 3:00p.m. Employee must be available for call back in emergency situations, particularly during water main breaks and snow removal season.

This position is part of the Engineering Support Associate Multi-Grade (I, II and III) pay band which includes Grades 6, 7 and 8 for entry, journey and senior level work. THE PAY RANGE ABOVE ENCOMPASSES GRADES 6 AND 7. Most new hires will begin at Grade 6; however, applicants with previous experience may be considered eligible to be hired at a higher level. The supervisor will discuss with employees how the competencies can be achieved, both through training and experience on the job.

Salary Ranges:

Engineering Support Associate I (Entry): $39,811.20 - $60,840.00.
Engineering Support Associate II (Journey): $43,617.60 - $66,622.40.
Engineering Support Associate III (Senior): $47,236.80 - $72,113.60.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


What is your highest level of education?
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree (or higher)


I have work experience in the following public works environment or other similar area (check all that apply):
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Streets or roads
  • Bridges
  • Utilities (electrical, gas, cable)
  • Waste management
  • Construction
  • Other
  • None of the above


If you checked "OTHER" in Question #2, please specify which other public works programs or programs in a similar environment you have worked in.


Please indicate the amount of experience you have in a Public Works Environment or directly related field?
  • None
  • 6 months but less than 1 year
  • 1 but less than 2 years
  • 2 but less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


I have direct experience in the following areas (check all that apply):
  • Engineering support
  • Construction management
  • Trades work in a Water/Sewer/Streets, Utility or similar environment;
  • Laboratory testing in a trades, utility or related environment
  • Customer service in a trades, utility or related environment
  • Automated records management
  • Administrative support
  • None of the above


I have experience in the following areas (check all that apply):
  • Working with a relational database facilities maintenance program
  • Developing, documenting, and implementing processes and procedures
  • Reading engineering plans, schematics, maps, and drawings showing water and/or sewer systems
  • Working with an automated work order management system
  • Working with citizens to resolve public work issues
  • Working with a asset management system, such as Cartegraph
  • None of the above


What valid driving permit/licenses do you possess? Check all that apply.
  • Driver License
  • CDL learner's permit
  • Class "B" CDL
  • Class "A" CDL
  • Air Brake and/or Tanker endorsement for CDL
  • None of the above

Required Question

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