Under general supervision, performs a variety of assignments in the development, formulation, and maintenance of the District’s stationary source permitting program; oversees or personally performs a professional-level air quality engineering work in the areas of permit and toxic evaluations, source testing, facility inspections and emission reduction evaluations; represents the District regarding air quality engineering issues at the federal, state, regional and local levels; researches and prepares technical responses for regulatory agencies regarding laws, guidelines and engineering decisions affecting the District; may coordinate or manage individual air quality improvement projects; and performs related work as required.
Air Quality Engineer I: This is the entry-level class of the professional Air Quality Engineer series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents with an educational and/or practical experience learn specific air quality engineering and related practices and procedures. As knowledge and experience are gained, the work becomes broader in scope, assignments are more varied and are performed under more general supervision. This class is alternately-staffed with Air Quality Engineer II and an incumbent may advance to the higher level after gaining the knowledge, skill and experience that meet the qualifications for and demonstrate the ability to perform the work of the higher-level class.
Air Quality Engineer II: This is the experienced-level class in the Air Quality Engineer series. The incumbent of this class serves as a professional staff member, working independently within established guidelines to perform a wide variety of air quality engineering activities under general direction. This class is distinguished from Senior Air Quality Engineer in that the latter is the highest professional level Engineer for the District, with programmatic responsibility.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
General direction is provided by the Assistant Air Pollution Control Officer. Technical advice may be provided to a less experienced engineering and compliance staff on a project or day-to-day basis.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES(Illustrative Only)
Assists in overseeing and monitoring the stationary source permit program as it relates to the District, federal, state, regional, and local agency requirements; reviews and evaluates permit applications for proposed residential, commercial, industrial, transportation and other land-use projects.
Performs a variety of complex engineering calculations regarding potential emissions, determines the air quality impact by reviewing environmental and other technical information using modeling software; prepares reports regarding recommended mitigation measures for submission to city and county agencies.
Prepares documentation for public notices; reviews District correspondence and technical documents for content, quality assurance and professional presentation.
Reviews new or pending legislation to evaluate potential impact; assists in the development and implementation of District air quality rules and regulations; provides varied technical support to District staff as required.
May oversee and direct the work of consulting engineers and other professional staff on a project basis.
Performs research and prepares engineering and technical reports and recommendations in response to state and federal laws, guidelines, and decisions affecting District operations, policies, procedures, guidelines, rules and regulations.
Prepares and reviews a variety of environmental reports.
Acts as liaison of the District in meetings with various state, federal, regional, local agencies and private organizations and responds to public inquiries regarding complex laws, rules and regulations; makes presentations to the Board and the public.
Prepares a variety of correspondence, informational materials, agenda items, documentation and other written materials.
Keeps abreast of changes in technology, laws, rules and regulations that may affect District operations and recommends operational changes as required.
Air Quality Engineer I
Basic principles and practices of civil, mechanical, environmental or chemical engineering as related to air quality issues and emission control functions.
Practices and procedures of performing technical studies, evaluating alternatives, making recommendations and preparing narrative and statistical reports.
Computer applications related to the work.
Data analysis and statistical preparation techniques.
Standard office administrative practices and procedures, including the use of standard office equipment.
Techniques for effectively representing the District in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups and various business, professional, educational, regulatory and legislative organizations.
Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in person and over the telephone.
Air Quality Engineer II
In addition to the above:
Engineering principles, practices and techniques as related to the day-to day administration of air quality laws, regulations, issues and control functions at the federal, state and local level.
Instrumentation and safety procedures related to the work.
Practices for developing and implementing rules, regulations and procedures.
Sources and mitigation techniques of air quality emissions.
Air Quality Engineer I
Learning, interpreting and applying complex federal, state, regional and local air quality laws, rules and regulations.
Meeting critical time deadlines.
Within guidelines, conducting complex technical and administrative studies related to air quality emissions and their mitigation and preparing clear and persuasive reports and recommendations.
Using initiative, discretion and sound independent judgment within specified procedural guidelines.
Conducting engineering and related technical and studies related to air quality emissions and their
Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures and other written materials.
Maintaining accurate records and files.
Making accurate engineering calculations.
Effectively representing the District in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups and various business, professional, educational, regulatory and legislative organizations.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
Air Quality Engineer II
In addition to the above:
Independently conducting complex engineering, technical and administrative studies related to air quality emissions and their mitigation and preparing clear and persuasive reports and recommendations.
Assisting legal staff in the preparation of enforcement cases and testifying effectively in court.
Using initiative, discretion and sound independent judgment within general policy and procedural guidelines.
Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in an appropriate engineering curriculum.
Air Quality Engineer I: No experience is required, however some internship or related paraprofessional experience is desirable.
Air Quality Engineer II: Two years of professional air quality engineering experience equivalent to the District’s class of Air Quality Engineer I.
Must possess a valid California class C driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record. Must obtain, within a timeframe specified by the District, a California Visible Emissions Evaluation certificate.
Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; strength and stamina to lift up to 25 pounds, install computer hardware and software and perform occasional outdoor work or work near hazardous or moving equipment; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone.
Additional Salary Information: SALARY: AQE I: $2,169—2,904 biweekly; AQE II: $2,392—3,201 biweekly. Salary ranges have 6 steps with approximately 5% between steps; the 6th step is a longevity step with a 10% increase from step 5. Starting salaries are at the first step with achievement to the subsequent steps predicated upon merit and length of service. Generally, advancement to the second step occurs after 12 months of satisfactory service.
About Butte County Air Quality Management District
The Butte County Air Quality Management staff are dedicated professionals working together to improve air quality. We are clean air advocates with diverse talents sharing a common trait - concern for the quality of air that we all breathe.
Our mission is to protect the people and the environment of Butte County from the harmful effects of air pollution. We work with our community to promote a better understanding of air pollution issues through a comprehensive program of planning, regulation, enforcement, technical innovation, and public education.