U.S. citizens: Engineering Specialist

Texas Department of State Health Services
Austin, TX, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Job Description:
Performs highly complex consultative and technical work in planning, design, development, and implementation of the Texas Fluoridation Program. Work involves providing consultative and technical services to agency program staff, other governmental agencies, community organizations, and the general public. Provides assistance with water operator training and fluoridation promotion and conducts inspections of fluoridation equipment at water treatment plants. Works under limited supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. May supervise the work of others.

Essential Job Functions:
Provides engineering consultation services to plan, implement, and monitor effective fluoridation systems. Provides technical assistance to communities as they establish or update existing fluoridation systems. Gathers field design data to determine the treatment process to be used, to select the process components to construct a fluoridation system with the guidance of the fluoridation engineer. Provides start-up services and on-site system specific operator training for the safe efficient operation of the fluoridation system. (25%) Conducts inspections of new and existing fluoridation systems, to determine complince with DSHS minimum technical requirements, Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) regulations, policies, and procedures. Reviews the activities of contractors in the installation of new fluoridation systems. Studies and analyzes existing fluoridation systems' operations and problems and prepares comprehensive reports of findings and recommendations. (25%) Designs the fluoridation system plans and prepares the specifications, CAD drawings, and cost estimates for future projects. Delivers the design package to the city or water utility to explain the process and components of the design. May supervise and assist water operators with the installation of a site specific fluoridation system. (20%) Assists other program personnel by reviewing fluoride related research and articles, both printed and on the internet. (10%) Assists with water operator classes by organizing and teaching portions of the class. (5%) Recommends and coordinates activities to produce a more effective program. Works with the program staff in determining trends and resolving technical problems. Works and speaks to community and professional groups to coordinate, improve, stimulate interest in water fluoridation. (5%) Assists and oversees the maintenance of the Fluoridation Project database and community water fluoridation information into the CDC's Water Fluoridation Reporting System (WFRS) national database. (5%) Performs related work as assigned. “Other duties as assigned include but not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participations may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location”. (5%)

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of engineering and mechanical abilities required to design, critique, test, and repair equipment used in community water fluoridation projects. Ability to write technical reports and related documents. Ability to present fluoride-related material to varied audiences. Ability to organize and teach water operator classes. Knowledge of computer applications, including Word, Excel, Access, and AutoCad LT. Knowledge of potable water production processes and how they relate to water fluoridation. Ability to interact with city officials, municipal utilities district board members, various professional groups and governmental agencies.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:

Initial Selection Criteria:
Experience in engineering work. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in engineering, natural resources, mathematics, or a related field is generally preferred. Experience and education may be substituted for one another.