South Coast Air Quality Management District
Diamond Bar, California, USA
ABOUT THE JOB OF INSPECTOR
SCAQMD is committed to protecting the health and safety of the residents of the South Coast Air Basin through an extensive and robust enforcement program. Our inspectors are responsible for inspecting businesses and commercial and industrial facilities and operations to determine compliance with SCAQMD Rules and Regulations, permit requirements, federal laws and State statutes. The type of facilities and operations that are inspected include large power plants and refineries; all sizes of industrial, commercial, and manufacturing operations; retail gasoline service stations; landfills and waste site excavations; demolition and land clearing for construction of homes or other buildings; portable engines and equipment; and other facilities and businesses. Inspectors also respond to public complaints about air quality. Qualified individuals willing to work as Inspectors in the San Fernando Valley, West LA, Long Beach, and Santa Monica areas are especially encouraged to apply. Inspectors are assigned SCAQMD vehicles that Inspectors take home for work-related travel to and from their work location and/or facilities within their geographic area for the purpose of conducting official business. Essential duties include: Conducting inspections and investigations of commercial and industrial processes which may involve climbing ladders and investigating emission release points on building rooftops or equipment stacks; identifying instances of noncompliance with air pollution rules, regulations, permit requirements and federal laws and State statutes and taking appropriate and consistent enforcement action as required; educating owners and operators of commercial and industrial sources about achieving and maintaining compliance; informing and educating the community about our compliance program and how to effectively report their air quality concerns; analyzing and determining the cause and nature of air contaminant emissions; coordinating the testing of sources; preparing detailed reports on inspections and investigations; developing recommendations regarding new or proposed rules; preparing materials for and conducting training classes; assisting in the preparation of cases and providing testimony before SCAQMD's Hearing Board; providing testimony in court on civil and criminal air pollution cases; and performing other related duties assigned. Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in written form. The most competitively qualified candidates will be diplomatic, professional, and able to establish good rapport and credibility with the public and the regulated community. They must also be able to communicate technical information clearly, sometimes under challenging circumstances. Because we must earn and maintain the public's trust, strong personal work ethics are a must. Those who possess the above, plus a balanced and relevant combination of education and experience, will have an edge in contending for these positions. CAREER_PATH: Air Quality Inspector I is the entry level class in our inspector classification series. Persons in this class receive extensive training and progress from performing routine inspections and complaint investigations to more difficult inspections and complaints while acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge for promotion to the next level. Following two years of successful performance as an Air Quality Inspector I, employees who have demonstrated readiness for promotion to the next level may be promoted without competition to Air Quality Inspector II. A bachelor's degree may substitute for six months of the required two years experience for this promotion. There are other higher level classifications in the inspector job series. Promotion to these positions is through a competitive process.
CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS: This multi-position class reports to a Supervising Air Quality Inspector and is characterized by the responsibility for performing a variety of routine to difficult rule specific inspections and complaint investigations on commercial and industrial equipment, processes, and material that requires the knowledge, interpretation, and application of a limited number of air pollution control laws, regulations, rules, and inspections techniques in determining compliance. The Air Quality Inspector I class is distinguished in that positions are assigned to the working-level for performing rule specific inspections such as, but not limited to, dry cleaners, service stations, floating roof tanks, auto body shops, bulk loading, valves and flanges, pumps and compressors; or assigned at the trainee-level to conduct a variety of routine to difficult journey-level commercial and industrial inspections. The latter positions are budgeted at the Air Quality Inspector II level.
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:Conducts rule specific inspections and complaint investigations of commercial and industrial equipment, machines, control devices, materials, and processes to determine compliance with SCAQMD rules and regulations, State Health and Safety codes, and federal laws and regulations. Issues notices to owners and operators of commercial and industrial sources to ensure compliance with air pollution laws, regulations and rules. Analyzes and determines the cause and nature of air contaminant emissions; coordinates the physical testing of sources and reinspects sources found in noncompliance. Prepares various reports to record the findings of inspections and complaint investigation activities; assists or develops recommendations on the implementation, effectiveness and enforceability of new or proposed air pollution rules. Learns and applies a variety of inspections and investigation methods and techniques on petroleum and industrial equipment and processes that require the knowledge, interpretation and application of a variety of laws, regulations, and rules in determining compliance. Assists in the preparation of Hearing Board cases or recommends variance conditions to ensure compliance with SCAQMD rules and regulations. Provides testimony in court or administrative hearings on civil and criminal air pollution cases when requested. Works closely with SCAQMD engineers and legal counsel in resolving a variety of air pollution problems. Represents SCAQMD and Division at meetings, conferences and public and private agency meetings and responds to inquiries; provides information on SCAQMD rules, regulations, and procedures as necessary. May assist in the training and provide technical guidance to new personnel.
MINIMUM AND DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS :
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Training and experience which would demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities to apply inspection methods and techniques to air pollution emission control equipment and processes; knowledge of engineering, chemistry, mathematics, and physics principles and concepts; knowledge of commercial and industrial equipment and processes; SCAQMD rules and regulations, State Health and Safety codes, and federal laws and regulations; and safety and hazardous practices and procedures. Ability to learn, interpret, and apply SCAQMD rules and regulations, State Health and Safety codes, and federal laws and regulations to equipment, processes, and materials to determine compliance with air quality standards; analyze and inspect equipment and processes and prepare reports and other supporting information; communicate in a clear and concise manner, both orally and in writing; understand and follow verbal and written instructions; maintain and establish effective working relationships with public and private agency representatives, members of the public, and SCAQMD personnel; operate and maintain a variety of equipment, detectors, and sampling devices. Evidence of the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be demonstrated by the completion of at least 34 semester (51 quarter) units of core courses from an accredited college or university required for a major in engineering, chemistry, mathematics, physics or a related field, OR one year of experience as an Air Quality Inspector. LICENSE: Possession of a valid California Class "C" Driver's License. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in engineering, chemistry, mathematics, physics or a related field is highly desirable and may be used as one of the criteria in determining which candidates are most competitively qualified for these positions. Experience that is sufficiently similar (i.e., shows you learned/applied directly transferable skills) may also be seen as more highly competitive than unrelated experience; however, recent graduates who possess directly related degrees will be considered. A record of steady employment and/or good educational record is also important with grades in core coursework at a "C" level or above. The ability to learn and understand complex technical information and related rules and regulations and communicate this information to a highly diverse public in clear and simple English is essential, as is the ability to interact effectively with concerned business owners and the public, even under challenging circumstances, using active listening skills, patience and diplomacy. The ability to climb ladders and perform inspections on rooftops, as well as the ability to carry and use portable monitoring and sampling equipment in the field, is important for this job. The most desirable candidates:
Will have the ability to analyze emission sources, recognize problems and recommend solutions.
Will possess strong personal and work ethics (which will be verified by checking references).
The ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing. Bilingual skills are always a plus! CERTIFICATION: Smoke School Certification, Breathing Apparatus Certification, and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification may be required of some positions in the class.
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South Coast Air Quality Management District
Diamond Bar, California, USA
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
CAREER PATH 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 :
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. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 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.) EXPERIENCE: 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.)
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