Metropolitan Council

Engineer (Industrial Waste & Pollution P...

Metro 94 - 455 Etna St., St. Paul MN 55106, Minnesota
$42,055.00 - $63,082.00 Annually
Apr 05, 2012
Apr 17, 2012
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time
Recruitment Type:  This position is open to internal and external applicants.

The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning agency serving the Twin Cities seven county metropolitan area providing essential services to the region including public transportation, wastewater treatment, community development, affordable housing assistance and regional park and trail planning.

This position will work in the Industrial Waste and Pollution Prevention (IWPP) Section of the Metropolitan Council's Environmental Service's (MCES) Environmental Quality Assurance Department.  The IWPP regulates and monitors industrial discharges to the sewer system to ensure compliance with local and federal regulations and also responds to sewer-related spills and community sewer problems.

This position is responsible for issuing and administering industrial discharge permits to industrial users, determining compliance, inspecting and monitoring industrial users and responding to spills, accidental discharges and other problems that may adversely affect MCES facilities or the sewer system.
Example Duties
  • Issues and administers industrial discharge permits and responds to permit inquiries and submittals.
  • Ensures compliance through enforcement actions, and establishes compliance schedules.
  • Inspects industrial users and prepares detailed inspection reports.
  • Plans and coordinates field monitoring projects and prepares accurate and timely reports.
  • Carries out administrative functions related to MCES revenue programs which include: Strength Charge, SAC and other fees.
  • Responds to and investigates spills, illegal discharge reports and treatment plant/ collection system problems.
  • Schedules and tracks projects, compliance actions and other records using a business management system/database.
  • Responds to internal/external requests for information related to Strength Charges, SAC, MDS and community facilities, monitoring, permit requirements, regulations and special discharges.
  • Explains programs and requirements to, and answers related questions from industrial representatives, government representatives, Metropolitan Council departments and IWPP Section staff.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering (or closely related degree) through an ABET Certified Program. 
  • Coursework completed in wastewater treatment and fluid mechanics/hydraulics required.
  • Valid driver's license.
Desirable Qualifications:
  • Completed coursework in chemistry.
Please attach a copy of your school transript to your application

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Basic engineering theories and principles.
  • Knowledge of wastewater and water treatment, fluid mechanics, and open channel hydraulics.
  • Basic understanding of wastewater sampling, analytical chemistry, and  laboratory methods.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedures.
  • Knowledge of Word, Excel, and databases.
  • Ability to understand complex regulations and standards, read and interpret pretreatment system plans, blueprints, sewer maps, and technical documents.
  • Strong organizational skills, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to appropriately enforce rules and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate tactfully with industries, public, and other agencies.
  • Ability to conduct inspections and field monitoring in industrial settings, and wastewater discharge and collection system sites which may include exposure to moving parts, fumes, airborne particles, outdoor weather conditions, vibration, climbing ladders, and confined space entry.

Supplemental Information

Union: AFSCME Grade 30
FLSA Status:  

Work Environment:
The majority of work is performed in a standard office setting.  Position will also need to conduct industrial inspections where they may be exposed to moving parts, fumes, airborne particles, outdoor weather conditions and vibration.  In addition, the position may take part in the performance of field monitoring at industrial discharges and in the wastewater collection system, including confined space entry.

Selection Process: 
The selection process consists of a review of your education and experience and how it relates to the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position.  This review is based on your answers to the supplemental questions and other application materials you submit.  Applications of those who best meet the qualifications will be forwarded to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  

Conditional Offers: 
All offers are conditioned upon a review and verification of education and employment as well as passing a pre-employment drug screen.  Some positions also require a pre-employment or pre-transfer physical.

Offers are also conditioned upon passing a criminal background check.  Convictions are not an automatic disqualification from the selection process.  The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis.  Convictions are reviewed based upon the relatedness of the conviction to duties of the position as well as a candidate's ability to demonstrate adequate rehabilitation.

Metropolitan Council employees who are applying for positions which are safety sensitive; supervisory/managerial; are located in Finance, Information Services (IS), Human Resources; or have access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers, transit fare cards will be required to pass a criminal background check.

Please note:  Making a false statement or withholding information (misrepresentation) may cause an applicant to be barred from consideration for the position.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify Human Resources at 612-349-7558.

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