ASSOCIATE PUBLIC HEALTH ENGINEER 2134
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class performs responsible and technical professional engineering work in the development of standards for the design of sewage and water systems. Work involves the preparation and direction of special projects of a technical nature for the study of public engineering problems. The incumbent has responsibility for coordinating the programs of the public health districts and for assuring uniform standards of administration of environmental protection programs, insuring compliance with the New York State Public Health Law, the New York State Environmental Conservation Law, the New York State Sanitary Code, the Rules and Regulations of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Suffolk County Sanitary Code. Supervision may be exercised over professional engineering and sanitary inspection personnel. Assignments are usually broad in scope with considerable opportunity for the use of independent professional judgment, and for making technical decisions of considerable difficulty. Work is performed under the direction of an administrative supervisor, and is reviewed periodically for conformity with departmental policies and regulations. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Assists in planning and directing the activities of the environmental protection division and its programs of public health engineering and environmental protection;
Interprets health department policies and procedures as they relate to sanitary and public health engineering for district public health engineers and their personnel; determines that the programs in districts are carried out in a uniform manner;
Schedules and instructs in classes for water supply operators, sewage treatment plant operators and swimming pool operators;
Presents talks to civic and other groups concerning environmental protection programs of the Health Department;
Conducts special research projects involving public health engineering problems; presents recommended solutions in the form of revisions or additions;
Acts for the Principal Public Health Engineer in his/her absence.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of the principles, techniques, and practices of public health engineering in environmental sanitation as related to water supply and purification, sewage and sewage disposal, stream pollution, ground water pollution, sanitary control of meat, milk and other foods, swimming pools, toxic and hazardous materials storage and general sanitation; thorough knowledge of public health and sanitary engineering principles, practices and techniques; thorough knowledge of provisions of the New York State Public Health Law, the New York State Environmental Conservation Law, the New York State Sanitary Code, the Rules and Regulations of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Suffolk County Sanitary Code; ability to plan and direct the work of engineers and environmental sanitation personnel in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale; ability to perform difficult engineering computations and to make comprehensive recommendations on engineering programs; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Graduation from a college with federally-authorized accreditation or registration by NY State with a Bachelor's Degree in either Engineering or Engineering Technology, and eight (8) years of sanitary, public health or environmental engineering experience, two (2) years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity.
NOTE: A Master's Degree in either Engineering or Engineering Technology may be substituted for two (2) years of the non-supervisory experience.
Two (2) years of permanent competitive status as a Senior Public Health Engineer; or,
Three (3) years of permanent competitive status as a Public Health Engineer; or,
Four (4) years of permanent competitive status as an Assistant Public Health Engineer
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Candidates must possess a Professional Engineer's License issued by the State of New York at the time of appointment. License must be maintained throughout employment in this title.
At the time of appointment and during employment in this title, employees will be required to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State.