Class Code:  04522








Develops engineering design standards and/or rules to support agency programs related to facility design and management; provides professional consultative engineering work for agency staff, other governmental agencies, private and public facilities and the general public in multiple facets of environmental engineering; functions as leadworker with responsibility for a major portion of a pollution prevention or environmental control program; performs related work as required.


The Work Examples and Competencies listed are for illustrative purposes only and not intended to be the primary basis for position classification decisions.



Assists supervisor by instructing employees, answering questions and distributing, balancing and checking work; may make suggestions on selection, promotions and reassignments.

Coordinates inspections and investigations of pollution sources, treatment systems, proposed facility sites, existing buildings or energy systems to determine compliance with applicable regulations, verify characteristics of a site, or to give technical assistance on various environmental or energy related issues; conducts inspections of complex facilities; may make commitments for employing agency in area of expertise up to making policy determinations.

Prepares complex or multi-phased oral, written or statistical reports using computer software, to disseminate or explain information to various public or private entities or individuals; determines contents of major agency reports and acts as project leader for the compilation of work done by lower level staff.

Develops, implements, or reviews departmental rules, design standards and guidelines relating to the assigned program area; assists in the development of engineering design standards that reflect sound engineering practice and are justifiable as minimum requirements for adequate construction or performance.



Knowledge of engineering principles, practices, and methods and their application to environmental or energy related issues.

Knowledge of the fundamentals of a natural science as they relate to environmental, pollution prevention or energy issues.

Knowledge of state and federal environmental or energy regulations.

Knowledge of engineering and surveying techniques and instruments.

Knowledge of computer data analysis and report generation.

Knowledge of math principles and predictive models.

Ability to use computers, computer software, to update computer data and generate reports.

Ability to perform complex mathematical calculations.

Ability to read and understand plans and specifications and make factual comparisons to the appropriate regulations.

Ability to make technical calculations involving the application of engineering principles.

Ability to understand and interpret public health, environmental, or energy related regulations.

Ability to apply technical knowledge to problems and arrive at the most effective and economical solution.

Ability to collect and organize engineering and technical facts and data and to present those facts, data, and conclusions clearly and concisely, both orally and in written reports.

Ability to prepare accurate reports, tables, charts, and maps for the interpretation or presentation of data, findings, or analyses.

Ability to provide work guidance to professional or technical personnel on a project basis.

Ability to make decisions in potentially stressful situations.

Displays high standards of ethical conduct. Refrains from dishonest behavior. 

Works and communicates with all clients and customers providing polite, quality professional service.

Displays a high level of initiative, effort, attention to detail and commitment by completing assignments efficiently with minimal supervision. 

Follows policy, cooperates with supervisors and aligns behavior with the goals of the organization.

Fosters and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, group identity and team spirit throughout the organization. 

Exchanges information with individuals or groups effectively by listening and responding appropriately.



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental, Sanitary, Civil, Chemical, Nuclear, Mechanical, Industrial, Agricultural, or Public Health Engineering and three years of full-time professional work in environmental engineering;


an equivalent combination of education and experience substituting thirty semester hours of accredited graduate level course work in Environmental, Sanitary, Civil, Chemical, Mechanical, Industrial, Agricultural, or Public Health Engineering for each year of the required experience to a maximum substitution of two years;


licensure as a Professional Engineer by the Iowa Board of Engineering Examiners.



Licensure as a Professional Engineer to practice in Iowa may be required at the option of the employing department within one year of employment.



For designated positions, the appointing authority, with Iowa Department of Administrative Services – Human Resources Enterprise prior approval, may request those applicants possessing a minimum of eighteen semester hours of education or six months of experience or a combination of both, or a specific certificate, license, or endorsement in the following areas:


007       agricultural engineering

008       air pollution control

065       biomedical engineering

093       chemical engineering

097       civil engineering

104       construction grants

176       electrical engineering

182       environmental engineering

213       fluoridation engineering

242       geology

264       heating, ventilation and air conditioning engineering

270       hazardous waste

281       hydrology

311       industrial engineering

394       mechanical engineering

650       sanitary engineering

658       integrated solid waste management

760       waste water

762       water resources

763       water supply

873       licensed engineer


For designated positions the appointing authority, with Iowa Department of Administrative Services – Human Resources Enterprise prior approval, may request those applicants who have a minimum of six months of experience in:


660       solid waste


Applicants wishing to be considered for such designated positions must list applicable course work, experience, certification, license, or endorsement on the application.


Effective Date:  04/10 SH