Professional Engineer

County of Orange, John Wayne Airport


In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:

Effective July 1, 2022 – 3.5% increase

Mandatory Employee Retirement Contributions will decrease on the following dates:

Effective July 2, 2021 – 1.2% decrease

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate’s qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.
This recruitment is open to the public and will close on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (PST). Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

This recruitment will establish an open eligible list. This list can be used to fill current and future Professional Engineer positions. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications.

John Wayne Airport (JWA), owned and operated by the County of Orange California, is a medium-hub, commercial service airport. JWA is managed by an Airport Director and Assistant Director overseeing six (6) Divisions, including Business Development, Facilities Development, Finance Administration, Operations, Public Affairs, and Maintenance. JWA has an annual budget of approximately $200M and a staff of approximately 180. JWA is one of the top 50 busiest commercial airports in the country in terms of both passenger enplanements and total operations and the 9th busiest General Aviation airport.

John Wayne Airport operates as an enterprise fund self-supported through revenues it generates and receives no monies from the County General Fund. These revenues are utilized to operate the Airport, provide for the repayment of revenue bonds, fund facility capital improvements, and maintenance projects, and support aviation planning.

The Airport Engineering Section is part of the Facilities Development Division. The Engineering Section oversees the planning and execution of Capital Improvement Projects, maintenance, and tenant improvement projects at JWA, including but not limited to: overseeing OC Public Works in management of JWA projects, approving design plans and specifications, and review of cost estimates in connection with the construction or maintenance of several JWA areas including runways and taxiways, terminal buildings, parking structures, roadways, traffic control, bridges, drainage systems, sewer systems, and the water and fuel distribution systems. This division is also responsible for keeping JWA facilities in compliance with all applicable Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards and for maintaining the design and construction standards and specifications at the airport to ensure all airport projects (including airport tenants) conform to a consistent standard of quality, safety, maintainability, and efficiency.

John Wayne Airport offers a rewarding opportunity to work as a Professional Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineer in the Airport Engineering Section. The incumbent must be able to independently perform complex and specialized engineering assignments, provide project leadership on a wide variety of Airport projects/tasks, train staff on carrying out departmental, organizational, and/or project-related policies and procedures, cultivate collaboration within the internal Facilities division and with other divisions, and independently review and/or approve engineering design and construction plans and details.

Assigned projects associated with this position may include specialized tasks related to the development, design, construction, alteration, and/or maintenance of the airport terminal, airfield, and related airport facilities as they relate to the electrical systems and/or infrastructure. This position may also be assigned other duties and responsibilities pertaining to administrative functions such as assisting with budget development, policy and procedure development, and other duties as may be assigned by the Airport Engineering Section manager.

The candidate must possess five (5) or more years of experience in either Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering field. The ideal candidate will also have acquired, at some point in their professional engineering experience, a license as a  Professional Engineer (Civil, or Electrical, or Mechanical) from the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (Board) in the State of California or equivalent recognized state-regulated authority, as it relates to the design and construction of horizontal (airfield, roadways, and bridges) and/or vertical (building structures) projects, including experience in government contracting, procurement, management, and administration of contracts, e.g. the selection and procurement of architectural, engineering, and other specialty consulting professionals; preparation and development of project bidding and construction documents. Please note that your license could have been acquired at any point of your professional experience to meet this desirable qualification.

The candidate must also possess two (2) or more (concurrent or separate) years of experience leading and directing projects of various sizes and complexity.

The selected candidate who is licensed by a recognized state-regulated authority other than the State of California must obtain licensure from the Board issued in the State of California within the first three (3) months of their start date.


  • Planning, scoping, budgeting, and developing projects, including preparing project estimates, schedules, reports, and alternative analysis
  • Reading, understanding, and interpreting design and constructions plans, specifications, cost estimates, and schedules
  • Oversee preparation and review of engineering computations, estimates, reports, studies, and construction documents and provide guidance to project managers during all stages of the project
  • Monitor critical milestones to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget
  • Knowledge of the principles of engineering as it relates to varying types of projects ranging from the airfield to building electrical systems, including data centers, central utility plants, etc.
  • Knowledge of construction industry standards, materials, principles, practices, and methods as it relates to any specific engineering field of expertise
  • Knowledge of airport/airfield engineering, construction management principles, phased construction coordination, FAA advisory circulars for design and construction, and/or California Buildings Codes and their associated references
  • Knowledge of project management principles, best practices, and industry standards as it relates to public infrastructure projects
  • Working knowledge and experience with the latest technical engineering software and computer-aided design and drafting software (CADD), among others, such as Microstation, AutoCAD, Revit, MicroPAVER, and ArcGIS
  • Proficiency in using MS Word, MS Excel, MS Project, Primavera P6, MS Outlook, Bluebeam Revu (Adobe Acrobat Professional), and other common office software; willingness and ability to learn and become proficient in using other software applications and tools


  • Contract development and administration, and an understanding of the legal relationships among the County, architects, engineers, consultants, contractors and subcontractors, federal, state, and local agencies, utility companies and districts, and other regulatory bodies
  • Understanding, complying with, applying, and enforcing the administrative and bureaucratic processes inherent in the public sector pertaining to public projects and contract administration
  • Demonstrating the ability to oversee the management of design and construction projects (by others) of varying complexity as a hands-on, detail-oriented individual, including the preparation of requests for qualifications/proposals, scopes of work, contract specifications for design and construction services, etc.
  • Demonstrating an appropriate sense of urgency for executing project functions.
  • Planning, organizing, and prioritizing multiple projects, assignments, and tasks effectively to ensure that project goals and objectives will be met.


  • Exercising effective problem-solving skills and displaying independent, sound judgment, and decision-making abilities, and independently leading project teams towards achieving desirable project outcomes and goals
  • Analyzes and presents cases for and against given approaches for accomplishing business objectives and/or project needs based on available information and circumstances, while supporting such analysis with clear, concise, and accurate reasoning and justification
  • Ability to think critically and to ask appropriate questions; ability to discern when data is enough or sufficient to make appropriate decisions
  • Analyzing and evaluating various project issues and scenarios to help weigh available options, and to develop rational engineering and professional strategies and approaches to optimize favorable outcomes while curtailing potential adverse consequences, with particular emphasis on electrical and power issues.


  • Communicating with effectiveness and credibility, both orally and in writing
  • Establishing and maintaining an effective working relationship with architects, other engineers, consultants, contractors and vendors, and representatives of other County departments and non-County agencies and regulatory bodies
  • Presenting to individuals and teams at all levels of management, peers, and project stakeholders those relevant ideas, data, concepts, analysis, and reports on ongoing projects
  • Demonstrating perceptive awareness of subtle interpersonal communication and interaction nuances, and responding appropriately
  • Composing written, business-style correspondence, reports, memos, and other documentary material in a direct, clear, concise, and grammatical and punctuation correct content

Employees must clear a background check, which includes a Criminal History Records Check (CHRC), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) check, and Security Threat Assessment (STA) check. Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Airport Access Badge with an Airport Driving Endorsement within ten (10) days of employment. Airport Access Badge must be maintained and renewed every two (2) years.

Possession of a valid license as a Professional Engineer from the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (Board) issued in the State of California or equivalent recognized state-regulated authority. The selected candidate who is licensed by a recognized state-regulated authority other than the State of California must obtain licensure (Civil / Electrical / Mechanical) from the Board issued in the State of California within the first three (3) months of their start date.

The successful candidate must possess and maintain a valid California Driver’s License, Class C or higher by date of appointment

Ability to work in a typical office setting, and to use standard office equipment, including using hands, arms, and shoulders repetitively to operate a keyboard and to write; body mobility, strength, and stamina to perform moderate physical activities such as inspecting various construction projects and facilities, walking on uneven terrain and traversing hills and/or construction sites may be required; vision sufficient to read printed materials including blueprints and computer screens; hearing and speech sufficient to communicate clearly and effectively in person, to groups of people, over the phone and by radio. Ability to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions, and perform tasks under conditions of loud noises and fumes or foul odors. Mobility to drive a motor vehicle in order to attend off-site meetings and visit worksites may be required for some assignments. Some assignments may require prolonged walking, standing, climbing, bending, stooping, and kneeling.

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