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This examination is open only to current District employees who meet the promotional requirements. No other applications will be considered.

Applications may be obtained from the Employee Selection Office of the District by phoning (312)751-5100 or by visiting the District's Online Employment Center at Applications will be accepted only during the designated filing period for this examination. The opening and closing dates of the filing period are listed in this announcement. Applications must be filed by one of the following methods:

I. Submitted online through the District's Online Employment Center at Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on the closing date in order to be considered.
II. Delivered to the Employee Selection Office 7th Floor, 111 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL weekdays from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the filing period. Please note, District offices are closed on holidays.
III. Sent by mail to the Employee Selection Office, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, 7th Floor, 111 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Applications sent by mail must bear a postmark no earlier than the opening date and no later than the closing date of the filing period.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application form is completed and submitted in a timely manner by one of the methods described above. Descriptions and dates of experience and any required license or certification should be very clear so that it is understood exactly how the applicant meets the promotional requirements.

Anticipation of Eligibility: An applicant who can demonstrate the likelihood of having the required year(s) of service and civil service status with the District in one of the required job classification by the anticipation deadline may be admitted to the examination process. Candidates so admitted, who are successful in the examination process, may not be appointed until evidence is provided that these requirements were fulfilled by the anticipation deadline.

Employees may not hold civil service status in more than one classification. Therefore, achievement of civil service status in the classification that is the subject of this announcement will result in the loss of eligibility for promotional examinations resulting from the possession of civil service status in any former classification.

Veterans' Preference: Veterans' Preference points will be added, in accordance with the District statute, to the scores of those candidates who attain a passing score in all phases of the examination. Veterans' Preference claim forms can be obtained through the District's Online Employment Center at or requested at the test site. An employee who receives a promotion from an eligible list on which he or she received Veterans’ Preference points will not be eligible for Veterans’ Preference points on any future promotional examinations.

Probationary Period: The probationary period for this classification is one year (250 days worked).


The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is committed to hiring and employment practices that base employee selection on a candidate's knowledge, skill and ability to perform effectively on the job; provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants; prohibit the entry of political reasons or factors and other improper considerations into any stage of the selection and hiring processes; and create a transparent, honest and fair hiring system.


Reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with applicable laws. Requests for testing accommodations are to be made within one week after the close of the filing period. For information regarding accommodation for individuals with disabilities, phone (312) 751-5170 (voice) or (312) 751-5916 (TTY).

Assistant Civil Engineer
1/11/2013 12:00:01 AM
2/22/2013 11:59:59 PM
Under immediate supervision, performs entry-level civil engineering work in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of water reclamation plants and sewers. May supervise sub-professional personnel.
The following promotional requirements must be completed by the anticipation deadline. Possession of a bachelor's degree in an appropriate academic specialty. Civil service status as an Engineer Trainee; or one year of service with the District as a Treatment Plant Operator I or Engineering Technician IV and civil service status as a Treatment Plant Operator I or Engineering Technician IV. An appropriate academic speciality is interpreted to mean a degree in chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, mechanical, sanitary, or structural engineering from a four-year accredited college or university. A four-year accredited college or university is interpreted to mean accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Foreign-educated applicants must produce a satisfactory assessment of their academic qualifications by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The NCEES assessment and any additional coursework used to correct deficiencies must be completed by the anticipation deadline.
The examination will consist of a written test weighted 90%, an efficiency rating weighted 5% and a seniority rating weighted 5%. The minimum passing score on the written test will be 70% unless determined otherwise by the Director of Human Resources. Candidates must achieve a passing score on each test to be eligible to compete in each subsequent test and to have their names placed on the eligible list.

The written test will assess candidates' knowledge, skill and ability in areas such as principles and practices of civil, electrical, environmental, mechanical and structural engineering criteria including engineering economics and their application to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of sewage treatment plant facilities, sewer collection systems and flood control systems; scientific design criteria for wastewater treatment, including biological, physical, bacteriological, microbiological and chemical considerations; structural design principles; hydrology and hydraulics; computerized control systems; technical application of mechanics, thermodynamics and related engineering sciences to problems of heating, ventilating and plumbing; understanding and interpreting detailed engineering designs and specifications; application of engineering formulas to routine mathematical equations; use of computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets and databases; and written communication.
All applicants will be advised in writing if they have been admitted to the examination process. Applicants who do not receive a response to their application by March 15, 2013 should contact the Employment Service Office at (312) 751-5100.

The written test will be administered on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 West 111th Street, Chicago, IL.

Candidates should report at 9:00 a.m. with the approved admission letter and a driver's license or other form of photo identification. Candidates may bring a quiet, cordless calculator for use during the test. Calculators with a typewriter keypad (QWERTY format) and calculators with wireless capability are not permitted. In addition, no books, study guides, cell phones, PDAs, laptops or other aids will be allowed.
Appointments will be made from an eligible list with three categories: A (Exceptionally Well Qualified), B (Well Qualified) and C (Qualified). Candidates in the highest category will be given first consideration for appointment. This examination is also being given on an Original Entrance basis. In instances where both Original Entrance and Promotional eligible lists result from an examination process, it is the District's practice to appoint only from the Promotional eligible list until all names from that list have been considered. The eligible list has a duration of one year.

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