Job Posting: Air Resources Engineer

State Air Resources Board

Air Resources Engineer

$5,540.00 - $10,377.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 9/23/2019

Job Description and Duties

Freight Emissions Assessment and Testing (FEAT) section operates California Air Resources Board's (CARB) Depot Park Facility (DPF), which conducts emissions evaluations of heavy-duty (HD) vehicles and equipment.  The DPF is located in Sacramento.  Studies performed at DPF provide scientifically and legally defensible engineering data in support of regulation development, emissions inventory characterization, enforcement, and HD vehicle emissions research.  The FEAT section conducts numerous laboratory and on-road testing projects to measure nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM), and other pollutants from HD vehicles and equipment.  The mission of the FEAT section is to conduct test projects that are critical for achieving the CARB’s freight emissions reduction goals.  Under the direction of an Air Resources Supervisor I, the incumbent is responsible for performing complex tasks related to emissions testing of HD vehicles and equipment.  The incumbent will routinely work both as a team member and independently in the conduct of their duties, both in a laboratory setting and occasionally in a field setting.  The incumbent will frequently be called upon to develop test plans and emissions sampling plans, install measurement and recording equipment on vehicles, perform and document calibration checks of instruments, collect emissions samples of vehicle exhaust emissions, collect vehicle fluid samples, operate test vehicles on the DPF’s chassis dynamometer or in the field using Portable Emissions Measurement Systems (PEMS), review collected test data for accuracy and completeness, and report results and finding related to testing efforts.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

SACRAMENTO LOCATION: Depot Park Facility, 8311 Galena Ave., Sacramento, CA 95828.  On an infrequent basis, the incumbent may be required to travel to CARB offices in Sacramento, or El Monte for training or for meetings. 

You will use daily a personal computer, office equipment, and/or telephone.  You must be able to move/transport various equipment weighing up to 50 pounds, with or without reasonable accommodations.

The setting is a mixed office and vehicle shop environment.  Work tasks frequently include working in non-temperature controlled areas, aroung large noisy machinery, and in the field during vehicle operations.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Air Resources Engineer
$5,540.00 - $10,377.00
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Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is charged with protecting the public from the harmful effects of air pollution and developing programs and actions to fight climate change. From requirements for clean cars and fuels to adopting innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, California has pioneered a range of innovative approaches that have set the standard for effective air and climate programs for the nation, and the world.

CARB values diversity at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive.  CARB believes the diversity of our employees collectively make up one of the world’s most respected environmental organizations.  Join CARB and help us improve the lives of all Californians.

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Special Requirements

If required to meet the Minimum Qualifications, you must include a copy of your degree and/or unofficial transcripts in order to be considered for this position.

You must possess a valid CA Driver's License and pass a pre-employment Medical Evaluation.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 9/23/2019

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

State Air Resources Board
Attn: Gena Harmonson
1001 I Street, 20th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Gena Harmonson
1001 I Street, 20th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Drop Off on the First's Floor Visitors' Center and hours don't apply to weekends or state holidays.
07:30 AM - 03:30 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other - Cover Letter is required and must be included.
  • Statement of Qualifications - Statement of Qualifications is required and must be included.
    Applicants must include a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) for this recruitment.  The SOQ is a narrative discussion prepared by the applicant describing how the applicant’s skills, knowledge, abilities, education, training, and experience, qualify them for the position.  The SOQ serves as documentation of each candidate’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing.  CARB will not consider applicants who fail to provide an SOQ with their application.  Resumes do not take place of the SOQ.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

CARB's Depot Park Facility provides testing services to CARB client divisions and others.  For this position, the most competitive candidates will be self-starters with strong attention to detail and good communicators.  The incumbent must be strong in their craft and possess the ability to carry out an emissions project from beginning to end.  The incumbent must be able to work in a collaborative team setting to develop sampling plans, assemble requisite supplies and equipment, and to methodically complete a test project.  At the conclusion of a project, the incumbent is expected to timely and competently post-process and report test results.  Frequently, the incumbent will need to work in the field.  The incumbent will need strong computer skills and be able to effectively utilize technology.  The ability to program and set-up equipment to monitor and record on-board diagnostic systems, GPS, vehicle broadcast systems and emissions measurement equipment is an essential skill. This position is different than the typical cubicle based engineering position and will likely appeal to those that like working in a small group, in a laboratory and field setting.  This position has varied work assignments and provides both freedom and flexibility in exchange for responsibility.


The Benefits of working at CARB in the CalEPA building:


  • Exercise/Wellness Classes during Lunch Hour

  • Onsite Gym and Exercise Equipment

  • Onsite Locker and Shower Facilities

  • Onsite Daycare Facility

  • Onsite Cafeteria

  • Indoor Bicycle Lockers

  • Nearby Public Transportation

  • Nearby Third Party Parking Facility


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Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Gena Harmonson
(916) 324-3294

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Beverly Bueno
(916) 323-7053
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.


CARB highly recommends electronic application submission for all their JC (Job Control) postings.  For those applicants who are unable to submit an electronic application, they may be submitted in paper format (2019 version) but must contain the following information on the first page of the application in order to be processed and included in the applicant pool:

• The JC number listed on the job posting.

• The classification title

• Current CalCareer I.D. number (from your CalCareer account under the "CalCareer Account" tab)

NOTE: Applicant’s must not include Social Security Numbers, LEAP status information or paperwork, Equal Employment Opportunity information, exam result notices or scores, or medical or criminal history information on any document within their application package.

Drop off hardcopy applications on the 1st Floor's Visitors' Center, Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM, the hours don't apply to weekends or state holidays.

Please do not submit a second application by paper if you submitted an electronic application.

Failure to follow the application instructions may result in your application not being considered for hire.


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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail