The USC Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research is considered by many to be the worldâs authority on backflow prevention and cross-connection control.Â Having developed the original standards for backflow prevention assemblies the USC Foundation evaluates backflow preventers in the lab and in the field against the USC Standards.Â Approval is granted to the assemblies that successfully complete the laboratory and field evaluation.Â Â The Chief Engineer oversees the technical aspects of the Foundation, including the approval program.Â He or she also represents the USC Foundation at conferences across the nation.Â Technical expertise in the area of cross-connection control, a thorough understanding of the USC Foundationâs Approval Process and the ability to present technical information to large groups as well as smaller committees are essential aspects of the position.Â The Chief Engineer is a primary instructor of the USC training courses for backflow prevention assembly testers and cross-connection control specialist.Â The USC courses were the first of their type anywhere in the world and were first offered in 1971 and 1989 respectively.
Laboratory and Field Evaluation Program
Oversee and supervise staff conducting laboratory and field evaluation of backflow prevention assemblies, enclosures, field test kits, and special projects.Â Â Thorough understanding of standards contained in USC Manual of Cross-Connection Control, as well as other industry standards (i.e., American Water Works Association-AWWA, American Society of Sanitary Engineering- ASSE, Canadian Standards Association - CSA, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials-IAPMO, Underwriters Laboratory â UL, Factory Mutual â FM)
Interface with manufacturers of products under evaluation on a regular basis to communicate status of product evaluation, and resolve any evaluation issues.
Develop and implement program operating and administrative policies contained in the Foundationâs Operations Manual, in order to maintain compliance with test lab standards contained in ISO/IEC Standard 17025-2017 (General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories).Â Â This includes overseeing the regular internal and external laboratory audits.
Responsible for coordinating the update of the Foundationâs Manual of Cross-Connection Control, including the selection of the members of the Manual Review Committee (MRC), and conducting the meetings of the MRC.
One of the primary instructors at the Foundationâs training courses.
Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester training course requires a specialized knowledge of the operation and field testing of backflow prevention assemblies.
Cross-Connection Control Specialist course requires a thorough understanding of the various administrative authoritiesâ responsibilities for conducting effective cross-connection control programs.
Webinars / Workshops conducted on various subjects within the cross-connection control field.
Conduct Association/Organization (i.e., American Backflow Prevention Association â National, Regional, and local; American Water Works Association â National and Regional; etc.) Â presentations on a wide variety of subjects in the cross-connection control field.Â
The Chief Engineer must be able to participate in national committees from various organizations as invited to do so.Â These may include certification committees and product standard committees. The Chief Engineer will be responsible to represent the views of the Foundation on these committees, helping to guide the industry.
ABPA Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester and Cross-Connection Control Specialist
AWWA CA-NV Section â Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester and Cross-Connection Control Program Specialist
Applications require the following documents:
- Cover Letter
Applications will not be considered complete without these attachments.
Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor's degreeMinimum Experience:3 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise:Directly related professional and supervisory experience in area of program specialization
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