Job Posting: Air Resources Engineer

State Air Resources Board

Air Resources Engineer

$5,540.00 - $10,377.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 6/11/2020

Job Description and Duties

Due to the COVID-19 Emergency, our drop-off location is temporarily closed.  Please submit your application electronically or by mail.

The Emission Certification and Compliance Division is recruiting for an Air Resources Engineer vacancy in the On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) Branch, which is responsible for regulatory development, certification, and enforcement of light-duty and heavy-duty OBD systems for current and future emission control systems and powertrains.  Under the direction of an Air Resources Supervisor I, the successful candidate will be involved in reviewing and approving manufacturers' OBD system certification applications, with an emphasis on certifying manufacturers under the Innovative Technology Regulation (ITR).  The ITR is geared toward fostering the early deployment of advanced low greenhouse gas and criteria pollutant technologies through temporary flexibility in OBD requirements.

Manufacturers complying with this regulation are expected to require additional assistance in achieving full OBD compliance.  Duties will also include evaluation of the in-use performance of certified OBD systems for proper detection of faulty emission control components and illumination of the check engine light at the appropriate time relative to emission increases.  The OBD system evaluations may include testing for proper communication with scan tools that interrogate the system for fault and other system information and proper interaction with smog check, along with operating the vehicle on the road or in the laboratory on a dynamometer with a malfunctioned part installed in order to ensure proper illumination of the check engine light.  Problem vehicles would require enforcement action that could lead to vehicle recalls or other remedial action.  Other primary duties include assisting with the development of light- and heavy-duty OBD regulatory updates or preparation of guidance documents that clarify elements of the certification process.  Additionally, the successful candidate may be called upon to serve as a lead staff person for work groups and technical meetings, and to engage in outreach events with industry, environmental groups, government organizations, and the public.

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

Working Conditions

EL MONTE LOCATION: CARB has approved the relocation of our El Monte facility to Riverside (within the 92507 zip code). The relocation is currently scheduled to occur in 2021.

  • Requires being in a stationary position, consistent with office work, for extended periods.
  • Standard office environment (i.e. artificial lighting, controlled temperature, etc.)
  • Daily use of a personal computer, office equipment, and/or telephone.
  • May involve some work near machinery or motor vehicles.

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
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Los Angeles 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.

Department Website:

Special Requirements

If using education 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.

If new to CA state service and/or new to CARB, you must have taken and passed the Air Pollution Specialist examination in order to be eligible to be hired for this position.  Please go to Cal-HR's website to view the exam bulletin, hyperlink below:

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: 6/11/2020

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:

Selections Analyst
1001 I Street, 20th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Due to Covid-19, hardcopies must be delivered by a carrier service or USPS.
07:30 AM - 05:00 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.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
  • Other -

    COVER LETTER (CL) is required and must be included.

    Please provide a CL for the Hiring Manger to review.  Applications received without an CL MAY NOT be considered.

  • Other - Statement of Qualification (SOQ) is required and must be included.

    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 may not consider applicants who fail to provide a SOQ with their application.  The SOQ should not be more than two (2) pages with 11 size Arial font and have your name on both pages.

    Resumes or Cover Letters 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:

The ideal candidate should possess the technical background to understand and evaluate existing and emerging powertrain, emission control system, and diagnostic system technologies along with strong written and verbal communication skills.  The most competitive candidate will also be highly motivated and enthusiastic, will have a demonstrated ability to work in an organized and thorough manner with attention to detail, and will possess the ability to interact effectively with people at all levels of management, government and industry. Project management skills are essential such that the candidate can be given a complex project and plan resources to get it done under tight deadlines.  The incumbent must have the ability to analyze data, develop solutions, and present information effectively both orally and in writing.


The Benefits of working at CARB:

  • Free Parking
  • Easy Access to Public Transportation
  • Close to major roads and highways
  • Walking distance to a variety of amenities and services (restaurants/fast food, banking, grocery stores, post office, fuel stations, etc.)


The Benefits of working for the State of California click on the hyperlink:

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) with 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, Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 5:00 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.


If you are new to State service, you can follow the link below to view the necessary steps to apply and be eligible for a State position:


In order to be list eligible through CalHR’s Air Resources Engineer Certification List you must take, pass, and be in one of the top ranks (your rank is listed in your CalCareer account in the “Exams/Assessments Passed” tab within the relevant exam). The Exam can be found at the following link:


For reference, Minimum Qualifications for the classification can be found at the following link:

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