ABOUT YOUR "CITY" ENGINEER
Jerry W. Shaffer, PE, earned his Associates of Science Degree in Engineer from the College of Southern Idaho in 1985, his Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Idaho in 1988, and his Masters of Science Degree in Agriculture Engineering from the University of Idaho in 1991. During his time in school, his focus and emphasis was on water, all aspects of water including drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, irrigation, drainage, surface water and groundwater. Prior to this, Jerry worked as a surveyor in the United States Marine Corps from 1980 to 1984.
During his college years, Jerry worked summers designing and installing underground sprinkler systems in southern Idaho for residential and commercial sites. After obtaining his Masters Degree, Jerry worked as a plumbers assistant learning the nuts and bolts of water system installation, repair, and replacement, including piping systems, pressure storage tanks, and fixture installation and replacement.
Jerry worked as an Engineer in Training for four years and received his professional engineering license in Washington (License # 32362) and Idaho (License #8047) in 1994 He is currently in good standings with the licensing boards in both states. Jerry's career has been primarily with the State of Idaho Division/Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ), where he served as an engineer-in-training and later as a professional engineer. While at the IDEQ, he managed the North Central Idaho grants and loans program, reviewed plans and specifications for water and wastewater systems, conducted inspections on drinking water and wastewater systems (he was a certified EPA NPDES inspector), provided technical assistance to drinking water and wastewater systems, developed wastewater reuse permits, provided 401 certification for new NPDES wastewater permits, and helped to train communities and operators. He also was a member of the State of Idaho Emergency Response Team and managed hazardous waste cleanup sites.
Since retiring from the IDEQ, Jerry has taught a senior engineering design course at Washington Station University, is currently the engineer for several systems in north central Idaho, and has developed and taught drinking water and wastewater training courses to operators around the state of Idaho, and continues to do so.