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FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt
May, 2005

ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION
Under general supervision of assigned supervisory or management staff, performs a variety of technical office and field engineering work in support of the Engineering Department’s services, activities, and functions; performs technical level civil engineering work involved in the design, mapping and construction of capital projects; assists in the preparation of engineering plans, maps and specifications; operates computer assisted drafting and GIS systems; provides information and assistance to contractors, developers, engineers, and the general public on the City’s engineering services and activities; and performs a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.

IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS
The Engineering Technician is a full journey level classification responsible for independently performing a variety of technical office and field engineering work in support of the Engineering Department’s services, activities, and functions including initial design, investigation, and cost estimates of public works projects. Employees receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. This class is distinguished from the Engineering Specialist by the latter’s performance of advanced paraprofessional level duties of a specialized nature.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Performs technical level engineering duties in support of the Engineering Department’s services, activities, and functions including performing office work, drafting, and related technical functions.
  2. Assists in the design and preparation of engineering plans, maps, specifications, and cost estimates in connection with the construction and maintenance of a variety of engineering capital projects; prepares illustrative graphics such as exhibits, charts, illustrations, graphs, and location maps.
  3. Performs Computer Aided Design (CAD) drafting and computing operations in the preparation of a wide variety of engineering drawings and plans; performs mapping and indexing for the City’s GIS systems.
  4. Provides information and assistance to contractors, developers, engineers, and the general public on engineering services and activities; responds to general inquiries; researches maps and records; ensures issues are resolved in a timely and efficient manner.
  5. Operates basic field survey equipment to assist in the design of engineering capital improvements.
  6. Performs complex engineering calculations for stormwater, and street systems, street alignments and asphalt thickness and base requirements, performs calculations for vertical and horizontal alignments; develops, modifies and maintains computer programs required to provide graphics, maps, overlays and for engineering drawings.
  7. Calculates construction quantities and cost estimates of capital improvement projects as necessary.
  8. Maintains and/or updates data base for processing of historical engineering plans, maps, and records; researches files for existing plans, profiles and maps for data for proposed projects.
  9. Performs field verification of existing infrastructure assets; makes field checks of project sites as needed; performs title searches, researches right-of-way and easements based on legal descriptions.
  10. Verifies locations of utilities, easements, and property lines on City engineering plans and maps.
  11. Interprets and drafts legal description drawings; prepares sketches of designs from instructions and design data; interprets and converts survey notes to various types of drawings.
  12. Uses computer equipment including spreadsheets, data base, and word processing software to generate engineering reports; operates blue print and other copying machines.
  13. Performs related duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
Operations, services, and activities of a municipal engineering program. City engineering policies and procedures related to the construction, design and maintenance of municipal systems and facilities. City standards, standard drafting symbols, methods, practices, techniques and instruments used in engineering and mapping. Basic civil engineering practices and principles applicable to area of assignment. Methods and techniques of researching, compiling, interpreting, and presenting statistics and data. Mathematical principles as applied to engineering work. Methods and techniques of conducting site inspections. Engineering maps and records. Methods and techniques of developing maps. Construction methods, procedures, standards, and materials. Operational characteristics of standard engineering equipment. Methods and techniques for basic report preparation and writing. Proper English, spelling and grammar. Occupational hazards and standard safety procedures. Principles and practices of record keeping. Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment including personal computer hardware and software applications. Uses, capabilities, and operational characteristics of specialized engineering information technology hardware and software. Advanced computer applications including AutoCAD, GIS, and database applications. Computer aided drafting principles and techniques. Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Ability to:
Perform a variety of complex technical office and field engineering work. Assist with the preparation of engineering designs, plans, and specifications. Prepare a variety of drawings, sketches, maps, graphs, and related technical documents. Prepare maps and layouts from notes and sketches. Read and interpret maps and blueprints. Deal tactfully and courteously with the public, contractors, and representatives of other agencies in providing information about Engineering Department policies, projects, and procedures. Perform a variety of data gathering and compilation for engineering studies. Make accurate engineering computations and drawings. Compile and analyze geographic information systems data. Create, edit, and plot geographic information systems data and graphics in ArcView and ArcInfo. Operate a variety of engineering equipment in a safe and effective manner. Maintain accurate engineering files and records. Prepare clear and concise technical reports. Perform field inspections. Use computers aided drafting and design systems, databases, GIS systems and other programs related to engineering design. Review plans and documents for conformance with regulations. Understand, interpret and prepare legal descriptions, engineering reports and maps. Analyze a complex issue and develop and implement an appropriate response. Analyze and evaluate new and existing methods and standard operating procedures. Apply applicable City codes and regulations. Operate various equipment and tools required to perform engineering technician work, including the operation of office computer equipment and a variety of software and applications, such as Computer Aided Design (CAD), blueprint and drafting machines. Work independently in the absence of supervision. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education/Training:
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by two years of college level course work in drafting, engineering, surveying or a related field.

Experience:
Two years of increasingly responsible technical engineering experience.

License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate driver’s license.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Standard office setting with some travel to conduct site investigations; occasional exposure to outside weather conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting and field environment; to walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, twist, grasp, and make repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties; to climb unusual heights on ladders; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy amounts of weight; to operate assigned equipment and vehicles; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

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