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Engineering Technician

Salary: Engineering Technician I (#3240)

$19.21-$23.45 hourly / $3,340-$4,078 monthly / Range: 5258

Engineering Technician II (#3241)

$22.31-$27.23 hourly / $3,880-$4,736 monthly / Range: 5558

DEFINITION: Under close supervision (Engineering Technician I) or general supervision (Engineering Technician II), trains to perform or performs paraprofessional civil engineering work in design, traffic, survey, materials testing, hydrology, permits, construction inspection, or other civil engineering specialties; performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a flexibly staffed series. Engineering Technician I is a trainee level at which incumbents perform a variety of office and/or field technical duties characterized by routine projects, progressing toward assignments of moderate difficulty and potential promotion to the higher level. Engineering Technician I receives close supervision on new aspects of assignments, whereas Engineering Technician II receives general instructions on assignment objectives, complex features, and possible solutions.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

1. Prepares simple maps, records, graphs, and drawings or provides details on more complex ones.
2. Conducts or assists with routine traffic control activities such as speed surveys, inventory/inspection of traffic control devices, and road striping.
3. Makes measurements, cuts brush, sets stakes, assists with setting monuments, and makes simple survey or construction notes or reports as a member of a field survey crew.
4. Performs simple drafting and engineering office work; operates a computer using a variety of software, including CAD, database management, and spreadsheet programs.
5. Prepares survey maps and sketches from field notes, maps, and records; prepares plans, profiles, and cross-sections, using CAD software; prepares change orders and as-built plans; prepares plans and specifications for traffic signal installations and modifications.
6. Checks a variety of plans, such as improvement drawings and drainage plans, to ensure compliance with legal requirements; inspects construction work, such as grading and compaction, to ensure conformance with design plans and specifications; checks and enforces development conditions of plans; inspects batch plans to ensure that materials meet standard legal specifications.
7. Performs routine field and laboratory materials control tests or inspection of construction methods and materials; collects field samples of soils and construction materials and performs a wide variety of tests to determine acceptability of materials; collects and analyzes rainfall data; operates survey instruments, such as levels, transits, and theodolites, to determine the location of boundaries, easements, improvements, structures, and topographic features.
8. Discusses maps, plans, and costs with property owners, engineers, contractors, and other government representatives; coordinates construction activities with property owners, utility companies, contractors, other government representatives, and the general public; presents engineering data, such as traffic data and flood hazard data, at public meetings.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

Engineering Technician I:

1. Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent including coursework in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry; or
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Driver License may be required for some positions.

Knowledge of: mathematics, including: algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.

Ability to: learn surveying, drafting, testing and inspection principles and procedures; perform assigned work; make arithmetical computations; prepare accurate and neat calculations and drawings; follow oral and written instructions; learn to input, access, and analyze data using a personal computer terminal; prepare and maintain accurate records; work effectively with the public, other government agencies, contractors, and staff; perform manual tasks under a variety of conditions; and establish and maintain effective relationships with others.

Desirable Qualifications: some knowledge of engineering technology, drafting, and/or CAD.

Engineering Technician II:

1. Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent including coursework in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, AND two years of paraprofessional civil engineering experience; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to an Engineering Technician I with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Driver License may be required for some positions.

Knowledge of: algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and drafting; principles and practices used in the construction and repair of public works and flood control facilities; physical properties of construction materials; regulations and policies governing the design, construction, and maintenance of public works and flood control facilities.

Ability to: read, interpret, and enforce engineering plans and specification requirements; make accurate engineering calculations; use and care for engineering and drafting instruments and equipment; to input, access, and analyze data using a personal computer; prepare and maintain accurate records; work effectively with the public, other government agencies, contractors, and staff; perform work with a minimum of supervision; perform technical research and provide reliable advice on engineering problems; use computer equipment to change databases, update files, and produce designs or reports; prepare clear and concise reports.

Special requirements for both levels: The ability to perform physical tasks of moderate difficulty may be required for some positions in these classes.
 



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