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Engineering Technician, Specialist

Salary: $27.23-$33.24 hourly / $4,736-$5,782 monthly / Range: 5958

DEFINITION: Under direction, performs the most technically complex paraprofessional civil engineering duties in such areas as: construction, contract administration, hydrology, design, materials testing, development review and permitting, or other engineering specialties; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a specialized, multiple-option class. Work in this class is characterized by the complexity of the assignments and by the independence with which an incumbent performs. Incumbents in this class may be assisted by and/or supervise other technicians.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Note: The following is not intended to be a comprehensive list.

Construction: Oversees construction projects of substantial complexity; leads and participates in construction inspection; prepares final labor and materials reports; recommends approval of construction work and contract payments.

Contract Administration: Prepares specifications for construction projects; calculates final material quantities and cost estimates; coordinates competitive bidding on projects; writes public notices relating to construction projects; coordinates the disadvantaged business enterprise program.

Hydrology: Oversees hydrologic telemetry and flood hazard warning system; analyzes and interprets rainfall data; prepares hydrology reports; trains technicians in rainfall data collection and analysis.

Design: Coordinates the design work of complex engineering projects; reviews the designs, calculations, and cost estimates of other technicians; trains and assists technicians in the various functions of CAD software and other specialized applications.

Materials Testing: Leads and participates in field and lab inspections and tests of construction materials; certifies material test results; recommends materials of construction; prepares material testing reports; and trains technicians in testing procedures and equipment.

Development Review and Permitting: Informs public and private agencies regarding conditions for development; coordinates the issuance of permits for private or commercial construction and road right-of-way construction work; leads and participates in construction inspection.


1. Four years of paraprofessional civil engineering experience, including at least one year of journey-level experience in the required specialty. Completion of 24 semester units or 36 quarter units of college-level courses in civil engineering or a closely related subject, such as soils erosion, soils testing, blueprint reading, mathematics, computer graphics, or hydrology, may be substituted for one year of the required general experience; or,
2. one year of experience in the required specialty performing duties equivalent to Engineering Technician II 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 Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required for some positions. The ability to perform physical tasks of moderate difficulty may be required for some positions in this class.

Knowledge of: algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and drafting; civil engineering and construction practices; computer assisted applications; engineering methods, practices and techniques relating to the assigned specialty.

Ability to: work independently; perform complex engineering calculations; read and interpret engineering plans and specifications; conduct technical research; collect and analyze data; prepare clear and concise reports; meet and consult with engineers, contractors and others on technical matters; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; train staff.

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