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Engineering Technician, Supervising

Salary: $30.09-$36.73 hourly / $5,233-$6,388 monthly / Range: 6158

DEFINITION: Under direction, plans, coordinates, and supervises the work of paraprofessional and professional engineering staff engaged in construction administration, traffic engineering studies, surveying, roadway or flood control design, or similar engineering projects; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Positions in this class have technical supervisory responsibility for public works staff. Work in this class requires knowledge of the specific field and technical administrative and supervisory skills. This class is distinguished from Engineering Technician, Specialist in that responsibilities are of a broader scope and stress technical program administration.


1. Plans, organizes, and supervises the work of clerks, technicians, and entry-level civil engineer associates; develops standards and guides for staff activities; evaluates the performance of staff; and trains and develops staff.
2. Serves as a technical specialist for public works staff in the application of engineering principles and practices for an assigned area of responsibility, such as hydrography, traffic, or survey.
3. Prepares resolutions and financial and technical reports; researches, coordinates, prepares, and presents technical reports to departments, committees, and commissions; and proposes ordinance and policy revisions.
4. Maintains liaison and coordinates work with other departmental sections and divisions, as well as with other public and private organizations; and confers with and advises departments and the public regarding engineering projects.


1. Five years of paraprofessional civil engineering experience, including at least two years 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 closely related subjects, such as land surveying, 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 an Engineering Technician, Specialist with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. 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.

Knowledge of: algebra, geometry, trigonometry, drafting, and surveying; principles and practices of civil engineering; methods and materials used in public works construction; and basic supervisory practices.

Ability to: exercise independent judgment; plan, assign, and evaluate the work of technical and support staff; organize and conduct technical research; review plans and specifications for conformance to regulations; administer contracts; provide consultation on complex engineering projects; perform basic accounting; communicate effectively with professional and technical staff, representatives of other agencies, and the public; and prepare clear and concise correspondence and reports.

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required for some positions.

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