Engineering Technician
City of Lake Forest, CA - Lake Forest, CA

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Under general supervision, performs a variety of technical and support-related activities related to the research of engineering records, presentation of engineering documents, review of minor grading and site plan submittals for completeness, and the preparation of computerized exhibits and maintenance of related databases; approves and issues a variety of City permits; conduct field work, especially related to traffic engineering; and performs a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.
Supplemental Questions are a part of this job posting.

Examples of Duties:

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the class.
Approves and issues City permits for right-of-way encroachment, transportation, and other discretionary permits. Provides technical assistance and information to City departments, developers, inspectors, superintendents, owners, and other agencies; explains to developers, residents, and other applicants their responsibility to conform to City standards and specifications as well as city, county, state, and federal requirements, codes, and regulations. Provides public assistance and information at the public counter and over the telephone. Calculates and approves deposits and fees for a variety of public works projects; reviews proposed plans of work and verifies insurance and licenses. Creates, organizes, compiles, and maintains computer databases and plan check and logging systems for various plans, reports, projects, and other job related documents. Reviews submitted engineering plans to determine completeness of submittal and to determine necessity for engineered traffic control plans. Coordinates improvement plan/map checking process between project engineers and City plan check consultants; distributes projects to inspectors for all right-of-way inspections; assists other departments with project coordination, and advises on process and operations. Organizes, maintains, and updates department records, tracking lists, permit records, and files of engineering plans, including grading, encroachments, improvements, street improvements, storm drain, landscaping and final maps. Represents the department at various committee and board meetings, and assists in selection of consultants. Conducts non-technical review of construction plans and transmits plans for approval by the City Engineer. Generates bond and fee letters; processes and maintains bonds for acceptance and release. Researches engineering records for rights-of-way and city facilities, property ownership, valuation and other legal matters for developers, engineers, and residents; retrieves a variety of engineering maps, documents, and records. Maintains documents of departmental procedures for a variety of functions including plan check, bond exoneration, imaging permanent records after being drafted, reviewed, and approved by Division and Department heads.
Monitors monthly maintenance invoices for shared traffic signals located in the City of Lake Forest with the County of Orange. Updates and maintains the City's boundary street base maps, homeowners association map, storm drain map, and water district map. Performs related duties as required.

Typical 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; engineering plans, maps, legal descriptions, title reports, local ordinances and codes and City and department operating procedures; methods, practices and procedures of mapping, drafting, specification development and other technical functions in support of a civil engineering division; permitting procedures; research techniques; basic laws and ordinances governing land use, legal property descriptions and utility construction; engineering symbols and terminology; engineering mathematics; data entry and filing techniques; modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment including personal hardware and software applications; uses, capabilities, and operational characteristics of specialized engineering information technology hardware and software; principles and practices of record keeping.

Ability to:
Perform a variety of technical office engineering work; operate a computer terminal and use geographic information systems, permitting, digital media and computer-aided design software as well as word processing, spreadsheet and graphics software; operate standard office equipment; research property ownership, valuation and other legal matters; prepare and update maps and engineering documents related to City infrastructure; read, interpret, understand and prepare engineering records, organize, file and maintain engineering records; follow oral and written instructions; prepare and maintain notes, reports, maps, specifications and descriptions; make mathematical computations; organize and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Licenses/Certificates/Special Requirements:

A valid Class C California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the City's Vehicle Insurance Policy.


A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is graduation from high school or G.E.D. equivalent, supplemented by college-level course work in civil engineering, engineering mathematics or related fields and three years of municipal civil engineering experience, including the use of computer-aided drafting, geographic information systems, and database software; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Supplemental Information:

The physical and mental demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this class, the employee is regularly required to work in an office setting and in a field environment; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; walk on uneven terrain, loose soil, and sloped surfaces; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations; to operate equipment and vehicle; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. Specific hearing abilities required by this job include hearing in the normal audio range with or without correction. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Mental Demands:
While performing the duties of this class, the employee must be able to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; interpret policies and procedures; use math and mathematical reasoning; learn and apply new information or new skills; work under deadlines with constant interruptions; and interact with the general public, outside organizations, business representatives, employees, and others encountered in the course of work, including occasionally dealing with conflict situations.

Work Environment:
The employee primarily works in a standard office setting with extensive public contact and frequent interruptions. The employee will also work in outdoor field environments; travel from site to site; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, solvents, toxic agents, chemicals, gases, electrical currents, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain.