Engineering Technician - II
Placer County - Placer County, CA

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The Eligible List established from this recruitment will be used to fill both open and promotional vacancies in various County department as they arise, subject to specific position requirements and CEO approval.

The current vacancy is in the Placer County Community Development Resource Agency, Engineering & Surveying Division, specializing in the inspection of private and public infrastructure projects such as roads, sewers, drainage, and grading. This is the full journey level class within the Engineering Technician series. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully knowledgeable of the operating procedures and policies of the Division.

POSITION INFORMATION Perform a variety of sub-professional field and office engineering duties, primarily focusing on road construction, sewer and drainage inspection, project monitoring to ensure compliance with various laws, regulations, and standards relative to public works projects, and implementation of required best management practices for stormwater quality. Other duties may include grading ordinance enforcement, soils testing lab work, plan checking, and providing information and assistance to the public.

DEFINITION To perform a variety of sub-professional field and office engineering, architectural support services, building system engineering and construction project management work, including construction and drainage inspection, plan checking, contract administration, project monitoring, materials testing, surveying, encroachment permitting, traffic engineering, and transportation planning; to ensure compliance with various laws, regulations, and standards relative to public works projects; and to provide information and assistance to the public in person, by telephone, or in the field.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS This is the full journey level class within the Engineering Technician series. This class is distinguished from the Engineering Technician I by the assignment of the full range of duties. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED Receives general supervision from professional engineering staff and may receive technical and functional supervision from higher level technical staff.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Perform support to project management, technical administration and construction inspection of public works and capital improvements projects performed either by County contract or through private contracts; review and make recommendations regarding contract compliance; maintain and prepare project records, change orders, submittals, and all required records and reports.
  • Compute and check tentative and final subdivision maps, survey maps and other engineering documents; assist in review of minor land division applications; review grading and drainage plans; assist in the preparation of designs, plans, and specifications for construction, alteration and maintenance of public works projects; and verify cost estimates and right-of-way.
  • Maintain a variety of project records and files including payments, and labor and equipment usage; prepare and submit progress reports and initiate and process progress payments; perform routine engineering computations and assist in verifying compliance with contract and technical requirements; recommend revisions as appropriate.
  • Interpret maps and apply regulatory data in preparing flood zone determinations; investigate drainage and grading complaints; document code enforcement activities and issue permits.
  • Collect and prepare various construction samples for testing; perform tests in the field and laboratory and perform inspections to determine compliance with construction documents; compile and analyze test data and prepare reports.
  • Perform field surveying duties; determine lines, bearings, elevations, distances, grades, and cross sections; set slope and grade stakes; maintain field notes and perform mathematical calculations as necessary; make field sketches and drawings; maintain survey instruments; may act as survey chief as required.
  • Determine, coordinate, investigate and enforce encroachment permit conditions; perform inspections to ensure against encroachment without permit; issue permits, including permits for extra legal loads; design permits as required for special or one-time situations; and may collect fees and cash deposits.
  • Provide engineering support for projects in the areas of right-of-way research and location, drainage and design, and assist in contacting private property owners in conjunction with these projects.
  • Provide support to professional staff for projects in the areas of building systems, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire/life safety systems, low voltage security and alarms, building automation systems, energy efficiency and conservation and related fields.
  • Under supervision, prepare Computer Aided Design (CAD) or Building Information Modeling (BIM) scale drawings such as floor plans, elevations and sections; prepare project cost estimates and materials lists; obtain samples and catalogs from product manufacturers.
  • Assist in conducting traffic counts and speed studies; assist in review of road safety problems and analysis of accident sites; provide assistance to traffic sign and striping crews in designing layouts and sign placements.
  • Under supervision, assist in conducting energy consumption analyses, assist in building systems assessments and preparation of reports including life cycle cost analyses, maintenance and operations of building systems and computer-based facility and project management software.
  • Assist in calculating traffic generation and distribution resulting from projected development activities in accordance with the County General Plan and Zoning Ordinance; assist in the construction and calibration of traffic models and estimate future traffic demands; assist in determining anticipated road network improvements, including use of computer models; prepare project schedules, project budgets, computer-based project management and cost estimates for improvement projects; assist in the preparation of financing plans including cost analyses, fee programs, and implementation ordinances.
  • Explain laws, regulations and requirements to the public; establish and maintain records and record keeping systems; prepare documentation, correspondence, and reports; file mandated periodic reports; perform drafting tasks as required; calculate various fees; and maintain up-to-date databases and accounting records.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS It is the applicant's responsibility to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

Experience: Two years of responsible sub-professional engineering experience performing duties similar to an Engineering Technician I with Placer County.

Training: Equivalent to an Associate's degree from an accredited college with major course work in engineering technology, architectural design, construction management, project management related to engineering, architecture or construction, or a related field.

Relevant, equivalent experience (performing the same or similar job requiring similar knowledge, skills, and abilities) may be substituted for the required education as determined by the Personnel Department.

Applicants receiving their degree outside the United States must submit proof of accreditation by a recognized evaluation agency.

License or Certificate:
  • When assigned to materials testing duties, possession of certification for use of a nuclear gage; when assigned to State or Federally funded projects, possession of certification to perform required tests.
  • May need to possess a valid driver’s license as required by the position and in accordance with California Vehicle Code. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of engineering, architectural design and/or construction project management as applied to the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of public works projects.
  • Basic surveying principles and equipment, depending on assignment.
  • Basic principles and practices of drafting, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM), depending on assignment.
  • Mathematics, including algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
  • Computer software including word processing, spread sheet, database, project scheduling and project management applications.
  • Record keeping techniques for maintaining technical and accounting data.
  • Basic methods and materials used in building construction with an emphasis on commercial applications, depending on assignment.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.

  • Pertinent local, State and Federal rules, regulations, laws and codes.
  • Methods of financing and allocating costs for public works improvement projects.
  • Technical traffic engineering and transportation planning principles.
  • Materials testing principles, practices and equipment.
  • Computer software used for technical analysis and modeling applications.

Ability to:
  • Learn to perform a broad range of sub-professional engineering work including construction and drainage inspection, plan checking, project monitoring, materials testing, surveying, encroachment permitting, traffic engineering and transportation planning.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand basic operations, and observe safety rules. Intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve sub-professional engineering activities; identify, locate and operate equipment; understand work assignments; and learn to explain laws, codes, regulations and requirements to individuals less technically knowledgeable.
  • Sit at desk for long periods of time; and stand at counter to answer questions from the public. Intermittently, sit while studying or preparing work papers, making computations, working at computer equipment; walk, stand, bend, squat, climb, kneel and twist while performing field work; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; see and hear sufficiently to communicate by visual and auditory signals while working in the field; regularly lift very heavy weight.
  • Learn to understand and interpret maps, plans, specifications and contracts.
  • Learn methods of financing and allocating costs for public works improvement projects.
  • Learn principles and practices of traffic engineering and transportation planning, depending on assignment.
  • Make accurate mathematical calculations and solve mathematical problems related to sub-professional engineering work.
  • Prepare simple detailing and representations; make sketches and drawings of field conditions/installations.
  • Use basic surveying tools and equipment, depending on assignment.
  • Learn to use materials testing equipment, depending on assignment.
  • Use computer software applications for report writing and record-keeping; learn to use computer software for technical analysis and modeling applications.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Obtain information through interview; effectively handle multiple assignments; work with interruption; and to deal firmly and courteously with the public.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper course of action.
  • Drive a light truck and operate a two-way radio; use a camera and basic hand tools.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Perform a broad range of sub-professional engineering work including construction and drainage inspection, plan checking, project monitoring, materials testing, surveying, encroachment permitting, traffic engineering and/or transportation planning.

  • Understand and interpret maps, plans, specifications and contracts.
  • Apply principles of traffic engineering and transportation planning, depending on assignment.
  • Use materials testing equipment.
  • Use computer software for technical analysis and modeling applications.

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