Engineering Technician I
Performs a wide variety of paraprofessional office and field engineering work involved in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of public works facilities; and assists other engineering staff in the performance of office and field engineering work.
The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Receives general supervision from higher level engineering personnel.
- Exercises no supervision.Serve on a survey party, and operate and employ various types of surveying equipment and instruments including transits, levels, site rods, tapes, chains, theoddites, EDMs, total stations and related equipment.
- Gather field data and perform layout for the construction and modification of public works facilities.
- Assist in the preparation of engineering design and related drawings, specifications, and estimates in connection with the construction and maintenance of a variety of engineering projects, including roads, bridges and related public works.
- Maintain and update inventory records related to the County's road system including those for signs, bridges, intersections, driveways and pavement markings; perform field checks and field inventories; respond to related requests and inquiries from other departments, divisions, outside agencies and the public; prepare related reports.
- Inspect materials and workmanship on public works projects to ensure conformance with established plans and specifications; sample and test soils, aggregates and cement.
- Research engineering information from a variety of sources including titles, deeds, and right-of-way agreements, and perform field checks; analyze and prepare legal descriptions.
- Inspect various structures such as utilities, streets, bridges, and other off-site construction; check line, grade, size, elevation and location of structures for conformance with plans specifications and regulations.
- Inspect materials for identification as conforming to specifications.
- Take samples of materials for examination or analysis by laboratories; perform quality assurance tests on concrete, aggregate, asphalt, and earthwork embankments; perform routine field tests.
- Make and check mathematical calculations related to surveying and basic engineering
- Participate in the preparation, updating, filing and retrieval of a variety of engineering maps, documents, records and drawings.
- Draft construction plans and design sketches on various mediums; care for drafting equipment and order drafting supplies.
- Operate a personal computer in the performance of assigned duties including the performance of mathematical calculations, computer aided drafting and data file development and manipulation.
- Compile data and prepare written reports on engineering-related projects.
- Make and check notes, maps, drawings, tracings and engineering computations.
- Answer questions and provide information to the public concerning engineering activities.
- Participate in the annual pavement marketing program.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
- Nomenclature, symbols, methods, practices, techniques and instruments used in engineering and drafting.
- Surveying equipment, principles, problems, techniques and practices.
- Mathematics, including algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
- Operational characteristics of a personal computer.
- Gather data and perform accurate engineering computations.
- Learn to prepare plans and specifications neatly and accurately.
- Learn to operate a computer; input, recall and manipulate data.
- Learn to understand, interpret and prepare legal property descriptions, engineering records and maps.
- Understand and carry out verbal and written directions.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- One year of experience in a directly related field or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities.
- High School Diploma or GED required supplemented by coursework in Drafting, Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License
Must be able to:
- Transverse constructions sites, i.e. walk on uneven terrain, cross fences, climb ladders, and operate a vehicle to field locations.
- Read, review, and interpret utility plans, grading plans, plats and floodplain and floodway mapping, correspondence, letters, mail, reports, computer printouts, etc.
- Regularly work outdoors in extreme hot, cold, wet, dry, windy, dusty, and noisy environments.
- Work in construction zones and roadways with exposure to potential hazardous or dangerous work areas or situations.
- Use appropriate safety equipment including, but not limited to, hardhat, safety glasses, hearing protection, safety vest, cones, and signs to adhere to MSHA and CDOT standards.
- Effectively communicate in various circumstances, i.e. phone, computer, and in person.
- Perform physical tasks associated with field data collection at variety of construction sites or roadways that requires lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving survey equipment and objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
- Carry 50 pounds of survey equipment for up to 200 feet at a time.
- Stand, walk, or sit frequently for up to 2 hours continuously.
- Use common field tools including, but not limited to, sledge hammers, vise, pilot bars, breaker bars, and posthole drivers.
- Have strength and gross motor skills to drive rebar and wooden stakes.
- Stoop, bend, stretch, twist, reach, kneel/squat, and or balance to perform field duties.