Engineering Technician performs routine and complex sub-professional engineering related work in the areas of street, storm drainage, and other construction projects and programs including materials testing, surveying, designing, mapping, and drafting utilizing CAD and/or GIS. Provides technical assistance to professional level engineering staff.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Provide routine to complex technical staff assistance on engineering projects; conduct research to determine available data; prepare preliminary designs and plans; review with professional engineering staff.
- Research project design requirements; perform calculations and prepare estimates of time and material costs.
- Perform technical engineering functions related to traffic, including reviewing and approving traffic control plans, acquiring traffic counts and conducting traffic studies.
- Perform field investigations and gather data for the preparation of the design phase of in-house projects; perform field surveying, lay-out and grade staking.
- Respond to inquiries from contractors, utility companies, consultants and the general public regarding City construction projects or City infrastructure maps.
- Assist engineers in the preparation of construction plans, construction design specifications and bid documents for capital improvement projects; prepare exhibits and reports as required.
- Maintain digital copies of official City maps, drawings and master plans; Maintain archived plans, drawings and infrastructure related files; research and reference material for public and staff use.
- Perform a variety of office or field tasks to gather, analyze and record data; prepare a variety of memos, letters and other correspondence related to plan review, drawings, exhibits or easements.
- Use AutoCAD to perform moderate to difficult drafting work to prepare maps, construction plans, details, deeds, descriptions, exhibits, easements, records, or surveys.
- Perform other duties as assigned or directed.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Drafting and basic surveying principles, techniques, practices, equipment, terminology, methods and instruments including computer aided design (CAD) technology.
- Geographic information system (GIS) software and management of necessary files and data for analysis, planning, and archiving from a municipal perspective
- Materials, methods, and techniques of modern construction; bidding and contractual procedures.
- Construction plans and specifications; engineering maps and records and survey principles and practices.
- Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications.
- Applicable laws, regulations, codes, department policies, governing assigned technical engineering duties.
Skill and Ability to:
- Read, understand and interpret construction plans and specifications and property records.
- Perform basic engineering and mathematical calculations with speed and accuracy.
- Analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare reports.
- Interpret and apply state and local policies, procedures, laws, codes, and regulations.
- Understand and interpret conceptual plans and project planning documents.
- Maintain accurate engineering records.
- Perform routine to complex civil engineering drafting work.
- Read and create plans and maps; prepare clear and concise reports.
- Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Associate’s degree or a minimum of two years college training in Drafting, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Engineering, or Technical related field. A combination of equivalent education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge and abilities may be considered.
Must have strong computer and software skills to include permitting software, Microsoft Office Suite and the ability to interpret computerized data.
Must possess a valid Mississippi Driver’s License and acceptable MVR.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Management, or related field. Minimum of three (3) years’ work experience in a construction environment. Familiarity with traffic studies and transportation planning. Demonstrated proficiency in the development of construction plans in a timely manner for infrastructure related projects.
A minimum of 3-5 years of progressively responsible municipal or design firm experience, including two years of experience in a supervisory capacity.