Revised: 02/80, 11/90
FLSA: Non-Exempt
EEO: 3



Under close supervision, to perform entry level technical engineering duties in the field or office; and to do other work as required.


The Engineering Technician series is primarily oriented to performing technical engineering functions to assist in the design, construction and maintenance of public works projects such as roads, bridges, traffic control, street lighting, land monuments, storm drains, sanitary sewer systems and treatment facilities. Positions in this series work under the supervision or direction of an advanced level technician or professional engineer. Individual assignments are generally limited to a particular specialized area, and involve basic engineering knowledge and skills gained through work experience or training programs.

This series is distinguished from professional engineering classifications which require professional certification, registration or licensure as well as broad general professional knowledge of engineering principles and practices applicable to a variety of complex engineering projects or areas.

The Engineering Technician 1 is the first working level in the series. Incumbents perform the more routine and prescribed technical duties; a higher level technician is available for guidance and review of the incumbent's work during assigned tasks. This classification differs from the higher level Engineering Technician 2 which is assigned duties of a more complex nature, works with more independence and may occasionally function as a crew chief.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. As a member of a field survey crew, assists in measuring and leveling duties to establish or check line, grade and cross section; learns to operate prism pole, level rod, engineer's chain, and other survey equipment; marks and drives stakes for grades and lines; clears brush and other obstacles from transit line; assists in monument recovery and restoration; assists in the operation of electronic data collection equipment; performs simple computations; compiles field notes.
  2. Performs simple manual or computer-aided drafting work from sketches, field notes, and verbal instructions; plots profiles and cross sections; prepares construction and improvement plans; performs lettering, tracing, and simple drafting on maps, charts and graphs.
  3. Inspects minor projects and assists in the inspection of larger projects for adherence to established standards and specifications for grading, surfacing, paving, drainage installations, bridges and other structures under construction or improvement; assists in the performance of routine tests on construction materials.
  4. Assists in checking survey calculations and field notes; makes simple computations to determine excavation quantities and materials requirements; coordinates simple grades and curves; assists in checking plat maps against field-measured distances and angles.
  5. Compiles data for preparing or adjusting contract specifications, construction expenditures, field reports, and cost estimates; does statistical studies and short-term research projects as needed.
  6. Assists in field studies of traffic movements, vehicle usage and traffic distribution; assists in conducting highway inventories and road condition surveys; analyzes data and prepares reports.
  7. Performs simple research of records and other office work that assists in the survey of land, determining rights-of-way, easements and annexations, and preparing legal property descriptions.


Some knowledge of: Fundamentals of algebra, geometry and trigonometry; civil engineering symbols, terminology, drafting materials and techniques; principles and practices of land surveying; fundamentals of traffic engineering and conveyances; microcomputer software relating to engineering drafting.

Skill to: Make mathematical calculations with speed and accuracy using the fundamentals of algebra, geometry and trigonometry; use survey equipment and drafting tools to prepare plans, profiles, maps and other related drawings; learn to conduct title and property ownership research and prepare simple legal descriptions; read maps and construction plans; learn to execute microcomputer applications in drafting and data collection; perform moderately strenuous field work in a safe manner; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others, the public, contractors and County personnel; maintain records and write basic reports, communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


Field activities involve moderately strenuous physical activities and incumbents may encounter adverse environmental conditions, inclement weather and traffic hazards.

Within DTD Engineering Division, duties require frequent standing, walking, squatting, bending, kneeling, reaching, digging, balancing, fine motor control, and the ability to lift and carry up to 60 pounds, push 50 pounds, and pull 70 pounds. Duties also involve frequent exposure to loud noises, vibration, slippery and/or uneven surfaces, exhaust fumes and dust, oil and chemicals, traffic hazards, and adverse weather conditions.

Within DTD’s County Surveyor’s Office – Public Land Corner, duties in the field require frequent walking, stepping, squatting, kneeling, bending, twisting, digging, swinging, balancing, grasping, fine motor control, and the ability to lift and carry up to 90 pounds, including carrying 60 pounds on one shoulder. Duties also involve frequent exposure to slippery and/or uneven surfaces including steep terrain, loud noises, vibration, exhaust fumes and dust, and adverse weather conditions.


Some positions must successfully pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check.

Driving may be necessary for County business. For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation. For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

Within DTD Engineering Division and DTD’s County Surveyor’s Office – Public Land Corner, employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer physical assessment. Accommodation requests will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.

Edited: 08/16