Engineering Technician

City of Oakley | Oakley, CA

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Posted Date 5/27/2022

Salary: $74,904.00 - $91,056.00 Annually

Close June 13, 2022

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job. 


Under general supervision of assigned supervisory or management staff, performs a variety of technical office and field engineering work in support of the Public Works/Engineering Department's services, activities, and functions; performs technical level civil engineering work; assists in the review and preparation of engineering plans, maps and specifications; operates computer assisted drafting ACAD and GIS systems; provides information and assistance to contractors, developers, engineers, and the general public on the City's engineering services and activities; conducts inspections on public works and private infrastructure projects; and performs a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.

Identifying Characteristics

The Engineering Technician is a full journey level classification responsible for independently performing a variety of technical office and field engineering work in support of the Public Works/Engineering Department's services, activities, and functions including initial design, investigation, and cost estimates of public works projects. Employees receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. This class is distinguished from the Assistant Engineer by the latter's performance of advanced professional level duties of a specialized nature.

Examples of Duties

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Performs technical level engineering duties in support of the Public Works/Engineering Department's services, activities, and functions including performing office work, drafting, inspections and related technical functions.
  2. Assists in the review and preparation of engineering plans, maps, specifications, material submittals, and cost estimates in connection with the construction and maintenance of a variety of infrastructure projects; prepares illustrative graphics such as exhibits, charts, illustrations, graphs, and location maps.
  3. Reviews building permits applications and plot plans to verify that the proposed project does not conflict with existing easements, meets drainage and grading requirements, is consistent with existing and proposed public improvements, identifies additional permits that may be required by the Public Works Department, and prepares the impact fee calculation required for the development.
  4. Issues encroachment permits, grading permits, transportation permits, road closure permits, and all other permits issued by the Public Works Department.
  5. Performs Computer Aided Design (ACAD) drafting and computing operations in the preparation of a wide variety of engineering drawings and plans; performs mapping and indexing for the City's GIS systems.  Collects data of City’s infrastructure such as traffic counts, streetlights, roadway network, storm drain network, parks, and trails to keep the City’s GIS system up to date.
  6. Provides information and assistance to contractors, developers, engineers, and the general public on engineering services, inspections and related activities; responds to general inquiries; researches maps and records; ensures issues are resolved in a timely and efficient manner.
  7. Performs plan review and engineering calculations for storm water, and street systems, and asphalt thickness and base requirements, develops, modifies and maintains computer programs required to provide graphics, maps, overlays and for engineering drawings.
  8. Coordinate the review, approval, and recordation of standard Storm water and Landscape maintenance agreement
  9. Coordinate development project acceptance and completion process and gather necessary turnover and As-Built drawings for the project
  10. Assist in collecting traffic data on low volume streets
  11. Calculates construction quantities and cost estimates of infrastructure projects, as necessary.
  12. Performs public works inspections and prepares field reports.
  13. Maintains and/or updates database for processing of historical engineering plans, maps, and records; researches files for existing plans, and maps for data for proposed projects.
  14. Performs field verification and inspection of existing infrastructure assets; makes field checks of project sites as needed; reviews title reports, researches right-of-way and easements based on legal descriptions.
  15. Verifies locations of utilities, easements, and property lines on City engineering plans and maps.
  16. Uses computer equipment and software programs including spreadsheets, data base, and word processing software to generate engineering reports; operates a plotter and other copying machines.
  17. 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. City engineering policies and procedures related to the construction, design and maintenance of municipal systems and facilities. City standards, standard drafting symbols, methods, practices, techniques and instruments used in engineering and mapping. Basic civil engineering practices and principles applicable to area of assignment. Methods and techniques of researching, compiling, interpreting, and presenting statistics and data. Mathematical principles as applied to engineering work. Methods and techniques of conducting site inspections. Engineering maps and records. Methods and techniques of developing maps. Construction methods, procedures, standards, and materials. Operational characteristics of standard engineering equipment. Methods and techniques for basic report preparation and writing. Proper English, spelling and grammar. Occupational hazards and standard safety procedures. Principles and practices of record keeping. Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment including personal computer hardware and software applications. Uses, capabilities, and operational characteristics of specialized engineering information technology hardware and software. Advanced computer applications including ACAD, GIS (the ESRI GIS ecosystem (ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise), and database applications. Computer aided drafting principles and techniques.  Proficient in data collection using best practices for GNSS methods and technology. Familiar with Mobile Device Management software (MDM) such as MaaS360, Apple MDM, etc.  Familiarization with typical operations in a public works department (private development, CIP, streets maintenance, landscape maintenance, and building maintenance) to assist in integrating operations in the workflow management system, GIS, and Asset Management System. Experience in workflow management software systems (

 Ability to:

Perform a variety of complex technical office and field engineering work. Assist with the preparation of engineering designs, plans, and specifications. Prepare a variety of drawings, sketches, maps, graphs, and related technical documents. Prepare maps and layouts from notes and sketches. Read and interpret maps and engineering drawings.  Deal tactfully and courteously with the public, contractors, and representatives of other agencies in providing information about Public Works/Engineering Department policies, projects, and procedures. Perform a variety of data gathering and compilation for engineering studies. Make accurate engineering computations and drawings. Compile and analyze geographic information systems data. Create, edit, and plot geographic information systems data and graphics in GIS. Operate a variety of engineering equipment in a safe and effective manner. Maintain accurate engineering files and records. Prepare clear and concise technical and field reports. Perform field inspections. Use computers aided drafting and design systems, databases, GIS systems and other programs related to engineering design. Review plans and documents for conformance with regulations, including the performance of inspections. Understand and interpret and prepare legal descriptions, engineering reports and maps. Analyze a complex issue and develop and implement an appropriate response. Analyze and evaluate new and existing methods and standard operating procedures. Apply applicable City codes and regulations. Operate various equipment and tools required to perform engineering technician work, including the operation of office computer equipment and a variety of software and applications, such as Computer Aided Design (CAD and drafting machines. Work independently in the absence of supervision. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Education and Experience Guidelines 

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Education/Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by two years of college level course work in drafting, engineering, surveying or a related field.


Experience: Three years of increasingly responsible technical engineering experience.


License or Certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate driver's license.


Physical Demands & Working Environment


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Standard office setting with some travel to conduct site investigations; regular exposure to outside weather conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting and field environment; to walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, twist, grasp, and make repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties; to climb unusual heights on ladders; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy amounts of weight; to operate assigned equipment and vehicles; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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