Engineering Technician 3 - Materials Lab

Pierce County | Tacoma, WA

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Posted Date 9/15/2020

The Engineering Technician 3 in Materials Testing plays a vital role in ensuring that Material used in County construction projects meets the requirements per the specifications. This position works closely with commercial pit sources obtaining informational samples for sources approval and compaction control of granular materials.  This team-oriented organization provides assurance that the contractors' work and materials conform to the contract, ensuring the public that their tax dollars are being spent responsibly. This position allows for the ability to work independently and will perform meaningful testing of materials.

Salary: $34.80 - $44.25 Hourly

Why It's a Great Department:

This is a department that is customer service oriented, with a wide scope of work and a supportive management team. The department values training and peer mentorship, and continuous professional development.  Planning and Public Works is a collaborative, innovative, and mission driven department providing vital infrastructure services to the residents of Pierce County. Join our team and help us plan, build, and maintain a more livable Pierce County.

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Position Summary

How to Be Successful in the Role:

We are looking for an experience individual with skills and knowledge of materials testing to include concrete, aggregate, and asphalt.  The ability to communicate well in person and in writing is critical to be able to explain details related to contract specifications and materials standards to Contractors. 

Core Responsibilities: 

  • Sample, prepare, and test construction materials incorporated into Public Works projects for conformity to specifications using standardized procedures from the WSDOT Construction Manual.   
  • Maintain and calibrate field and laboratory testing equipment. 
  • Coordinate with commercial pit sources for the purposes of obtaining informational samples for source approval, and compaction control of granular material.
  • Coordinate with local hot mix asphalt suppliers to obtain mineral aggregate samples for development of mix designs.   
  • Educate and Perform evaluations of the field staff's testing procedures.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

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Two years of college or post-high school technical training and two or more years of progressively responsible related experience. 
Additional experience may substitute equally for the recruiting requirements. 


  • A valid Washington state driver's license or the ability to otherwise meet the travel requirements of the positions is be required.  
  • A First Aid Card and CPR certification are required within 60 days of employment.
  • As a condition of employment, the applicant will need to authorize and complete a background check. Information received from the background check is reviewed case-by-case and will not necessarily remove an applicant from consideration.
  • Satisfactory physical condition, as evidenced by a County-approved physical examination, may be required prior to appointment to the position. 

Supplemental Information

To be considered for this opportunity please:

Complete and submit an online Pierce County Employment Application.
If you do not have internet access, you may visit your local public library or any WorkSource location and use their computers. 
Individuals needing accommodation in the application, testing process or need this job announcement in an alternative format you may call Human Resources at (253) 798-7480, at least two days prior to the need.  

This is a competitive selection process.  Your application form will be reviewed and evaluated for the quality and quantity of education/experience in the areas listed.  Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the County's needs will be eligible for further consideration.  Notification of application status normally occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date.  Short notice may be given to applicants to participate in further selection processes which may include written, oral and performance examinations, and final interviews.  

As a condition of employment, the applicant will need to authorize and complete a background check. Information received from the background check is reviewed case-by-case and will not necessarily remove an applicant from consideration.
At Pierce County, diversity, equity, and inclusion means commitment, not a single step. We strive to foster an inclusive environment that supports equitable access to opportunities throughout your career. We want to recruit, develop, and maintain a talented workforce from various backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles, and perspectives, committed to our vision.  Employees of the County have local, direct, and visible impact in our diverse community. Will you join us in keeping Pierce County a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

Close Sept 28, 2020
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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