City of Grand Forks

Civil Engineering Technician/ Civil Engineering Specialist

Location
Grand Forks, North Dakota (US)
Salary
$17.28 per Hour
Posted
Dec 15, 2020

Civil Engineering Technician or Civil Engineering Specialist  (Full time)

Civil Engineer Technician  $48,327-$60,409

Civil Engineer Specialist $56,044-$70,056

The City of Grand Forks is seeking highly motivated, dynamic individual that has the skill set and talent to build community infrastructure. We are accepting applications for a Civil Engineering Technician or Specialist (depending on experience level) within our Engineering Department with opportunities for growth and advancement. The Engineering Department is responsible for design, construction and administration of all types of municipal projects and is dedicated to providing efficient and effective management of public infrastructure. The City offers an excellent benefit package with defined benefit retirement plan and values a healthy work-life balance.   Apply online at www.grandforksgov.com by 5:00 PM,  January 3, 2021. EEO Employer.
 

CIVIL ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN

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.

DEFINITION

To perform the full array of technical engineering functions including computer aided drafting, surveying, and construction inspections for a variety of public works projects; and to perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

                Receives general direction from higher level engineering staff.

ESSENTIAL AND MARGINAL FUNCTION STATEMENTS--Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Essential Functions:

  1. Draft and prepare computer aided construction plans and contract documents for review and approval by appropriate engineering staff; assist in the design of assigned projects.
  2. Utilize, interpret and comprehend various maps, including aerial photos, contour drawing and as-builts for both project design and to convey the information to the public.

3.        Perform research on completed projects; draft and update City maps, plats, details and various forms with acquired data.

4.        Perform preliminary surveys to collect data for construction plans; interpolate survey notes; download points into appropriate files and generate triangulated, irregular, network (TIN); assist in construction staking.

5.        Maintain a variety of accurate records and files on daily activities of contractors; record changes in approved plans.

6.        Act as the owner's site representative with authority to accept or reject work completed by contractors.

7.        Observe construction activities for work under contract with the City for compliance with specifications; assist contractors in resolving unusual construction conditions to meet the intention of the specifications.

8.        Coordinate technical engineering activities with those of other divisions, outside agencies and organizations.

9.        Assist contractors in resolving unusual construction conditions to meet the intention of the specifications.

10.      Estimate time, materials and equipment required for jobs assigned; compile and file notes on various projects.

 Marginal Functions:

1.        Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner.

2.        Assist with the directing of emergency management field inspections.

3.        Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the technical engineering field.

4.        Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTIONS:

When assigned to surveying:

  1. Perform construction staking; coordinate staffing; coordinate deadlines with construction contractors, other city departments and consultants; direct the work of seasonal staff as assigned.
  2. Perform preliminary surveys, including locating existing property corners, establishing right-of-way and boundary lines, and to conduct topographical surveys.
  3. Maintain the City’s horizontal and vertical control points.
  4. Act as a liaison between contractors’, property owners, and the City regarding questions about locations and repair of utilities and pavement.
  5. Perform as-built and collect GIS infrastructure data.
  6. Conduct research of recorded, unrecorded and privately filed data used for boundary identification.
  7. Prepare preliminary plats and assist with the preparation of legal descriptions, under the direction of the Civil Engineering Specialist, review proposed plats done by others, submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
  8. Review site plans to verify conformance with plats and existing easements.
  9.  Perform other duties as assigned.

 When assigned to computer operations:

  1.  Assist with operation and maintenance of the CADD and Engineering GIS under the direction of the Civil Engineering Specialist.
  2. Install, configure and troubleshoot hardware and software; provide technical software support for various GIS, engineering design and modeling programs.
  3. Operate various engineering design software programs including water distribution modeling, storm sewer, sanitary sewer and civil design software.
  4. Utilize various design and modeling programs under the direction of higher level staff.
  5. Assist with the preparation of plans utilizing civil design software.
  6. Input data, generate various maps and perform queries.
  7. Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

KnowledgeBasic principles and procedures of technical engineering work including survey methods and construction materials; Computer aided drafting, surveying, inspection and testing equipment; Materials and techniques used in construction; Basic engineering mathematics; Use of applicable drafting, surveying, inspecting and testing equipment; Modern office procedures, methods and equipment including computers; Principles and procedures of record keeping; Advanced principles and procedures of technical engineering, drafting and surveying; Advanced engineering mathematics. Operational characteristics of networks, CADD, GIS, modeling and civil design software.

Skills: Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities; Maintain mental capacity, which allows for effective interaction and communication with others; Maintain effective audio/visual discrimination and perception to the degree necessary for the successful performance of assigned duties.

AbilitiesPerform computer aided drafting, survey and inspection tasks; Make difficult computations with accuracy and speed; Use and operate a variety of surveying and inspection equipment; Evaluate and set priorities in order to oversee multiple, concurrent projects in the field; Understand and follow oral and written instructions; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; Read and interpret complex engineering plans and specifications.

 

Experience and Training Guidelines

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

            Experience:

Two years of experience in construction or inspection, surveying, engineering, CADD/GIS, computer science, or any equivalent combination of education or experience.

            Training:

Equivalent to an Associates degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering, surveying, drafting, computer science or a related field.

           License or Certificate

           Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver's license.

           Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid Traffic Control Certificate (if assigned).

 

WORKING CONDITIONS

Environmental and Physical Conditions:

Office, field and construction site environment; work around traffic; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, gases, dangerous environments and inclement weather conditions; work or inspect in confined spaces, underground, on slippery or uneven surfaces or around heavy construction equipment; Essential and marginal functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for heavy, moderate or light lifting; bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling, climbing, walking, sitting, or standing for prolonged periods of time.

 

CIVIL ENGINEERING SPECIALIST

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.

DEFINITION

To lead, oversee and participate in the more complex and difficult work of staff responsible for performing technical engineering tasks including surveying, computer aided drafting, engineering GIS, inspection, and making computations for engineering programs and projects; and to perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

                Receives general direction from higher level engineering staff.

                Exercises functional and technical supervision over lower level engineering staff.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION STATEMENTS--Essential responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Essential Functions:

  1.  Lead, plan, train and review the work of staff responsible for performing a variety of technical engineering tasks including surveying, computer aided drafting, engineering GIS, inspection and making computations for a variety of engineering programs and projects; assist in the design of assigned projects.
  2. Monitor established standards for compliance with applicable codes and regulations.
  3. Train assigned employees in their areas of work in technical engineering methods, and techniques, and in the set up and use of equipment.
  4. Coordinate technical engineering programs, projects and activities with those of other divisions, outside agencies and organizations.
    1.  Represent the City in negotiations with other agencies, professionals and the public on various projects; act as
    2. Estimate time, materials and equipment required for jobs assigned; requisition materials as required.
    3. Respond to public and professional inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner.
    4. Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

      Marginal Functions:

      1.        Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the technical engineering field.

      2.        Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

      ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTIONS:

      When assigned to Engineering Coordination:

      1.        Prepare and update construction plans, contract documents, City maps, plats and various other forms; record construction changes; maintain project files.

      2.        Inspect a variety of construction projects; interpret and enforce plans, specifications and contract documents. Confer with project engineer, construction foreman and various other departments; ensure compliance with established plans and specifications.

      3.        Supervise and set standards for Civil Engineering Technicians in project development, design and construction.

      4.        Develop and monitor drafting standards; ensure compliance with established drafting guidelines.

      5.        Estimate quantity of materials and equipment needed for assigned projects; measure and compute cost estimates.

      When assigned to Platting and Right-Of-Way:

  1. lead person with executive direction in establishing, negotiating and resolving property management problems; serve as an expert witness regarding property matters or land surveying practices.

  2. Supervise survey crew during construction staking of utilities, sidewalks and driveways.
  3. To perform technical and professional work in the fields of right-of-way acquisition; platting and municipal planning.
  4. To prepare, review and update a variety of development and site plans, zoning ordinances, annexations and subdivision regulations; make recommendations to existing plans consistent with policies and procedures.
  5. To perform all aspects of property acquisition; research and compile a variety of property records and maps; prepare and disseminate legal documents; record and archive information with appropriate agencies.
  6. Receive and approve address request changes.; assign property addresses through appropriate system.
  7. Work with various vendors, customers, staff to determine flood zone placement of properties and elevations.
  8. Analyze and recommend short/long term ROW acquisition needs of the City.
  9. Provide recommendations for private and public utility easements and ROW for new plats and developments

When assigned to CADD/GIS Coordination:

  1. Maintain various reports and documents as required.
  2. Train employees on CADD and Engineering GIS, configure programs and troubleshoot hardware and software.
  3. To plan, operate and maintain the CADD and Engineering GIS programs, operations and procedures.
  4. To prepare construction plan layout sheets for projects. Update, review and archive city maps, plats, details, charts, GIS Engineering databases and various forms for City departments and outside agencies.
  5. Manage the Storm Sewer Surcharge Program. Respond to public inquiries and complaints about the program; determine run-off areas for the program.
  6. Perform surveys; inspect construction projects.

    When assigned to land surveying:

    1.        Direct independently the location, relocation and retracement and alignment of all boundary lines of any land, right-of-way or easement; obtain permits, licenses and approvals from various public agencies.

    2.        Prepare record of survey maps and legal descriptions of property and special districts.

    3.        Permanently tag and reset obliterated corners and file corner record certificates.

    4.        Maintain responsible charge of the preparation of legal descriptions for right-of-way and easement documents.

    5.        Supervise and maintain computation files on City projects and jobs.

    6.        Conduct research of recorded, unrecorded and privately filed data used for boundaries.

    7.        Calculate a wide variety of survey data; oversee and participate in the preparation of computer generated maps and reports based on survey data.

 

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

KnowledgeOperations, services and activities of a technical engineering program; Principles of lead supervision and training; Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in technical survey report preparation; Design and construction theory and engineering design standards; Principles and practices of computer aided drafting; Materials, methods, and techniques of modern construction, inspection, plans and specifications; Engineering maps and records; Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding surveying; Operational characteristics of engineering and drafting equipment and tools; Operational characteristics of networks, and related hardware and software; geographical information systems; computer aided drafting and design; advanced mathematics including geometry, algebra and trigonometry; Principles of land surveying, platting, right-of-way acquisition and planning; land development code; methods of research, data analysis and interpretation; Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes, regulations and ordinances; real estate valuation; Occupational hazards and standard safety practices; Modern office procedures, methods and equipment including computers.

Skills: Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities; Maintain mental capacity, which allows the capability of making sound decisions and demonstrating intellectual capabilities; Maintain effective audio/visual discrimination and perception to the degree necessary for the successful performance of assigned duties.

AbilitiesLead, organize and review the work of staff in the area of work assigned; Independently perform the most difficult drafting tasks; Interpret, explain and enforce applicable policies and procedures; Operate a variety of engineering equipment in a safe and effective manner; Perform public works inspections and surveys; Operate and explain the use of all equipment used by the survey crew; Prioritize work, meet deadlines, and make sound decisions within established guidelines; Use algebraic formulas, trigonometry tables and statistical mathematics to accomplish the level of work described herein; Work independently in the absence of supervision; Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

 

Experience and Training Guidelines

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

 

            Experience:

 

            Five years of increasingly responsible technical engineering, land surveying, and CADD/GIS experience, dependent upon assigned area, including project supervision of Engineering Technicians.

 

            Training:

 

            Equivalent to an Associates degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in surveying, drafting, engineering, computer science or a related field.

 

           License or Certificate

 

           Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver's license.

           Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Traffic Control Certificate.

           Possession of, or ability to obtain, valid registration as a Professional Land Surveyor in the State of ND.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Environmental and Physical Conditions:

Office, field and construction site environment; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, gases, potentially dangerous environments; work or inspect underground, around heavy construction equipment, on slippery or uneven surfaces or in confined spaces; Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling,   walking, sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time.

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