Engineering Technician/Senior Engineering Technician Public Works Department – Engineering Services Division Recruitment #16-G09-002 Salary: $49,503-$60,172/yr Senior: $54,424-$66,152/yr (plus 2.5% effective 7/1/17)
INTRODUCTION Are you skilled in geographic information systems and database management? The City of Ventura is accepting applications for an Engineering Technician/Senior Engineering Technician vacancy in our collaborative Public Works Department. To be considered for this exciting career opportunity, apply on-line at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs by the 7/16/2017 filing deadline!
THE POSITION Under general supervision, performs a variety of paraprofessional office and field engineering work in one of the following areas: capital improvements (design), construction and survey, land development, traffic engineering, or street maintenance services.
This classification is flexibly staffed and the position may be filled at either level depending on the qualifications of the incumbent and the staffing needs of the city.
An eligibility list is being established to fill the current vacancy on the land development team in the Public Works Department as well as future vacancies in other divisions.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
Is skilled in geographic information systems and database management
Is proficient in the use of engineering or survey-related programs, including drafting, design and data collection.
Performs field surveys using civil engineering instruments including total stations and GPS receivers.
Has experience providing technical support for public works design projects.
Has excellent oral and written communication skills and strong inter-personal skills.
Enjoys working collaboratively with staff, developers, contractors and the public.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Performs plan checks of projects of private developers in public rights-of-way to ensure compliance with City-imposed development conditions and municipal code provisions.
Calculates and collects fees for encroachment permits, water and sewer connections, meter installations, oversize vehicle permits, and contributions to assessments; performs title searches, and researches rights-of-way and easements based on legal descriptions.
Prepares plans and specifications for construction of public works projects; researches project design requirements; prepares estimates of time and materials costs; and makes field checks of project sites or survey area to verify survey results or features.
Collects and analyzes field traffic data and prepares reports of findings; maintains computerized records on speed survey, volume count, traffic flow, accidents, signals, signs, and stripping data.
Performs field surveys, including operation of instruments and calculations of elevations, distances and grid coordinates; and maintains field notes.
Responds to inquiries from developers, contractors, and the general public regarding City requirements relative to the construction, alteration and maintenance of public works facilities; and coordinates office and field engineering tasks with other City departments.
Trains, coordinates, and leads other technicians and aides in the work of the unit.
Prepares, updates, files, and retrieves a variety of maps, plans, construction drawings, layouts and visual aids from design sketches and/or survey notes to produce finished drawings using computer aided drafting and design (CADD) systems such as AutoCAD; and enters data in a variety of engineering databases.
Performs other related work as required.
In addition to the above, typical duties for specific divisions may include the following:
In the Land Development Division: Assists the public, private engineers and developers by explaining City Engineering Division practices, policies and procedures. Provides information relative to the location of sewer, water lines, and storm drains. Answers questions regarding problems and provides information to developers and realtors on needed public works improvements for development sites. Performs plan checks on the public works aspects of routine residential and industrial building plans to ensure conformance with necessary public works improvements such as water, sewer, drainage, and street improvements. Collects data and performs field investigations to obtain necessary data for the completion of a project or to answer questions of the public or private engineers needing information on engineering records, maps and files. Performs miscellaneous research to update tract and parcel maps indicating where fees have been paid and to gather data to answer public service questions.
In the Capital Projects (Design) Division: Prepares maps, construction drawings, layouts and visual aids using design sketches or survey notes to produce finished drawings using Computer Aided Drafting and Design systems. Performs a variety of standard calculations including horizontal and vertical alignments, earthwork quantities, quantity take-offs, cost estimates. Under supervision of engineer and land surveyor, prepares and checks legal descriptions and maps for abandonments, annexations, easements and related engineering matters. Collects data and performs field investigations to obtain necessary data for the completion of a project. Assists in routine portions of processing of contracts and permits; assists in special studies, surveys and projects, assists engineers with specification preparation, and in preparing project correspondence.
In the Construction and Survey Division: Performs land surveying fieldwork such as boundary and topographic surveys. Collects evidence such as survey monuments and verifies existing conditions of the proposed project site. Reads and interprets maps, deeds, and survey field notes; Operates survey instruments to acquire accurate field data using conventional and GPS methods by making precise survey measurements. Processes survey data to produce point files, planimetric and cultural feature maps, topographic maps, field notes, control schema, boundary sketches, and digital terrain models. Utilizes GIS applications to develop databases and maps, including inputting and maintenance of data of survey control points, corner records, benchmarks, record maps, and city property interests. Under supervision of land surveyor, prepares and checks legal descriptions and maps for acquisition of real property interests in fee or easement. Performs layout and as-built measurements to assist construction inspectors and engineers with public works projects. Inspects survey markers and related documents for new land development projects.
In the Traffic Engineering Division: Conducts traffic counts and surveys to record a variety of data, including traffic patterns, traffic speed, and traffic volumes on designated City streets, roadways and intersections. Compiles, summarizes and evaluates data generated by traffic surveys and investigations including traffic crash reports; makes recommendations to supervisor on possible alternative solutions to existing problems regarding traffic flow. Prepares and updates inventory of signs and signals throughout the City. Issues road work bulletin to the media to alert the press about possible congestion resulting from road projects. Prepares work orders, implements signing and striping changes. Answers the telephone and handles citizen requests regarding traffic concerns and problems. Periodically conducts "radar" traffic studies to determine traffic speed levels and to evaluate signing requirements. Performs drafting assignments by using AutoCAD to include the design of striping plans, parking lots, lights and signals, and street lighting; provides cost estimates and quantity take-offs for same. Assists in public, utility companies, contractors, developers and other City departments in regards to traffic-related matters, such as projected volumes, signing requirements, striping plans.
In the Street Maintenance Division: Utilizes GIS applications such as Arcview to develop databases for GIS purposes, including inputting and maintenance of data of pavement history, sign, striping, and signal inventory, and storm drain atlas. Coordinates data entry and data management for Work Management System, Pavement Management System, and Sign, Striping, and Signal Inventory. Inputs, maintains, and assists in analyzing Pavement Management System. Maintains and monitors Maintenance Assessment Districts. Investigates, responds to, and maintains database regarding Citizen Complaints. Assists in Emergency Field Situations, including field investigations, preparing cost estimates, compiling data, and drawing sketches/maps.
SELECTION PLAN Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is on-line and you are highly encouraged to apply at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs. If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; P.O. Box 99; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.
Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs.
Department Selection Interview A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held in August 2017.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Engineering Technician: A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to completion of high school supplemented by college level courses in computer-aided drafting, engineering, or mathematics, and one year of experience in drafting, surveying or another area specifically related to civil or traffic engineering are required. An Associate of Arts in an engineering-related field is preferred.
Senior Engineering Technician: In addition to the requirements of Engineering Technician, 18 months of paraprofessional engineering experience equivalent to that of an Engineering Technician with the City of Ventura is required.
LICENSE/CERTIFICATES License: Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California Class C driver's license may be required.Certificate: When assigned to the Construction and Survey Division, possession of a valid Land Surveyor-in-Training (LSIT) certificate is desirable.
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