Engineering Technician I/II

City of Vallejo , California


Job Information 

Full-Time

Water

Mid Level

Salary/Wage 

$55,842.04 - $80,689.58 Annually

Application Deadline 

Continuous

10/05/2020 05:00 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive

Details 

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THE CITY OF VALLEJO
The City of Vallejo is located in Solano County and has a population of approximately 121,000 residents. Vallejo is a rapidly changing, highly diverse community located midway between the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento. It is a friendly, active waterfront community that attracts innovative, hardworking people and takes great pride in its 148-year history and maritime heritage. Residents of Vallejo are situated to take advantage of the best of what the area has to offer. Golf, museums, performing arts, boutique shopping, brewpubs and a wide selection of restaurants are all available in Vallejo. Residents and visitors alike enjoy Vallejo’s delightful historical downtown area, weekly downtown farmer’s market, and beautifully restored Victorian homes and business facades. Vallejo is also home to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, one of America’s only combination wildlife, oceanarium and theme parks.

THE DEPARTMENT
The Water Department provides administrative, engineering, water treatment, and maintenance support for the City's potable water treatment and distribution. Our stringent criteria and regulations ensure we meet or exceed all regulations set forth by the State Water Resources Control Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Water Department works with the community and local schools to provide education related to conservation and current rebate programs.

THE ENGINEERING DIVISION
The Engineering Division of the Vallejo Water Department works to manage and implement the Water Department's capital improvement program (CIP), consisting of the replacement and renewal of water assets in the City of Vallejo's water system, including tanks, reservoirs, pump stations, pipelines, dams, valves, and water treatment plant facilities.  In addition, the Engineering Division provides engineering reviews for new development projects, and reviews projects from outside agencies that may affect the Water Department. The Engineering Division aids the Distribution, Facilities, and Operations divisions with their goals to safely and efficiently operate the water system; to help the City meet all Federal and State requirements; to protect public health, and to ensure the system meets the fire-flow needs of the City. The Division also aids in the management of the City's long-term water supply and in protecting the City's water rights for future generations.

The Department has recently passed new water rates, and has a new 5-Year CIP that significantly increases yearly investments in water infrastructure.  These projects will consist mostly of water pipeline replacement and renewal, treatment plant upgrades, pump station improvements, and dam improvements. 

THE POSITION
This recruitment is being conducted to fill one full-time vacancy. The list established by this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited term, and temporary vacancies for up to one year.

The City of Vallejo is seeking a candidate for one Engineering Technician position, as a collaborative member of the City’s Water Department.

The ideal Engineering Technician will be able to perform a variety of complex technical engineering work, including drafting and design; to provide assistance to technical and professional level engineering staff; and to work in cross-functional technical assignments as well as assignments dedicated to specific function support in that areas of construction inspection, office engineering, and drafting, as needed. However, this position will work primarily under the office engineering and drafting function outlined below. Previous experience working in AutoCAD 3D and/or ArcGIS is highly desirable. Previous experience in Land Development and/or surveying is also highly desirable. 

While not required, any of the following would be highly desirable: equivalent to an Associate's or Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering or related field, possession of a California Engineer-In-Training (EIT) Certificate, California Land-Surveyor-In-Training (LSIT), and/or possession of a California Distribution (D) or Treatment (T) Operator License at any grade.

SALARY
Engineering Technician II: $26.85 - $32.63 Hourly  $2,147.77 - $2,610.63 Bi-Weekly  $4,653.50 - $5,656.36 Monthly  $55,842.04 - $67,876.35 Annual

Engineering Technician II: $31.92 - $38.79 Hourly  $2,553.22 - $3,103.45  Bi-Weekly $5,531.96 - $6,724.13 Monthly  $66,383.52 - $80,689.58 Annual

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
Engineering Technician I - This is the lower level class in the Engineering Technician series.  This class is distinguished from the Engineering Technician II by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the series.  Since this class can be used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.

Engineering Technician II - This is the full journey level class in the paraprofessional Engineering Technician series.  Incumbents perform the full range of technical work in all of the following areas: field observations and construction inspection, researching engineering topics, and updating maps and drawings, in addition to performing office and field work related to assigned engineering projects and programs.  Positions at this level are distinguished from the I level by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned, working independently, and exercising judgment and initiative.  Positions at this level 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.  The paraprofessional Engineering Technician classification series is distinguished from the professional engineering series in that the latter is a professional series requiring completion of a four-year degree.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Engineering Technician I - Receives immediate supervision from higher level engineering staff.

Engineering Technician II - Receives general supervision from higher level engineering staff.

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.

Engineering Technician I 
- Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Apply survey information and reduce field notes to layout and draft designs and drawings for various engineering and planning projects including base mapping, overlay preparation, storm sewers, sanitary sewers, water mains, street designs, site plans, presentation layouts and publication mockups.
  • Research records, maps and other data to obtain engineering data pertaining to assigned public works projects.
  • Update maps of the City as new roads, plats or other changes are made; duplicate maps as required for City or other use.
  • Answer questions from the public regarding property descriptions, set back lines, water main locations, street and traffic engineering, and related information.
  • Serve as a member of a survey crew; act as an instrument operator or rod/chainperson; operate a full range of survey equipment including theodolites, automatic levels, rod level, transits, electronic measuring devices, and other equipment to measure distances, horizontal angles and elevations.
  • Compile field notes, complete preliminary drawings, plot plans and profiles, elevations and improvement of sewers, streets, water mains and related public works projects.
  • Participate in the design of horizontal and vertical street alignments including curbs, gutters and sidewalks; prepare all necessary engineering calculations.
  • Perform a variety of related office or field tasks to gather, analyze and record data and otherwise assist engineers in the preparation of bid specifications or construction design specifications.
  • Assist in performing construction inspections of public improvement projects and other work completed within the street right-of-way by overseeing assigned public works projects to assure conformance to plans and specifications; process inspection records with appropriate departmental personnel.
  • Perform entry level drafting activities in preparation of plans for public works projects.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Engineering Technician II 
- Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

All assigned functions:
  • Perform drafting in preparation of plans for public works projects.
  • Provide information to the public, contractors, and consultants relative to engineering office business and technical matters.
  • Coordinate public works projects with applicable city, state, and federal officials and other relevant agencies and parties.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

When assigned to the Construction Inspection function:
  • Perform necessary calculations to facilitate construction staking layout of approved engineering drawings.
  • Conduct research of ownership, legal descriptions, or other such data needed to complete information required in preparation for construction.
  • Perform construction inspections of public improvement projects and other work completed within the street right-of-way by overseeing assigned public works projects to assure conformance to plans and specifications; process inspection records with appropriate departmental personnel.
  • Meet with contractors to coordinate construction schedules.

When assigned to the Office Engineering function:
  • Check plans for accuracy and compliance with City standards and general construction practices.
  • Research, investigate and analyze complex land title problems; prepare recommendations for professional staff.
  • Participate in the preparation of legal descriptions and plat maps for right-of-way or public Perform basic engineering calculations in determining various quantities as required; calculate distances, angles, and traverses.
  • Assists in preparing waterline easements as required.
  • Prepare and process water service applications; prepare required materials.
  • Calculate water connection fees for residential and commercial consumer acquisitions including easements, abandonments, lease parcels and real property.
  • Assist engineering staff in the preparation of engineering designs, related drawings, specifications and construction project estimates.
  • Check subdivision maps for accuracy and compliance with City standards, ordinances, and Subdivision Map Act/Land Surveyors Act.
  • Maintain and update a variety of water supply and water distribution systems records, charts, and transactions.
  • Provide information on water service regulations, procedures, cross-connection requirements including size of piping and assembly, fire protection systems, testing and monitoring, and health and plumbing codes.
  • Act as a liaison with other agencies to monitor projects in areas where water distribution mains are located; monitor, investigate, implement water use surveys, and insure compliance with regulations of the recycled water use program and the backflow prevention program.
  • Contact customers to market recycled water and coordinate modifications necessary to convert existing services to recycled water including steps to verify separation of potable and non-potable systems.
  • Prepare feasibility studies for the acquisition of technical equipment.
  • Perform purchasing activities for the division.

When assigned to the Drafting function:
  • Apply survey information and field notes to create designs and drawing s for various engineering and planning projects.
  • Perform skilled drafting in preparation of plans for public works projects; uses programs such as AutoCAD Civil 3d, as well as manual drafting to prepare drawings; utilize various drafting equipment and tools including computers, plotters, scanners, digital cameras and specialized drafting instruments.
  • Gather field data for design input to various projects; compute and file data on new and existing public works projects.
  • Prepare, revise and maintain various drawings and maps.
  • Assist various employees in the use of computer-aided drafting applications and related programs.

 

Typical Qualifications

Engineering Technician I

Knowledge of:

  • Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques of drafting and computer aided design.
  • Trigonometry as applied to the computation of angles, areas, distances, and traverses.
  • Basic principles and practices of surveying.
  • Engineering maps and records.
  • Construction plans and specifications.
  • City policies and procedures related to traffic and right-of-way issues.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment.

Ability to:
  • Learn to understand and interpret engineering plans and specifications.
  • Perform basic civil engineering drafting work.
  • Reduce, interpret, and apply field notes in the performance of drafting and survey duties.
  • Compile rough technical data and prepare statistical and narrative reports from field studies.
  • Prepare and maintain accurate engineering records.
  • Use algebraic formulas, trigonometry tables and statistical mathematics to accomplish the level of work described herein.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Engineering Technician II

Knowledge of:
  • Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques of drafting and computer aided design.
  • Principles and uses of algebra and geometry.
  • Trigonometry as applied to the computation of angles, areas, distances, and traverses.
  • Basic principles and practices of surveying.
  • Design and construction theory and engineering design standards.
  • Materials, methods, and techniques of modern construction including construction plans and specifications.
  • Methods and techniques of construction inspection.
  • Engineering maps and records.
  • Drafting materials, tools, and equipment.
  • Standards applicable to engineering drawings.
  • City policies and procedures related to traffic and right-of-way issues.
  • Commonly used word processing, spreadsheet, and database computer applications.
  • Records management practices and procedures including techniques in organizing and maintaining accurate files and records.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment.
  • Correct English usage including punctuation, grammar, spelling, and business letter writing.
  • Basic safety practices and procedures related to the working environment.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment.
  • Applicable laws, regulations, codes, department policies, governing assigned engineering duties.

Ability to:
  • Interpret and apply state and local policies, procedures, laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Interpret, and apply field notes in the performance of drafting duties.
  • Compile rough technical data and prepare statistical and narrative reports from field studies.
  • Perform civil engineering design and drafting work.
  • Use computer-aided drafting and/or geographic information system software to prepare neat and accurate maps, drawings and layouts from notes and sketches.
  • Read and understand record drawings, parcel and subdivision maps, construction improvement plans and specifications; interpret engineering plans and specifications.
  • Compile and enter statistical and other data accurately into appropriate forms, reports, and documents.
  • Understand and interpret City engineering standards and procedures.
  • Work on an established set of tasks in accordance with pre-established policies, procedures and standards under the general direction of a supervisor.
  • Integrate technical knowledge with interpersonal and communication skills dealing with the public.
  • Deal firmly and tactfully with contractors, engineers, and property owners.
  • Prepare accurate engineering records.
  • Use algebraic formulas, trigonometry tables and statistical mathematics to accomplish the level of work described herein.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

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:

Engineering Technician I

Experience:
One year of technical engineering experience.

Training:
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade with specialized college level courses related to assigned areas of responsibility.

Engineering Technician II

Experience:
Two (2) years of increasingly responsible technical engineering experience in the areas of drafting, design, and construction inspection.

Training:
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth (12th) grade and at least fifteen (15) semester units of college level courses covering subjects such as engineering, drafting, construction inspection, construction management, water treatment and distribution systems, hydrology, environmental design, or other topics related to assigned areas of responsibility. 

 

Supplemental Information

The Recruitment & Selection Process

1. Applications are due by 5:00 P.M. on Monday, October 5, 2020. Applicants must submit a completed City of Vallejo online application, including all responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire (Resume/Cover Letter Optional), by the posted deadline in order to be considered.


NOTE: If you have problems creating a user account, obtaining your already created account information, or submitting your online application, please contact governmentjobs.com applicant support directly at 855-524-5627. City of Vallejo staff are unable to assist with these issues.

2. Applications will be screened for overall qualifications the week of October 5, 2020.


3. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental responses scored by subject matter experts the week of October 12, 2020. The most qualified applicants from the scoring of the supplemental questions will be invited to participate in an Oral Panel Interview (via video conferencing).


4. Oral Panel Interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place the week of October 26, 2020. Oral Panel Interviews are weighted at 100% of the candidates’ score. Candidates must achieve a minimum passing score of 70%. Those achieving 70% or higher will be placed on the Register of Eligibles (eligible list) and may be considered to fill positions for up to one year.


The City reserves the right to limit the number of candidates to those determined to be best qualified based upon all requested application materials, including training and experience, current resume, and responses to supplemental questions.
 

5. Candidates placed on the Register of Eligibles (eligible list) will be referred to the department for final interviews based on their performance in the exam. The number of candidates referred for a hiring interview is at the discretion of the hiring department.


REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS 
The City of Vallejo is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application, assessment or selection process may contact the Human Resources Department to request an accommodation. Please contact Alex Clark at (707) 648-5402 or send an email to: alex.cruz@cityofvallejo.net no later than October 5, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

PRIOR TO HIRE
The selected candidate will be required to: 1) Submit to reference checks 2) Submit to and successfully pass a pre-employment background check, including fingerprint check. 3) Successfully complete a job-related pre-placement medical exam.  4) Provide proof of legal right to work in the United States.

Disaster Service Workers - All City of Vallejo ("City") employees are designated Disaster Service Workers ("DSW") by state law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109).  Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all DSW-related training as assigned and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Veteran's Preference - Veteran's preference points will be applied in accordance with Civil Service Rule 24. A copy of the DD 214 form must be filed at time of application.

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) - The City of Vallejo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Vallejo to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, or denial of medical and family care leave, or any other non-job-related factors.

Note: The provisions in this bulletin do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.

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