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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5121 - Engineering Technician

Job Description

GRADE: 210

Under general supervision; performs work of moderate difficulty in conducting field inspections and office work; performs related work as required.

Employees in this class perform field inspection work; reviews road construction plans, prepares highway construction permits and conducts traffic operation studies.  Work is performed under the general supervision of a Division Manager, Senior Engineering Technician or a professional engineer.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Conducts field inspections for construction work related to highway and public works permits
• Documents violations or errors and contacts appropriate contractor, owner or utility
• Review plans and permit application; prepares easements and final acceptance documents and records them
• Responds to permit related complaints
• Reviews plans and specifications for conformance to Environmental Protection Agency, State and County codes, enforces the ordinance and prepares revisions for the ordinance
• Confers with engineers on designs and obtains necessary permits for construction
• Acts as construction inspector on public works construction projects inspecting new sewer lines, manholes, water mains and hydrants;
• Performs test inspections on sanitary and water lines; conducts speed studies, conducts safety and traffic control warrant reviews
• Confers with contractors as required
• Updates files; manages and prepares capital asset information
• Sends out form letters and prepares highway construction permits.
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Methods and standards of construction and land survey
• Engineering plans, records and drafting nomenclature and symbols
• Construction methods and materials
• Traffic laws and requirements for placement of roadway signs and pavement markings
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Interpreting engineering plans and determining if work is being performed in accordance with plans and specifications
• Understanding and working from verbal and written instructions, sketches, plans and specifications
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Prioritize and assigning work
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, analyze and evaluate programs and services, operational needs and fiscal constraints
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local


Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent, Completion of two college level courses in engineering, drafting or surveying or related field, and two years of experience in sub-professional engineering, construction; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

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

Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.  Use of arm and /or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than for sedentary work

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work will occur in an office and field environment. While performing the duties and responsibilities the employee may be exposed to moving mechanical parts, vibrations, loud noise, noxious odors, dusts, poor ventilation, unsanitary conditions, chemicals, oils, electricity, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, work space restrictions, intense noises, travel, and other related conditions and situations.

Must possess and maintain in good standing, a valid Illinois driver’s license.