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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5122 - Senior Engineering Technician

Job Description

FLSA STATUS:    Non-Exempt
GRADE:    212

Under general supervision; performs work of considerable difficulty in sub-professional field and office engineering work; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class performs responsible sub-professional engineering work involving the review and design of engineering plans for the issuance of permits within County, Illinois Department of Transportation, and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency  standards.  Work is performed under the general supervision of 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.

•    Reviews engineering drawings, plans and specifications for construction or revision to land or physical characteristics of land owned or controlled by the County
•    Applies knowledge of standards to requests
•    Inspects job sites and contractor’s work to ensure standards and specifications, lines, grades and traffic control are satisfied
•    Verifies by field inspection that concrete, asphalt and other mixtures meet construction specifications
•    Confers with engineers, developers, consulting engineers, architects and contractors
•    Identifies unacceptable features and obtains corrections
•    Obtains plans and agreements to meet standards
•    Issues necessary permits for construction
•    Conducts field inspections
•    Provides capacity studies and recommendations for intersection improvements
•    Revises traffic signal timing, reviews traffic impact statement, prepares state grant submittals under guidance of professional engineer, prepares low cost contact plans and specifications, provides resident engineering services for low cost construction contracts and prepares letters of design review
•    Reviews and submits plans and revisions for approval by senior engineers
•    Corresponds with developers and others regarding complaints and required corrections
•    Inspects revised work for conformity
•    Provides technical assistance where applicable
•    Inspects and documents emergency utility repairs made by municipal departments
•    Logs in new files
•    Updates computer inventory of permit files
•    Provides guidance and shares knowledge with other Engineering Staff regarding policy and procedure questions
•    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:
•    County and Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency  standards and of county controlled property
•    Construction methods and materials
•    Engineering maps and records and drafting nomenclature and symbols
•    engineering terms and methods and presentation
•    Construction documentation.
•    Current office practices, procedures and equipment
•    County policies and procedures
•    Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
•    Conducting field inspections and surveys
•    Detecting variance from approved standards
•    Understanding and working from verbal and written instructions, sketches, plans and specifications
•    In making engineering and cost computations
•    In preparing plans, specifications, and sketches
•    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:
•    Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
•    Prioritize and assigning work
•    Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
•    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 laws, rules, and regulations
•    Convey excellent oral and written communication
•    Work effectively under stress
•    Maintain confidentiality


Completion of two college level courses in drafting or surveying or related field, and one to three years of experience in sub-professional engineering, construction or utilities work 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.