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Engineering Technician

City of Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, California
Closing date
Jul 1, 2023

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The City of Laguna Beach Public Works Department is seeking a motivated, results oriented individual to fill the position of Engineering Technician.

The Position: Assignments will involve a variety of duties and responsibilities in the fields of civil engineering design, public works administration, engineering technical assistance, public works permitting and inspection, computer aided design (CAD), and geographic information systems (GIS).

Reports To: Reports to a division manager within the Public Works Department or as may otherwise be assigned by the Director.

Supervises: May supervise interns or part-time staff as necessary.

Application Process: All interested applicants must submit a completed online city application. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis with a first review on June 14, 2023. Applications will be screened carefully and selected applicants will be invited to undergo a Structured Panel Interview to evaluate their knowledge, skills and abilities. The appointing hiring authority will further review the job-related qualifications of applicants deemed eligible before making selection decisions. The selection process may be modified based on the needs of the City.

Pre-Placement Process: Selected candidates must successfully pass a fingerprint check with the State Department of Justice, and a pre-placement physical including a drug test. Educational and employment verification and reference check(s) will also be conducted.

Examples of Duties

The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

• Preparing and reviewing plans, cross sections, profiles, diagrams, maps, exhibits, graphs and charts using computer aided design (CAD) or other computer applications
• Conducting field inspections
• Providing support at the public counter
• Responding to public inquiries in person or over the telephone
• Issuing public works permits
• Accessing, inputting, and modifying data on the City's geographic and property information network (GIS)
• Conducting or participating in studies and field surveys in the collection and compilation of a wide variety of data
• Making mathematical computations
• Gathering information for the preparation of construction plans and specifications
• Preparing and reviewing construction quantity and cost estimates
• Performing survey related office work including research of public records
• Reading and preparing a variety of routine reports and correspondence
• Communicating with outside agencies
• Obtaining regulatory permits
• Implementing processes for the storage of project documentation
• Providing general administrative support
• Performing other functions as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination demonstrating the ability to effectively and successfully perform the duties of the position is considered qualifying. A typical combination is as follows:

Education: A high school diploma or equivalent supplemented by college-level coursework in engineering, mathematics or a related field. A bachelor's degree in civil engineering or a related field from an ABET accredited program is desirable.

Experience: Prior civil engineering, municipal government, and/or public works construction and inspection experience is desirable.

License/Certificate Requirements: Due to the performance of some field duties, which may require the operation of a personal or City vehicle, a valid California Driver's license and an acceptable driving record are required.

Supplemental Information

Candidate should possess strong analytical, written and verbal communication skills; be able to work independently and demonstrate initiative and creativity; exercise good reasoning, responsibility and judgment; proficiently use personal computers including Microsoft, CAD, and GIS software applications.

Physical, Mental and Environmental Working Conditions: The duties and responsibilities of this position are performed in an office environment and in the field, and involve sitting, standing, driving, and walking for prolonged or intermittent periods of time, and include reaching, bending, and twisting at the waist to perform desk work and operate general office equipment including a personal computer with keyboard for prolonged or intermittent periods of time. The operation of a personal computer requires finger and wrist dexterity and the ability to withstand exposure to vibration, pitch and glare from the computer. Employee must be able to safely lift and carry books, files and reports weighing up to 25 pounds. Must be able to lift files and reports from counter tops or file drawers. An incumbent must communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and must be able to work cooperatively and effectively with others encountered during the course of duty. The employee is expected to drive and inspect site locations and may be exposed to a variety of elements, including prolonged exposure to inclement weather, sun, dust and pollens.

City of Laguna Beach: With seven miles of City beaches and towering hills with captivating Pacific views, Laguna Beach residents enjoy some of the most stunning landscapes in Southern California. The hosts millions of visitors to its world-famous arts festivals and beautiful beaches. Services provided to its resident population of approximately 23,000 include police, fire, marine safety, recreation, parks, public works, community development, parking, transit and animal control.

The Department & Division: The Mission of the is to preserve, maintain, and enhance the City's infrastructure and natural resources, and provide services and environmental stewardship for the benefits of Laguna Beach residents, businesses and visitors. The Department is organized into the following divisions: Engineering, Administration, Fleet Maintenance, Parks and Building Maintenance, Street Maintenance, Solid Waste, Parking Management and Operations, Traffic, Parking and Signs Maintenance, and Transit Services.

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