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Douglas County  4030
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Pay Range GC14


All classifications within this three-level series perform the duties necessary to locate, monitor and guide the construction of county public works projects such as researching, planning, drafting, testing, surveying, taking measurements, hydrology and power generation equipment monitoring and maintenance and inspecting work for compliance.

This classification is entry-level within the engineering technician series, and is distinguished by performing routine technical engineering duties in accordance with well-defined guidelines.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Anyone position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Serve in head or rear chain position with survey party operating surveying instruments; compute and write slope stakes; check surveying and design computations; set control stakes; and assist in keeping notes.

2. Assist in quality control testing and inspection; inspect less complex construction for both materials and contractor's work.

3. Draft, trace or sketch maps, plans or designs from field notes and other data using office engineering equipment.

4. Produce maps and drawings using computer-aided drafting equipment.

5. Search office, court and other records for data relating to current or proposed surveys or climatology/hydrology; prepare legal descriptions and write reports; assist in interpreting right-of-way descriptions.

6. Check field notes, calculate land areas and perform other technical office engineering work.

7. May serve as interim crew chief and operate high precision survey equipment.

8. Provide construction and project information to the public and contractors as requested.


Knowledge of: Reasonable knowledge of mathematics including algebra, geometry and trigonometry; reasonable knowledge of surveying principles and practices; reasonable knowledge of civil engineering symbols and terminologies; reasonable knowledge of drafting materials and techniques; reasonable knowledge of computer- aided drafting techniques. Skill in: Operation of computers; preparing plans and profiles, maps and other related drawings. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; conduct research and prepare legal descriptions; maintain recordkeeping systems; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, contractors and the public.

Education, experience and training: Associate degree in engineering technology , land surveying, water resources or a related field OR two years experience in technical engineering, land surveying, water resources or drafting OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and/or training. At the time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.


Work is performed under supervision of a higher classified engineering technician. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. Employee estimates time and materials and manages time efficiently. Employee uses initiative and judgment in completing routine assignments and interpretation of general administrative or operational policies and procedures is sometimes necessary. Significant deviations require prior approval. Work is checked at completion of projects. Employees may or may not work in proximity of supervisor.


Work is performed within established departmental policy and procedures, federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; engineering standards and specifications, survey, design, engineering and drafting manuals. The employee uses some judgment in interpreting guidelines.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed both in the office and the field. When in the office, work is sedentary; may involve hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, operating basic engineering equipment and copying, printing and plotting machines. When outside in the field, work involves bending, color identification, hearing voice conversation, kneeling, lifting up to 60 pounds, operating survey equipment, pushing, stooping and walking rough terrain. Work is performed in an environment which involves everyday risks and discomforts, common exposure to pollens, dust, poison oak, traffic and fumes and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A considerable amount of driving is required.

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