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Douglas County  4040
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Pay Range GC16


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 for compliance.

This classification is intermediate-level within the engineering technician series, and is distinguished by performing journey-level technical engineering duties in accordance with established guidelines. This classification performs independent inspections of moderately complex projects and may have lead responsibility over lower-level engineering technicians.


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

1. Act as crew chief in directing a survey crew in land, road and construction surveys; establish survey controls for roads, bridges, dams, culverts, sewer plants and other projects; lay out preliminary controls for projects; act as instrument operator in collecting survey data for project maps.

2. Analyze survey data and generate detail computer-aided maps; determine road alignments, grades, cross sections, profiles; compute quantities; interpret and adapt construction plans to fit particular situations; may prepare and review estimates; may prepare plan specifications.

3. Inspect grading, surfacing, concrete forms and reinforcement bar placement and drainage of construction projects contracted or being performed by the County for adherence to plans and specifications.

4. Perform technical research and problem solving as assigned; search for or assist in compiling the description for right-of-way. Use computer as an aid in developing solutions to problems or in entering or retrieving data.

5. Provide interpretation of documents, data and maps for public agencies, private industry and the public; act as liaison between agency, property owners and contractors in solving project design or right-of-way problems.

6. Process utility and access permits for work within county right of way. Maintain computer database to store and recall permit data, as required.

7. Coordinate and lead the work of employees in major drafting projects in the field or office.

8. Enforce minimum flow levels, water impoundment distribution and demand for water; assist public in water rights filing and mapping; assist outside agencies in water related studies.

9. Perform field maintenance and construction of hydrologic and power generation equipment; collect stream flow and precipitation records. Prepare field data for distribution.

10. Coordinate and supervise materials testing activities and laboratory operations; determine appropriate test methods and procedures; perform materials tests in the lab or in field; maintain, calibrate and repair equipment; write lab reports and maintain lab records.


Knowledge of: Considerable knowledge of mathematics including algebra, trigonometry and geometry; considerable knowledge of surveying principles and practices; considerable knowledge of basic hydraulics; considerable knowledge of civil engineering practices; considerable knowledge of construction materials and materials testing. Skill in: Use of field, office and drafting instruments; operation of computers. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; conduct research and prepare legal descriptions; maintain record keeping systems; estimate time and materials and manage time efficiently; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; lead the work of other employees; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, public agencies, contractors and the public.

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

Some positions require a certification for operation of nuclear density devices, and/or certification for concrete testing.


Work is performed under general direction or a higher classified engineering technician. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to employee discretion and interpretation. Employee estimates and manages time efficiently. Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.


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, drafting, water resources and materials testing reference manuals. The employee uses initiative and judgment in interpreting guidelines and in applying guidelines to particular situations or problems.


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 blueprinting machinery with common exposure to chemicals and gasses. 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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