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Pay Range GC18


The classifications within this three-level series perform the duties necessary to locate, monitor and guide the construction of 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 advanced-level within the engineering technician series, and is distinguished by performing senior-level technical engineering duties, grant development and program and project management. This classification performs independent inspections of complex projects, may lead or supervise lower-level engineering technicians; may have responsibility for program supervision and coordination.


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

1. Act as team leader in development of complex engineering designs; review the work of other team members and reported field data; prepare maps and plans; select and interpret appropriate design standards, evaluate alternative proposals for cost effectiveness, estimate quantities and prepare contract documents and specifications; coordinate and assist in data collection necessary for completion of design project.

2. Coordinate and supervise roadway system management program; evaluate technical requirements necessary for the systems support; analyze system reports and prepare recommendations for system improvements.

3. Coordinate the pavement management program; supervise and assist in the collection of data necessary to support the system; analyze system reports and prepare recommendations for project scheduling based upon budgetary requirements.

4. Conduct surveys, studies, special projects and field or office investigations relating to engineering operations and prepare reports and recommendations; use computer as an aid in developing solutions to engineering problems.

5. Provide senior project inspection to enforce adherence to plans and specifications by contractor; sample and test construction materials; document construction of assigned project and prepare change orders, extra work orders and pay estimates.

6. Perform right-of-way property research and determine requirements necessary for future project; coordinate utilities relocations for construction projects.

7. Review preliminary proposals and final design plans for new subdivisions. Prepare engineering studies and reports.

8. Review proposed projects for environmental compliance; prepare all mapping, documents and technical support necessary to receive environmental clearance from affected agencies; prepare reports and recommendations as needed.

9. Review permit compliance at active and inactive land fills, transfer stations and other department projects.

10. Coordinate, monitor and evaluate work of environmental consultants; develop scope of work, review reports and make recommendations.

11. Develop, prepare, administer and manage grants and grant funded projects. Provide engineering support for grant development and grant-funded projects; act as liaison between grantee, grantors and contractors on construction projects.

12. Prepare and coordinate requests for proposals, evaluations, contracts and review of materials for professional services.

13. Lead or supervise assigned staff in the field or office, including primary responsibility for selection, training, evaluation, discipline and termination of employees; plan, organize, coordinate and review work.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of technical civil engineering principles, practices and procedures; considerable knowledge of mathematics as related to field surveying, engineering computations and designs; considerable knowledge of construction materials and testing procedures; considerable knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, codes and ordinances related to engineering project management. Skill in: Preparation of project plans and specifications, conducting research; record keeping; report writing; utilizing computer-aided design and spreadsheets. Ability to: Communicate effectively both in oral and written forms; lead assigned support staff, inspect the work of others to ensure adherence to plans and specifications; manage time efficiently and determine time and materials for projects; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and use initiative and judgment in carrying out tasks and responsibilities; establish and maintain accurate recordkeeping systems and reports; conduct research and to compile and analyze technical data; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, contractors, regulatory agencies, vendors and the public.

Education, experience and training: Bachelor's degree in engineering, surveying or a related field OR Associate's degree in engineering, surveying or a related field and two years experience in civil engineering or a related field OR four years experience in civil engineering, surveying or a related field OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.

Some positions require a bridge inspection certificate, radioactive materials training certificate or nuclear density device certificate.


Work is performed under general direction of an engineering supervisor or division manager. 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 policies and procedures, federal, state and county statutes, ordinances, rules and regulations; engineering specifications; survey, design, engineering, drafting and materials testing reference manuals. The employee uses considerable judgment in interpreting guidelines and in choosing between alternative guidelines for particular situations.


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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