Aitkin County Engineering Technician/Sr. Engineering Technician

Aitkin County

Aitkin County

Aitkin, MN

Job Details

Open Until
Aitkin County
Employment Type
Full Time
- / Hour

Job Description

$24.31 to $29.56/hour starting, DOQ

Position will be open until filled.

To survey, design, inspect, and provide construction staking for county road and bridge construction projects in accordance with state and federal standards and specifications, departmental procedures, and sound engineering practices.

Supervision Received
Employees working in this job class work under general supervision and usually receive some instruction with respect to details of most assignments, but are free to develop their own work sequences within established procedures, methods, and policies. They are often physically removed from their supervisor and are only subject to periodic supervisory checks.

Supervision Exercised
No formal supervisory authority.

Essential Functions
This position description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other essential and nonessential functions as assigned or apparent to meet the ongoing needs of the department and organization. Regular attendance and punctuality are essential requirements of this position.
  1. Designs and prepares road and bridge construction plans. Interprets and reduces field survey data. Using computer aided drafting system and complicated civil engineering software, apply complex design principles, standards, and calculations to design road and bridge construction projects. Calculates estimated quantities for use as bid items for road and bridge construction projects. Edits computer generated construction details, plan and profiles, and cross sections for accuracy and clarity. Reviews and edits computer generated reports for accuracy. Assembles individual plan sheets into a comprehensive construction plan. Creates right of way plats for road construction projects by reviewing legal property descriptions and title searches and applying land survey practices recognized by the State of Minnesota. Assists with the environmental documents, and permit applications.
  2. Provides construction inspection while acting as the engineer's authorized representative for road and bridge construction projects. Inspects construction to assure compliance with construction plans and specifications. Maintains accurate and complete records pertaining to construction progress, quantities of work performed, and construction materials. Performs quality control tests on construction materials including aggregate, concrete and bituminous materials.
  3. Performs preliminary surveys for road and bridge construction projects. Researches existing survey data for known horizontal and vertical control points and locate them in the field. Collects data for the design of road and bridge construction projects. Data is collected using various survey equipment to perform closed traverse, bench loop, terrain modeling, base line cross section, topographical, and hydraulic surveys. Performs miscellaneous surveys including no-passing surveys, sight distance surveys, and county ditch surveys.
  4. Provides staking for road and bridge construction projects. Stakes right-of-way and easements for the acquisition of right of way. Provides construction stakes for centerline alignment, clear and grub limits, slope stakes, culvert and catch basin stakes, elevation tolerance stakes, and bridge construction stakes according to complicated construction plans.
  5. Verifies final payment quantities and design calculations.
  6. Performs traffic studies.
  7. Attends training and meetings as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or apparent.

Minimum Qualifications:
Two-year degree from a Civil Engineering Technology program or five (5) years experience as a civil engineering technician.

Valid Minnesota driver's license required. Employment reference checks and a criminal background check will be performed as part of the pre-employment process.

Must have the ability to obtain and maintain required Mn/DOT technical certifications following hire.

Special note: After 5 years of full-time experience in this position and demonstrated job proficiency, the incumbent may be eligible for promotion to the Sr. Engineering Technician job classification, subject to available budget funds, County Engineer support, and County Administrator approval.

Supplemental Information:
Knowledge of:
  1. County and departmental policies, procedures, and practices to safely and effectively accomplish the needs of the department.
  2. Modern methods and techniques of civil engineering as applied to the survey, design, and construction of roads and bridges.
  3. Land and engineering survey methods, techniques, and requirements.

Skill in:
  1. Communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with staff and the general public sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
  2. Organizing and prioritizing work.
  3. Computer skills and typing sufficient to complete 30 net words per minute without errors.
  4. Reading, writing, and speaking English proficiently.

Ability to:
  1. Present a positive attitude in the workplace, promote a spirit of teamwork and cooperation, and be able to treat co-workers and supervisors with respect, honesty, and consideration.
  2. Obtain and maintain technical certification through MnDOT in the areas of grading and base, bituminous street and plant, concrete street and plant, and bridge construction and safety inspection.
  3. Compute complex engineering formulas.
  4. Efficiently operate calculator, document copying equipment, computer, total station, level, and other surveying and material testing equipment.
  5. Comprehend construction plans.
  6. Communicate effectively with coworkers, county officials, contractors, property owners, and other government agencies.
  7. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, contractors, county officials, and the general public.

Language Skills
Intermediate Skills - Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.

Mathematical Skills
High Skills - Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs. Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry. Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Skills
High Skills – Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills
To perform this job successfully, an individual should be proficient at using the following software.

County Payroll Software E-time, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Webfusion, AutoCAD, Road Design Software, OneOffice, and Internet.

Ability to Travel
Regular travel is required, mostly within the county.

To perform the job successfully, an individual should consistently demonstrate the following competencies (definitions attached or available upon request):

Ethics, attendance/punctuality, safety and security, dependability, analytical, design, problem solving, project management, technical skills, customer service, interpersonal skills, oral communication, written communication, teamwork, leadership, quality management, cost consciousness, diversity, organizational support, judgment, motivation, planning/organizing, professionalism, quality, quantity, adaptability, initiative, and innovation.

Work Environment
The noise level in the office is usually moderate.

Work will vary between outdoor and indoor settings depending on the job function being performed. Indoor work will involve sitting in front of a computer for prolonged periods. Outdoor work will involve working in swamps, thick underbrush, and forested areas in the proximity of wood ticks, mosquitoes, flies, bees, and other insects. Outdoor work will frequently involve working on public roads in the presence of traffic.
Equipment and Tools
GPS base station and receivers, robotic total station, automatic level, computer, copier, fax, telephone, printer, drafting supplies, construction calculators, metering and measuring devices, county-owned vehicles, and personal vehicle (requires proof of insurance on file).

Soils lab testing equipment: sieve shakers, scales, splitters, ovens, slump cones, air meters, and dynamic cone penetrometers.

Physical Activities/Requirements
Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, carrying, use of fingers, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions. Must have the ability to lift and/or carry up to 70 pounds.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee performs light to medium work, exerting up to 70 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Manual dexterity and motor coordination are required for the variety of jobs performed

Working safely is a condition of employment. Aitkin County is a drug-free workplace.

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The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by employees assigned to this job classification. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. Aitkin County reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee.

Reasonable Accommodation Notice
The County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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