Job Opening Announcement

Engineering Technician

Date: April 18, 2017
Due Date: May 09, 2017
Salary: $3,603 – $4,493 per month DOQ

Job Announcement

COMMENTS:  The City of Coos Bay is soliciting applications for the position of Engineering Technician.  To apply for the position, interested parties should submit a city application, resume, and letter of interest to the City Manager’s Office.  City applications are available from the City Manager’s Office, City Hall, 500 Central Avenue, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420, by telephone 541-269-8912, or listed at the bottom of this page 

The deadline for receiving completed applications is 5:00 p.m., May 9, 2017.  Applications postmarked on or by May 9, 2017 will be accepted.  Please include a valid e-mail address where you can be contacted.  All notifications regarding your status in the selection process will be made via electronic mail. 

The City of Coos Bay is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, handicap or any other non-merit factor.  If reasonable accommodation is required to complete the application process, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 541-269-8912 during the hours of Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.


GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:  Performs engineering work of a moderately complex nature in the investigation, location, design and construction of improvements and maintenance projects, e.g., drafting, surveying, preparing cost estimates and assessment rolls, inspection, updating maps and related tasks.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:  Works under the supervision of the Wastewater Project Administrator/Engineer.  

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:   Supervision of other employees is not a responsibility of an employee in this classification.

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK:   An employee in this classification may perform any of the following tasks.  However, these examples do not include all the specific duties which an employee may be expected to perform.

  1. Draws plans for street, sanitary and storm sewer projects, drafts as‑built projects, street vacations, property maps, sewer sketches, and miscellaneous maps.
  2. Locates public wastewater utilities.
  3. Updates and maintains sewer and street engineering maps.  Adds new sub‑divisions, local improvement projects and city projects to these maps.  Draws plans, profiles and cross section of streets for roads that are being designed from survey notes and legal descriptions.  
  4. Performs mathematical computations as related to design and survey work.
  5. Answers questions by phone or at the counter regarding projects and city policies.
  6. Performs construction inspections as required.
  7. Performs related work as required.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY: Considerable knowledge of mathematics including trigonometry and its applications to engineering problems.  Reasonable knowledge of the techniques, principles, methods and practices and materials commonly involved in engineering projects.  Knowledge of property mapping systems.  Knowledge of drafting principles, methods and practices.  Knowledge of surveying principles, practices and methods.  Knowledge of pertinent regulations and codes is desired. Must be able to use AutoCad and related programs. Ability to use specialized office, field and laboratory equipment.  Ability to obtain information from engineering plans and specifications.  Ability to gather and correlate data from various sources and to provide a final plan or major chart.  Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, employees and the general public.

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:   One year of varied technical experience directly related to surveying and engineering.  Graduation from high school or possession of the equivalent GED certificate.  Graduation from a two year college with an associate degree in engineering technology.  Any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training which ensures the ability to perform the work may substitute for the above. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  An employee in this position must have the physical strength and agility to perform the job duties of this position; considerable knowledge of mathematics, including trigonometry and its applications to engineering; and knowledge of property mapping systems, and surveying principles, practices and methods.  Must have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  Must be able to develop and maintain positive cooperative team-oriented relationships with co-workers, supervisors, managers, and others.  Must be able to have regular, predictable, in-person attendance at work site from the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (for the purposes of this position, the work site will be primarily in the Public Works Department; however, attendance at project sites may also be required).  This position does not allow for an option to telecommute. 

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED:  Personal computer, including word processing, spreadsheet, and data base and computer-aided-design software; standard drafting tools; pipe locator; engineering calculator; motor vehicle; phone; and mobile radio.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments, construction sites, or public works facilities. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate drafting instruments, computers and various pieces of office equipment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is  exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

GUIDELINES: The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


EMPLOYEE BENEFITS:  Employees work in a strong team-oriented environment and receive a generous employee benefit package which includes eleven paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, long term disability, medical, dental and vision insurance, and retirement through the Public Employees Retirement System. The City pays 90% of the medical and dental insurance premium for the employee and their family.  

Hiring Process

HIRING PROCESS:  Applicants must complete and submit the required City application packet by 5:00 p.m. May 9, 2017 as specified in this job announcement.  All applicants will be notified of the final status of their application.  

Application Acceptance Period: ...............................April 18th – May 9th 
Review of Applications: ..........................................May 10th – May 12th 
Interviews with Selected Candidates: ......................May 15th – May 17th 
Offer of Employment: .............................................May 19th  
Projected Start Date: .............................................June 9th