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Engineering Technician


Department(s): Public Works and Utilities

Location: Pittsburg, KS

Position Summary

Engineering Technician – Performs technical paraprofessional engineering work using computer assisted drafting aids; performs field inspection of public works and utility projects; performs related work as required. Uses available software (Computer Aided Drafting or Civil 3D) aids to generate construction plans for in-house design projects and performs construction engineering on City and City’s applicable KDOT projects.



  • Use basic surveying skills to gather information for various projects for design or construction considerations
  • Obtain and maintain the following Inspection Certifications under KDOT’s Certified Inspector Program (CIP): Basic Inspection, Concrete Pavement Inspection, Structures
  • Conducts inspections of public projects for compliance with City regulations
  • Collects required material samples for testing
  • Prepares and develops special maps, graphs and charts using computer techniques and civil engineering programs for special projects, including Commission memos and exhibits.
  • Utilizes (C.A.D. or Civil 3D) software to create plans for in-house projects for the department
  • Develop specifications for in-house projects
  • Provides back up for support staff, including providing information to the public on as-built locations of water/sewer taps, subdivision and site plans, legal descriptions, flood zones, and right of ways.
  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate people to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities.
  • Performs inspections of as necessary for public works & utilities.
  • Works with the Geographical Information Systems division for verification and mapping of both infrastructure and accuracy of design plan data.
  • Assists to compile estimates for budgetary needs.
  • Performs drone work as requested for engineering needs, project updates, historical record keeping, or inspections.

Position Competencies

  • Strong knowledge of the Microsoft Office software packages; and English grammar and punctuation
  •  Ability to prepare basic estimates for civil construction related work including unit costs and volumes.
  •  Ability to document construction progress
  •  Ability to coordinate in a timely manner contractor’s inquiry
  •  Ability to verify work in place for pay application verification
  •  Strong knowledge of computer assisted drafting (CAD) software
  •  Understanding of geographical information systems
  •  Ability to coordinate and/or perform testing of various construction materials such as soils, concrete, and aggregates in accordance with City and/or KDOT specifications
  •  Good knowledge of civil engineering principles and practices
  •  Basic land surveying skills
  •  Ability to maintain a professional demeanor during stressful situations
  •  Good knowledge of the organization and policies and procedures in the Public Works & Utilities Department in order to deal with variety of requests for assistance from the public as well as other departments.



  • Associates Degree and a minimum of five (5) years engineering experience; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work, and which meets licensing requirements.
  • Kansas Department of Transportation certified inspection and testing training required.
  • Possess or Obtain license to fly a drone.
  • American Concrete Institute – Concrete Field Testing Certification
  • Certified Stormwater Inspector
  • American Public Works Association Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector

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