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Development & Public Works
Posting Number: 2017-18
Job Title: Engineering Technician
Closing date: 05/26/2017
Closing time: 05:00 PM
Job Class: Technical Specialist
Job Hours: Typically 40 hrs/wk; M-F, 8am-5pm. May work occasional evenings and weekends depending on operational needs.
Salary: $19.41- $27.02/hour, depending on qualifications and grade (Grades B22- B24). This position is OPEU represented.
 Full benefits, including PERS. Benefits include access to a free health clinic, in addition to health and dental benefits.

The City of Springfield has an opening for an Engineering Technician in the Development & Public Works Department.  This position will work in a team environment to fulfill customer needs and provide creative engineering solutions.

To find out more about the Springfield Development & Public Works Department, click here:

Position Overview and Key Responsibilities
The Engineering Technician position performs a variety of field and technical office work of a paraprofessional engineering nature.

Key Responsibilities include:
•  Providing assistance on all land development related front counter customer service interactions, phone calls and emails
•  Reviewing and approving the calculation of System Development Charges, processing of sidewalk permits, over-width driveways and curb cut permits for all residential building permits
•  Facilitating public improvement projects as the As-built Coordinator, which involves sending as-built drawings out for review to other City departments, compiling all comments for delivery to the applicant, and coordinating resubmittals from applicants
•  Providing support to the Land and Drainage Alteration Permit Program (LDAP) to include reviewing, issuing and conducting field inspections for LDAP permits
•  Processing encroachment permits and approving applications for work in the public right of way
•  Providing general support to the Development and Public Works Department, including conducting research for public records requests, updating of forms, and inputting/ testing of new and revised fees in the City’s permitting software (Accela)

Please see the attached Job Addendum for additional information about this position.

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will have:

•  3-4 years of experience in a lead customer service role, preferably in the construction industry, residential design or permitting in a municipal or county planning, building or public works office
•  Have a practical understanding of engineering/ surveying principles regarding the design and construction of streets, sanitary sewers, storm drains and overall land development
•  Knowledge and skill in interpreting, review, and permit approval of residential site plans related to location of utilities, driveways, and easements
•  Knowledge of engineering mathematics to calculate System Development Charges based on established rates
•  Ability to communicate plan review comments and requirements with applicants
•  Knowledge of basic erosion and grading control plans in order to conduct plan review and perform field inspections
•  Ability to be a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL)(preference may be given to those who already have this certificate) 
•  Ability to engage and explain technical terms and instructions to customers who may not be familiar with engineering jargon and processes
•  Ability to learn, operate, and provide technical support to users of the City’s permit processing/ tracking software (currently Accela)
•  Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, general knowledge and understanding of GIS applications, and AutoCad
•  Ability to read and understand maps, blueprints, construction drawings, diagrams and schematics

Education / Experience
Associate’s Degree or two-year technical certificate, and sufficient experience in the engineering field, which may include: surveying, drafting, engineering principles and instruments, construction principles, and street, sanitary, sewer, and storm drain design

•  0-2 years of general experience (Contributing level: Grade B22)
•  3-5 years of progressively responsible experience (Journey level: Grade B23)
•  5 or more years of progressively responsible experience (Advanced/Lead level Grade B24
Any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education and experience may be considered qualifying.

Licenses & Certifications
•  Valid Oregon Driver’s License at time of appointment.
•  Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL), or ability to obtain CESCL within 6 months of appointment

Physical Requirements
Light to Heavy Work as defined in the classification specification.
Some duties of this position are performed in a field environment that involves frequent travel by motor vehicle to sites to make inspections. The position requires walking through, climbing over and crawling under structures with occasional lifting and exertion for short periods. The incumbent may spend long periods walking, sitting or standing; involving exposure to various weather conditions with potentially hazardous job sites.

How to Apply
The on-line Application and Qualifying Questionnaires must be received electronically prior to the closing date/time listed at the top of this job posting. Please review our Tips for Applying page for more information about how to complete your application materials. The “Apply for this Job” link below will start the application process. You are allowed to upload a copy of your resume and/or cover letter as part of the application, but these two items are not required unless otherwise indicated in the posting. After completing the application, the questionnaire(s) and the voluntary EEOC form follow. The last page of the application process allows you to print your application information if you choose. You are not allowed to review your information after moving to the next page of the process.
Before clicking “Apply for this Job” below, please preview the application and questionnaires (both can be viewed by clicking on the links below).   Once you begin the online application process you will not be able to save your work and return at a later time.  Most applicants prepare their application materials ahead of time using word-processing software and then cut and paste their responses into the online application. The application only allows for four employers as part of your work history. Please use the form (linked below) to include additional work history. Email completed form to HR@springfield-or.gov before the closing date/time of this posting.
Applicants who include a valid email address will receive a system-generated email verifying that the application has been received.  If you do not receive a system-generated email verifying receipt of your application, your application may not be eligible for consideration for this position.  We recommend that you add our email domain (@springfield-or.gov) to your "safe senders" list in your email software to ensure that you receive communication from us.  Please contact us at 541-726-3705 if you have any questions.

Veterans Preference Points
The City of Springfield recognizes the extensive contributions of men and women who have served in the Armed Services. As a veteran, you may be entitled to preference when seeking employment with city government. If you would like to claim Veteran's Preference points, please submit a completed form (linked below) along with the appropriate documentation prior to the closing date listed at the top of this job posting. You may submit your documents via mail, email, fax or in person (please see form for contact information). If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at 541-726-3705 or HR@springfield-or.gov for more information.

Additional Information and Forms:
• Work History Continuation Form
• Veteran's Preference Form

NOTE: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

Click here to download a job application in PDF format
Click here to download a job description in PDF format
Click here to download a supplemental questionnaire in PDF format

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