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Johnson County Iowa Engineering Technician I in Iowa City, Iowa

Engineering Technician I


$50,876.80 - $65,832.00 Annually


Secondary Roads 4810 Melrose Avenue West Iowa City, IA

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Secondary Roads

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  • Description

  • Benefits

Definition & Duties

Under general supervision, perform technical engineering and/or surveying related work including lead responsibility for construction project inspection and/or a survey crew.

Knowledge of & Ability to

  • Mathematics, including algebra, geometry and trigonometry

  • Civil engineering and surveying principles and practices

  • All phases of construction, including construction site inspection, plant inspection and surveying

  • Engineering drawing techniques using computer software such as AutoCAD

  • Basic safe work practices

  • English language to include basic grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation

Ability to:

  • Make accurate calculations, keep accurate records and maintain organized documentation

  • Read and understand engineering and surveying plans, plats and specifications

  • Lead the work of a survey crew and assist in training

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, contractors and members of the public

  • Represent Johnson County and perform duties in a professional, responsible and trustworthy manner

  • Use a computer and peripheral equipment for the purposes of word processing, CAD drafting, GIS mapping, data entry, spreadsheets, email and the Internet

  • Operate common office equipment such as calculators, fax machines, photocopiers and multi-line telephones

  • Be detail oriented when completing work assignments

  • Handle multiple tasks and competing priorities

  • Operate inspection and testing equipment both in the field and in the lab

  • Operate surveying instruments such as total stations, GPS receivers, data collectors, automatic levels, level rods, prism poles, magnetic locators and measuring tapes

  • Use equipment related to civil engineering and surveying including hand tools such as a hammer, spade, shovel, pick ax and ax

  • Operate an automobile, pick-up and/or larger trucks

  • Handle low to moderate levels of stress, meet deadlines and solve problems appropriate to the position

  • Organize and present facts, ideas and opinions clearly and concisely, orally and in writing

  • Have clarity of speech and hearing which permits effective communication

  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions

  • Have sufficient manual dexterity to make handwritten notations and which permits moderate use of a keyboard, mouse and hand tools

  • Have sufficient vision which permits moderate production and review of a wide variety of materials both in electronic and hard copy forms

  • Occasionally lift, carry, push and/or pull up to 100 pounds

  • Safely perform a variety of physical tasks associated with road construction, maintenance and repair, and engineering, including bending, stooping, kneeling, squatting, climbing, twisting, crawling, reaching and sitting

  • Stand and walk frequently, sometimes on uneven and unstable surfaces such as at construction sites, roadway or ditch embankments

  • Endure exposure to adverse weather conditions and terrains while conducting field work

  • Have sufficient personal mobility to complete field work at various sites

  • Be on call in emergency situations

  • Work flexible schedule and occasional overtime as needed

Minimum Education, Training & Experience & Special Requirements

High school graduate or equivalent and five (5) years of experience in engineering, surveying, construction inspection, materials inspection and testing; OR any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Special requirements: Current I.D.O.T. Certified Technician Level II Aggregate, Level I and II PCC and Level I ACC or obtain within 1 year of hire. Valid Iowa Class B Commercial Driver’s License preferred and insurable under County liability coverage. Demonstrated required engineering and/or surveying knowledge through written exam presented by the County Engineer.

Specific Duties

to be performed satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodation

The following duties are normal for this position.These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive.Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Schedule, lead and perform the work of a survey crew engaged in providing field information, data collection, stakeout and control for construction and/or maintenance projects.

  • Review engineering and/or surveying notes, data and calculations for completeness and accuracy.

  • Perform a variety of drafting operations in the preparation of highway, bridge and culvert plans.

  • Update and maintain various inventory maps.

  • Incorporate standard details into plan sets, calculate construction quantities and cost estimates and review plans and documents for accuracy and compliance with standards.

  • Perform inspection activities on varied construction projects such as highway grading and paving, bridges, culverts and erosion control.

  • Perform a variety of standard quality control tests for construction both in the field and in the lab.

  • Keep project diaries, notes and sketches of construction work performed and conversations with contractors, utility companies, property owners, state and federal officials and the general public.

  • Maintain detailed project records, prepare and review periodic reports and perform technical duties in a construction office or lab.

  • Measure, verify and document quantities of work completed and prepare payment vouchers and progress reports.

  • Keep supervisor informed of progress and potential issues and problems.

  • Responsible for the maintenance, upkeep and protection from theft of assigned property and equipment.

  • Assist in training employees in the operation of specified equipment and procedures in accordance with applicable safety standards.

  • Under emergency situations, perform the duties of Road Maintenance Person.

  • Participate in training and work related meetings as requested.

  • Perform all work duties and activities in accordance with County policies, procedures, collective bargaining agreements and safety practices.

  • Attend work regularly at the designated time and place.

Resume and cover letter must be attached with online application.

Secondary Roads Bargaining Agreement


Johnson County


913 S Dubuque St Suite 103 Iowa City, Iowa, 52240





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