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Spokane County Engineering Technician 1 - SEASONAL in Spokane, Washington

Engineering Technician 1 - SEASONAL

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Engineering Technician 1 - SEASONAL


$3,095.74 - $4,177.30 Monthly


Public Works Building 1026 W Broadway Spokane, WA

Job Type



Public Works

Job Number



5/14/2021 4:30 PM Pacific

  • Description

  • Benefits

Job Summary

This is skilled engineering technical support work performed in the office or field in one or more public works functions such as traffic engineering and operations, planning/programming and development review for transportation or utilities, landfill monitoring, environmental permitting, water resources, pavement management, surveying, project design/drafting, materials testing and construction inspection.

NOTE: Position is in the Stormwater Utility Section. Position is a Stormwater Field Tech.

Examples of Duties

(These duties are representative only; position assignments may vary or be combined. Duties may include but are not limited to the following:)

Engineering Technician 1

Construction Inspection/Materials Inspection/Survey/Design Assistant

  1. Under close supervision, assists by making measurements, setting spread stakes, checking grades, asphalt yields, surfacing depths and other data; writes, receives and accounts for item tickets for materials hauled or supplied by contractors; operates truck scales; reads and interprets plans and specifications for projects; inspects workmanship and materials; notes and reports deviations from plans or specifications to the supervising inspector.

  2. Under close supervision, assists by taking samples of rock, asphalt, concrete, etc.; by running tests and making computations of and documenting the results.

  3. Under close supervision, performs routine surveying assignments; assists in computing curves, elevations, etc.; measures distances, assists in locating and uncovering section and property corners and monuments.

  4. Under close supervision, performs routine computer aided drafting of plans and makes limited engineering computation such as the reduction of field notes or calculating quantities; operates various computer-aided drafting programs. Accurately maintains County maps and records. Plots legal descriptions.

As a Utility Inspection Assistant, under close supervision, inspects placement of private utilities within the County right-of-way in accordance with the requirements of the permit. Checks compaction, width of cut, repair of cut, traffic control and finish road patching.

As a Traffic Survey Technician under the close supervision of a higher level traffic technician or designated supervisor, determines locations for and sets traffic counters; makes visual traffic classifications and turning movement counts; sets parameters and retrieves traffic data from computerized permanent recording locations; gathers and analyzes information and prepares information and prepares required reports. Maintains and repairs traffic survey equipment; orders and maintains inventory of parts and supplies for traffic survey equipment.

As a Stormwater Field Technician under close supervision, inspects stormwater facilities to determine their condition, need for maintenance and repair. Enforces stormwater facility compliance with plans and specifications, initiates corrective action. Informs public about stormwater maintenance practices and stormwater facility operation. Develops technical elements of public awareness documents. Measures and calculates surface coverage on parcels in the Stormwater Service Area, using sitevisits, aerial photographs, GIS applications and engineering plans. Organizes and participates in public information meetings and workshops for Stormwater Utility. Responds to public questions and requests for investigations in person, in writing and by phone. Assists in database development and updates for stormwater related concerns.

As a R.I.D. Assistant, under close supervision, assists by computing density factors, areas and traverse closure; drawing and color coding assessment areas on maps; interpreting data and coordinates on plats; checking quantities or cost estimates and tallying quantities from plans and making field measurements of improvements.

As a Sewer Connection Inspection Assistant, under close supervision, takes sewer "as-built" drawing measurements; completes inspection report forms, including project sketch; checks grades, depths to sewer lines, and other data. Reads and interprets plans and specifications for sewer projects; inspects workmanship and materials; notes and reports deviations from plans, specifications, or County standards to the supervising inspector.

As an Environmental Permit Assistant, under close supervision, assists in preparing applications and documentation for environmental permits required for County road, bridge, and maintenance projects; assists in reviewing and processing project applications for compliance with the Flood Ordinance and the State Environmental Policy Act, performs site visits; responds to public inquiries, maintains permit files and data bases, assists with other Environmental Programs as assigned including wetland mitigation monitoring, Newman Lake permit review and assistance, and hydraulic project field investigations.

As a Water Resources Assistant, under close supervision, assists with monitoring and maintenance of Newman Lake flood control and aerator/alum injection facilities including taking staff gage readings, adjusting gates, and taking equipment operating gage readings; assists with Newman Lake permit reviews, education, and implementation of BMP's; assists with milfoil control efforts including boat surveys with GPS data collection, permit applications, notices and maps; assists in field with floodplain permit site visits, wetland mitigation monitoring, permit compliance monitoring and hydraulic project field investigation. Assists volunteers with water quality monitoring. Maintains correspondence, permit, grant and operating record files and databases. Assists with response to public inquiries and permit processing.

As Information Technology Assistant, under close supervision assists with providing front-line information technology support including diagnosis of IT hardware and software issues; researching specialized Public Works IT hardware and software products; installing specialized Public Works IT hardware and software; communicating with third-party IT vendors; maintaining IT hardware inventory; disposing of IT hardware; updating of Public Works internet and intranet webpages using content manager and html5; creating, manipulating, and modifying of Geographic Information System (GIS) data within the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) ArcGIS software environment.

Employees may be assigned a combination of duties from jobs within this class or perform duties of similar responsibility and difficulty, not specifically mentioned herein, yet incidental to the complete work process.

Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Requirements

Engineering Technician 1: High school diploma or equivalent and one (1) year of technical engineering-related experience or training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the duties of the job.

LICENSE: Possession of a valid driver's license at the time of appointment.

Selection Factors

Engineering Technician 1

Knowledge of:

• basic engineering technology principles and procedures;

• mathematical computations;

• mapping skills and media;

• safety precautions;

• maintenance procedures for equipment used;

• customer service techniques;

• surveying basic procedures and equipment;

• materials testing procedures and equipment;

• computer aided drafting programs and equipment.

Engineering Technician 1 – Environmental Permit Assistant or Water Resources Assistant

The above knowledge plus:

• Environmental, water resource, regulatory or permitting principles and procedures as required by the position;

• oral and written communication techniques;

• materials used in engineering projects;

• safety precautions.

Engineering Technician 1 – Information Technology Assistant

Knowledge of:

• information technology hardware;

• information technology software;

• customer service techniques;

• Webpage design including html5;

• ESRI's ArcGIS software environment

Ability to:

• troubleshoot technology hardware and software problems

• solve problems

• Create and update html5 web pages

• Create and update GIS data within the ESRI's ArcGIS software environment

• establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workersEngineering Technician 1

Ability to:

• work outdoors for extended periods of time under all types of weather conditions;

• establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the general public;

• understand and follow written and verbal instructions;

• communicate effectively both orally and in writing;

• make mathematical calculations, e.g. - algebraic, geometric and trigonometric;

• hand letter neatly and consistently;

• maintain a good working relationship with contractors and their representatives, property owners, the general public, fellow workers and supervisors.Engineering Technician 1

Skilled in:

• reading maps;

• reading and interpreting blueprints, schematics and plans;

• applying surveying techniques and practices;

• using computers and related software applications;

• performing field sampling and testing of concrete, asphalt and soils for quality control and design;

• drafting routine plans.

Engineering Technician 1 – Environmental Permit Assistant or Water Resources Assistant

The above skilled in plus:

• preparing written documentation, communications and permit applications;

• customer service techniques;

• maintaining permit and project files and associated data bases.


Employee Benefits Summary

The following is a brief list of benefits available to Spokane County regular employees. Complete information is available from Human Resources Department. This information is subject to change.


Spokane County Observed Holidays

Up to 10 (ten) paid holidays are observed by Spokane County.


Non-represented and a select group of represented employees receive a bank of hours that combine both vacation and sick leave into a paid time off bank. There is no waiting period to use this time and it starts out at almost 2 days per month accrual.


For employees with less than five (5) years of continuous service, the accrual rate is 1 day of vacation each month for a total of 12 days per year. After six (6) months, employees are eligible to take accumulated vacation time. (Please note the vacation time accumulation may vary depending on contract language).

Sick Leave

Sick leave is earned at 1 day per month and can be taken as the days are accumulated.

Other Leaves

Spokane County provides several other paid leaves such as: bereavement leave, jury duty and military duty leave.


Medical Insurance

Two plans are currently available: Premera Blue Cross (PPO) and Kaiser Permanente (HMO). Spokane County pays 95% of the premium for full-time employees and 90% of the premiums for spouses and dependents. Premiums are deducted each pay period (pay periods: 15th and last day of the month).

2020 Rates:


Employee Only: $17.18 per pay period

Employee & Spouse: $67.55 per pay period

Employee & Family: $94.70 per pay period

Employee & Child(ren): $61.52 per pay period


Employee: $16.23 per pay period

Employee & Spouse: $63.50 per pay period

Employee & Family: $88.58 per pay period

Employee & Child(ren): $58.09 per pay period

Dental Insurance

Two plans are currently available: Delta Dental of Washington (PPO) and Willamette Dental (DMO). Spokane County pays 95% of the premium for full-time employees and 90% of the premiums for spouses and dependents.

2020 Rates:

Delta Dental Willamette Dental

Employee: $2.71 per pay Employee: $2.99 per pay

Family: $5.42 per pay Family: $5.98 per pay

Group Life Insurance

The County provides a $25,000 group life insurance policy to employees that are non-represented, elected officials, 1553, 1553S, 280, 1135, 17, PWG, SPA, 492J, 492N, DSA, Road Supervisor Guild, RIC, OLC, and 690. The County provides a $10,000 benefit for those represented by 492. This benefit is paid in full by Spokane County.

Long Term Disability Coverage

Provides an income protection benefit in the event of a long-term illness or injury at rate of 60% of income up to a maximum of $5,000 per month. Spokane County pays the full premium for this plan.


Retirement Plan (401a)

Spokane County employees are automatically included in the Washington State Retirement System. Both the employer and the employee contribute to the plan. This retirement plan provides a guaranteed lifetime monthly benefit once vested and eligible for retirement.

Additional Retirement Plan Option (457b)

Employees may supplement their retirement income and save money on taxes by participating in this optional County program. Roth (after-tax) option is also available through this retirement plan.



Supplemental insurance is optional and is provided by AFLAC to help pay for benefits not covered by major medical insurance. The employee pays 100% of the premium.

Travel Assistance

Provides additional travel protections anytime you travel more than 100 miles from home. Includes pre-trip information, emergency ticket replacement, and emergency evacuation coverage. This benefit is paid in full by Spokane County.

Flexible Spending Plan (FSA)

Spokane County sponsors a Section 125 Flexible Spending Account to allow out-of-pocket Medical & Daycare Expenses to be paid with Tax Free Dollars. Premiums are automatically set up pre-tax under the FSA.

Voluntary Term Life Insurance

Voluntary Term Life Insurance is additional optional life insurance provided through The Standard Insurance. New employees are guaranteed up to $50,000 for self and $20,000 for a spouse with no medical underwriting needed.


Employee Assistance Program

Employees and their family members are eligible to receive free counseling. There are also benefits relating to financial and legal concerns.

Reduced Cost Bus Pass Program

Spokane County participates in a program with STA which discounts bus passes to $5 a month.

Wellness Programs

There are opportunities for nearby exercise programs at reduced cost and education programs around wellness themes including financial well-being, nutrition and stress reduction.


There are local and national discounts available to Spokane County employees.


Spokane County


824 N Adams Spokane, Washington, 99260