The City of Tacoma’s Environmental Services Department has an exciting opportunity for an Engineering Technician III. The Science and Engineering Division is seeking a highly motivated individual who is interested in working on diverse and challenging capital projects to join their dynamic award winning team.
The ideal candidate will be a collaborative team member with a strong ability to produce drawings for stormwater, wastewater, roadway projects, and general engineering concepts and applications. This is sub-professional engineering work in an office and/or field environment, mapping and drafting using AutoCAD Civil3D. An Engineering Technician III is expected to be self-directed, able to work independently, and may act as the lead for other engineering technicians on assigned projects.
The Engineering Tech III will be have the following core duties and support functions:
- Developing drawing packages for stormwater, wastewater, and roadway projects
- Using AutoCAD Civil3D tools to create and edit: alignments, pipe networks, corridors, surfaces, profiles, sections, grading, data shortcuts, sheet set manager, label styles
- Setting up and maintaining AutoCAD xrefs
- Modifying plans for change orders, revisions and record drawings
- Modifying plans per redlined and/or verbal instructions
- Coordinating design changes with the project lead
- Estimating time to complete tasks
- Creating base maps using survey data and utility maps
- Archiving and file management
- Creating quantity take-offs
- Creating figures and graphics for public meetings
To be successful in this position, candidates will need to be proficient in using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Teams, and AutoCAD Civil3D databases
The ESSE Division provides a unique opportunity to work on a wide variety of complex capital improvement projects. These types of projects can cover the full spectrum of typical municipal infrastructure improvements associated with Wastewater, Surface Water, and Solid Waste Utilities. Some of these projects include significant partnering with the City’s Public Works Department and Tacoma Public Utilities. These two different departments often add Water, Power, and Street infrastructure improvements to our projects. Being able to be involved in projects and programs from their inception through their full life is a unique and exciting component of working in the ESSE.
If you like to work on cool and diverse projects this is a great place to work!
The ESSE Division primarily works on projects that fall into either of the following two areas:
- Facility Capital Projects – Projects that include multiple engineering disciplines found in typical municipal utility facilities such as: wastewater treatment processes; wastewater and surface water pumping systems; and electrical and instrumentation systems
- Collection System Projects – Projects that focus on the planning and design of municipal wastewater and surface water collection system capital improvements, including both open cut and trenchless technologies and associated roadway improvements as well as state of the art green infrastructure and innovative surface water management components
The below video links provide an overview of the award winning, exciting, and diverse engineering projects we often work on:
- Central Wastewater Treatment Plant Flood Project:
- Point Defiance Stormwater Treatment Facility Project:
- Process Control System Upgrade:
This is a position that significantly contributes to Environmental Service’s mission to provide sustainable and cost-effective management services to protect the environment and recover value from Tacoma’s waste streams.
The applicant selected for this position will co-locate with a group of dynamic and creative engineers, scientists, and technicians all housed at Tacoma’s new Center For Urban Waters facility situated adjacent Tacoma’s Foss Waterway in downtown Tacoma. For more information on the unique Center for Urban Waters professional environment visit the following web site: https://www.urbanwaters.org. The Engineering Tech III will also have the following opportunities; a hybrid mix of teleworking and in office work; a flexible work schedule; and a future opportunity to attend AutoCAD University.
If the below list of personal traits sounds like you, then you are just the type of person we are searching for to join our team!
- Engaging, positive personality who enjoys working on project teams on construction projects,
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills,
- Strong personal motivation and drive – an ambitious and committed self-starter
- Interest in the construction of a wide array of interesting utility related projects
City of Tacoma’s Principles that Guide Us:
Tacoma, the City of Destiny, has a workforce of dedicated, talented and open-minded employees with unique skills and perspectives. We embrace innovation and strive for excellence and community engagement in all that we do. The Principles that Guide Us, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Equity, speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service.
City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma’s diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma’s entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.
Graduation from high school or equivalent
AND one (1) of the following:
- Six (6) years’ experience in sub-professional engineering related work
- Four (4) years’ experience in sub-professional engineering related work and completion of a recognized engineering technology vocational education program which includes computer-aided drafting training
- Four (4) years’ experience in sub-professional engineering related work and two years’ relevant college level engineering course work
LICENSES, CERTIFICATES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Valid Washington State Driver’s License with maintenance thereafter.
Personal Protective Equipment and Safety Certificate as required with maintenance thereafter.
Knowledge & Skills
- Mathematics and its application to surveying, engineering, and other computations
- Practices, techniques and instruments used in engineering drafting and mapping
- Record-keeping techniques
- Proficient in operation of a personal computer, including MS Office Suite or similar software and computer aided drafting with AutoCAD and mapping software
- Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures
- Technical aspects of field of specialty
- Research methods
- Perform complex computations, make estimates and compile engineering data and statistics
- Operate computer-aided design/drafting equipment and customize programs as needed
- Operate, calibrate and set-up a variety of engineering tools and equipment
- Produce and interpret drawings and specifications
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
- Read, interpret, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures
- Maintain records and prepare reports
- Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others
- Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
- Plan and organize work independently
- Lead, train and provide work direction to others
- Work safely according to City safety standards and practices
Selection Process & Supplemental Information
To be considered for this challenging and rewarding career opportunity:
Please apply online through the City of Tacoma’s website and attach a detailed resume and cover letter describing your experience, training, motivations, and expertise as it relates to the responsibilities of this position. Individuals must meet the minimum qualifications to progress in the examination process.
In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.
Candidates who are eligible for Veteran’s Preference scoring criteria must attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge form) at time of application, to be eligible for review for Veteran’s Preference points, with redacted birth date and social security numbers.
This is a competitive selection process. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their job application and responses to Supplemental Questions # 6-13 reviewed and scored by a committee of subject matter experts, as the Experience and Training Test. It is the responsibility of the applicants to adequately describe all pertinent experience and training. Please make sure you read the questions and provide complete informative answers, including your roles in the position and key activities.
Candidates who pass the test will be placed on an Eligible List for potential interview and hiring consideration.
Per City of Tacoma Personnel Management Policy #170, the City of Tacoma is a drug-free work environment. Appointment is subject to successful completion of a pre-employment background check and may include a pre-employment medical examination, physical ability test and drug and alcohol screening.
This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local Union 17 PTE. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.
With a population over 200,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, our schools are exceptional and our housing is affordable.
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