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City of Torrance
Class Code: 3102

Class Designation: Civil Service

September 1998
Representation Unit: Engineers Association &
Torrance Fiscal Employees Assoc.

Engineering Technician I


Under immediate supervision, performs field and office technical civil engineering work; performs routine drafting; makes engineering computations; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The Engineering Technician I is the entry level class in the technical engineering series. Incumbents are distinguished from the Engineering Technician II in the scope and complexity of work assigned. Incumbents initially work under immediate supervision, progressing to general supervision, as they become able to independently perform the full range of duties associated with this level. Work requires incumbents to exercise some judgment in selecting appropriate established guidelines to follow; significant deviations require prior approval. Interpretation of general administrative or operational policies is sometimes necessary.

Supervision Exercised/Received

Receives immediate supervision from assigned Associate Engineer; may receive functional supervision from an Assistant Engineer or Engineering Technician III.

Examples of Essential Duties

The following duties represent the principal job duties; however, they are not all-inclusive.
  • Performs field data collection.
  • Conducts field and office plan checks.
  • Reviews plans to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations and to ensure specific property conditions have been considered.
  • Issues permits and provides records and information at the public counter.
  • Retrieves information and records for staff members
  • Updates and reproduces maps, blueprints and other drawings.
  • Keeps abreast of current engineering principles and practices, technology and regulations that apply to City engineering projects.
  • Participates as a member on interdepartmental and intradepartmental teams and committees as required.
  • Examples of Other Duties

    The following duties represent duties that are generally performed by this position, but are not considered to be principal job duties:
  • Attends division and department meetings as required.
  • Provide staff technical assistance in the use and maintenance of computers and computer software.
  • Perform related duties as required.
  • Qualification Guidelines
    Knowledge of
  • Basic computer use and engineering computer applications.
  • Nomenclature, symbols, methods, practices and instruments used in engineering drafting, mapping and surveying.
  • City codes and ordinances, and various rules and regulations affecting departmental operations.
  • Mathematics as applied to technical engineering work, including algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
  • Ability to
  • Use engineering instruments and engineering computer applications currently in use by the City.
  • Interpret field notes and apply them in the performance of routine drafting work.
  • Make mathematical and technical computations.
  • Read, interpret and/or prepare technical reports, diagrams, maps, drawings, and specifications.
  • Exercise tact and diplomacy relative to public inquiries and requests.
  • Maintain department records.
  • Operate office and other equipment including a computer, calculator, fax machine, blueprint machine, copier, drafting instruments, etc.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with co-workers, other City departments, individuals from other agencies and the public.
  • Learn and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency.
  • License or Certificate

    Must possess and maintain an appropriate, valid driver's license.

    Education and Experience

    Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
    Equivalent to graduation from high school, including or supplemented by courses in algebra, geometry and trigonometry and one to two years of experience in civil engineering or related drafting work, surveying work or customer service/permitting work.
    (Vocational training in drafting or computer-aided design and drafting is desired).

    Special Requirements

    Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following physical demands and/or working conditions:
    Requires the ability to exert a small amount of physical effort in sedentary to light work involving moving from one area of the office to another; requires sufficient hand/eye coordination to perform semi-skilled repetitive movements, such as drafting, drawings and the use of other office equipment and supplies. Tasks require color and visual perception and discrimination, as well as oral communications ability and the ability to operate a motor vehicle. Tasks are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.

    Career Ladder Information

    Experience gained in this classification may serve to meet the minimum requirements for promotion to Engineering Technician II.