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City of Torrance
Class Code: 3104

Class Designation: Civil Service

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

Engineering Technician II


Under general supervision, performs field and office technical civil engineering work; performs computer-aided drafting; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The Engineering Technician II is the journey level class in the technical engineering series. Incumbents are distinguished from the Engineering Technician III in that the Technician II does not have responsibility for personnel and project coordination and distinguished from the Technician I in the scope and complexity of work assigned. Incumbents perform a full range of tasks and work within a framework of established procedures. At this level, incumbents work with only occasional instruction or assistance; work is reviewed upon completion and for overall results. Work involves frequent interpretation of policies, procedure and guidelines.

Supervision Exercised/Received

Receives general supervision from an Associate Engineer and may receive functional supervision from the Assistant Engineer or Engineering Technician III.

Examples of Essential Duties

The following duties represent the principal job duties; however, they are not all-inclusive.
  • Creates and enter GIS information into computer.
  • Assists with municipal engineering projects performing computer-aided drafting for project design and development.
  • Performs engineering calculations including distances, ties, angles, areas, traverses and closures.
  • Reviews plans for compliance with applicable requirements.
  • May prepare easements, legal descriptions, and other property-related documents.
  • Assists in the preparation of technical reports.
  • Keep 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.
  • Prepares general correspondence such as letters, memos and reports.
  • 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:
  • Responds to public inquiries regarding current or planned projects.
  • Assists customers at the permit counter as needed.
  • Attends division and department meetings as required.
  • May perform survey duties such as setting grades, determining elevations and measurement of areas, volumes or angles.
  • Perform related duties as required.
  • Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of
  • Computer-aided design and drafting principles and techniques.
  • Engineering computer applications.
  • Nomenclature, symbols, methods, practices and instruments used in engineering drafting, mapping and surveying.
  • Mathematics as applied to technical engineering work, including algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
  • City codes and ordinances, and various rules and regulations affecting departmental operations.
  • Ability to
  • Perform engineering drafting and mapping using computer-aided drafting (CAD) and other automated systems as appropriate.
  • Use engineering instruments.
  • Perform engineering computations.
  • Compile and analyze engineering data.
  • Organize and maintain department records.
  • Operate office and other equipment including a computer, plotter, scientific calculator, fax machine, blueprint machine, diazo machine, copier, computer tools and drafting instruments.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with co-workers, other City employees, representatives from outside agencies and the public.
  • Read, interpret and/or prepare technical reports, diagrams, maps, drawings, specifications, legal descriptions, etc.
  • Exercise tact and diplomacy relative to public inquiries and requests for information.
  • 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 two or more years of experience in computer-aided design and drafting or in permitting and plan check activities.
    (Vocational training certificate in 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 skilled repetitive movements, such as drafting, drawing and the use of other office equipment and supplies. Tasks require color and visual perception and discrimination, as well as oral communications ability. 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 III.