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City of Torrance
Class Code: 3113

Class Designation: Civil Service

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

Engineering Technician III


Under general supervision, performs complex technical civil engineering work; performs skilled computer-aided drafting work in the production of drawings, construction plans, and maps; assists engineers in the design of various engineering maintenance and construction projects; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The Engineering Technician III is the advanced journey level class in the technical engineering series. The incumbent is distinguished from the Assistant Engineer in that the incumbent performs complex technical civil engineering work. The incumbent is distinguished from the Engineering Technician II in that the Technician III has responsibility for personnel and project coordination and greater authority over assignments and decisions required to complete the work. Incumbents possess a significant level of technical expertise beyond that expected at the journey level. Work is judged primarily on overall results. Work may require the development of recommendations consistent with directives, policies and regulations.

Supervision Exercised/Received

Receives general supervision from assigned engineers and may receive functional supervision from an Engineering Technician III; may provide functional supervision to lower-level employees, but this task is ancillary to the primary focus of the classification.

Examples of Essential Duties

The following duties represent the principal job duties; however, they are not all-inclusive.
  • Prepares drawings, maps, construction plans, estimates, specifications for public works projects and easements, legal descriptions and other property-related documents.
  • Performs routine engineering design work.
  • Creates documents and reports using various computer applications.
  • Assists the public by responding to questions or explaining City policies and procedures related to municipal engineering.
  • Ensures that applicable public works code requirements are met.
  • Maintains departmental records such as maps, plans, drawings and databases.
  • Assigns, reviews and coordinates the work of subordinate technical engineering personnel; assists in training lower-level employees.
  • 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.
  • Provides staff training and technical support in the use of engineering computer applications.
  • Uses computer applications in the preparation of engineering drawings, maps and construction plans.
  • 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:
  • Attends division and department meetings as required.
  • Reviews plan checks of improvement and subdivision plans.
  • Perform related duties as required.
  • Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of
  • Computer-aided design and drafting principles and techniques.
  • Engineering computer applications currently in use by the City.
  • Civil engineering drafting materials, techniques and instruments.
  • 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
  • Effectively assign, review and coordinate the work of subordinate personnel.
  • Perform complex, precise mapping and drafting from verbal and written instructions.
  • Compile and analyze engineering data.
  • Read and interpret legal descriptions, engineering drawings and survey notes.
  • Perform complex mathematical computations with speed and accuracy.
  • Perform engineering computations.
  • 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.
  • 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, engineering drawing, computer aided drafting and surveying and a minimum of five years of technical engineering experience, which included two years as a drafter using computer aided drafting and design.
    (An Associates degree in math or engineering 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 Assistant Engineer.