Senior Engineering Technician - Design

  • Stanislaus County, CA
  • Modesto, California
  • Sep 11, 2019
Full Time Engineering GIS and Surveying
  • Salary: $64,272.00 - $78,124.80 Annually

Job Description

About the Department and the Position

This recruitment is being conducted to fill a vacancy for the Public Works Department and to establish an eligibility list to fill future full-time and part-time vacancies throughout Stanislaus County. While this is a continuous recruitment, we encourage you to apply immediately, as this recruitment may close at any time.

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Stanislaus County is located in Central California within 90 minutes of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Silicon Valley, Sacramento, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and California's Central Coast. With an estimated 538,388 people calling this area home, the community reflects a region rich in diversity with a strong sense of community. Two of California's major north-south transportation routes (Interstate 5 and Highway 99) intersect the area and the County has quickly become one of the dominant logistics center locations on the west coast.

The County is home to a vibrant arts community with the world-class Gallo Center for the Arts, a symphony orchestra, and abundant visual and performing arts. Stanislaus County is a global center for agribusiness, positioned by its mild Mediterranean climate, rich soils and progressive farming practices.

The area is recognized internationally for agricultural innovation with wine, almonds, poultry, milk, cattle, and walnuts being some of the features industries. The County is also home to Stanislaus State University, Modesto Junior College and benefits from satellite locations of other high quality educational institutions. The County was established in 1854 and has a total land area of 1,515 square miles. Temperatures range from an average low of 38 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, to an average high of 85 degrees in the summer.


The Public Works Department supports the Board of Supervisors' priority ofdelivering efficient public services & community infrastructurethrough its five major operating divisions. The Department strives to be the leading Public Works Department through innovative stewardship of infrastructure and environment. The Administration division is responsible for coordinating the work in all other divisions. The Engineering division designs, surveys and inspects roads and bridges while the Road and Bridge Operations division maintains them. The Transit division operates the StaRT bus system and Morgan Road Shop is responsible for repairing and servicing Public Works vehicles.


The Senior Engineering Technician, under direction, performs a wide range of complex technical or paraprofessional engineering work in connection with engineering design and construction, and other related work as required. The successful candidate will prepare engineering plans (may include architectural plans), profiles, cross-sections, specifications, and cost estimates as well as calculate and plot field survey data. The incumbent is also responsible for instructing, training, and supervising subordinate personnel.

Typical Tasks
  • Utilize engineering computer software to make determinations and compute vertical and horizontal alignments, curves, grades, cross-slopes, traverse for highways, drainage, sewer facilities, traffic, and other related tasks;
  • Calculate mathematical accuracy and check for legal sufficiency of land survey maps;
  • Search County records for property, titles and restrictions;
  • Act as custodian for legal records on subdivision maps and County property documents;
  • Prepare correspondence and maintain files;
  • Prepare engineering estimates and project schedules;
  • Make complex mathematical computations related to civil engineering;
  • Write concise engineering reports;
  • Prepare civil engineering plan sets and charts;
  • Inspect construction of roads, bridges and other public improvements at a responsible level; and
  • Create and edit G.I.S. layers and maps.

Minimum Qualifications (Skills, Ability, Knowledge, Education/Experience)

  • Apply required engineering knowledge in varied work assignments;
  • Perform a wide variety of computer applications inprojects;
  • Operate computers and related software;
  • Communicate effectively with the general public, surveying community, and other government agencies;
  • Understand, interpret, and apply County standards, specifications, ordinances, and codes;
  • Work cooperatively with other units in the Department, other agencies, and the public;
  • Write contract specifications and prepare cost estimates;
  • Supervise and train subordinate personnel; and
  • Inspect construction work for compliance with plans and specifications.
Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of Project Management;
  • County improvement standards and construction specifications used by local agencies;
  • Civil engineering, design, mapping, and drafting procedures;
  • Construction materials, practices, and cost estimating procedures;
  • Basic engineering hydraulics used in designing cross-culverts and other drainage facilities;
  • Theories and practices of traffic engineering;
  • Algebra, plane geometry, and trigonometry; and
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, and performance management
  • Two (2) or more years completed at an accredited college or university with major coursework in land surveying, construction management or a related field; AND
  • Three (3) years of experience in an engineering, surveying and/or architectural office performing civil engineering, traffic engineering, land survey or construction inspection work at a level of difficulty equivalent to the work performed by an Engineering Technician in the Stanislaus County Department of Public Works; AND
    • Additional years of progressive experience described above can be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis; OR
    • An additional two (2) or more years completed at an accredited college or university may substitute for one (1) year of the required experience, provided that there were courses in engineering, surveying, drafting, mathematics, computer science, or the physical sciences.
  • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License and remain free from repeated preventable accidents.
Desirable Qualifications:

Applicant screening, in addition to the minimum qualifications, will focus on the following desirable categories. Please list any desirables you may have within the "Additional Information"
section of the online application and fully answer the supplemental questions.
  • One (1) year of experience in roadway design; OR
  • One (1) year of experience with AutoCAD Civil 3D or Land Desktop; OR
  • Three (3) years of experience preparing plans and specifications.

Application and Selection Procedures


Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Classified Service of the County and is assigned to the Mid Management/Supervisory bargaining unit for labor relations purposes. Individuals who are in a full-time classified position are required to serve a twelve-month probationary period, which may be extended an additional six months for a total of eighteen months. The probationary period does not apply to unclassified positions.


The County of Stanislaus is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to submit online application(s) for open position(s).

Stanislaus County is committed to establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, supervisors, and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy related condition, marital status, gender/sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), political affiliation or belief, or military or veteran status.


Applications cannot be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Make your online application as complete as possible so a full and realistic appraisal may be made of your qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications.


Arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities and religious convictions. Applicants requiring testing accommodations are required to complete and submit the Testing Accommodation Request Form prior to the test administration date. Special arrangements for religious convictions should be included in the "Additional Information" section of the application form.

  • Pass County-paid pre-employment drug screening and job-related background investigation.
  • Perform job duties in a manner assuring a safe working environment for oneself and others.
  • Maintain confidential information according to the legal standards and/or County regulations as required.

Application and/or examination results may be appealed by applicants presenting facts alleging irregularity, fraud and/or error in application screening or in exam scoring. Appeals must be in writing and submitted to the Chief Executive Officer within seven (7) days after the examination results are mailed.


The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at under "Disability Management."


Find out if you qualify for the AES Public Service Loan Forgiveness program for full-time public sector employees (PSLF) by contacting (866) 706-5005.


Learn more about Club Wellness, a program designed to facilitate and encourage the good health of the Stanislaus County's workforce.


Stanislaus County reserves the right to revise the examination plan described in this bulletin to better meet the needs of County service. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. The information contained in the bulletin is information, which sets forth a general summary of benefits for this respective position. This information is not legally binding. The benefits and other information regarding this position may be found in the Stanislaus County Code, the Stanislaus County Personnel Policies manual, or in the applicable Memorandum of Understanding, and such information prevails over information contained in this bulletin. Questions regarding this bulletin may be directed to the Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office/ Human Resources.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous