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Engineering Technician I/II

Modesto Irrigation District
Location: Modesto, California US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education: Some College Coursework
Rqd Experience: Entry Level
Date Posted: September 18, 2020
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The Modesto Irrigation District is currently recruiting to fill one full-time regular vacancy to perform a variety of technical engineering duties including drafting, surveying, and mapping; to perform varied calculations for the District's electrical and/or irrigation system; and to perform field inspections.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Engineering Technician I This is the entry level class in the Engineering Technician series. Positions in this class typically have little or no directly related work experience. The Engineering Technician I class is distinguished from the II level by the performance of less than the full range of duties assigned to the II level. Incumbents work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks, progressing to direction as procedures and processes of assigned area of responsibility are learned.

Engineering Technician II This is the journey level class in the Engineering Technician series and is distinguished from the I level by the assignment of the full range of duties. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new, unusual or unique situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the I level.

This class is distinguished from the Engineering Technician III in that the latter is responsible for performing the more complex projects and provides technical and/or functional supervision.

Supervision Received and Exercised

Engineering Technician I: Receives immediate supervision from a higher level supervisor or manager.

Engineering Technician II: Receives general supervision from a higher level supervisor or manager.

Any qualified individual may apply. This is a non-exempt position and is allocated to the Administrative, Technical and Clerical Bargaining Unit. The list established as a result of this recruitment may be used to fill other Engineering Technician I/II vacancies that may occur within the District through July 21, 2021

 Examples of Duties:

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Prepare, maintain and revise detailed drawings, maps, blueprints, files, records, tags, schematics, graphs and summaries per instructions, through the use of computers, CADD programs and other associated equipment;
  • Conduct periodic and final inspection of construction projects performed by outside developers and contractors.
  • Calculate estimates of relocation costs and coordinate construction projects with outside contractors and District construction crews; and monitor contracts with outside contractors and prepare billings as needed.
  • Prepare engineering reports and studies and job packages.
  • Determine, review, and administer requirements for service to specific plans, annexations, residential tracts and commercial and industrial developments.
  • Assist with surveying field work including but not limited to staking for irrigation, electrical construction, and right-of-way.
  • Prepare work authorizations.
  • Make engineering calculations; take flow measurements on canal and stream channels; draft and design District facilities.
  • Close and audit work orders and WBO's.
  • Make field inspections ensuring District rules, regulations, and standards are adhered to.
  • Maintain files and prepare reports.
  • Provide technical direction and training for other department personnel.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other District employees, outside agencies and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
 Typical Qualifications:

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Engineering Technician I

Knowledge of:

  • Engineering principles, practices and terminology.
  • Basic methods and techniques of engineering, drafting, surveying, and estimating.
  • Algebra, trigonometry, and geometry as applied to technical engineering work.
  • Use and application of computer aided design software (AutoCAD, GIS).
  • Applicable equipment and instruments used in drafting, surveying, design, and mapping.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Principles and practices of safety management.
  • Modern office equipment including the use of applicable computer applications.
  • Principles and practices of effective customer service.

Ability to:

  • Learn to perform technical engineering including estimating, planning, surveying and designing electrical and/or irrigation systems.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures.
  • Prepare, maintain, and revise detailed drawings and maps manually and with CADD.
  • Perform technical research and make recommendations regarding elementary engineering problems.
  • Perform elementary engineering calculations with speed and accuracy.
  • Use and care for engineering and surveying equipment.
  • Maintain records related to work activities; prepare reports.
  • Coordinate and schedule assigned tasks.
  • Maintain computer databases.
  • Perform technical research.
  • Plan, organize and prioritize assigned tasks and functions efficiently under time and pressure deadlines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Experience: One year of experience performing technical engineering work that involved the design, survey and inspection of utility facilities is desirable.

Education: High school diploma or equivalent. Two years of college with substantial course work in engineering to include drafting, CADD, basic electricity and mathematics at the trigonometry level.

License and Certificate: Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license.

Engineering Technician II

In addition to the qualifications for the Engineering Technician I:

Knowledge of:

  • Methods and techniques of engineering, surveying, drafting, and estimating.
  • Survey techniques and practices.
  • District functions, policies and procedures.
  • State of California General Orders 95 and 128.
  • District electric and/or irrigation service rules.
  • Pertinent local, State, and Federal codes, regulations and laws, and District standards.

Ability to:

  • Independently perform technical engineering duties in estimating, planning, surveying, and designing electrical and/or irrigation facilities.
  • Perform technical research and make recommendations regarding routine engineering problems.
  • Perform complex engineering calculations with speed and accuracy.
  • Prepare complete plans and estimates of projects.

Experience: Three years of progressively responsible experience similar to Engineering Technician I with the District.

Training: High school diploma or equivalent. Two years of college with substantial course work in engineering to include drafting, CADD, basic electricity and mathematics at the trigonometry level.

License and Certificate: Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license.

 Supplemental Information:
Qualified applicants must submit a completed District application to be received no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2020. A resume describing experience and qualifications for the position is recommended.

Applications will be reviewed on a comparative basis and only those most qualified will be invited to continue in the selection process which will consist of an overall assessment of the individual's skills through (1) oral interview; and (2) contacting of references to include current and former supervisors. The applicant must perform successfully in each phase of the testing in order to continue in the selection process.


Applicants requiring necessary accommodations to the application process may contact Human Resources at (209) 526-7341. California Relay Service is available at (800) 735-3933 voice and (800) 735-2929 TDD. The Modesto Irrigation District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.