Engineering Technician I

County of Riverside
$51,541 - $80,957 Per year CA 2950 Washington St, Riverside, CA 92504, United States Apply before 6/23/2024 2:30



The County of Riverside's Transportation Department has an opportunity for an Engineering Technician I in Riverside to support the Planning/Administrative section. 

The Engineering Technician I will schedule inspections for land grading, assist with business registration, monitor street sweeping routes, answer phones, perform field work inspections, and provide excellent customer service.

Competitive candidates will possess knowledge and experience using PLUS (Public Land Use System) and have excellent customer service experience.

Under general supervision, performs routine sub-professional field and office civil engineering or land surveying work, including surveying, traffic control, materials testing, drafting, hydrographics, photogrammetry, construction inspection, right-of-way, or waste disposal; performs other related duties as required.

The Engineering Technician I is the first working level classification in the Engineering Technician series and reports to an appropriate supervisory or manager level position. Incumbents are characterized by the assignment of a variety of sub-professional civil engineering or land surveying work requiring some degree of skill and judgment.

The Engineering Technician I is distinguished from the Engineering Aide in that the former performs assignments of a larger scope and works more independently.

The Engineering Technician I is a natural progression underfill for the Engineering Technician II. Incumbents are eligible to promote to Engineering Technician II upon successful completion of their probationary period, which would include a satisfactory performance evaluation and any additional qualification requirements.

Meet the Team!The is responsible for planning, designing, funding, building, operating and maintaining all roads, bridges, and transportation facilities within the unincorporated County territory.



• Make topographic, cross-sectional and profile drawings and maps using manual or computer aided techniques; prepare preliminary construction drawings and tracings from survey notes and other materials; index and file maps, drawings and other engineering records. 

• Take and prepare field samples for laboratory analysis of a variety of soils, aggregates, concrete mixes, and other materials being used for construction projects.


• Assist in preparing technical reports on solid waste landfill sites, including availability of cover material, capacity analysis, effects of run-off, access, and ecological impact. 

• Participate in the sampling, inspections, monitoring, and construction of gas collection systems, including flare stations and gas-to-energy systems, and ground/surface water monitoring systems at landfill sites; participate in air quality sampling. 

• Assist site engineer in survey support of daily landfill construction. 

• Assist in construction inspections for public works construction projects. 


• Perform field or laboratory physical tests of soils and other materials; conduct traffic census surveys, special traffic counts, signalization studies, radar speed checks, and traffic movement studies. 

• Field check roads for needed signals, signs, markings, and legends and update inventory; gather field data and make calculations relating to stream flow, precipitation rates, and water quality. 

• Operate current metering and other hydrologic data equipment. 

• Tabulate and analyze data collected and prepare reports. 

• May assist in inspection of construction projects. 


• Under close supervision, perform a variety of field and office sub-professional surveying work. 

• Field Duties: Work as head chain and rod worker on a survey crew; measure and record distances and elevations; perform level, total station and GPS survey work; set stakes and monuments. 

• Serve as instrument technician on a trainee or relief basis; clean and care for instruments and tools; check survey truck to ensure it is fully stocked and equipment is in order; prepare simple field notes. 

• Office Duties: Assist in conducting title and property ownership research; learn to prepare less complex legal descriptions and documents following established procedures. 

• Search for data from survey notes, recorded maps, records of surveys, filed deeds, and property descriptions; draw plans, profiles and cross sections of streets or other improvements from surveyor's field book or other specific sources. 

• Plot tract and parcel maps; review, research and process street name requests; assist in the preparation of final designs or drawings.



Experience: Two years of sub-professional civil engineering experience. (Completion of college level courses from an accredited college or university in civil engineering or closely related subjects to the assignment such as land surveying, soils erosion, soils testing, blueprint reading, mathematics, computer graphics, or hydrology may substitute for the required experience on the basis of 12 semester or 18 quarter units equaling one year of the required full-time experience.) 


Certificate: Valid Certificate of Registration as an Engineer-in-Training or Surveyor-in-Training issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers may substitute for two years of sub-professional engineering experience. 


Knowledge of: Elementary algebra, geometry and trigonometry as they apply to engineering; manual and automated drafting techniques; survey principles and methods; the principles and methods of materials testing, hydrography and traffic control. 

Ability to: Make accurate engineering computations; follow oral and written directions; prepare clear and accurate diagrams and drawings from field notes and rough sketches; make a variety of soils and materials tests; perform survey field work, tabulate and analyze data and prepare reports; learn techniques of manual and automated drafting; maintain effective working relations with others. 

Other Requirements

Depending on training, exposure to inclement weather.

License: Possession of a valid Class C California Driver's License.

For those positions designated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) as safety-sensitive, applicants are required to complete a DOT mandated alcohol and drug-screening. (A positive test or refusal to test during the past two years will disqualify an applicant from consideration for County employment). Reference checks from former DOT regulated employers are also required. Applicants must submit a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) driving record prior to hire. 

Employees in safety-sensitive positions are subject to DOT alcohol/drug testing in the following situations: random, reasonable suspicion/cause, return-to-duty, and post-accident.


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