Engineering Technician IV

City of Puyallup - Puyallup, WA (30+ days ago)4.8


This job posting is open continuous with a priority application date of June 7, 2018. The posting may close upon receipt of a qualified pool.

General Job Duties:
This is highly advanced office engineering related work on public and private development projects. This classification involves a wide range of very complex engineering tasks. Employees in this classification are expected to independently solve problems in the field or office. Office duties include office management functions. Work can be conducted in an office or in the field under a variety of weather conditions.

About Our City:
The City of Puyallup is situated at the foot of scenic Mount Rainier in the beautiful Puget Sound region, 10 miles east of Tacoma and approximately 35 miles south of Seattle. The city has gained prominence as a regional commercial and service center for Eastern Pierce County, and continues to serve its residents and neighbors with a strong, diversified economy.

Essential Functions

Office Section:
  • Performs complete building permit plan review on all public and private development projects including commercial, industrial, multi-family, and residential to ensure that city engineering standards are met and that plan reviews are complete and accurate;
  • Calculates system development charges;
  • Performs complete plan reviews on right-of-way and utility connection applications;
  • Performs complete plan reviews on franchise utility applications to include utility placement and required traffic control;
  • Corresponds or responds to complex questions and provides technical assistance to the public, developers, design engineers or other city departments relating to public works construction projects, private developments, utility locates, engineering specifications, city codes, zoning, and city records;
  • Processes street vacations and Latecomer requests, including the preparation of staff reports for City Council;
  • Prepares and maintains records of a variety of departmental functions, including franchises, easements, deeds, street vacations, Latecomers charges, and utility connections;
  • Calculates and reports new annual infrastructure;
  • May attend Planning Commission or City Council meetings as a departmental representative when necessary;
  • Assists in the departmental budget preparation; assists in developing new operating procedures within the department;
  • Conducts fee surveys in connection with revising connection charge fees and development engineering fees;
  • Acts as primary contact for developing street numbering and addressing;
  • Responsible to insure that information being transmitted to the public is accurate and consistent; and
  • Performs other tasks and related work as required.


Knowledge of:
  • Extensive knowledge in the use of computers and all other engineering related instruments as required by the division.
  • Extensive knowledge of design, construction, and maintenance methods required of work performed by contractors in all types of public works and utility projects.
  • Extensive familiarity with engineering terms, concepts, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of modern supervisory practices.
  • Extensive familiarity of land use and zoning terms and concepts.
  • Extensive knowledge of city, state, and other codes relating to construction and development.
Ability to:
  • Perform work out-of-doors in all weather conditions.
  • Manage and supervise lower level technicians.
  • Meet project schedules and budget goals.
  • Direct contractors and construction related activities.
  • Fully understand and execute written and oral instructions.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Plan and organize work to meet required deadlines with a minimum amount of supervision.
  • Read, interpret, and fully understand plot plans, plats, site maps, legal descriptions, and topographical maps.
  • Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with co-workers and the public.
  • Detect errors in subordinates' work and make appropriate corrections.
Education and Experience
Graduation from high school or GED equivalent and six years experience utilizing the skills leading to and/or required for this position, which demonstrates the ability to perform the work; or an Associates Degree in Civil Engineering Technology and four years experience in a related technical field, or a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, or equivalent, and two years experience in a technical field.

Physical Characteristics and Work Environment

Constant Demands: Seeing. Frequent Demands: Sitting, talking, hearing. Occasional Demands: Standing, walking, driving, lifting average of 10 pounds, maximum of 45 pounds., climbing stairs and ladders, working at heights/balancing, bending and twisting at the waist, crouching, kneeling, squatting, crawling, repetitive arm and hand motion, handling and grasping. Environmental Factors: Low noise level, 20% of time spent outdoors, below normal temperatures in the winter months. This position is at potential risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

Those applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the City's current needs will be contacted for interviews and/or testing. The appointing authority may conduct second interviews.
Notification – Following submission of application, an email acknowledgment receipt of application is given. Persons selected for an interview and/or testing will be notified by email, normally within 15 working days following the closing date on the job announcement.
Not Selected – No formal notification is usually sent by the City to applicants not selected for an interview or test. Should the same or another position open for which the applicant wishes to apply, he/she must apply online for each new opening.

Essential Functions – The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions for this job, the level of knowledge, skills and abilities typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods, or to balance the workload.
Hours of Work – Normal work hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with one (1) hour lunch.
Union Affiliation – This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Union security provisions may require union membership dues or payment of equivalent service fees.
Equal Employment Opportunity – The City of Puyallup is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and does not discriminate in any employer/employee relations based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, veteran's status or any other basis protected by applicable discrimination laws.
Background - The City of Puyallup will need to obtain the proper background and criminal history information pursuant to RCW 43.43.830/832 for positions where the employee will or may have unsupervised access to children, developmentally delayed persons or vulnerable adults.
Disability – In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, disability will be considered only in the context of an applicant's ability to perform essential functions of the job and to determine reasonable accommodation. Accommodation to participate in the job application and/or selection process for employment will be made upon request with reasonable notice. Please contact the Human Resources Department for further information. The physical demands described in this job announcement are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Identification – Applicants who are offered employment with the City are required to provide proof of identity and authorization to work in the United States within three days of date of hire, as required by the 1986 Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act. A list of acceptable documents verifying identity and authorization to work will be provided to those who are offered employment.
Drug-Free Workplace –The City of Puyallup is a drug-free, tobacco-free workplace.
Note – The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.