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Engineering Technician IV - Construction Inspection

Company: City Of Tumwater
Location: Olympia
Posted on: April 1, 2024

Job Description:

Salary: $6,360.00 - $7,742.00 Monthly

Location : Tumwater, WA

Job Type: Full-time

Job Number: 2024-00007

Department: Transportation and Engineering

Opening Date: 03/01/2024

Closing Date: Continuous

General Statement of Duties/Supervision

Tumwater is a vibrant community, rich in history, community, and opportunity.

Nestled into the base of Puget Sound, Tumwater is the southern gateway to the Seattle/Tacoma metropolitan area. It's just a little over an hour from the Pacific Ocean beaches, the Olympic Peninsula, and Mount Rainier with beautiful landscapes of prairie, river, estuary, and lush green trees. With its central location, Tumwater is a picturesque Northwest community with convenient access to arts, cultural and outdoor recreation.

Our vision is to create a future that is highly livable with diverse and engaged residents, a strong economy, and a healthy natural environment. Safe neighborhoods, quality schools, and a sense of community pride make Tumwater a great place to live, work, and play.

The Opportunity
The City of Tumwater is seeking motivated, dynamic individuals to play an integral role in our fast paced, collaborative Engineering and Construction Section. These are multi-faceted positions and will require an individual that is energetic, self-motivated, with the ability to work both on a construction site and in the office. The two positions are as follows:

  • Engineer Technician IV - Capital Construction Inspector
  • Engineer Technician IV - Development Construction Inspector
    Both positions' primary duties will be inspecting and monitoring projects. The inspector ensures that projects are constructed meeting compliance with City and project specific standards, coordinating construction related activities with other city departments such as our water, sewer, and street utility divisions, coordinating with outside utility purveyors, maintaining and completion of project construction documentation, evaluating material submittals and monitoring field construction testing, reviewing and commenting on project plans, specifications and permit applications to ensure constructability, and assisting in project close out tasks and documentation.

    Although the primary duties are field inspection and construction administration, there will be times when office work will be required. Depending upon City needs and considering the strengths and interests of the selected candidate, other opportunities may be available for the candidate to engage in various engineering tasks.

    Engineer Technician IV - Capital Construction Inspector

    The Engineer IV - Capital Construction Inspector, under the supervision of the Construction Engineer/Manager conducts project inspection functions for Capital construction projects throughout the city.

    The Capital Construction Inspector will focus on projects with disciplines such as transportation, sewer, water, storm, and city special projects such as site developments or parks/trails. The Capital Construction Inspector will also support the engineering team.

    Engineer Technician IV - Development Construction Inspector

    The Engineer IV - Development Construction Inspector, under the supervision of the Construction Engineer/Manager and working directly with the Development Review Group conducts project inspection functions for development projects throughout the city.

    The Development Construction Inspector will focus on projects with disciplines such as site civil improvements, transportation, sewer, water, storm, and specialty items associated with development projects such as trails and/or parks.

    Please apply for the position(s) that you feel you are the most qualified for and note that selection when completing the supplemental questions.

    Essential Job Duties

    The Division

    The Engineering Division designs and coordinates construction for public works, parks, and public facilities infrastructure projects throughout the city. Engineering staff design, manage, and inspect capital construction projects, including transportation, utilities, and parks. This department also manages the review and inspection of private development and the Geographic Information System (GIS).

    The professional engineering classification series is a general series used by multiple Sections of the Department. Essential job duties for a position may be limited to those applicable to the particular Section and job assignment.

    Join our team of dedicated public servants and make a difference.

    The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • May supervise work group directly or indirectly, schedules work, assigns work, monitors results, evaluates performance, trains, and provides feedback to City Engineer.
  • Performs highly complex inspections on a variety of public works and utility projects. May supervise other inspectors and prepare project status reports.
  • Performs technical work in the drafting and design of streets, sewers, waterworks, pavements, and other civil engineering projects, and checks designs and details of similar plans prepared by lower-level Engineering Technicians.
  • Carries out a variety of engineering office functions such as coordinating the flow of work to other Engineering Technicians engaged in design activities; maintains engineering records and compiles maps and statistical information.
  • Prepares drafts of plans, specifications, and estimates for City utility and Street construction projects, including requests for funds, design computations, plotting, drafting, and quantity computations.
  • Serves as assistant to the project engineer on various public works and utilities projects such as paving, drainage, water, sewer, and road construction; may supervises subordinates and ensures compliance with plans and specifications.
  • Checks complex aspects of plans such as drafting standards, accuracy of computations, title reports; prepares text for complex environmental reports; assists in preparing estimates and final records by calculating, checking, and compiling engineering data contained therein, and directs others in preparation of data incorporated in these documents.
  • Responds to public inquiries concerning locations of existing public utilities, LID assessments, construction of public utilities, and traffic volume or related questions; resolves inequities of a sensitive or complex nature.
  • Supervision and direction of lower-level Engineering Technicians may be required.
  • Where necessary, the performance of any individual activity or combination of activities performed at lower classification level within the Engineering Department may be required.
  • Inspects and may direct the inspection of construction projects; may serve as the lead inspector in charge of a specific construction project, perform as a member in an inspection team, or perform duties as a roving inspector for concurrent projects.
  • Analyze and interpret construction plans, specifications, and project documents to ensure compliance of work to project documents during construction. Performs related duties as assigned.

    Where necessary, the performance of any individual activity or combination of activities performed at a lower classification level within the Engineering Division may be required.

    Selection Criteria

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. It is understood that there may be skills that the applicant may not have experience with. Candidates will be evaluated based upon their ability to take on new tasks and skills required by the position.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of geometry, algebra, trigonometry and survey procedures.
  • Knowledge of surveying and/or drafting instruments.
  • Knowledge of terminology, methods, practices and techniques of engineering drafting.
  • Knowledge of construction and maintenance methods required of work performed by contractors in all types of public works and utility projects.
  • Knowledge of city, state, or other codes relating to construction.
  • Ability to manage lower-level technicians.
  • Ability to perform and analyze complex design work.
  • Ability to read and interpret complex blueprints, plans, and specifications; to determine accurately the quantity and quality of materials used on public works projects and to maintain accurate records of work performed by contractors or city personnel.
  • Ability to perform complex drafting; to understand plot plans, plats, site maps, aerial photography, legal descriptions, and topographical maps.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and the public.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Graduation from high school or GED equivalent plus two years of satisfactory service as an Engineering Technician III or equivalent, or any equivalent combination of experience and training.


    Possession of a valid driver's license is required.


    The Engineer Technician IV has a wide variety of contacts depending on specific assignments. Contacts with developers, consultants, contractors, City and County Departments, and state regulatory authorities are for the purpose of information sharing and work coordination. Contacts with other Engineering Division staff are for the purpose of coordination of effort and the sharing of technical information. Contacts are occasionally adversarial in nature and the employee must resolve both technical and interpersonal issues while completing assignments. Skill in gaining the necessary compliance while maintaining a cooperative working environment is required. Field work may require the employee to respond to citizen questions.


    Supervision is received from the Construction Engineer/Manager. Incumbents are expected to use independent judgement in completion of assignments, with general supervision by review and evaluation by an engineer of higher classification. May supervise lower-level civil engineers and technicians, as necessary.


    The Engineer Technician IV is accountable for completing all assigned tasks in an efficient, accurate, and timely manner.

    Working Conditions:

    Positions in this class require regular attendance and frequently work in the field in various weather conditions. Normal working conditions include repeated long periods of driving between work sites, mobility at work sites to include using ladders, working above ground, below ground and in enclosed spaces, occasional lifting of objects up to 20 lbs., being subject to frequent distractions, noises, odors and interruptions.

    Physical Requirements:

    Work is often performed in an office and field setting. Specific physical requirements and typical working conditions for this position are on file in the Administrative Services Department.

    The City of Tumwater is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

    The City of Tumwater is committed to wellness, safety, the environment and racial equity.

    The following is an overview of the benefits available to the regular-status, non-represented employees of the City of Tumwater (benefits for part-time employees will be pro-rated):

    Vacation: Regular full-time City employees earn 96 hours of paid annual leave during their first year of employment. This rate is increased to a maximum of 184 hours per year, depending upon length of service.

    Sick Leave: Sick leave is accrued by regular full-time City employees at the rate of 8 hours per month. Sick leave may be used only to ensure an employee's health, and for absences caused by death or illness of a member of the employee's immediate family.

    Holidays: Most City employees receive 12 paid holidays (at 8 hours each) annually, one of which is a floating holiday.

    Retirement:Eligible City employees are mandatory members of the State of Washington Public Employees Retirement System (PERSLEOFF). Both the City and the employee contribute to the system. The state retirement system provides retirement benefits and also benefits for people who are disabled. Employees leaving City service prior to retirement may withdraw their total contribution with interest.

    Deferred Compensation and Roth IRA programs offered through Mission Square: Employees may directly reduce their taxable income and defer this taxation until retirement or withdrawal of funds by participating in a deferred compensation plan. Deferred compensation allows an employee to defer up to $22,500 of their gross annual salary (more if over age 50). The employee chooses how to invest their deferred salary.

    Employees may put up to $6,500 in a Roth IRA (after-tax program).

    The City also offers a 401(a) plan and will match employee contributions up to 5%.

    Insurance Plans: Each full-time City employee will receive a contribution of $2,118.00 per month toward the purchase of medical, vision and dental insurance. (Amount is pro-rated for part-time employees.) This monthly amount pays approximately 85% of the costs of a family of four. Full family medical, dental and vision coverage requires an employee contribution toward the cost of premiums. Employee's whose insurance needs are less than the monthly $2,118.00 contribution can purchase get 60% of the left over contribution money as cash on their paycheck. Employees are required to have City medical insurance. The City also offers medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts, subject to eligibility requirements.

    Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA): The City contributes a flat dollar amount per full-time employee to an HRA VEBA program for current and future health care out of pocket expenses. This monthly amount per full-time employee is $225.00.

    Group Life Insurance: The City will purchase for each employee $50,000 worth of group term life insurance.*

    Liberty Mutual Insurance: City employees are eligible for discounted auto and home insurance.


    Hours of Work: The normal work week is forty (40) hours, Monday through Friday. Customized work schedules may be available at the discretion of the position supervisor. Some positions require weekend, evening, shift or holiday work or overtime.

    Career Opportunities: The City encourages career development for its employees and frequently seeks to promote qualified employees from within the City service.

    For further information about the position announced on this bulletin, please contact humanresources@ci.tumwater.wa.us.

    The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.

    The City of Tumwater is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


    Please note which position you are interested in and that matches your experience and expertise.
    • Engineer Technician IV - Capital Construction Inspector
    • Engineer Technician IV - Development Construction Inspector


      Please describe why you have applied for this position and how it fits into your immediate and long-term career goals.


      Please explain why you feel your experience, education and training qualify you for this position.


      In general, what is your professional expertise? What do you enjoy working on the most and/or what are you the most experienced at?

      Required Question

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