Engineering Technician

JOB CODE: 1026


SALARY RANGE: $37,291 - $63,487

Various City-Parish Departments

Under the direction of a departmental supervisor, performs highly responsible sub-professional engineering and construction work. Work involves assignments as project inspector coordinating the activities of several public works construction projects. Work also involves responsibility for coordinating the activities of engineering survey work. Incumbent exercises considerable independent judgment in developing work methods and procedures within the confines of City-Parish regulations and departmental policies. Work is reviewed through inspection, oral and written reports, and for results obtained. Performs other work as requested.

Coordinates and/or assists in all types of surveys such as land, drainage, sewer, and street; locates property and lot lines; summarizes and interprets field notes. Determines and gives grade elevations to construction crews for excavation of canals, roadside ditches, and storm drain culverts. Reconciles pay applications for large City-Parish construction projects; performs a variety of administrative tasks for department supervisor. Works with road lighting districts and annexations; coordinates and inspects traffic signal projects. Coordinates, reviews, and inspects construction projects on a continuous basis to ensure conformance with approved plans and applicable codes. Uses computers to prepare reports and essential job duties. Drives vehicle to and from various site locations. Supervises the setting of river gauges, benchmarks, etc. Supervises in the scheduling of testing activities of building materials through various consultants. Prepares engineering and construction plans and maps utilizing computer-aided design and drafting software; also prepares engineering maps and various drawings to facilitate needed repairs.

Knowledge of mathematics and trigonometry. Knowledge of principles, procedures, and practices of engineering. Knowledge of principles, procedures, and practices of surveying. Knowledge of the terminology, methods, practices, and techniques of engineering or architectural drafting. Knowledge of ordinances and regulations relative to City-Parish construction and demolition. Knowledge of engineering maps and records. Knowledge of materials, methods, and techniques applicable to large public and private street, sewer, utility, drainage, and building construction and demolition work. Knowledge of applicable local building codes and construction materials, methods, and techniques utilized in the building environment. Skill in the safe operation of a light motor vehicle. Skill in the use of CADD (Computer-Aided Design and Drafting) software and Microsoft Office applications. Skill in the operation of modern office equipment such as, computers, calculators, copiers, blueprint makers, microfilm readers and printers, and related peripherals. Skill in the operation of modern survey equipment. Ability to coordinate public works construction projects. Ability to make complex engineering computations and to interpret field notes and construction plans. Ability to read and interpret blueprints, plans, and specifications applicable to large-scale public works construction projects. Ability to investigate and write reports on fundamental engineering problems concerning streets, drainage, and sewerage designs. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, contractors, property owners, and the public. Ability to lead and/or supervise the work of sub-professional engineering, architectural, and/or clerical personnel. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.


High school diploma, GED, HiSET, or equivalent certificate of competency, supplemented by vocational or trade school courses in drafting, and four years of sub-professional engineering/architectural/construction experience (such as drafting, surveying, inspecting, etc.).

Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) Must have a valid Louisiana driver's license at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment in this classification. Position(s) of this classification may require at the time of application, certification from the Louisiana Department of Transportation, Louisiana State Department of Health, International Code Council, Unified Development Code, or other related engineering or construction technology accrediting agencies.


The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the job.