Engineering Technician - Ashland

City of Ashland

Position Title: Engineering Technician
DEPARTMENT: Public Works Department
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISORS: Director of Public Works
POSITION TYPE: Non-Exempt (hourly)
WAGE RANGE: $26.00 - $30.00 per hour Depending on Qualifications
BENEFITS: Full time employee benefits included with position(s)
NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 1 permanent full-time position
POSTING DATE: March 18, 2021
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm CST
Application Package Instructions: Please download our official application via the City’s website at: and email the completed application package to Hard copies are also welcome to be mailed to City Hall at 601 Main Street West, ATTN: Human Resources, Ashland, WI 54806. Only full application packages with be considered.
Application Package Requirements:
1. Cover Letter
2. Resume
3. Official City of Ashland Application
INTENT: The intent of this position description is to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job title. This position description is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.
GENERAL PURPOSE: This position performs a wide variety of engineering related work in the planning, design, and construction of a variety of projects related to public infrastructure. These projects and activities primarily include engineering tasks related to the City’s streets, sidewalks, water system, wastewater system, and storm sewer system. Special projects may be related to other areas of the City (parks, private development, buildings etc).
To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty with proficiency. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required at the time of hire or for continuation of employment.
General knowledge of and ability to interpret technical drawings, specifications, studies and reports
General knowledge of transportation systems, mainly roadway and pedestrian facilities, and/or water and sewer systems
General knowledge of project management principles and practices
Ability to assist with and/or independently develop basic sets of engineering plans and specifications under the supervision of a Professional Engineer
Capable of performing basic mathematical and scientific calculations using algebra, trigonometry, geometry, spreadsheets, and, in some limited instances, technical software
Capable of completing work independently and with minimal supervision and exercising professional judgment and discretion
Required Education and Experience:
 Associates Degree in Civil Engineering, Engineering Technology or related field
 Any combination of equivalent education and/or experience.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Certification and/or formal training in AutoCAD technology
Education and/or experience with field surveying and use of associated equipment
Experience working for a governmental organization
Familiarity Geographic Information System (GIS) software
Required Qualifications: Must be 18 years of age by the start date of this position
A valid driver’s License, with ability to obtain in the State of Wisconsin
Be able to work a 40 hour work week, with limited overtime assigned only when necessary to maintain project schedules or other special duties
Must be able to read and write English proficiently in order to comprehend and communicate technical information
The duties described below are indicative of what the Engineering Technician will be required to perform. Although most tasks will be completed under the supervision of the Director of Public Works, the Engineering Technician is expected to work and complete task independently. Other duties may be assigned.
Tasks routinely performed:
Depending on the complexity of the project, independently or collaboratively (with support of other City staff and/or engineering consultants) develops technical contract packages and other types of bid documents for public works projects, including:
o Collection of basic survey data, including such as topographic information
o Development of basic cost estimates for project activities
o Technical drafting of basic construction plans in accordance with various industry standards
Monitor contractors, sub-contractors and developers through all phases of construction to insure compliance with project plans, specification, City standards and municipal code requirements including:
o Observation and evaluation of construction practices
o Maintenance of detailed records of construction progress and inspection activities
o Coordination of construction meetings between City staff, contractors and other stakeholders
o Monitoring project costs, identification of potential cost increases and alternatives solutions
Assists the Director of Public Works in the development, planning, and funding of capital projects :
o Development of planning and construction level cost estimates and other support activities relation to capital improvement planning and/or grant applications
o Delivery of special projects related to building facilities and parks, as needed
Infrequent travel will be offered and at times will be expected for continued education and training.
Performs other duties as necessary and as assigned
The Engineering Technician, in coordination with the Director of Public Works, may be assigned to directly supervise the work of independent contractors, limited term employees (LTE’s) and/or engineering interns. _________________________________________________________________________________________________
The Engineering Technician may be assigned a variety of duties related to City administration, including but not limited to oversight of grant funding and regulatory monitoring/reporting.
The Engineering Technician may, infrequently or seasonally, be required to modify working hours in order to complete duties related to construction observation and monitoring
Physical Requirements:
Lift up to 50 lbs. independently.
Work is performed in both office and field settings.
Working in the office setting may require a long period of sitting or standing.
The Engineering Technician is frequently required to sit, walk, talk, hear and see and use hands and fingers to manipulate office equipment, handle or feel objects, tools, and controls; and frequently reaches with hands and arms
The Engineering Technician is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl in various field conditions
Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and the ability to focus.
Physical Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those the Engineering Technician would commonly encounter while performing the essential functions of his or her job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable the individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This list is NOT all inclusive; other related tasks may be assigned.
The Engineering Technician will frequently serve as the point of contact with the public during the delivery of projects that include public infrastructure or the implementation of special initiatives.
Day to day operations and duties mainly take place in the Public Works facility on the 1st floor.
The Engineering Technician will frequently be required to work outside in weather with varying temperature, humidity, wind, and precipitation conditions and near moving mechanical parts and machinery. The employee may be exposed to a variety of environmental conditions in these settings.
Noise levels vary from light to moderate in an office setting, to moderate to high in field conditions typical of municipal maintenance facilities, water and wastewater treatment operations, and construction sites. Lighting conditions are usually adequate, except during occasional early morning/evening work hours in field conditions or during investigation/recognizance of public works/utility facilities.
Break room space is located in the main floor of the Public Works facility
Accessibility to both floors of the Public Works facility is via stairs.
In the course of completing job duties, the Engineering Technician will frequently be required to work outside in weather with varying temperature, humidity, wind, and precipitation conditions and near moving mechanical parts and machinery. The employee may be exposed to a variety of environmental conditions in these settings.
The Engineering Technician uses a variety of equipment including computer software, calculator, printers, scanners, digital camera, copy machine, fax machine, cellular phone, two-way radio, and office telephone system. The Engineering Technician may also be requested to survey and GPS instruments/equipment and construction observation/inspection devices. Operation of motor vehicles is also essential to daily job duties.
The Engineering Technician is a 40-hour non-exempt hourly position and shall include, but not limited to, all aspects of the duties outlined in this position description. Days and hours may vary throughout the year depending on needs and overtime assigned as necessary to maintain project schedules or other special duties. The Engineering Technician position shall be considered a full-time employee with the option of all City benefits. The City of Ashland is a WRS/ETF participating employer and the retirement package includes employer (6.75% of annual wage) and employee (6.75% of annual wage) contributions as required by state statute. Benefits include, group health and dental insurance - the City pays approximately 80% of the monthly premiums based on deductible level and plan design. Basic Life Insurance and Short/Long Term Disability are through WRS/ETF and are provided at no cost to the employee. Benefit time includes vacation, sick and compensatory time.
The City of Ashland does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, age or disability in employment or provision of service, programs or activities.
Application package submissions must be received in full. The application deadline is April 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm CST.
Please contact City of Ashland Human Resources at 715.685.1603 or with any questions related to this position vacancy.

  • This position was posted on: 03-23-2021.
  • It will be removed on: 04-20-2021.