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Engineering Technician

Job Id: 
Public Works Department
$4,875 - $6,173/month
Job Description: 

EMPLOYMENT STATUS:     Regular, Full-Time                                      

SALARY RANGE:                 $4,875 - $6,173/month                                

OPENS:    August 19, 2019                                                                                                            

CLOSES:   When Filled



Under the direction of the Public Works Director or as assigned, assist capital engineers and/or higher-level engineering technicians in preparing preliminary designs through final plans; support traffic engineering studies; inspect construction projects for compliance with established standards; and review development and right-of-way permit applications for compliance with established codes and standards.


  • Perform responsible duties to assist in the permit process; provide information and support for capital projects; furnish technical advice and assistance to the public regarding public works requirements and permit conditions.
  • Perform a variety of engineering drafting activities to prepare plans for projects such as street, storm systems and facilities.  Proficiency in the use of AutoCAD and AutoDesk Civil 3D (release of 2015 or newer). Experience developing and creating plans, alignments, and surfaces. Experience using/incorporating land or aerial surveying/mapping data and files. Experience following drafting standards and procedures. Address redline markups provided by engineers or designers. Prepare exhibits and assist in presentations to other departments, Council meetings and the Hearing Examiner.
  • Perform calculations requiring a thorough knowledge of trigonometry and geometry for use in assessment roles for Local Improvement Districts, late comers, survey project data and easements; perform civil engineering research as directed.
  • Operate a personal computer.
  • Apply survey information and reduce field notes to complete base mapping and draft designs and drawings for various engineering and planning projects such as storm sewers and streets.
  • Review right-of-way permit applications for compliance with City standards and codes; communicate with applicants and requirements; calculate permit fees; and issues permits.
  • Review and respond to public requests and complaints; research, investigate and resolve issues and complaints and recommend appropriate corrective action.
  • Update maps and files as required; request and obtain County maps as required; maintain a data base on the right-of-way permit system.
  • Establish preliminary project budgets by performing cost estimates as required for public works projects.
  • Prepare and maintain a variety of records and reports related to streets, storm systems, landscaping, inventory, plats, and right-of-ways permits.
  • Maintain records of construction projects and right-of-way permit inspections.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


  • Principles and practices of civil engineering.
  • Methods, techniques and instruments used in engineering drafting, surveying and mathematics, including algebra and geometry.
  • Computer-aided drafting software and hardware desirable.
  • Municipal government operations.
  • Engineering plans and specifications.
  • City organization, operations, policies and objectives.
  • Laws, rules and regulations related to assigned activities.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Report writing and plan interpretation techniques.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Record-keeping techniques.
  • Telephone techniques and etiquette.


  • Perform responsible duties to assist in the permit process.
  • Provide information and support for surface water and street programs.
  • Operate computer software for permit issuance and tracking.
  • Perform technical engineering duties related to assigned area of specialty.
  • Prepare design drawings and sketches.
  • Learn, interpret and explain City, State, federal and APWA codes, ordinances, specifications, policies, procedures and standards.
  • Read, review and understand engineering plans and specifications.
  • Perform cost estimates and complex computations.
  • Interpret survey notes and plans.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Meet schedules, time lines and commitments.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Physical ability to perform the essential job functions.
  • Demonstrated ability to positively and effectively interact with diverse individuals to accomplish a common goal.


Any combination equivalent to:  graduation from high school, supplemented by college-level course work in civil engineering, drafting and mathematics and three years increasingly responsible civil engineering experience.



  • Valid Washington driver’s license.



Please complete a required City of Federal Way application form and attach resume and cover letter.  Applications are available at City Hall, 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, WA 98003, on our website at www.cityoffederalway.com, or by calling 253-835-2530.


The City of Federal Way is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workplace. Applicants may request a copy of the City’s EEOP Utilization Report by contacting Human Resources at 253-835-2531. Any person requiring ADA accommodation should advise the City of the need. For telecommunications relay service for voice and text telephones call 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388/TTY or 1-800-833-6384/voice.