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Senior Engineering Technician job in San Marcos

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Organization:  City of San Marcos
Job Category:  Engineering and Technology
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  California (CA)
City:  San Marcos
Salary and Benefits:  $4,591-$5,990 Month


Under general supervision, performs technical and para-professional engineering work related to capital improvements, private development projects, public works projects, and related improvements in the field or office. Provides information and assistance to the public regarding assigned programs and services.


Duties include but are not limited to those listed on the attached Engineering Technician Series Job description.

Department Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Knowledge of: Elementary principals of civil engineering; the nomenclature, symbols, methods, practices, and instruments used in engineering drafting; plane trigonometry; materials, methods, and equipment used in the collection, analysis, and construction of public works structures and facilities; principles of engineering mechanics; fundamental of traffic engineering; skills in the use of drafting, survey, and other engineering instruments; principles and practices of customer service.

Ability to: Conduct field surveys; operate Computer Aided Drafting (Auto CAD); operate and maintain mechanical map reproduction equipment and related engineering equipment; read and interpret engineering maps and drawings; prepare accurate drawings from field notes; operate personal computer software applications, including GIS and various office and email applications; analyze, prepare, and interpret plans, specifications, survey notes, and a variety of statistics and graphs; follow oral and written instructions; make quick and accurate computations; supervise and train others; speak and write effectively; perform duties in a manner which demonstrates an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education/Experience: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade, or equivalent, and completion of lower division college-level engineering courses including drafting (preferably computer aided), surveying, calculus, physics, hydraulics, and trigonometry. Completion of an Associate’s Degree in land surveying or technical engineering program of a similar nature is highly desirable.

Three years of paraprofessional civil engineering experience. Some civil engineering experience in a governmental jurisdiction is highly desirable.

License or Certificate: Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license with satisfactory driving record.


Holidays – The City observes thirteen (13) paid holidays that include ten (10) specifically designated days and three (3) floating holidays (27 hours).

Vacation Leave – A new employee will accrue eighty (80) hours of vacation per calendar year for the first five years of service (one hundred, twenty (120) hours for years five through ten, and one hundred, sixty (160) hours after ten years). Vacation accrual begins immediately; however, a new employee is not eligible to take vacation leave until the completion of six (6) months of service with the City.

Sick Leave – A new employee will earn ninety-six (96) hours of sick leave each year.

Group Health Insurance Program – A new employee will become a member of one of the City’s group health plans (Aetna HMO, Aetna PPO, or Kaiser HMO) effective the first day of the month following their date of hire. The City will pay 90% of the health care premium and employees will pick up 10% of the premiums of the plan they select.

Voluntary Dental/Vision Insurance Programs – The City offers two voluntary dental insurance programs, an HMO program and a PPO Program, as well as a voluntary vision insurance program.

Section 125 Flexible Spending Account – All employees are eligible to participate in the City’s Section 125 Flexible Spending Account plan. This is an IRS-approved plan which enables you to have withheld from your paycheck an amount equal to your group health insurance premiums, voluntary dental and/or voluntary vision insurance premiums; dependent care, and certain eligible medical expenses without being subject to federal income or social security tax on the income used to pay for these benefits.

Retirement - The City participates in both the Social Security (FICA) and the California Public Employees’ Retirement Systems (CalPERS). The City currently contracts with CalPERS for the 2% at 55 benefit formula, Post-Retirement Survivor Allowance, and 3 year average final pay for Classic members and 2% at 62, Post-Retirement Survivor Allowance, and 3 year average final pay for new members. Employee contributions will depend on membership (7% for classic and 50% of normal cost for new members).

Retiree Health Savings (RHS) – All employees participate in a Retiree Health Savings plan through the ICMA Retirement Corporation. Employees are eligible to receive medical expense benefits at age 50 while actively employed with the City and continuing to contribute to the plan.

All applicants are required to fully complete a City application form (Resumes without an application are not accepted.) Information and application are available at www.san-marcos.net or at the Lobby Information Desk, 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069, 760-744-1050, ext. 3200. Completed applications are accepted by mail, email HumanResources@san-marcos.net or in person only, not by facsimile, and must be received by 5:30 p.m. on the closing date. Applications must be submitted to the Human Resources Division, City of San Marcos, 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069

Applicants must clearly demonstrate, through their application materials that they meet EACH of the employment standards outlined. All properly completed application packets will be reviewed and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process. Examinations for the position may consist of any combination of written, performance and oral exams in order to evaluate the applicant’s skills, training, experience and personal qualifications.

The City of San Marcos is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, ancestry, national origin, political or religious affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, other non-job related physical or mental disability, medical condition, or other functional limitation in employment or the provision of service. The City is committed to making its programs, services and activities accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you require accommodation to participate in this recruitment, please contact the Human Resources Office prior to the filing deadline. We will attempt to reasonably accommodate applicants with disabilities upon request.

Note: All appointments are subject to the successful completion of a medical examination, including substance abuse screening, at the City’s expense. In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, all new employees must produce proof of eligibility to work in the United States within the first three days of employment.

The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any of the provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.


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