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Employer: City of Manhattan
Salary: $16.96 Hourly

Job Description:


Hourly Ranges: (I) $16.96 - $26.75 (II) $18.93 - $29.93

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Regular/ Full-time/ Non-exempt     Open Until Filled

Reports to: Principal Civil Engineer


The Engineering Technician performs drafting and minimal design functions on paper and computer for in-house design projects. The technician assists the on-staff engineers by preparing plans for construction projects that range from transportation, traffic, storm water, sanitary sewer and water mains. Assists the public in acquiring maps and records maintained by the office, formulates charts, develops graphic materials and performs record searches. Provides support services for the Public Works Department and other departments within the City of Manhattan.


1. Knowledge of computer aided drafting, and related civil engineering appurtenances. Knowledge of AutoCAD Civil 3D and related software packages. (Daily)
2. Acting in assistance to the CAD manager (senior Engineering Technician II) for the Engineering Division of Public Works to include, but is not limited to, updating/installing CAD software, troubleshooting CAD software problems, training/educating other users, and staying informed of CAD industry developments.
3. Knowledge and ability to perform data conversion from GIS data to CAD format. (Daily)
4. Considerable knowledge of civil drafting practices and procedures, and limited experience and knowledge of Civil Engineering design. (Daily)
5. Ability to draw neat and understandable drawings. (Daily)
6. Ability to assist in field survey data collection with survey technician.
7. Basic knowledge of relational databases. (Daily)
8. Basic knowledge and ability to understand basic GPS and survey practices. (Monthly)
9. Basic presentation skills, such as developing materials and providing training assistance to AutoCAD users. (Occasionally)
10. Excellent knowledge and ability to perform operations involved with Windows OS, MS Access, MS Excel, MS Word, and ESRI’s ArcView. (Daily)
11. Ability to summarize information from maps, reports, field and file investigations, and books. (Daily)
12. Ability to prepare and update files and records. (Daily)
13. Must be able to communicate in English language, orally and in written form, with the general public and staff members using proper grammar, punctuation and spelling; must answer public inquiries and conduct field interviews. Ability to use standard business writing practices and report preparation. (Daily)
14. Ability to read and interpret construction plans. (Daily)
15. Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations. (Daily)
16. Ability to read and interpret construction plans in order to update complicated as-built drawings and existing maps including but not limited to planning, utilities, and any other maps that require updating. (Daily)
17. Organizational skills to maintain plat and construction drawing filing systems. (Daily)
18. Communication skills, both oral and written, to provide information concerning plats, plans and other drawings to engineers, developers, contractors, student groups, and others within the public. (Daily)
19. Ability to research applicable codes and standards related to repetitious and straightforward design.
20. Ability to legally operate a motor vehicle in the State of Kansas and maintain a valid driver’s license. (Daily)


The Public Works Department encompasses four divisions – Administration, Engineering, Operations, and Water and Wastewater. The Engineering Division includes Engineering Services, GIS, Traffic Operations and Electrical services, and Stormwater management. The Operations Division includes Streets and Fleet Maintenance. The Water and Wastewater Division includes Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment, Environmental Services, Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection.

The Engineering Technician reports to the Principal Civil Engineer, and is responsible for the preparation of all plans for construction projects designed by the City of Manhattan which includes preparing the plan and profile sheets, cross-sections, detail sheets, transferring information from survey notes (electronically) to plans, adding construction notes. 

Other duties include plotting and/or copying completed plans for distribution to contractors; revising drawings to reflect the "as built" condition of the projects upon completion of the improvements; preparing visual aids for meetings and other municipal departments; maintaining catalogue system of plats, construction plans and other drawings; preparing drawings for archiving (scanning into digital format); communicating information concerning plats, plans and other drawings to engineers, developers, contractors, student groups and other members of the public. The Engineering Technician should have significant knowledge of computer aided drafting, AutoCAD Civil 3D and related civil engineering appurtenances. Basic knowledge on Plotters, reader/printer machine for microfilm, engineering copier and general maintenance of machines. Knowledge of AutoCAD MAP, SDR Map, ESRI ArcView, a plus.

Challenges inherent to this position include updating complicated as-built drawings, making design changes after the plans have been completed, tasking many unrelated projects simultaneously, designing the straightforward and repetitious construction plans with limited supervision, working with multiple CAD Surveys, basic understanding of GIS software formats, converting GIS data to a CAD data and CAD data to GIS data for use by the public, handling public inquiries and requests for paper and/or digital copies when trying to meet deadlines; answering telephone calls.

Performance can be measured, in part, by the extent that drawings are neat, understandable and read well; the effectiveness and efficiency with which service is rendered to the public; the proper updating of all maps, plans and microfilm files; by the accuracy of maps and related attribute data, and the ability to keep information up-to-date; productivity of work, ability to learn new tasks, and the professional graphic appearance of the visual aid materials.

• Assures maintenance of maps, plans and other drawings by properly labeling, cataloging and filing documents. 
• Contributes to the overall preparation of project designs by performing essential drafting and limited design in a consistent and professional manner.
• Acting in assistance to the CAD manager for the Engineering Division of Public Works.
• Enhances the public relations appearance of the City of Manhattan and Public Works Department by prompt and courteous response to public inquiries concerning information maintained by the office.
• Monitors usage of supply and reports supply needs to supervisor.
• Prepares and maintains a digital and hard copy archive of plans, plats and miscellaneous drawing files by documenting maps, plans, drawings and then indexing for future retrieval.
• Prepares plans for City of Manhattan improvement projects. (Approx. 6 projects per year)
• Record "as-built" changes from original design. (Approx. 18 projects per year)
• Converts GIS data to CAD data for internal use.
• Generates maps and other graphics to allow viewers to visualize and understand results of analyses or simulations of potential events.
• Display geographically referenced information.

The ability to deal courteously and effectively with the public and City of Manhattan staff. Considerable knowledge of civil drafting practices and procedures. Must have the ability to draw neat and understandable drawings. Ability to read, consolidate, and interpret construction plans. Should have the ability to engage the inherent repetitious and straightforward design procedures.


High School diploma or equivalent. Completion of a civil design drafting program. One year experience and/or training in Civil Engineering design and drafting practices and procedures. Experience working with AutoCAD Civil 3D required; experience using GPS a plus.

Required Knowledge:

Knowledge of civil drafting and basic Civil Engineering practices and procedures. Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations. Working knowledge of AutoCAD Civil 3D is necessary. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software is necessary. Basic knowledge in the establishment and maintenance of geographic information systems.


• Ability to read and comprehend written material of a fairly technical nature.
• Ability to interpret construction drawings.
• Ability to organize files and effectively retrieve data.
• Ability to compose business correspondence and provide written communications that are grammatically correct and punctuated properly.
• Ability to research Civil Engineering standards and codes.
• Excellent verbal skills needed to communicate with citizens, answer questions and complaints in a highly professional and competent manner.
• Ability to apply mathematical concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Machines/Equipment Used:

• Personal computer
• Engineering plotter
• Engineering copier
• Microfilm reader/printer
• GPS receiver

Physical/Mental Demands/Working Conditions

• Must be able to cope with stress brought about by dealing with potentially irate and/or defensive citizens.
• Must be highly organized and able to perform in a very professional manner at all times.
• Must be able to exercise independent judgment in evaluating completeness and accuracy of technical information.
• Must be able to logically analyze situations and resolve discrepancies and correct errors.
• Sedentary work.
• Sits for prolonged periods of time while working at the computer.
• Occasionally lifts objects weighing 21-50 pounds.
• Will need to work in the field occasionally to collect relevant information.
• Must be able to cope with the pressure of a heavy work load and multiple tasks/projects.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. 
• The position in engaged primarily with office, but has occasional work in the field. A significantly higher percentage of time will be spent in the office performing sedentary work at a desk or computer. Traversing irregular terrain inherent to construction sites is required.

Works under general supervision. Works independently in fulfilling assigned duties and responsibilities.


Vacancy Number: 22748

Open Date: 10/24/2017 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 12/23/2017 11:59:59 PM