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Employer: Riley County
Job Title: Engineering Technician - Construction
Salary: $21.30 Hourly

Job Description:


Job Title:                    ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN - Construction


Public Works            Division:


Reports To:

Assistant County Engineer


Pay Grade:

N                                 Status:

Full Time

FLSA Status:



Position Summary:

Responsibilities include project management, construction inspection and administration of capital improvement projects to ensure procedures and materials comply with plans, specifications, permits, codes and standards.  The technician  will assist in the development and review of future capital improvement projects, in projects development, in developing cost estimates, in acquiring right-of-way and in collecting data and information as needed by the Public Works Department


  • Inspects construction sites and materials
  • Acts as Project Manager/Lead Inspector on Public Works projects
  • Assists with the preparation of plans, specifications and contract documents
  • Reviews plans and specifications
  • Maintains assessment files, project diaries and various reports
  • Verifies levels, alignment and elevation of installations using a surveyor’s level and transit Keeps project engineer informed of all deviations from approved construction plans and specifications.
  • Assists in coordination of utility locations, and relocations between contractors and utility companies
  • Performs utility locations for County operated systems
  • Inspects and analyzes problems with County infrastructure
  • Communicates with area residents and land owners
  • Prepares monthly reports and pay estimates Verifies accuracy of dimensions and elevations Performs field and laboratory testing
  • Examines quality of finished installations
  • Interprets plans and specifications
  • Approves payment for contractors
  • Prepares sketches of construction installation that deviate from plans
  • Reviews property descriptions
  • Provides input on public works projects


  • Provides for regular and punctual attendance Fosters a cooperative work environment Prepares and files correspondence and reports
  • Confers with contractors and/or construction personnel
  • Complies with all county-wide and departmental policies and procedures Responds to inquiries and resolves problems as non-routine situations arise Prepares or makes sure “as-built” plans are developed
  • Files “as-built” plans in vault
  • Participates in pre-bid and pre-construction conferences Participates in field check meeting on County projects Assists with field activities on County projects
  • Researches the historical records for highway plans, construction plans, surveys, road right-of- way, dedications and vacations, resolutions, Commission minutes and packets relating to County Roads.
  • Performs related work as required during and after regular hours, any day of the week, including holidays



  • Writes reports and letters
  • Assists in performing engineering studies
  • Performs engineering calculations Assists with public Complaints Answers incoming telephone calls
  • Maintains work area and vehicle in a clean and safe manner
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings and related activities; attends workshops, conferences and classes
  • Assists others as needed
  • Performs other duties and related work as deemed necessary or assigned


Graduation from an accredited high school is required.  A technical degree or one year of college credit in a related field and four (4) years of experience is required or eight (8) years of progressive experience in engineering and construction inspection work may be substituted for these educational requirements.  College level courses in civil engineering or civil engineering technology are desired.



Kansas Department of Transportation L.P.A. Certification within six months of employment is required.

Possession of a valid driver’s license and an acceptable driving record at the time of appointment is





Basic computer skills required (ie. Microsoft office)

Any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience, education or training which demonstrates the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the work described may be substituted for the minimum requirements.

Thorough knowledge of mathematics, construction techniques, materials and principles and practices of civil engineering is required

Knowledge of engineering principles and practices

Knowledge of basic surveying to check grades, dimensions and locations

Ability to operate testing equipment, computers, levels and transits with a high degree of accuracy Ability to read and interpret construction plans and specifications and to recognize deviations from the construction process

Ability to use a variety of surveying equipment, and the ability to calculate and check grade elevations

Ability to read and interpret maps, legal descriptions and written instructions is essential

Ability to make detailed technical inspections



Proficient use of computers and software is required

Mathematical skills including general math, algebra, geometry and trigonometry

Ability to perform material testing and quality control

Ability to make independent decisions in accordance with appropriate laws and regulations Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the public Possess excellent communication, oral and writing skills

Ability to analyze and solve problems

Ability to defuse high pressure, conflicting situations and maintain order

Requires initiative and independent judgment

Ability to deal tactfully with people

Ability to compile and evaluate technical reports and analyses


Supervisory Control:


All duties are performed independently and on own initiative in accordance with established procedures and policies with occasional supervision.  Routine tasks are generally assigned.  New and unusual tasks are assigned with limited instructions.  Work is checked for appropriateness and completeness through inspections and consultations with the supervisor.


Supervisory Responsibility:


Occasional supervision with seasonal employees, interns and other subordinate personnel may occur




Several guides are available for this position but the use of these guides requires extensive training, previous experience and good judgment to interpret and adapt to a variety of specific situations.  For some work, guidelines are scarce or non-existent which requires this person to be resourceful.



Some of the guides available include the Manual On Uniform Traffic Control Devices, USDOT Standard Highway Signs, Work Zone Traffic Control Manual, ATSSA Worksite Manual, KDOT Low Volume Roads Manual, FHWA Culvert Inspection Manual, Timber Bridge Maintenance and Construction Manual, KDOT Standard Specifications for State Road and Bridge Construction, KDOT Construction Manuals, Asphalt Institute Manuals, AASHTO Manuals, NACE Manuals, APWA

Highway Maintenance Manual, USDOT Bridge Inspection Manual, USDOT Guardrail Installation Manual, ASTM Standards, Handbook of Steel Drainage and Highway Construction Products, Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, Computer Software Manuals, and many others.  Riley County personnel policies and procedures, departmental policies, and instruction from training seminars and supervisors provide other guidance.




This position is required to resolve a wide range of related and unrelated problems of an extremely technical nature involving a wide variety of tasks.  Decisions must be made involving the assessment of unusual circumstances, variations in approach, the use of incomplete and/or conflicting data and the expenditures of funds.


Complexity comes from reviewing plans and specifications, resolving complex problems, monitoring and overseeing Public Works projects, dealing with contractors and the public, and assuring quality assurance/quality control.



Scope & Effect of Work:


This position contributes to the overall mission of the Public Works Department to provide a safe and functional county highway network system.


This is technical work, responsible for the inspection of maintenance and construction projects on Riley County roads and bridges.  An employee in this class is responsible for interpreting plans, assisting with design inspection of the planned work and is involved in a wide range of various Public Works projects.


This position affects the work performed by the Operations Division and the economical use of department funds, efficient utilization of department resources, and the work of contractors.  A person in this position is required to respond to questions and problems and to initiate corrective actions to protect the integrity of the project.


Personal Contacts:


Personal contacts may be broad.  These contacts include other Public Works Department staff, Riley County employees, Board of County Commissioners, developers, contractors, suppliers, KDOT, utility companies, consultants, news media and the general public,


Purpose of Contacts:


Contacts are to gather or to disseminate information, to provide instruction, to build rapport, to provide a service, to represent Riley County and to make decisions on its behalf.


Physical Demands/Effort:


The physical demands described here are representative of those which must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work requires physical exertion.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and smell.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 30 pounds and occasionally lift/move 50 pounds.  Specific vision

abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work requires sufficient body flexibility and strength to maneuver around Public Works capital improvement projects during construction.  Employee may be required to work long hours to match the workday of a contractor.  Exposure to machinery, heights, excessive noise, highway traffic and work in extremes of heat, humidity, wind and cold are expected.


Work Environment/Conditions:


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts requiring normal safety precautions typical of construction and maintenance operations.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee works both inside and outside and has the potential to being exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, extreme hot and cold, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, moving parts and vibrations.


An employee in this position is exposed to many safety hazards including working adjacent to traffic, above the ground, with power tools, near construction equipment, around heavy materials, with hot asphalt, with flammable liquids and corrosive solvents.  The employee may be required to work with equipment which contains radioactive materials.


The employee may be exposed to poison ivy, insects, animals and excessive noise.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  The employee will be required to wear safety equipment and clothing as needed.


Work is also in an office setting involving visual attention and dexterity in computer operation.


Approved:                                                                     (Supervisor)



The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related or a logical assignment of the position.


The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Vacancy Number: RL2019-32

Open Date: 10/23/2019 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: