Columbia County Public Works is seeking a Engineering Technician III and/or Engineering Technician IV. These position are responsible for applying detailed knowledge of engineering design and construction methods in performing the complex drafting and computation work for public works construction design and as-built inspections; assuring compliance with plans, specification and applicable standards and using standard manual and computer drafting and surveying instruments. Plans and organizes details related to design preparation, maintenance and engineering records and other technical support. Other primary duties include performing bridge inspections, assisting the public, working with outside professional firms, and representing the County at various regional and statewide activities.
Engineering Technician III: Use computer aided drafting system; Design/draft road and bridge projects such as roadway grade and alignment, geometrics, channelization, drainage, irrigation, curbs, gutters, mass diagrams, detailed structure plans, and traffic control devices. Coordinates and checks for required clearances from local, state, and federal agencies. Prepares right-of-way plans including ownerships, property ties, closures and descriptions, right-of-way takes and remainders. Evaluates proposals from consultants and administers consultant agreements. Reviews and checks consultant or public agency plans, specifications and bid proposals. Gathers, evaluates, consolidates, and codes data for computer input. Schedules and submits plans for design reviews and public hearings. Prepares exhibits for public hearings. Prepares and maintains the county road log. Evaluate and provide recommendation for right-of-way use permits. Administrate the county traffic count program. Administer the County pavement rating system. Assist in the inspection of County projects to assure compliance with the plans, specifications, and standards. Perform surveying as necessary for the design and construction of projects.
Engineering Technician IV: In addition to the Engineering Technician III duties the Engineering Technician IV will perform complex technical engineering duties under the supervision of the County Engineer. Coordinate consultants in multiple disciplines for the design of road, bridge, and other special designs for the County. Coordinates consultants in multiple disciplines for the inspection, materials testing and other special requirements related to the construct of projects. As lead inspector, responsible to ensure construction projects are in conformance with plans, State and Federal regulations, and standard work practices. May temporarily have other engineering technicians reporting to them to assist in inspection and project management duties. As lead designer, responsible for coordinating and designing multiple projects. Ensure that plans and specifications meet all local, State and Federal requirements. May have other engineering technician(s) reporting to them to assist in design and consultant management duties. Maintain records for road, bridge, and special assignment projects. As assigned by the County Engineer, be responsible for and/or assist in the County’s bridge inspection program.
A current Washington State driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to the County’s risk manager.
Completion of two (2) years of college or a technical school program in Civil Engineering, or a related field.
Engineering Technician III: At least two (2) years progressively responsible experience. Engineering Technician IV: At least four (4) years progressively responsible experience.
Any equivalent combination of education and experience will be accepted.
To obtain an application packet visit www.columbiaco.com or the Columbia County Public Works Department, P.O. Box 5, 415 Guernsey Ave., Dayton, WA 99328 or call (509) 382-2534. Apply by March 4, 2019 (First Review, Open until Filled). Columbia County is an equal opportunity employer.
Additional Salary Information: Engineering Technician III: $19.35 to $25.87 per hour.
Engineering Technician IV: $20.08 to $28.20 per hour.
Paid, vacation and sick leave.
11 paid holidays plus two floating holidays per year.
$850 per month stipend for Medical, Vision and Dental insurance.
Washington Public Employees Retirement Systems (PERS)
HRA VEBA Account
Deferred Compensation Plans available
Life Insurance and Disability Insurance available
Relocation assistance to Columbia County is available.
About Columbia County, Washington
Nestled at the base of the Blue Mountains, Columbia County is located in southeastern Washington. Dayton is the county seat and largest city in the county. Located just 30 miles northeast of Walla Walla and 60 miles east of the Tri Cities, Dayton is home to three national historic districts, including the oldest train depot and oldest working courthouse in the State of Washington and over 120 buildings on the National Historic Register.
Dayton enjoys a cost of living well below other areas of the state (40% to 60% below the Seattle and Portland/Vancouver metro areas and 10% to 20% below Spokane, Walla Walla and the Tri-Cities according to Sperling’s Best Places).
The City’s Main Street underwent a major revitalization in the early 1990’s and is now home to essential business services, unique shops, Victorian lodging, restaurants and breweries. Columbia County is bordered by the Oregon state line to the south and the Snake River to the north and enjoys nearby world class wineries, recreational trails, and local rivers allow for residents of all ages to enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities including picnicking, recreational sports, cycling, fishing, hunting, gol...f, and winter sports in the Blue Mountains. Just 30 minutes to the south, Ski Bluewood is an important source of tourism and seasonal employment for residents across the region, offering 400 skiable acres, clear skies and more than 300 inches of snow annually.
Columbia County covers an area of just under 870 square miles and is the perfect place to experience all four seasons with its warm sunny summers, crisp yet moderate winters and spectacular springs and falls that fill the area with color. The area has picturesque landscapes with rolling hills, bountiful crops, and pristine rivers, along with private and national forest lands.
Columbia County has long been known as one of the most fertile agricultural areas in the nation, producing crops including winter and spring wheat, barley, dry beans and green peas. Building on its original foundation of agriculture, Columbia County has encouraged economic diversification in order to remain vital and healthy while retaining its rural charm.
The County operates with 100 full-time equivalent employees spread over more than 13 departments, and has a 2018 operating budget of $18 million. The Columbia County Department of Public Works consists of a diverse staff of 29 crew members in operations, engineering, GIS, and administration. The Department’s overall 2019 budget is approximately $8.3 million. The Public Works Department is responsible for the planning, engineering, design, construction, operation and maintenance of approximately 540 miles of county roadways, and 63 bridges. Currently the department has 9 major projects being planned or underway during the next six years.