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Senior Engineering Technician job in Ames

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Organization:  City of Ames, Iowa
Job Category:  Engineering and Technology
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  Iowa (IA)
City:  Ames
Post Code:  50010
Salary and Benefits:  23.19 - 33.48 per hour


The City of Ames is conducting a recruitment to establish a Civil Service eligibility list for Senior Engineering Technician. The list will be valid for up to one year from the date of certification by the Ames Civil Service Commission and may be used to fill one or more vacancies in this classification. In addition, City of Ames Civil Service employees who have previously held Civil Service status in this classification and are interested in voluntarily demoting or laterally transferring into the current vacancy must submit their application by the deadline.

Supervises and participates in sub-professional engineering work of a skilled nature which includes surveying, drafting, designing, inspecting, and materials testing to ensure quality at all stages of public works construction projects; performs related work as required.


Supervises and participates in surveying sites for the construction, maintenance, and repair of streets, storm and sanitary sewers, and water mains; uses survey equipment to measure distances, obtain existing elevations, and establish new elevations; uses survey information to design and draft plans and prepare specifications for public works improvements; operates computer-aided drafting and design equipment; creates and updates engineering plans; inspects construction projects and conducts lab and field tests on construction materials to ensure compliance with plans and specifications; makes complex engineering calculations; trains and directs co-op and temporary personnel; verifies use of materials and percentage of completion to support authorization of partial payment to contractors; operates motor vehicle to perform essential functions.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include continuous improvement, respect for others, being customer driven, leadership, data-driven decisions, positive attitude, teaming environment, honesty and integrity, innovation and creativity, employee involvement, and excellence. For all employees, this includes maintaining city wide services through a Total City Perspective, presenting a positive attitude, communicating effectively, dealing courteously with customers and co-workers, and maintaining effective relationships. For leaders, this also includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.

Other Job Functions: Checks plans and specifications to ensure compliance with pertinent codes and accepted engineering practices; participates in selection, evaluation, and discipline of subordinate co-op and temporary personnel; researches records to respond to citizen and employee information requests.


Education and Experience: Successful completion of high school or G.E.D. including coursework in communication and mathematics, preferably supplemented by college level coursework in surveying, computer-aided drafting, or a closely related area; three years of sub-professional experience in engineering, surveying, design, computer-aided drafting, construction inspection, or a closely related area; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Licenses and Certificates: Possession of a valid driver's license; possession of or ability to obtain Iowa Department of Transportation certification in Portland Cement Concrete (PCC1) and Hot Mixed Asphalt (HMA) sampler.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required to Perform Essential Functions: Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices, and instruments used in public works surveying, drafting, designing, and inspecting; considerable knowledge of mathematics and their application to surveying and engineering computations; considerable knowledge of construction specifications and plans; considerable knowledge of regulations related to public works construction by contract; considerable knowledge of construction materials testing in the field and laboratory.

Skill in the use and care of land surveying, designing, drafting, and inspecting equipment; skill in performing difficult technical computations, estimates, and tests; skill in compiling engineering data and statistics; skill in the resolution of problems related to the construction of public facilities and structures.

Ability to determine adherence to engineering specifications on a variety of construction jobs; ability to work closely with contractors and construction supervisors to secure compliance with specifications; ability to assume responsibility and to use sound judgment; ability to convert engineering principles into effective designs; ability to supervise and direct the activities of others; ability to operate a motor vehicle; ability to work outdoors under a wide variety of weather conditions; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with citizens, division heads, supervisors, co-workers, and contractors.


Selection Process:
The selection process will consist of an evaluation of training and experience, phone interviews, and an on-site interview process. Participation may be limited to candidates possessing qualifications above the minimum. The civil service score will be based on oral board interviews with 70% considered passing.

E-Verify Process:
The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity prior to starting employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents as soon as possible after the job offer has been made. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 515-239-5199 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at: http://www.uscis.gov.

Note: Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA testing accommodations to the Human Resources Department, in writing, prior to the application deadline.


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