Ventura CountyVentura 93009
Full Time

Prepares cost estimates for projects; makes field checks of existing conditions for additional information;.

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Engineering Technician I-ii-iii-iv

Ventura County
Full Time 24 per week 800 S Victoria Ave, Ventura, CA 93009, United States


  • General Salary Increase: 4% effective December 24, 2023; and 3.5% effective December 22, 2024.
  • New Hire Incentive - Engineering Technician III: Subject to the applicable section of the SEIU 721 MOA 2022-2025, Sections 3801 - 3803 (New hires may be eligible for a one-time New Hire Incentive of up to 10% of the newly hired employee's current annual base wage).
  • Educational Incentive: An educational incentive of 2.5% for completion of an associate degree, 3.5% for completion of a bachelor's degree OR 5% for completion of a graduate degree. 
  • Bilingual Incentive: Proficiency levels by exam are $.69 per hour (Level I); $1.00 per hour (Level II); or $1.32 per hour (Level III). 
  • Vacation Accrual: New regular, full-time employees shall accrue approximately 14 days of vacation a year for the first 10,400 hours or 5 years of service; vacation accruals increase at 5, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 20 years of service topping out at 26 days a year and 400 hours of vacation hours banked.
  • Vacation Redemption: After 14,560 hours of continuous service an employee may elect to "cash in" or redeem up to 80 hours of vacation accrued in the same year after using 80 hours of vacation in the preceding 12 months. 
  • Sick Leave: Full-time Regular employees accrue 3.08 hours of sick leave per pay period with an advance at hire of 40.04 hours which will be balanced at the completion of 13 bi-weekly pay periods. 
  • Deferred Compensation: Eligible to participate in the County's 401(k) Shared Savings Plan and/or the Section 457 Plan. This position is eligible for up to a 3% match on your 401(k) contributions. 
  • Health Plans: Full-time employees are afforded a flexible credit allowance for purchasing medical, dental, and/or vision insurance from a group of authorized plans: Tier One for employee only is $497 per biweekly pay period, Tier Two for employee plus one is $678 per biweekly pay period and Tier Three for employee plus family is $825 per biweekly pay period.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts: Choice of participation in the Flexible Spending Accounts which increase spending power through reimbursement of pre-tax dollars for IRS approved dependent care and health care expenses. 
  • Pension Plan: Both the County and employees contribute to the County's Retirement Plan and to Social Security. If eligible, reciprocity may be established with other public retirement systems, such as PERS. 
  • Holidays: 12 paid days per year which includes a scheduled floating holiday.
The Public Works Agency is seeking innovative, creative and committed individuals who will continuously challenge themselves to do the best job possible as an Engineering Technician for the County of Ventura.  

The Public Works Agency employs Engineering Technicians in four Departments:
  • Water & Sanitationoperates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to serve the public and is responsible for the administration, customer service, billing, operation, maintenance, design, construction, and inspection of water and sewer systems: specifically four potable water systems, seven sewer collection systems, three wastewater treatment plants, and one recycled water system.
  • Watershed Protectionemphasizes integrated watershed management to solve flood control problems with environmentally sound approaches, protecting life, property, watercourses, watersheds, and public infrastructure from the dangers and damages associated with flood and stormwaters.
  • Roads & Transportationresponsible for planning, designing, funding, building, operating and maintaining the County Road System, approximately 542 centerline miles of roadway, bridges, drainage and related transportation facilities, and coordination of unincorporated area public transit needs.
  • Engineering Servicesresponsible for a range of engineering services to clients in the County of Ventura organization and the public. Services include capital program and project management, facilities contracting, land development, flood damage mitigation, and land surveying.
Under general supervision (I, II) or direction (III, IV), performs progressively complex technical engineering office or field activities on Public Works or land development projects using a variety of computer programs; makes office and/or field technical computations/assessments; maintains records and reports; and performs related duties as required.

The ideal candidate will have experience with design, construction, engineering, standard specifications/plans, and development processes and permits as it relates to the various departments within Public Works; have excellent verbal/written communication, customer service skills, require minimal direction, and be motivated to assist customers with processes. The ideal candidate will be able to interact effectively with a wide range of individuals and possess strong computer, organizational, and multi-tasking skills.

Engineering Technician I - $23.54 - $32.87 per hour
Engineering Technician II - $25.22 - $35.21 per hour
Engineering Technician III - $26.69 - $37.53 per hour
Engineering Technician IV - $29.08 - $40.78 per hour

EDUCATIONAL/BILINGUAL INCENTIVE:  Incumbents may be eligible to receive an educational incentive of either 2.5%, for an Associate degree, 3.5%, for a Bachelor's degree, or 5% for a graduate degree that is not required to work in the classification. Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive pay depending upon operational needs and certification skills.

DEPARTMENT/AGENCY: Public Works Agency

Engineering Technicians are represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU Local 721) and are eligible for overtime compensation.

The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-term), Intermittent, and Extra Help vacancies for The Public Works Agency. There are currently three (3) Regular vacancies.

NOTE: If appointed at the lower level, incumbent may be promoted to the higher level without further exam upon meeting the minimum requirements, demonstrating satisfactory performance, and in accordance with the business needs of the department.
Examples Of Duties

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Prepares cost estimates for projects; makes field checks of existing conditions for additional information;
  • Conducts studies and prepares reports on complex technical problems relating to Public Works facilities and site improvements; prepares estimates and forecasts;
  • Creates, updates, inputs, tracks and analyzes data using various computer programs;
  • Using computerized drafting or GIS programs, prepares planning drawings of various Public Works projects;
  • Issues permits, calculates fees and bond requirements; collects permit and traffic impact mitigation fees, processes payments;
  • Prepares, checks, maintains, and coordinates necessary subdivision bonds, agreements, trust fund deposits, plans, specifications, and other documents; prepares reports, records and correspondence;
  • Prepares preliminary assessment district maps, and collects and prepares financial and technical engineering data for review and input;
  • Acts as liaison with governmental agencies, engineers, contractors, surety, and others;
  • Reviews subdivision maps, improvement plans, and traffic control plans, assists in determining all legal and technical requirements for construction contracts, etc. are met;
  • At the III or IV level: supervises and trains subordinate personnel, including checking calculations and drafting of others engaged in the preparation of plans and estimates for public works projects;
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
Typical Qualifications

These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.

Some to extensive technical engineering experience which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.  The required knowledge, skills, and abilities also can be obtained by at least one year (1) (Engineering Tech I) or three (3) years (Engineering Tech II), four (4) years (Engineering Tech III, two (2) years of which must have been at the Engineering Tech II level), or five (5) years (Engineering Tech IV, two (2) years of which must have been at the Engineering Tech II or III level) of responsible qualifying technical field or office engineering experience in the specialty assignment area.

Completion of an Associate of Arts degree in civil engineering technology OR two (2) years of college work in a civil engineering curriculum OR 24 units of college course work in algebra, trigonometry, physics, chemistry, land surveying, soil mechanics, or other related course work may be substituted for one (1) year of the total required experience.  Course work must reflect good performance and must be approved by the Public Works and Human Resources Departments.


  • Must possess and maintain a current, valid California driver license.
  • Excellent written communication skills must be demonstrated in the completion of the employment application and supplemental questionnaire.
  • Strong understanding of computer scripts/program process.
  • Possession of strong computer skills in MS Office Suite: Word, Excel. PowerPoint, Access.
  • Knowledge and experience in private land development and encroachment permit process.
  • Experience in the preparation of technical reports, preliminary engineering design reports, conditions of approval, drainage reports/studies, grant applications, etc.
  • Knowledge in Computer Aided Drafting to generate exhibits or work orders.
  • Knowledge of Geographic Information System (GIS).
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Some to thorough (depending on level in series) knowledge of algebra, geometry, etc., and their application to engineering problems; ability to assist in preparing reports.
  • Some to thorough (depending on level in series) knowledge of materials, methods, and equipment used in construction of public works facilities and development projects.
  • Some to thorough (depending on level in series) knowledge of drafting techniques, ability to perform drafting; ability to read and interpret engineering notes, plans, and specifications.
  • Some to thorough (depending on level in series) knowledge of and ability to use personal computers and relevant technical engineering and office application programs.
  • Some to thorough (depending on level in series) ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • At the III or IV level, ability to take independent action and follow through on projects; assist in training subordinate employees.