City of Astoria
  • 11-Feb-2020 (PST)
  • Engineering
  • Astoria, OR, USA
  • 24.96 - 33.49 DOE
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Full Benefits: Health, Vision, Dental, PERS, Life, LTD, AD&D, Vacation, Personal, Sick Leave & Holiday Pay


The City of Astoria Engineering Division is a part of the City Public Works Department. The Engineering Division performs all engineering and technical services for the City, including design work and contract administration for the city water system, sanitary sewer system, docks, streets, sidewalks, storm drainage and other public works projects.

The Engineering Division is responsible for a wide range of current and future capital improvements projects taking place within the City. The goal is to serve the public by managing the very important water services to our customers, mitigating the impact of construction projects, keeping our city safe for the travelling public, protecting the water quality of the Columbia River, and providing permit approval and land development review in a timely manner.

The Engineering Division also maintains City Public Works records such as the City utility maps and our Geographical Information System (GIS), issues and inspects permits for street cuts, driveways, sidewalks, water service connections, storm drainage connections and sanitary sewer connections.


This position is responsible for performing municipal related engineering services including development review, plan preparation, project management, construction observation, and surveying work under the direction of the City Engineer and Assistant City Engineer, by performing the following duties. The City has one open position. The individual will be hired as an Engineering Technician or Senior Engineering Technician based on their qualifications. The following information relates to the Engineering Technician. To view the Senior Engineering Job Description click the "View Full Job Description" button below.  

Please upload a resume and cover letter with your application.


This description covers the most significant essential and auxiliary duties performed by this position for illustration purposes, but does not include other occasional work, which may be similar, related to, or a logical assignment for the position.  The job description does NOT constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer as the organizational needs and requirements of the job change.

  1. Oversees projects of small to moderate complexity involving storm water, water, wastewater, street improvement and maintenance, marine structures, and other Public Works projects.
  2. Inspects public works improvement projects to ensure conformance with applicable standards.
  3. Reviews and processes Public Works Permits.


  • Other work assignments may be required which would be typical of a technical support role to the Public Works Director, Operations Division, City Engineer and Assistant City Engineer as required.
  • Performs survey work involving use of level and other related survey equipment; checks survey data on City projects.
  • Performs the necessary engineering analysis to prepare preliminary and final engineering plans and specifications for construction contract bidding for small to moderate size projects.
  • Prepares engineering cost estimates for construction and rehabilitation projects consistent with engineering plans and specifications.
  • Prepares and manages construction related administrative and construction engineering documents to prepare contract change orders consistent with professional engineering duties and to insure project contract documents are adhered to and project is completed in accordance with stipulated plans and specifications.
  • Conducts project related field engineering reviews as a representative of the City Public Works Department.
  • Provides information and assistance to developers, engineers and the general public; investigates and responds to citizen complaints and concerns.
  • Inspects pavement condition and maintains pavement database.
  • Assists with as-built utility plan maintenance, and GIS data collection and entry.
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers and the public and including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Respectfully takes direction from the City Engineer and Assistant City Engineer.


This position does not have any supervisory responsibilities.


Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, surveying or a related field; or an associate's degree in engineering technology, surveying or a related field and 2 years of civil engineering or public works experience; or an equivalent combination of education, experience which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the described duties.
  • Thorough knowledge of civil engineering theory, practice and standards; methods, materials and equipment used in public works construction/maintenance; engineering record keeping systems; engineering computer applications and general survey procedures.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a valid driver's license with a safe driving record.


  • Registration as an Engineering Intern in Oregon preferred.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to write clear, concise reports, speeches and articles for publication which conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present, in verbal and written manner, information to management and public groups.


Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.


Much of the required work requires use of a computer, but the computer is not itself the focus of the position.  Has an advanced understanding and capabilities in using applicable programs and knowledge of networks. Knowledge and skill in the use of computer-aided-design software such as AutoCAD Civil 3D preferred.


Ability to plan, establish priority; make independent investigation of engineering problems and determine adherence to engineering standards and specifications; write clear, concise reports; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; maintain effective working relationships with employees, engineers, developers, and the general public.


The physical demands and 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.

This position splits time between an office setting and in the field.  Field work is sometimes performed outdoors in adverse weather conditions. Must be able to occasionally lift up to 25 pounds, walk on uneven surfaces, work in confined spaces, climb ladders, be able to inspect and perform work in positions such as standing, bending, squatting, and sitting; able to utilize the senses of sight, hearing, and touch to recognize and to accurately evaluate equipment and process conditions. Frequently required to sit; talk or hear; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; bend; twist; reach with hands and arms.  Must be able to sit and work on a computer for extended periods of time.

Employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.


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