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Engineering Technician

GENERAL SUMMARY: Under general supervision, apply theory and principles of civil engineering in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of structures and facilities under the direction of engineering staff; perform construction inspection and surveying, computer-aided drafting/design (CAD) and routine engineering design; perform laboratory and field testing of aggregates, asphalt, concrete and soil materials; utilize GIS to access and update infrastructure records and locate utilities in the field as part of Iowa One-Call services and perform other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate possesses the ability to follow a management philosophy that is input oriented and values equity, problem solving and development of partnerships; the ability to work effectively as a member of a team; and desires to be part of an organization that values service, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation and teamwork.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:  Work in this class involves serving as an inspector of construction, drafts person or laboratory technician for public works related construction projects.   Supervisory engineers provide general supervision and review the work through observation, conferences and results achieved.



  • Inspect facilities, public works projects, sidewalks, driveways, curbs, or excavation sites to determine if they meet applicable plans, specifications, or standards.
  • Review technical documents.
  • Keep detailed records of construction activity.
  • Create graphical (CAD and map) representations of civil structures.
  • Test characteristics of materials or structures.
  • Prepare specifications, calculating quantities and construction cost estimates and engineering reports for public works construction projects.
  • Confer with other personnel to resolve design or operational issues.
  • Update and redraw construction plans.
  • Assist in construction surveying.
  • Utilize GIS to access and update infrastructure records.
  • Locate existing utilities for Iowa One-Call services.
  • Perform laboratory and field tests of aggregates, asphaltic cement concrete, Portland cement concrete, soils and related materials.
  • Respond to inquiries from the public, developers, engineers, surveyors, other City departments and outside agencies.
  • Issue permits.
  • Respond to questions and service requests.
  • Participate in the city’s intercultural competency training and program.


  • Civil Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of civil engineering science, CAD technology and surveying. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various and services.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, occupational safety hazards, project methods and regulations, and the tools involved in the inspection, construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Design - Knowledge of civil engineering design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of processors, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including AutoCAD and surveying applications and programming.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Critical Thinking - Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem or make a decision using bet practices, resourcefulness and tact.
  • Reading Comprehension - Reading and interpreting work-related information such as civil engineering drawings.
  • Active Listening - Listening to the input from the general public without interruption and following up with good questions.
  • Deductive Reasoning - Using rules to solve problems and prepare engineering plans.
  • Mathematical Reasoning - Choosing the right type of math to accurately solve a problem.
  • Oral and Written Expression - Communicating by speaking and/or in writing.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Duties include working outside in inclement weather; and medium to heavy work with occasional heavy lifting.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job and that candidate may come from a variety of backgrounds and lived experiences. If you're interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role, even if you believe you do not meet all of the hiring criteria described above.   


  • At least 6 months of CAD drafting experience in a Civil Engineering related field (drafting related to municipal improvement projects such as streets, storm or sanitary sewer utilities, water main utilities, or other related utilities/facilities); and
  • At least 6 months experience working on public infrastructure related construction projects; and
  • High School Diploma or GED; or
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license or ability to obtain prior to first day of appointment.


  • Surveying and/or public works construction experience.
  • 2 years of CAD drafting experience in a Civil Engineering related field (drafting related to municipal improvement projects such as streets, storm or sanitary sewer utilities, water main utilities, or other related utilities/facilities).
  • Associate's degree or major coursework in CAD, Infrastructure Construction, Civil Engineering, Construction Inspection or a related field; or
  • 2 years of experience, performing construction inspection, or working on public infrastructure related construction projects.
  • Experience working with a diverse workforce.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: Employee shall establish their principal place of residence within fifty (50) miles of the corporate limits of the city of Dubuque as soon as practical after appointment, but within two years of appointment.
FLSA STATUS:  Non-Exempt

Selection Process

  1. MQ Review: HR will screen applications for minimum qualifications after the posting closes.
  2. SME Review:  Applications for candidates that meet minimum qualifications will be forwarded for an in-depth review of supplemental question responses.
  3. Panel Interview(s): Our goal is to schedule panel interviews with candidates that pass the HR review as soon as possible.

Our Commitment to You:  We are committed to using a merit-based system in which recruiting, selecting, and advancing employees is based on their relative knowledge, skills, and abilities. The City of Dubuque values a culture of equity, diverse perspectives, and life experiences. Our organization embraces innovation, collaboration and work-life harmony. We offer job stability, a comprehensive benefits package, and an opportunity to serve and support our diverse community. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity and an inclusive workforce. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.