County of Alameda

Engineering CAD/D Technician I (#2122)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Sub/Para Prof (012)
$28.89-$34.37 Hourly / $2,311.20-$2,749.60 BiWeekly /
$5,007.60-$5,957.47 Monthly / $60,091.20-$71,489.60 Yearly

Engineering CAD/D Technicians perform a variety of complex office and field engineering work; establish and maintain detailed and inter-related engineering record-keeping systems; perform computerized technical drafting/design work; perform related work as required.


The Engineering CAD/D Technician classes are found only in the Public Works Agency. Engineering CAD/D Technician I is the entry-level technician. Incumbents are closely supervised and their work is more routine in nature; reviewed in process and upon completion. As experience is gained, an incumbent will be expected to work more independently on more difficult problems/projects. Engineering CADS/D Technician I’s are expected to promote to the next higher level of Engineering CADS/D Technician II after one year of experience and demonstrating the necessary knowledge and ability to work with greater independence.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Performs civil engineering design drafting duties and computations, operating a CAD/D Unix-based work station, using graphic oriented software and other related computer systems and software.

2. Drafts plans, profiles, cross sections, details, alignments and illustration topographical features from written or electronic data to precise Assists with the planning and layout of contract plans.

3. Assists with the planning and layout of technical contract plans, and the preparation of engineering reports or studies, including spreadsheets, charts, graphs, technical illustrations and displays.

4. Performs calculation, prepares maps and right-of-way drawings as required; reviews proposed construction drawings for drafting accuracy and logic in layout, forwarding plans requiring review to appropriate personnel.

5. Manipulates field data gathered by survey crews and drafts topographical features such as structural segments of flood control or road projects, and other objects whose position is important to the design of a project. Receives, analyzes, plots and files data used to maintain, expand upon, and refine maps and records; reviews survey records.

6. Digitizes and scans maps, plans, drawings and legal documents for applicable use in the design process.

7. Maintains complex office records, including maps, plans, boundary descriptions, county road data permits, legal documents and similar materials.

8. Calculates and computes quantities and costs of materials for routine construction projects.

9. Researches, drafts and reviews records of survey and parcel maps.

10. Obtains, analyzes and interprets title reports and property deeds; also determines frontage adjustments or prorations, calculates the present and future right-of-way lines and makes necessary drawings; and writes the proper deed.

11. Performs engineering drafting design, which includes setting vertical and horizontal control; prepares channelizations, engineering signing and striping details; also reviews and advises on standard engineering requirements with other offices and agencies.

12. Provides lead supervision to lower level Engineering CAD/D Technicians or may act in a lead capacity on more difficult projects or assignments.

Either I

The equivalent of eighteen months of drafting experience in the class of Engineering Aide in the Alameda County classified service (non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts) and instruction in Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) equivalent to 3 quarters from an accredited educational institution


Possession of an Associate of Arts Degree in Engineering Technology, Drafting Technology or a closely related field, including instruction in Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) equivalent to 3 quarters from an accredited educational institution.


The equivalent of two years of recent full-time experience in sub-professional civil engineering technician work which involved engineering contract drawings or plan using CAD.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

· Office methods and procedures, including filing and record-keeping practices.
· Modern surveying instruments and methods of using them.
· Mathematics, including trigonometry.
· Engineering drafting materials and techniques.
· Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) equipment and software.
· Related software that performs input and reduction, survey collection, coordinate geometry, digital terrain modeling, contour generation, earthworks and design.
· Fundamentals of engineering drafting design and land surveying.
· Technical report writing.
· Basic principles, practices and legal aspects of land surveying work.
· State of California codes and specifications related to construction and design.

Ability to:

· Review engineering plans and documents for compliance with legal provisions.
· Prepare complete and comprehensive written reports involving the analysis of rules and regulations and engineering plans and documents.
· Do accurate engineering drafting work from electronic mediums, survey notes, sketches and other detailed guides.
· Read and interpret legal descriptions, engineering drawings, survey notes and tract descriptions.
· Communicate and organize work effectively.
· Provide lead supervision and coordinate the work of others.

Old document: 8/78:BL:mdc
HC:pb:Revised: 10/28/92
DF:pb-Revised: 6/93
New document: Jobspecs/2122-2123


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.