County of Alameda

Engineering CAD/D Technician III (#2124)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Sub/Para Prof (012)
$45.56-$54.46 Hourly / $3,644.80-$4,356.80 BiWeekly /
$7,897.07-$9,439.73 Monthly / $94,764.80-$113,276.80 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; and perform related work as required.  


The Engineering CAD/D Technician classes are found only in the Public Works Agency.  This position may provide lead supervision for a specialized program.  

Engineering CAD/D Technician III’s are characterized by being assigned program responsibilities for operations which require extensive specialized knowledge, independent initiative and public and inter-agency contact.  Incumbents at this level perform the most complex range of duties in this class and are independently responsible for assignments involving the full scope of responsibilities. This position may train and provide lead supervision.


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 Autodesk CAD and Civil Design software, other graphic software (including but not limited to Bluebeam, Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop) and related computer systems and software.
  2. Drafts plans, profiles, cross sections, details, alignments and illustration topographical features from written or electronic data.
  3. Assists with the planning and layout of technical contract plans, and the preparation of engineering reports or studies, including spread sheets, 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. Performs the more complex highly specialized technical design program functions.
  13. Trains and provides lead supervision to three or more lower-level Engineering CAD/D Technicians.
  14. Assigns, coordinates and reviews work in process of lower-level technicians.
  15. Prepares work performance evaluations.
  16. Coordinates quarterly CAD/D users meeting.




The equivalent of one year of experience in the class of Engineering CAD/D Technician II in the Alameda County classified service.  (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)



Possession of an Associate of Arts Degree in Engineering Technology, Drafting Technology or a closely related field from an accredited educational institution,  



The equivalent of three (3) years of full-time increasingly responsible and varied sub-professional civil engineering drafting experience, in the preparation of civil engineering contract drawings and plans using CAD.



The equivalent of four (4) years of recent full-time increasingly responsible and varied sub-professional civil engineering experience in the preparation of civil engineering contract drawings and plans 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.
  • Mathematics, including trigonometry.
  • Engineering drafting materials and techniques.
  • Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) equipment and software needs, compatibility and requirements.
  • Engineering concepts as used in CAD 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 and practices of land surveying work.  

Ability to:

  • Review engineering plans and documents for compliance with agency and County standards.
  • Prepare complete and comprehensive written reports involving 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.
  • Evaluate and provide recommendation for CAD equipment and software needs.
  • Evaluate and develop CAD templates and standards.



HC:pb:Revised: 10/28/92

DF:pb  Revised: 6/93


New doc:  2124.doc


CSC Date:  6/30/93

AM:pf  3/27/02 

CSC Date:   4/10/02

LD:kl Revised 06/20//2019

CSC Date: 09/23/2020


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

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • 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.


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