Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Engineering Technician III (#20003575)

General Statement

Under supervision, is responsible for performing technical tasks related to the maintenance and operation of a sewage treatment plant.

Essential Job Functions

Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Assists engineering personnel in carrying out wastewater treatment operations; assists in performing field inspections of operations, facilities and equipment and in resolving operating problems; supervises trades personnel in the completion of maintenance activities.
  • Assists engineering personnel in the supervision and inspection of maintenance and construction work and the enforcement of District specifications and safety requirements; collects related data for preparation of correspondence.
  • Assists in planning and directing¬†biosolids receiving, drying and shipping operations at various sludge drying sites; monitors activities and site conditions; determines and records truck and material weight information.
  • Retrieves, microfilms, duplicates, checks, codes and files departmental records; copies and archives contract plans; maintains filing system for records retrieval.
  • Sets up and maintains surveying equipment; assists in establishing and recording survey information such as lines and grades, bench marks and cross sections.
  • Obtains, assembles and prepares data and maintains records; makes routine checks on data; utilizes departmental information systems to retrieve and enter information and prepare reports.

Other Job Functions

  • Performs standard tests and checks.
  • Drafts and prepares charts and exhibits.
  • Maintains supply and equipment inventories; prepares purchase requisitions.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Environmental Conditions

Typical office environment. May use standard office equipment and computer terminals. May involve exposure to a variety of operating mechanical equipment and loud noise and/or noxious odors. May include working in all types of weather conditions throughout the plant facility and collection system. May involve working in close proximity to or in conjunction with construction activities and heavy equipment, and may require exposure to a variety of weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Some knowledge of geometry, college algebra and trigonometry.
  • Some knowledge of field surveying and related computations.
  • Some knowledge of engineering measuring devices, instruments, laboratory and sampling equipment.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to use engineering transits and levels.
  • Ability to make working drawings from rough drafts or notes.
  • Ability to utilize word processors, spread sheets, database managers, and similar applications.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from a standard senior high school or the equivalent and two years of sub-professional engineering experience.


College or technical training beyond high school in engineering or mathematics may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Promotional Requirement

  • None

CLASS: 20003575; EST: 1/1/1900; REV: 7/1/2012;