Placer County

Architectural Assistant - II (#14210)

$34.16-$42.66 Hourly / $5,921.07-$7,394.40 Monthly / $71,052.80-$88,732.80 Yearly

Architectural Assistant - I (#15585)

$29.51-$36.85 Hourly / $5,115.07-$6,387.33 Monthly / $61,380.80-$76,648.00 Yearly


DEFINITION

To monitor, inspect, and coordinate construction projects to ensure compliance with project plans and specifications; to prepare preliminary and final design and construction drawings and specifications; and to provide support services to other departments on space and other facility-related matters.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Architectural Assistant I
This is the entry level class in the Architectural Assistant series.  This class is distinguished from the journey level by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series.  Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgment on matters allocated to the journey level.  Since this is an entry level class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.  Employees work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks.

Architectural Assistant II
This is the full journey level class within the Architectural Assistant series.  This class is distinguished from the Architectural Assistant I by the assignment of the full range of duties.  Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit.  Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Architectural Assistant I
Receives immediate supervision and direction from assigned supervisory and management personnel and may receive technical and functional supervision from management staff or other professional staff.

Architectural Assistant II
Receives general supervision and direction from assigned supervisory and management personnel and may receive technical and functional supervision from other professional staff.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Conduct studies of existing and proposed buildings and alterations; evaluate capital improvement project requests from other departments; assist in developing project scope, budget, cost estimates, materials lists, and schedules for capital projects.
  • Prepare project authorization-related documents and reports; assist in developing project specification and contract documents; and administer design consultant contracts.
  • Manage bid process, including pre-bid conferences and walk-throughs; provide technical information in response to bidder inquires.
  • Assist in construction contract administration; manage construction budget and coordinate and monitor construction projects including consultation with architects, engineers, and consultants; conduct construction inspections and approve work or note needed corrections; prepare estimates for contractor progress payments; and may prepare change orders.
  • Prepare or assist in preparation of design and construction drawings and specifications for new construction or alterations; and prepare general layout and perspective drawings to illustrate and evaluate proposed projects;
  • Plan check drawings and determine code compliance.
  • Prepare reports, correspondence, agreements, graphs and tables; and make presentations at public meetings as required.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Architectural Assistant I

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: None required.

Training: Equivalent to a five-year Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in architecture or qualifying experience for acceptance by the California Architects Board to take the state Architectural Registration Examination (A.R.E.).

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

Architectural Assistant II

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Two years of responsible architectural assistance experience performing duties similar to an Architectural Assistant I with Placer County.

Training: Equivalent to a five-year Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in architecture or qualifying experience for acceptance by the California Architects Board to take the state Architectural Registration Examination (A.R.E.).

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Architectural Assistant I

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of construction and design, with an emphasis on commercial applications.
  • Architectural practices in the preparation of design and working drawings for construction.
  • Drafting principles, including computer aided drafting and design technology.
  • Statistical methods and analysis, and the use of statistics in reports.
  • Mathematics, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.
  • Computer software, including word processing, spreadsheet, data base and graphics applications.
  • Business correspondence and report preparation.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; interpret drawings and plans; interpret and explain policies, procedures, contracts, and specifications to consultants, contractors, vendors, and the public; and maintain an awareness of safety at all times.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at a desk and in meetings for long periods of time; intermittently walk, stand, bend, squat, climb, kneel or twist while conducting field site inspections; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk or work station; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation use telephone, and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and regularly lift moderate weight.
  • Prepare neat and accurate architectural renderings, drawings, and specifications, manually and through use of computer aided design and drafting equipment.
  • Prepare accurate materials lists from architectural plans.
  • Understand and interpret complex rules and procedures.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Obtain information through interview; handle multiple assignments and establish appropriate priorities; deal fairly and courteously with the public.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper course of action.
  • Use a computer, calculator, typewriter, telephone, dictation machine, facsimile machine, postage meter, and photocopy machine.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. 

Architectural Assistant II

In addition to the qualifications for Architectural Assistant I:

Knowledge of:

  • County government and services as they relate to facility needs and administrative requirements.
  • Principles and practices of contract administration and budget management.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local statutes, ordinances, and regulations, including International Building Code and contract law.
  • County procurement policies and procedures.

Ability to:

  • Coordinate and monitor construction projects.
  • Detect errors and discrepancies in plans and specifications.
  • Explain and enforce codes, plans, specifications and contracts.
  • Analyze space requirements and evaluate facility needs.
     

CLASS: 14210; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 8/18/2014;
CLASS: 15585; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 8/18/2014;