City of Tampa

Engineering Technician I (#005011) 023

$22.55-$32.02 Hourly / $3,908.67-$5,550.13 Monthly / $46,904.00-$66,601.60 Yearly


This is technical work involving construction compliance inspections.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing a variety of sub-professional engineering assignments to acquire knowledge and further develop proficiency in conducting building, civil, utility, and landscape construction compliance inspections and field surveys and/or to support other technical engineering functions. Employees learn to recognize and understand the purpose of various guides and manuals used to aid in the performance of required tasks. Work is of more than average difficulty and includes performing simple inspection tasks and making simple measurements of observations, gathering data and information, and keeping various records. Employees might also be required to make preliminary recommendations concerning the acceptance and/or rejection of materials and workmanship in clear-cut situations. Under general supervision, work guidelines applicable to assignments are clear and explicit although the exercise of some initiative and independent judgment is required. Working outdoors under moderately adverse conditions including weather, traffic, dampness, and exposure to stormwater and wastewater flows and atmospheres is also required. Work is reviewed while in progress and upon completion through observation, documents and reports submitted, and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Participates in conducting inspections of municipal building, civil, and utility construction for conformance to plans and specifications; assists in reviewing plans to ensure compliance with municipal codes, ordinances, rules, and regulations; provides assistance in compiling and verifying items for contractor payments; participates in reviewing percentage estimates submitted by contractors for partial payment on work completed; performs arithmetical/mathematical calculations for work/projects.

Performs simple inspection tasks and makes measurements and observations; makes preliminary recommendations concerning the acceptance and rejection of materials and workmanship; computes quantities; locates and marks underground utilities for planning and protection from construction damage; notifies affected parties concerning service interruptions.

Reviews utility permit applications for feasibility and construction/connection conflicts; inspects installations and restorations relating to the approved permit to ensure requirements have been met; investigates citizen complaints and initiates corrective action by proper authorities; conducts information searches of property ownership.

Prepares and maintains records/reports of activities performed; prepares drawings, plans and specifications; maintains field data collection systems; reads and inspects surveying data, technical data and blueprints; inspects meters and new equipment; reads meters and grades; conducts flow pressure tests.

Operates lightweight motor vehicle for traveling to work sites; operates radio or cell phone to communicate with others.

Answers requests for information from public and other agencies.

Conducts information searches of tax, court and other records; contacts project developers to obtain required documentation.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Working knowledge of: construction practices and techniques; construction trades; safety practices in the construction industry; basic mathematics.

Some knowledge of: methods and techniques of engineering; municipal rules, regulations and ordinances relating to construction and landscaping activities; inspection practices and procedures.

Ability to: reach a logical conclusion; coordinate activities with others; follow moderately complex instructions and procedures; read and comprehend codes and requirements; read dials and gauges; lift and carry equipment for periods of short duration but repeatedly over the course of a day (occasionally requires heavy lifting); give moderately complex verbal instructions; complete standard forms; perform mathematical computations rapidly and accurately; read and interpret engineering plans and specifications; prepare oral and written reports and maintain accurate records; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, officials and the general public; operate microfiche/microfilm equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school and completion of one (1) year of college with coursework in engineering or related subjects with one (1) year of experience in construction inspection; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license.


Evaluation of education and experience. Drug testing is included in all pre-employment processing.


During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 005011; EST: 8/12/2013;