City of Tampa

Engineering Technician IV (#005014) S16

$36.33-$54.48 Hourly / $6,297.20-$9,443.20 Monthly / $75,566.40-$113,318.40 Yearly


This is supervisory and highly technical work involving construction and landscape compliance inspections.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for planning, assigning, scheduling, supervising, and reviewing the work of subordinate technicians in conducting compliance inspections on major municipal building, civil, utility, and landscape construction projects. Work is of considerable difficulty and includes organizing, supervising and coordinating the performance of detailed, continuous and searching reviews of material, methods, and workmanship. Employees attend pre-construction meetings, answer questions and offer suggestions concerning the inspection aspects of proposed projects. Employees maintain continuous contact with subordinate technicians at various job sites while work is in progress to provide assistance and direction as needed and maintain awareness of project status. Employees are also in constant contact with such project personnel as contractors, architects and engineers to resolve problems, approve change orders and initiate plan revisions. Employees are expected to determine work priorities, establish and adjust work standards, develop work schedules, and coordinate and review work performed by subordinates. Under general direction, employees exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment in providing training, assistance and supervision to subordinates and in performing personnel and management functions. Work is reviewed through conferences, oral and written reports, observation, and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Confers with contractors or representatives regarding such matters as changes to plans, resolutions of problems and interpretation of plans and specifications; reviews drawings prepared/submitted by others to identify conflicts with actual field conditions/assure compliance with plans and specifications; advises subordinates on proper construction methods and procedures; provides assistance and direction in resolving technical problems involving unfamiliar work methods or concepts; explains departmental operating policies and procedures to subordinate employees, contractors and the general public; provides assistance in computing cost estimates; authorizes minor field changes and coordinates major changes with contractor and project engineer; reviews notes, reports, calculations, and other documents submitted by subordinates for accuracy, completeness and legibility; maintains on-going monitoring of contracts to ensure compliance with city regulations or requirements.

Prepares/reviews preparation of payment requisitions; verifies computations on estimates submitted by subordinates and contractors; coordinates with utilities on such matters as service requirements, points of entry and easements; conducts field investigations, surveys and inspections to collect information/evidence when necessary.

Performs and/or supervises office related activities; researches records and retrieves and assembles data; computes cost and time estimates of projects submitted by other city departments; reviews bids in order to recommend which ones should be accepted.

Prepares and presents periodic reports orally and in writing on the status of construction projects; provides training and develops work method/procedure modifications to improve work output and/or quality of final product; initiates preparation of purchase requisitions for section supplies and equipment.

Provides input for section budget including projecting the need for equipment and personnel; recommends such personnel actions as employments, promotions, transfers, demotions, suspensions, and dismissals; administers required discipline and responds to employee grievances; completes subordinate employees’ performance evaluations.

Operates a lightweight motor vehicle for travel to work sites and cell phone or radio to communicate with others.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Extensive knowledge of: inspection procedures and construction and landscape practices and techniques.

Considerable knowledge of: mathematics; appropriate safety practices; common problems and solutions affecting building, civil and utility construction.

Working knowledge of: configurations and purpose of components of a major project; material standards and testing requirements for common components; basic training and supervisory techniques; planning and scheduling techniques; legal principles affecting inspection work; purpose and objective of employee performance evaluations; disciplinary and grievance policies and procedures.

Ability to: develop work plans and schedules; diagnose training and development needs of subordinates and deliver training programs; coordinate activities of others and evaluate work product for accuracy and completeness; communicate moderately complex ideas and information orally and in writing; read and interpret engineering plans and specifications; perform mathematical computations rapidly and accurately; pursue a logical line of inquiry to conclusion; maintain accurate and complete records; recognize conditions which lead to unsafe work/unacceptable product; confront difficult/unpleasant situations and be decisive; prepare project time and cost estimates; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school with two years of college course work in engineering or related subjects and five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in construction inspection with one (1) year in related supervisory experience; Applicants with seven (7) years of experience as an Engineer Technician III with the City of Tampa will receive consideration.  

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license.


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: 005014; EST: 8/12/2013; REV: 8/17/2020;