City of Tampa

Sewer Operations Engineering Support Technician (#361100) 028

$27.40-$38.96 Hourly / $4,749.33-$6,753.07 Monthly / $56,992.00-$81,036.80 Yearly


This is responsible technical work involving system and compliance inspections, surveying and complaint investigation.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing a variety of sub-professional engineering assignments in conducting compliance inspections. Employees are responsible for conducting detailed, continuous reviews of materials, methods, and workmanship to assure that each part of the job is completed in accordance with the plans and specifications. Under general supervision, work is of more than average difficulty and requires application of a practical knowledge of the methods and techniques of engineering construction. Reasonable initiative and independent judgment are required in: keeping records and preparing reports; interpreting plans, specifications, survey data, and blue prints; and, monitoring construction activities for adherence to contractual agreements. Employees may also apply specialized knowledge and experience in the completion of certain assignments, participate in assignments that require considerable contact with the general public, exercise tact and courtesy while working in accordance with established guidelines and work independently. Employees in this class are responsible for performing various tasks involving operation of surveying equipment. Work is reviewed in progress and upon completion through observation, and documents and reports submitted for technical adequacy and adherence to instructions given.

Examples of Duties

Resolves differences between plans and specifications; approves, within the guidance provided, minor deviations in construction methods and practices which conform to established precedent; investigates citizen complaints and recommends corrective action; makes percentage estimates of work under construction for partial payments; assists in preparation of drawings of the finished construction project; maintains records and reports used in daily inspections to document activities, work progress, daily diaries, testing, and change orders.

Provides property information to the public including location of utilities; computes quantities; reviews and field inspects utility permit requests; prepares sketches and researches utility information for proposed additional construction and renovations; conducts information searches of tax records, deeds, abstracts, office files, court records, aerial photos, private surveys; enters/retrieves data in files using computer to maintain accurate and complete records; approves or rejects the placement/relocation of utilities; reviews and makes comments on preliminary construction plans and specifications.

Provides training, technical advice, and guidance to other personnel; explains/interprets information/policies for employees, public and other agencies.

Operates microfilm/microfiche reader/viewer in order to read microfilm.

Operates sighting instruments/equipment in making accurate measurements on engineering surveys; operates transits, levels, and other instruments along clear, accessible routes; runs traverse lines from known points and level circuits between benchmarks of known elevation; measures angles, distances and differences in elevation between points.

Uses survey equipment to set grades and line stakes, take profiles and elevations; uses tape measure to determine distances; determines elevation in order to set utilities.

Uses metal finder, shovel and probe rod to locate property corners and underground utilities; uses sledgehammer to drive stakes and hubs; prepares non-technical drawings and sketches; coordinates with utility engineers/representatives to locate utility lines for projects in order to make accurate angle, distance and elevation measurements on engineering surveys and construction surveys.

Operates communications systems; operates a computer to download data files from a data collector; operates a calculator.

Reads and interprets surveying data, technical plans and specifications, blueprints, or diagrams to complete assignments; informs public of location of city facilities, infrastructure, and other engineering information from city drawing archives and aerial photographs in order to facilitate their understanding and knowledge of same; conducts site inspections to ascertain correctness of information contained in submitted plans.

Operates a lightweight motor vehicle for travel to work sites.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: construction practices, techniques, trades, and safety practices.

Working knowledge of: basic mathematics; basic methods and techniques of engineering; municipal rules, regulations and ordinances relating to construction activities; operation and use of basic and precision surveying instruments/equipment; basic engineering surveying techniques, methods, and procedures; work hazards and applicable safety precautions.

Some knowledge of: basic geometry.

Ability to: read and comprehend construction codes, contracts and requirements; follow a logical line of inquiry and reach logical conclusions; use survey equipment; perform mathematical computations rapidly and accurately; coordinate activities with others; prepare accurate, factual oral and written reports and maintain records; read dials and gauges; read/interpret survey, engineering/architectural data, plans and specifications; read and interpret legal requirements of contracts; recognize improper procedures, materials and workmanship; verbally communicate moderately complex information; follow and explain moderately complex instructions and procedures; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, contractors’ representatives, officials, and the general public; perform work involving a considerable amount of walking, at times in unpleasant weather or conditions.

Skill in: the operation and care of basic and precision sighting instruments/equipment, personal computer (AutoCADD, MSOffice) and calculator.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school and completion of one (1) year of college with course work in engineering or related subjects with three (3) years of sub-professional engineering experience in construction inspection, field engineering, capacity analysis, and/or survey; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. 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: 361100; EST: 8/12/2013; REV: 3/1/2021;