City of Tampa

Engineering Technician III (N/S) (#500310) 032

$32.02-$45.63 Hourly / $5,550.13-$7,909.20 Monthly / $66,601.60-$94,910.40 Yearly


This is responsible technical work involving engineering planning and construction compliance inspections.  Bargaining unit position.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing a variety of sub-professional engineering assignments, including compliance inspections on major municipal building, civil, and utility construction projects. Work is of considerable difficulty and includes detailed, continuous reviews of materials and work methods to assure that each part of the project is completed according to plans and specifications. Under direction, employees exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment in conducting and participating in compliance inspections when project involves complicated features such as complex foundation problems or unique design components and monitors construction activities for adherence to safety practices and other requirements. Work is reviewed through conferences, oral and written reports, observation, and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Conducts follow-up investigations; participates in performing compliance inspections on major municipal building, civil and utility construction projects and conducts detailed, continuous reviews of materials, work methods and workmanship; manages database cross-connection control; sends out compliance form/reviews.

Approves/disapproves construction documents; investigates field problems and recommends solutions; prepares written inspection/construction reports of projects/activities in order to document work performed; makes periodic unscheduled checks of materials delivered to construction sites for compliance with specifications; monitors work practices and methods for acceptability and conformance to safety standards; interviews contractors and their employees to ensure labor laws and regulations are being observed; authorizes minor field changes within guidance provided and coordinates major changes with superior; explains code violations and requirements for corrective action to property owner and occupants of residential and commercial properties to secure action.

Contacts project developers to obtain required documentation; coordinates maintenance, repair, installation, inspection, removal, and servicing of equipment and/or facilities; coordinates project work with engineers, inspectors, utilities, and contractors to keep project on schedule; provides information and responds to complaints from the public relating to projects; collects data from other departments/agencies; develops cost and time estimates for projects; prepares actual construction drawings of complex or unusual completed structures; conducts field investigations of complaints; reviews and provides feedback on preliminary construction plans and specifications.

Performs basic computer network analysis of the water distribution system; assists in updating model structure as required; develops, drafts, revises, and recommends master plans for infrastructure improvements; investigates field problems and recommends solutions.

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

Answers questions on phone and in person; informs other agencies, consultants and the general public about codes; represents the department at meetings with developers, consultants, etc.; conducts follow-up investigations of construction, transportation, and/or utilities problems; analyzes results and recommends solutions; coordinates with other areas to assure the smooth and least disruptive process for completion of projects.

Documents daily activities at construction sites, including inventories of equipment and manpower, and progress achieved by the contractor.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: inspection procedures; construction practices, techniques, standards, trades, and safety practices; mathematics.

Working knowledge of: common problems and solutions affecting building, civil and utility construction; configuration and purpose of major components of projects; material standards and testing requirements for common components; computer modeling; field practices; various testing equipment and procedures.

Ability to: conduct field inspections of projects; apply various codes and requirements; pursue a logical line of inquiry to conclusion; formulate recommendations; recognize factors which lead to unacceptable results or unsafe conditions; prepare accurate factual reports, complete standard forms and maintain complete records; use testing instruments; read/interpret survey, engineering or architectural data, plans and specifications; prepare project cost and time estimates; perform detailed mathematical computations rapidly and accurately; work effectively in a group setting; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, officials, contractors, and the general public; perform physically demanding work might be required.

Skill in: use of personal computer and software including word processing, production of spreadsheets, and maintenance of documents.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school with two (2) years of college coursework in engineering or related subjects and five (5) years in sub-professional engineering experience in construction inspection or engineering planning; 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.


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: 500310; EST: 8/12/2013; REV: 3/1/2021;