City of Tampa

Lead Engineering Technician (#500315) 033

$33.33-$47.42 Hourly / $5,777.20-$8,219.47 Monthly / $69,326.40-$98,633.60 Yearly


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

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for leading and 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

  • Performs lead duties for the purpose of organizing team work activities; issues work assignments; reviews work of subordinate staff for accuracy and tracks/reports the progress of work to supervisor.
  • 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.
  • 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 training, technical advice, and guidance to subordinate personnel; explains/interprets information/policies for employees, public and other agencies.
  • 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.
  • Operates a lightweight vehicle for travel to and from work sites; uses radio or cell phone to communicate with others.
  • 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; five (5) years in sub-professional engineering experience in construction inspection or engineering planning and two (2) years’ experience as an Engineering Technician III; 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: 500315; REV: 3/1/2021;