Tampa Skyline
Tampa Skyline
Tampa Skyline

Engineering Technician II

Recruitment #240419-005012-001

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing a variety of sub-professional engineering assignments in conducting compliance inspections on major municipal building, civil, and utility construction projects. 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/building construction. Reasonable initiative and independent judgment are required in: keeping records and preparing reports; interpreting plans, specifications, surveying data, and blue prints; and, monitoring construction activities for adherence to contractual agreements. Work is reviewed in progress and upon completion through observation, documents and reports submitted, and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Conducts compliance inspections on major municipal building, civil and utility construction projects; reviews and becomes familiar with construction plans and specifications; inspects all materials and equipment delivered to the construction site to ensure that they meet specifications; conducts inspections of equipment to identify maintenance and repair needs; observes work and work methods to ensure that the structure is built utilizing acceptable work practices; inspects work in progress and upon completion to ensure acceptable level of workmanship and compliance with plans and specifications; conducts re-inspections to ensure compliance; interviews contractor and employees to ensure that labor laws and regulations are being observed; maintains a daily project log, records facts concerning work activity, work force, equipment in use, inspection activities, accidents, visitors, weather conditions, and unusual happenings.

Resolves differences between plans and specifications; within guidance provided, approves 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.

Performs various laboratory tests of materials; 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.

Explains/ interprets information/policies for employees, public, and other agencies.

Operates a lightweight motor vehicle for travel to and from work sites; operates digital paging system, cell phone, mobile radio, etc. to communicate with others.

Coordinates work programs for projects through utility review including both in-house plan review and field operations.

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

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: utilities 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; departmental policies, procedures and guidelines; field inspections; computer usage (AutoCAD, MS Office, etc).

Ability to: read and comprehend construction and related codes, contracts and requirements; follow a logical line of inquiry and reach logical conclusions; use testing instruments; use level and transit to establish and check elevation; perform detailed mathematical computations rapidly and accurately; coordinate activities with others; prepare accurate, factual oral and written reports and maintain records; read dials and gauges; recognize factors which lead to unacceptable results or unsafe conditions; read/interpret survey, engineering/architectural data, plans and specifications; read and interpret legal requirements of contracts; evaluate construction progress/complaints; 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 tasks requiring physical exertion might be required.

Physical Requirements

Mostly Sedentary, indoors, requires extended use of computer, typing and viewing a monitor.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school and completion of one (1) year of college with coursework in engineering or related subjects with three (3) 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 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.


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