Engineering Technician I - #337905

City of Decatur (Illinois)

Date: 07/22/2021 19:30 PM

City: Decatur, Illinois

Salary: $2,347 / hour

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

Job Summary

The Civil Service Commission of the City of Decatur will conduct an examination and establish an eligible register for the position of Engineering Technician I. Persons passing all phases of the selection process will be placed on a Civil Service eligible register which will be used for a period of two years or until exhausted. Selection of candidates will be made according to the Civil Service laws for cities, as modified by the City Code of the City of Decatur, Illinois.


The position performs responsible, routine technical work in the field and office in connection with the design and construction of Public Works projects. Duties include construction observation of routine capital projects; assisting in survey work; conducting inventories of public infrastructure; assisting in the preparation of engineering plans, maps, estimates, studies and reports; general review of plans for compliance with City standards and specifications; monitoring the progress of private development projects and performing final acceptance inspection; and responding to routine information inquiries and complaints relating to engineering functions and responsibilities. Candidates must be proficient in Microsoft Excel.


This position is under the direct supervision of the supervisor responsible for technical personnel. Routine assignments are performed independently and reviewed upon completion. Detailed assignment instructions and regular project guidance is received from an engineer or advanced level technician for new or non-routine work.

Major Duties

EXAMPLES OF WORK (typical work examples, but not limited to the following)

  • Observes and documents the work of private contractors to assure that work is done in compliance with City standards and specifications.
  • Collects material samples (i.e., concrete, aggregate, bituminous concrete, etc.) for testing.
  • Operates and adjusts basic testing equipment for material testing and records results.
  • Inspects water and sewer taps to assure work complies with City standards and specifications.
  • Serves on a survey party, as a support member or as equipment operator, in performing field surveys for design, rights-of-way, construction staking, as-built information and investigations.
  • Prepares drawings from survey field notes or electronic data collection for designs and engineering studies.
  • Performs preliminary research of property ownership and legal descriptions.
  • Provides field locates for City water and sewer facilities.
  • Conducts inventories of public infrastructure to record location, dimensions, condition, etc. and compiles information obtained.
  • Provides basic technical support assistance in preparing engineering plans, maps, estimates, studies and reports.
  • Reviews plans and specifications for compliance with City Standards and specifications.
  • Collects information and makes updates to permanent engineering files, records and maps to document changes, additions and corrections to the City's infrastructure.
  • Conducts periodic observations and final acceptance inspection of private development projects to assure compliance with City standards and specifications.
  • Responds to written, telephone and personal inquiries from the general public, consultants, contractors, other agencies, utility companies and other City departments and divisions for general, routine information relating to engineering operations, requirements and responsibilities.
  • Responds to complaints from the public relating to street, drainage, water and sewer problems.
  • Performs related work and other duties as assigned.

Knowledge & Skills


  • Basic knowledge of mathematics through trigonometry.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Introductory knowledge of civil engineering principles and practices.
  • Introductory knowledge of surveying principles, practices and use of related equipment.
  • Knowledge of construction practices and equipment.
  • Ability to learn the use of personal computers and use of spreadsheet, word processing and computer aided drafting software.
  • Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to perform basic manual drafting work given detailed instruction.
  • Ability to understand engineering drawings.
  • Ability to effectively deal with the public, contractors, fellow workers and supervisors.
  • Ability to schedule work to meet planned activities and completion dates.
  • Physical stamina sufficient to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions and at construction sites.
  • Graduation from high school or equivalent, including or supplemented by vocational school or college level courses directly relating to civil engineering, surveying or construction; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Must possess, or obtain within 60 days of employment, a valid State of Illinois driver's license.

Supplemental Information


Applicants must successfully complete all portions of the selection process. The examination process will consist of the following:

  • Written Examination
    : All applicants must take a written examination. Applicants are required to score at least 70.00% on the written examination.

  • Oral Interview
    : All applicants passing the written examination will be invited for an oral interview. Applicants are required to pass the oral interview with a score of at least 70.00% in order to be placed on the eligible register.

  • Veteran Points
    : Eligible veterans who pass the written test and oral interview may receive 5 veteran preference points added to their final examination score.
  • Physical Examination & Background Investigation: Applicants placed on the eligible register must pass a physical examination which includes a drug screen by a physician of the Commission's choice, immediately prior to appointment. Applicants will also be subject to a background investigation. Final appointment is contingent upon the passing of all of these components.


Persons appointed to the position of Engineering Technician I will serve a probationary period of six months.


The Engineering Technician I position is covered under the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) collective bargaining agreement. AFSCME employees hired after June 5, 2017 shall be required to reside within the corporate limits of the City of Decatur for the first five (5) years of employment, and within the corporate limits of Macon County or within fifteen (15) miles of the corporate limits of the City of Decatur thereafter. Upon original appointment, an appointee may reside outside said limits but shall be required as a condition of continued employment to comply with said residency requirement no later than ninety (90) days after the completion of their probationary period.

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