Engineering Technician I/II/ III

$6,000 - $9,000 monthly
  • Valley Water
  • San Jose, CA, USA
  • Sep 14, 2021
Full time Business Development Construction Engineering

Job Description


Do you want to make a difference in your community by ensuring that over 1.9 million people get clean water every day? Valley Water (District) is looking for a highly capable Engineering Technician I/II/ III to join the Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Services Team. The CADD Services Unit is responsible for providing quality engineering, graphic, and presentation services in support of planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of Valley Water’s critical infrastructure, as well as managing Valley Water’s computer aided drafting and design systems.
The Engineering Technician will prepare, present, create, amend, update, and maintain engineering drawings, plans, maps, reports, and specifications for projects; they may also perform field surveys and collection of field data, and perform a variety of tasks related to the development of civil water resources engineering project drawings.
They will perform drafting work and ensure adherence to relevant standards and specifications using AutoCAD, Civil 3D and other Computer Aided Drafting and Design software.
The Engineering Technician III will also assist in reviewing the work of interns and with the production and maintenance of standard drafting and technical manuals for Valley Water
This position reports to the Office of Integrated Water Management, a unit critical to Valley Water’s mission – to provide Silicon Valley safe, clean water for a healthy life, environment, and economy.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Create and develop complex map and graphic displays using AutoCAD and Civil 3D software, including two-dimensional and three-dimensional plans, profiles, cross sections, structure details, site plans, charts, signs, and other aides.
  • Compile and research data; review, verify, and check design criteria for accuracy and conformance to engineering design standards; make alterations to plans during design and construction; produce as-built drawings and specifications.
  • Ensure adherence to guidelines established in the CADD Standards Manual.
  • Produce and maintain standard drafting and technical manuals for the District as assigned; oversee the District’s collection of drafting and other technical materials; cataloging all materials obtained.
  • Conduct field inspections to gather data such as distances, measurements, structures, location of mechanical equipment and other topographical features.
  • Organize and maintain all revisions of project drawings, plot files, and project-related information per Valley Water’s policies and procedures.
  • Assist staff with CAD technical issues, training, and other CAD system or standards issues.
  • Create image files by scanning documents; remain current on new hardware and software developments.
  • Pursuant to California Government Code Section 3100, all public employees are required to serve as disaster service workers subject to such disaster service activities as may be assigned to them by their supervisor or by law.

Ideal Candidate's Background Includes:
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria listed below.

Ideal Experience:
Engineering Technician Level I: 1 year experience with planning providing engineering technical support to civil design projects and civil water resources related engineering projects.
Engineering Technician Level II: 2 years of experience with planning providing engineering technical support to civil design projects and civil water resources related engineering projects.
Engineering Technician Level III: 4 years of experience with planning providing engineering technical support to civil design projects and civil water resources related engineering projects.

Ideal Experience for all three levels I/II/III

  • Experience in developing engineering drawing sets using AutoCAD and Civil 3D for different phases of a  Capital project: planning, design, construction and/or close out. 
  • Experience in preparing engineering drawings related to the construction and renovation of water related infrastructure.
  • Experience applying CADD standards.
  • Experience using the Layers Properties Manager and externally referencing drawings.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:

  • Analyze information and make recommendations for corrective actions.
  • Ability to create 3-D drawings and/or models.
  • Ability to complete basic calculations related to civil engineering drawings.
  • Proficient use of AutoCAD and/or Civil 3D software.
  • Ability to conceptualize 3D surfaces, build plan and profiles, calculate surface quantities, and to effectively manage smaller civil projects with minimal supervision.
  • Conduct field surveys, inspections and investigations to obtain and verify water resources, and engineering data.
  • Ability to set project priorities and exercise sound independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Utilize tools, equipment and materials safely as related to assigned work.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Must have basic PC experience in Windows environments, working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, email, web-enabled application, and database software.
  • Ability to use common desktop applications such as MS Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook). 
  • Effectively represent the CADD Services Unit in meetings with other Valley Water groups.
  • Good Attitude/Hard Working/Team player.
  • Highly motivated to provide excellent customer service.

Ideal Knowledge:
Knowledge and/or use of GIS and other engineering design modeling software is a plus.

Ideal Training and Education:

  • Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by twelve (12) college semester units in engineering, geography, mathematics, or a related field.
  • Associate's degree in Drafting/Design, Civil Engineering Technology, Surveying, or related field from an accredited college/university is desirable.


Required License or Certificate


CADD Certificate is desirable.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.
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Selection Process


(1)   The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.
(2)   The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.
Vestnys, Stephanie