Engineering Technician - Municipal

Location: Detroit Lakes Fargo
Engineering Services Group: Civil Municipal
Employment Type: Full Time - Hourly

Position Description: Apex Engineering Group has openings for Civil Engineering Technicians interested in working with our Municipal Group located in our Detroit Lakes Office. Technicians may also support our Water/Wastewater and Transportation Groups as needed. Primary responsibilities include providing CADD (Computer Aided Design Drafting) and field support services for the design and construction of municipal infrastructure improvement projects. Engineering Technicians are expected to possess and apply basic civil engineering design principles and construction methods both in the office and in the field. Engineering technicians typically work in a team environment during the design and development of project plans. Technicians report to a Project Manager or Senior Engineer. Additional duties include CADD work related to graphics or drawings required for reports, proposals, and project interviews. This position will also include taking on the role of resident project representative (RPR) in the field during construction projects in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Qualification Requirements:
  • High School diploma or equivalent is required.
  • A 2-year Associates Degree in Engineering Technology or a Technical Degree in Drafting is highly desirable (applicable experience may be accepted).
  • A minimum of 2-5 years of experience is preferred.
  • Working knowledge and willing to become proficient in AutoCAD/Civil-3D and Microstation/GeoPak design software required.
  • Experience with other CADD software such as Google-SketchUP Pro or ARCMap GIS considered a plus.
  • Working knowledge with Microsoft Windows/Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) required.
  • Must be willing to interact with people and work in team environments.
  • Must be detail orientated, self-motivated with strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • A valid driver's license is required or the ability to obtain one.
  • Must be willing to travel and spend time out of town while fulfilling RPR duties or other business related responsibilities.
Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to sit and operate a computer under normal ergonomic office conditions.
  • Required to work in an outdoors environment during construction season.
  • May require prolonged periods of standing and walking to perform some of the typical tasks and duties associated with construction observation and surveying.
  • Required to lift objects or containers weighing 50-lbs.
Typical Tasks and Duties:
  • Prepare detailed dimensional drawings and design layouts from rough sketches, redline corrections, topographic surveys, etc. utilizing CADD Software such as AutoCAD and Microstation.
  • Follow direction and execute multiple tasks assigned by Project Managers, Project Engineers and Lead Technicians in the development of project plans and specifications.
  • Calculate dimensions, square footage, profiles of roadway and utilities, material quantities, etc. utilizing computer programs and calculator.
  • Continue to learn and proficiently utilize Computer Aided Design and Drafting software to prepare plan documents.
  • Understand and follow company CADD standards/procedures and client CADD standards when required.
  • Assist with and develop skills required for construction observation/inspection, surveying and materials testing.
  • Expect to take on and understand the role of resident project representative (RPR) and owner's representative on construction projects.
  • Communicate with contractors and effectively deal with confrontational situations with contractors.
  • Communicate frequently and effectively with supervisors and project managers to inform them of construction progress and potential issues in the field.
  • Document construction progress and quantities in field diaries and input data into automated computer record systems.
  • Attend company meetings, project meetings and client meetings on a regular basis.
  • Understand and follow company employee handbook and mandated safety policies.
  • Perform responsibilities in a conscientious, legal and ethical manner with a strong attention to detail.
  • Must be able to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Participate in training opportunities that will develop technical and interpersonal soft skills.
  • Travel and out of town stays may be required; may work overtime especially during the construction season

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