Engineering Technician I

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on November 3, 2023
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Position Information

Grow your technical experience with the County of Sonoma!
Starting salary up to $38.38/hour ($80,103/year) and a competitive total compensation package!*

What We Offer

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits* including:

  • Hybrid Telework - A schedule that meets the needs of our staff, department operations, and the communities we serve may be available depending on the assignment
  • Salary Advancement - A salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • Career Advancement - With time and good performance, the opportunity for advancement to Engineering Technician II (salary up to $44.11/hour)
  • Paid Time Off - Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County Paid Health Premium Contributions - 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • Staff Development/Wellness Pay - Annual benefit allowances of up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Post-Retirement Health Reimbursement Arrangement - County contributions to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement - A pension fully integrated with Social Security
  • Paid Parental Leave - May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) after 12 months of County employment

Here at the County of Sonoma, Engineering Technician positions offer opportunities to gain experience toward career growth in the field of sub-professional engineering. As you gain on-the-job training and experience, you can progress through our career ladders. While all our sub-professional and professional engineering positions require knowledge of algebra and geometry as well as the ability to accurately enter data, conduct reporting, and track and maintain project records, the County offers various starting points for you to begin exploring your career in civil engineering. As Engineering Technician I's gain experience, they may alternately be promoted to Engineering Technician II.

Currently, Permit Sonoma is recruiting for an Engineering Technician position at either the I, II, or III level. If you are interested in being considered at the different levels of this opportunity, you must apply to the separate concurrent recruitments being conducted for each level.

Join Permit Sonoma

Working in the office and out in the field, Permit Sonoma's Engineering Technician positions perform work related to plan checks for grading, sanitation, and encroachment applications and the inspection of private construction improvements. They monitor non-standard septic systems and inspect drainage improvements, grading, cut-fills, sanitation and water connections, curb-gutter-sidewalks, and driveways for code and plan compliance. Along with conducting plan reviews and issuing correction notices, they also keep written and electronic notes regarding actions of inspections and site reviews. Successful candidates for the position will be intellectually curious, adaptable, and possess:

  • The ability to gather and confirm field data, and experience issuing permits and inspecting a project's compliance with plans and specifications
  • The skill to review maps and legal descriptions related to survey activities such as subdivision maps, records of survey, corner records, etc.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to work independently and prioritize daily activities
  • Excellent customer service skills, and the ability to work tactfully and cooperatively with applicants, engineers, industry representatives, staff, and other agencies
  • Training and/or experience using drafting software such as AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, etc.

Due to the nature of the inspection work that Engineering Technicians perform, incumbents are required to work indoors, in an office setting, and outdoors. They drive across the County in assigned County vehicles on dirt roads, pavements, and in various weather conditions. As these positions conduct site inspections in the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County, incumbents may be exposed to natural hazards such as poison oak, ticks, and other wildlife. If you enjoy a mixture of office and outdoor work and are comfortable working in hiking boots, bring your technical skills and positive attitude to Permit Sonoma!

Permit Sonoma is currently recruiting to fill an Engineering Technician position at either the I, II, or III level. This Engineering Technician I employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) and our Employee Benefits Directory.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Academic course work in plane geometry, trigonometry, algebra, and surveying which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Course work in an Engineering Technology curriculum leading to an Associate Degree is desirable.

Experience: Any combination of experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, one year of experience at the level of Engineering Aide with the County of Sonoma, would provide such opportunity.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working knowledge of: the principles of algebra, geometry and trigonometry; surveying and drafting and computer aided drafting equipment; methods, materials, tools and equipment used in engineering construction; safety practices and procedures; electronic information systems.

Ability to: perform limited drafting, surveying, material testing, and engineering calculations; apply the elementary principles of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry to calculate a variety of areas, quantities or curves; perform a wide variety of computer applications; gather data and prepare accurate reports; read and understand technical descriptions; follow oral and written directions; work cooperatively with other staff; climb, stand and walk for sustained periods of time, perform physical tasks such as chopping, digging, flagging, and traffic control, and lift moderately heavy objects; utilize electronic information systems and analyze and interpret such information; communicate effectively with co-workers and the public.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.

Responses to supplemental questions may be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for a thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses that state, "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.
The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.

Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination which evaluates the education, training, experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, and other qualifications that you demonstrate in your application and/or response to the supplemental questionnaire. Please be aware that resumes and cover letters are not typically evaluated in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as the number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer is contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted online at Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

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