Engineering Technician Intern

City of Carbondale, Illinois
Job Opening Announcement/Job Description
May 10, 2017                                                                         

Title:               Engineering Technician Intern
Dept./Div:       Public Works/Engineering

Nature of Work: This is a temporary (not to exceed 500 hours), full-time position in the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department responsible for performing a broad variety of engineering, surveying, drafting and computer work. This position performs work both outdoors and in an office setting. The Engineering Technician Intern is directly responsible to and is supervised and evaluated by the Public Works Director/City Engineer.

Essential Duties:

  1. Perform duties as survey crew member, construction inspector and engineering technician.
    a. Effectively communicate with supervisors, and co-workers in the running of lines and grades, gathering of data and measuring of areas.
    b. Effectively and accurately use Global Positioning System (GPS) and survey equipment including but not limited to: optical levels, tapes, hand levels, hammers, shovels, pick axes and the like.
    c. Perform field work including but not limited to climbing ladders, crossing ditches, climbing embankments, descending into ditches or trenches using proper safety precautions.
    d. Drive stakes with an 8 pound sledge hammer. Carry equipment weighing up to 25 pounds for as much as 5 miles a day.
    e. Work as much as eight hours or more a day out-of-doors in all weather conditions.
    f. Upload information electronically to use in the field with the total station or GPS equipment and download information electronically in the office that was gathered in the field.
    g. Accurately take and record field data and measurements into notebooks using pencil and paper in a legible manner and in standard engineering/surveying format.
    h. Assist with the engineering details of a construction projects and the satisfactory completion of projects.
    i. Accurately record and maintain construction job records for a project (written and computer).
    j. Perform computations in the office and/or field either manually, with a calculator or by computer, as available.
    k. Effectively and accurately use and apply basic mathematic principles.
    l. Supervise and assist in the gathering of data on City utilities, which includes removing and replacing valve box and manhole lids weighing up to 125 pounds with a pick or pry bar.
    m. Effectively use, maintain and clean field equipment.
  2. Perform duties as computer aided draftsperson, engineering drafter, and office assistant.
    a. Effectively and efficiently use personal computer.
    b. Effectively use Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office Suite (including Excel and Word), and computer aided drafting software (Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D).
    c. Effectively type and enter data in a computer using a basic keyboard and mouse.
    d. Work as much as four hours or more in front of a computer screen or work at a standard height drafting table or desk.
    e. Discern colored data from a computer screen and colored detailed lines and drawings.
    f. Assist with preparation of maps, sketches, charts and presentations as required.
    g. Make manual and calculator assisted computations in the office or field.
    h. Effectively utilize filing system methods and indexing.
    i. Assist with the preparation of drawings, plans, cost estimates and specifications for various City projects.
    j. Answer telephones and accurately take messages and assist citizens with information and needs.
  3. Communicate effectively both orally, in person, over the telephone and by two-way radio, and in writing.
  4. Use tact and good judgment and utilize strong and effective interpersonal skills in interacting with co-workers, members of the community, agencies and organizations; work effectively both independently and as a team member.
  5. Safely operate motor vehicles as necessary to perform duties.

Other Duties: Perform other duties as necessary to accomplish the mission, goals and objectives of the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department of the City of Carbondale.

Work Environment: Work is performed both indoors and outdoors exposing the employee to extreme heat/cold weather and working around moving vehicles. Protective equipment which may be worn includes hard hats, safety vests, safety glasses, gloves, ear plugs, and the like.

Physical Demands: Office work is essentially sedentary with occasional walking, bending, lifting of objects under 25 pounds, and requires the ability to sit for extended period of time, to operate personal computers, and to perceive and/or discriminate colors, sounds, depth, and texture. Work outdoors requires frequent to continuous walking, at times over uneven or rough surface; standing; occasionally lifting and carrying moderately heavy objects between 15-49 pounds and occasionally heavy objects 50 pounds or over.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications: Recent Graduate or currently enrolled and perusing a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering or closely related field; preference will be given to Junior and Senior level students. Proficient use of personal computers and Microsoft Office required; familiarity with AutoCAD Civil 3D Suite preferred. Must regularly be available to work 40 hours per week (8am to 5pm Monday thru Friday) from hire date through August 11, 2017. Must possess and maintain a valid Illinois driver’s license.

Temporary, Full-time (limited to 500 hours), Overtime Eligible
Salary Range 2, $12.50/hour
Residency Boundary Requirement (9 mile radius of Carbondale)

Submit completed City of Carbondale Application for Employment to the Human Resources Office, 200 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, Illinois by 4:30 PM, Friday, May 19, 2017.  Application may be obtained at City Hall or printed from the City’s website The City of Carbondale is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Tara Brown
Human Resources Manager

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