Engineering Technician Iii

Fairfax, Virginia
$54,761.62 - $91,269.57 Annually
Sep 11, 2021
Oct 02, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

Provides advance technical and engineering support to the Land Acquisition Division (LAD). The support work, in the field and in the office, is related to the acquisition of land rights necessary to construct Wastewater, Stormwater, Building, Developer Default, and Transportation projects. Orders real property title reports and appraisal reports from outside contractors and supports contract administration functions throughout all phases of land acquisition projects; reviews real property title reports and appraisal reports for accuracy and completeness. Reviews engineering plans and plats for accuracy and completeness. Collects and manages information, documentation, and produces various reports, using various software programs. Prepares legal instruments, obtains, and notarizes signatures for legal instruments, manages Certificate and condemnation records, and records documents to ensure quality control in recordation of documents in the County's land records. Assists Appraisal Manager in assessments/assignment tracking for pool appraisers and title companies. Research subjects such as real property ownership and property owner contact information, real property interests, tax records, land use, subdivision and site control records. Negotiates partial releases and encumbrance reconciliation with lienholders/mortgage companies as necessary in order to complete property owner compensation package requirements. May negotiate the acquisition of land rights with property owners and utility companies for certain land acquisition projects. Exercises independent judgment and initiative; coordinates work with elected officials, the Office of the County Attorney, outside legal counsel, finance, design, survey, and construction staff, consultants, vendors, lienholders/mortgage companies, and others as necessary, to meet critical time deadlines and within budget guidelines. May be a member of various committees/subcommittees within LAD, such as the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Committee. The successful applicant must be highly motivated and self-sufficient; possess the skills necessary to work in a fast-paced collaborative team; has ability to build relationships; can develop solutions to complex issues. Candidate must have outstanding oral and written communications skills. Learn more about LAD .

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)
  • Performs advanced engineering technical support work in plan and permit review and acceptance and other engineering technical support programs for compliance and industry requirements under limited supervision;
  • Reviews and marks-up plans and plats through various preliminary and pre-final submissions from design and project managers, using both electronic and manual mark-up methods;
  • Performs quality control and assurance review of technical programs to triage common errors and to ensure compliance;
  • Independently develops and presents recommended course of actions to resolve project issues, non-compliance and mediates sensitive complaints;
  • Responds to citizen inquiries and requests for work through site investigation, review of records and plans, research of prior complaints to determine program levels of service and recommends agency actions;
  • Provides project support to include: assisting engineering staff with topographic survey, utility designation and coordination, submitting and coordinating permit applications for maintenance projects;
  • Performs advanced engineering technical support work conducting inspections to ensure requirements are met;
  • Conducts field inspections of various stormwater management facilities to include: dry and wet ponds, low impact development facilities, proprietary for non-proprietary manufactured best management practices to identify repairs in accordance with county and industry standards;
  • Troubleshoots, maintains and assists with the construction of facilities and equipment;
  • Troubleshoots asset management system issues and makes corrections;
  • Provides data management, data analysis, and maintenance and operation support to asset management initiatives including: inventory management, work order management, work order planning, emergency call center monitoring, and preventive maintenance planning and management;
  • Troubleshoots asset management system operation processes and technical problems for system users;
  • Utilizes the asset management system to create and prioritize work orders;
  • Refers work order to other work groups for appropriate repair, maintenance or rehabilitation actions;
  • Procures, installs and operates new equipment;
  • Evaluates building systems and components to determine alterations required to meet code;
  • Schedules the work of external contractors;
  • Surveys and conducts inventory assessment of facility and equipment assets for replacement and maintenance;
  • Drafts plans, develops estimates and specifications for design;
  • Selects, plans, designs, constructs, and maintains equipment and systems;
  • Investigates problems or malfunctions, and recommends solutions or corrective actions;
  • Writes detailed maintenance or operations procedures;
  • Participates in contract administration and negotiation;
  • Responds to questions about bid documents which requires knowledge of all the technical sections of the specifications;
  • Processes partial releases from banks and mortgage companies related to acquisition of land rights from property owners;
  • Prepares contract award package and ensures timely execution of the contract in accordance to Fairfax County purchasing regulations and department policy;
  • Reviews and approves contractor proposals and cost estimates;
  • Ensures contractor work is completed correctly and on schedule;
  • Reviews consultant and contractor invoices of work performed and completes the necessary documentation and paperwork for approval;
  • Scales plans using architect or engineering scale or planimeter for highly complex or irregular structures to determine square footage for fee calculations;
  • Determines the use group of the structure, type of construction and whether related equipment permits are required;
  • Examines Surety Value Estimate for accuracy and performs mathematical calculations to determine amount of bond reductions;
  • Uses computer programs to evaluate structural systems and components;
  • Scales site-related plans and calculates disturbed and impervious areas to ensure if projects are eligible for waivers and/or exceptions;
  • Ensures specifications, plans and reports comply with permits and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for landfill gas collection system, the stormwater management system, the leachate pumping system, and the groundwater management system;
  • Ensures that equipment and systems supporting environmental compliance is properly maintained to include landfill gas flares, landfill gas wells, groundwater wells and leachate collection pumps and other control system;
  • Actively monitors, troubleshoots and maintains existing Flood Warning System equipment;
  • Maintains data communications at Flood Warning System sites which include ALERT and SCADA and analyzes recorded data in Contrail and SCADA systems;
  • Identifies storm sewer system asset defects, classifying the type of repair, maintenance or rehabilitation that must be performed;
  • Engages in safe working practices and complies with safety programs and guidelines;
  • Reports unsafe working conditions;
  • Complies with safety competencies.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Thorough knowledge in the practical application of engineering science and technology to include applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design, maintenance, or production of approved plans, permits or construction and maintenance of structures, facilities or equipment;
  • Thorough knowledge in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus and/or statistic and their applications for project completion and/or problem solving;
  • Thorough knowledge of county, state and federal laws, codes and regulations pertaining to the appropriate technical field;
  • Thorough knowledge of the methods and equipment used in engineering construction and inspection methods;
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and applicable safety practices;
  • Ability to comprehend and comply to safety practices;
  • Ability to perform duties requiring manual dexterity and mechanical aptitude;
  • Ability to prepare accurate drawings and maps;
  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems;
  • Ability to process information by compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating or verifying information and data accurately to document field notes;
  • Ability to use relevant information and judgment to evaluate whether plans, specifications, permits or inspection results are in compliance with standards or meet specification requirements;
  • Ability to estimate technical and/ or resource requirements for development of projects;
  • Ability to review and interpret technical documents such as maps, plans or schematics to plan work;
  • Ability to troubleshoot, diagnose and correct abnormalities and malfunctions in equipment and technical processes;
  • Ability to design, analyze and effectively use systems, components and methods within the framework of quality control and continuous improvement;
  • Ability to enter and maintain information utilizing software or adaptive devices;
  • Ability to create graphical representations;
  • Ability to select, utilize and maintain tools and technology, including adaptive tools and new technology to facilitate work or a process;
  • Ability to collect, compile, and interpret research data;
  • Ability to respond to sensitive complaints, provide detailed technical explanations and resolve sensitive complaints;
  • Ability to maintain effective work relationships and work in a team environment;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to high school graduation or a GED issued by a state department of education; plus, four years of engineering technical support work.

A valid driver's license.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.

  1. Education or experience related to real estate, including appraisals, real property title research, land use and development, or construction.
  2. Familiarity with construction plans and plats for capital improvement projects.
  3. Extensive Knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite and information management.
  4. Extensive Knowledge in the use of a PDF editor, such as Foxit or Adobe.
  5. Demonstrated experience in preparing and proofreading correspondence and legal documents.

Ability to communicate in person and over the phone. Ability to produce handwritten and typed documents. Visual ability to read engineering plans, documents, & computer screen. Ability to travel to project locations throughout the County. Ability to walk properties and traverse irregular terrain. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.
Panel interview and may include exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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