Engineering Technician

  • Engineer
  • El Cajon, CA
  • $33.63 - $42.93/hourly USD / Year
  • Salary: $33.63 - $42.93/hourly

Website helixwater Helix Water District

HELIX WATER DISTRICT has an exciting opportunity to join our operations team as an Engineering Technician.  At Helix, we collaborate and innovate to provide high quality water through an efficient and reliable system.  We depend on our talented and dedicated employees to provide superior service to our customers while providing an environment that encourages employees to develop their skills and abilities so that they can achieve their professional aspirations.  We’d love for you to consider joining our team!

The Engineering Technician is a non-exempt, entry-level technical classification which performs a variety of routine to moderately difficult technical and paraprofessional engineering-related work.

Overview of Responsibilities:

Confers and coordinates with representatives from engineering firms, developers, property owners, utilities, public works agencies, other governmental agencies and/or contractors on technical matters to verify data, locate lines and coordinate work in the various stages.

Prepares estimates of costs and materials; completes permits.

Evaluates, analyzes and prepares construction reports for field construction work done on the water distribution system and handles a variety of administrative tasks related to field construction reports and distribution system analysis; Conducts preplanning work for construction jobs including field checks, staking out and calling for utility locations; coordinates, maintains and prepares as-builts and construction reports between the construction, inspection and engineering departments.

Deals directly with the general public, contractors, engineers, developers and other agencies concern­ing rules and regulations, rates and fees, policies, design and construction standards, and standard operating procedures.

Computes district fees and deposit estimates for private development projects including new water service installations, water main extension projects and street improvement projects.

Reviews water plans for new developments, services, subdivisions and main extensions for conformance to construction standards, the district’s current approved policies and procedures manual, and the district’s capital improvement program master plan; calculates, quotes and assures proper distribution of fees; reviews subdivision and parcel maps; ensures legal easements, where applicable, are obtained; reviews plans and subdivision maps to verify that all required corrections have been made before final approval by the district; files as-built plans and updates map plats.

Reviews and evaluates studies, designs, reports and records generated by other departments and outside entities.

Reviews specifications and/or drawings prior to the start of construction and makes recommendations for change or approval; confers with supervisors, other district personnel, engineers, consultants and contractors regarding interpretation of documents.

Conducts field audits to verify location and installation of existing and proposed water utility facilities.

Prepares a variety of technical reports, specifications, graphs, charts and correspondence; designs, prepares and updates a variety of forms and charts; writes periodic progress reports on construction and expansion projects.

Answers questions and provides information verbally and in writing to the public concerning engin­eering activities and customer problems that are sensitive in nature and/or have significant cost impacts.

Locates utilities, easements, property lines and other plans information; drafts legal description maps; provides as-built information to other agencies and utilities.

Under direction and supervision of others, uses basic engineering design concepts and AutoCAD and manual drafting techniques to prepare preliminary and detailed design drawings, including plans, profiles, elevations, contours, cross-sections and maps for waterworks facil­ities; plots profiles and topography from survey notes; plots easements for district rights of way; transforms field and survey data into design elements.

Obtains necessary permits from cities or the county for district construction, maintenance and repair projects including reading and interpreting plans, utilizing geographic information system for maps, and serving as the district’s representative for city and county requests or inquiries. Applies to the Engineering Technician assigned to the Field Operations Section.



The ideal candidate will have at least two years of sub-professional engineering, field survey, or increasingly responsible underground utility construction-related experience.

Training and experience substantially equivalent to graduation from high school or GED equivalent, supplemented by college-level course work in civil engineering, drafting, AutoCAD, engineering mathematics, water distribution, or related fields.  A Bachelor’s Degree in engineering from an accredited college and university may substitute for two years of experience.

A valid Class C California driver’s license and ability to maintain insurability under the district’s vehicle insurance policy.


Application Process: 

To be considered for the Engineering Technician, please complete the online application and supplemental questionnaire and view a complete list of job responsibilities by visiting our career section at  Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the online application.

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