Engineering Assistant I, II, III or IV

Job Description

Description

General Description

Engineering Assistant I: 

Performs entry-level engineering work. Work involves job rotation, training and continuing education in design, construction, construction inspection, maintenance, surveying, environmental and transportation operations-related activities with the intent to actively pursue engineering licensing/registration through appropriate training and exams. Design activity is supervised by a licensed professional engineer who has authority for final approval of all projects. Work requires some contact with local governmental representatives, engineering contractors and private entities. Employees at this level perform assignments following specific instructions and are subject to frequent review by the immediate supervisor.

Engineering Assistant II:

Performs engineering work. Work involves job rotation, training and continuing education in design, construction, construction inspection, maintenance, surveying, environmental and transportation operations-related activities with the intent to actively pursue engineering licensing/registration through appropriate training and exams. Design activity is supervised by a licensed professional engineer who has authority for final approval of all projects. Work requires some contact with local governmental representatives, engineering contractors and private entities. Employees at this level follow standard practices that do not require frequent supervision of details.

Engineering Assistant III:

Performs engineering work. Work involves job rotation, training and continuing education in design, construction, construction inspection, maintenance, surveying, environmental and transportation operations-related activities with the intent to actively pursue engineering licensing/registration through appropriate training and exams. Design activity is supervised by a licensed professional engineer who has authority for final approval of all projects. Work requires contact with local governmental representatives, engineering contractors and private entities. Employees at this level perform work independently on assignments; however, all unusual issues are referred to the supervisor.

Engineering Assistant IV:

Performs engineering work. Work involves job rotation, training and continuing education in design, construction, construction inspection, maintenance, surveying, environmental and transportation operations-related activities with the intent to actively pursue engineering licensing/registration through appropriate training and exams. Design activity is supervised by a licensed professional engineer who has authority for final approval of all projects. Work requires contact with local governmental representatives, engineering contractors and private entities. Employees at this level perform work independently on assignments; however, all unusual issues are referred to the supervisor.

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NOTE: All employees classified as Engineering Assistants are required to participate in the Engineering Assistant Career Development Program. Participation in the Engineering Assistant Career Development Program (EACDP) requires that employees sign a Program Agreement, which outlines employee responsibilities and service time commitment.

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Duties

The essential duties for this job include:

Engineering Assistant I, II, III or IV duties: 

  • Applies engineering principles, methods and techniques to a wide variety of transportation-related activities and assist in research and problem solving of engineering-related problems.
  • Assist in performing design computations and plan preparation activities, transportation maintenance-related activites and traffic analysis and data collections. 
  • Actively prepares for professional engineering licensing/registration through appropriate training and exams and completion/maintenance of required documentation.
  • Participates in Career Development for the Engineering Assistants program which includes job rotation, training and continuing education.
  • Drives to assist in performing construction inspections and performs engineering-related duties in the field of transportation engineering.
  • Performs engineering-related duties in the field of transportation engineering.
  • Performs other job responsibilities as assigned.
  • Engineering Assistant II, III and IV duties:

  • Assists in creating plans, specifications and estimates (PS&E).
  • Assists with contract administration for construction and maintenance projects to ensure contractor compliance.
  • Engineering Assistant III and IV additional duties:

  • Performs traffic barricade inspections, identifies problems and assists with resolution of traffic control plans.
  • Prepares and checks plans, specifications and estimates (PS&E) and designs.
  • Engineering Assistant IV additional duties:

  • Performs advanced and specialized engineering design work.
  • Reviews construction plans prepared by consultants.
  • Competencies

    The required competencies for this job include:

    Engineering Assistant I, II, III or IV competencies: 

  • Communicate effectively
  • Exercises logic and reasoning to define problems, establish facts and draw valid conclusions; makes decisions that support business objectives and goals
  • Transportation engineering terminology and fundamentals
  • Computer-aided drafting and design systems
  • Performing calculations to include material and labor estimates, expenses, technical survey data and engineering calculations
  • Maintaining a safe working relationship
  • Analyzing and organizing business and technical data
  • Engineering Assistant II, III and IV additional competencies:

  • Applying engineering principles, practices and methods in job responsibilities
  • Application of engineering fundamentals
  • Engineering Assistant III and IV additional Competencies:

  • Applicable inspection methods, procedures and techniques
  • Highway construction and maintenance
  • Materials used in highway/bridge construction and maintenance
  • Engineering Assistant IV additional Competencies:

  • Plan review methods, processes and procedures
  • Transportation design engineering principles, practices and methods and the application of engineering theory
  • Education

    This job requires the following:

  • Bachelor's Degree in accordance with one of the Other Conditions below:
  • Engineering Assistant I: 
  • All employees classified as Engineering Assistants are required to participate in the EA program. Participation in the Engineering Assistant Career Development Program (EACDP) requires that employees sign a Program Agreement, which outlines employee responsibilities and service time commitment.
  • Failure to comply with all terms of the Program Agreement will result in reclassification.
  • Degree in engineering technology which has been accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET).
  • Degree in mathematical, physical or engineering science.
  • Degree in engineering which has not been accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET).
  • Engineering Assistant II:

  • Degree in engineering which has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET).
  • Degree in engineering technology which has been accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET) plus two (2) years engineering related experience applicable to gaining licensure as an engineer by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.
  • Degree in mathematical, physical or engineering science plus two (2) years engineering related experience applicable to gaining licensure as an engineer by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.
  • Degree in engineering which has not been accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET) plus two (2) years engineering related experience applicable to gaining licensure as an engineer by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.
  • Engineering Assistant III:

  • Degree in engineering which has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET) plus one (1) year engineering related experience applicable to gaining licensure as an engineer by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.
  • Degree in engineering technology which has been accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET) plus four (4) years engineering related experience applicable to gaining licensure as an engineer by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.
  • Degree in mathematical, physical or engineering science approved by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers plus four (4) years engineering related experience applicable to gaining licensure as an engineer by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.
  • Degree in engineering which has not been accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET) but has been approved by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers plus four (4) years engineering related experience applicable to gaining licensure as an engineer by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.
  • Engineering Assistant IV:

  • Degree in engineering which has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET) plus two (2) years engineering related experience applicable to gaining licensure as an engineer by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.
  • Degree in engineering technology which has been accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board
    for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET) plus six (6) years engineering related experience applicable to gaining licensure as an
    engineer by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.
  • Degree in mathematical, physical or engineering science approved by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers plus six (6) years
    engineering related experience applicable to gaining licensure as an engineer by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.
  • Degree in engineering which has not been accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET) but has been approved by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers plus six (6) years
    engineering related experience applicable to gaining licensure as an engineer by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.
  • Work Experience

     This job requires the following:

    Engineering Assistant I: 

  • None
  • Engineering Assistant II, III and IV:

  • Engineering in related as defined in one of the Other Conditions below:
  • (Experience can be satisfied by fulltime or prorated parttime equivalent)
  • No Supervisory Experience Required
  • No Substitution
  • Licenses and Certifications

    The following Licenses and/or Certifications are required for this job:

    Engineering Assistant I, II, III or IV:

  • Valid Driver's License
  • Safety Impact Certificate
  • Engineering Assistant III and IV:

  • Engineer In Training Certified
  • ***Safety Impact certifications are not required at the time of application. As required, the Safety Impact certification will be issued by TxDOT at the time of hire.***

    Other Conditions:

    Engineering Assistant I, II, III or IV:

  • This is a Safety Impact position and will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Conditions of Employment

    Standard Conditions of Employment may be found at : Standards of Employment

  • Safety Impact certifications are not required at the time of application. As required, the Safety Impact certification will be issued by TxDOT at the time of hire.
  • Must pass a drug test prior to employment for safety impact positions. Safety impact employees will be subject to additional drug and alcohol testing during employment.
  • Required to work weekends and holidays.
  • Required to work hours other than 8 to 5.
  • Required to work under exposure to inclement weather conditions.
  • Required to wear personal protective equipment provided by employer and comply with all safety requirements.
  • Must attend work regularly and observe approved work hours.
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