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Engineering Technician

Owensboro Municipal Utilities

Location: Owensboro, Kentucky
Type: Full-Time, Non-Remote
Posted on: January 19, 2023
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Owensboro Municipal Utilities
Engineering Technician
Job Code: 141
Exempt: No
Civil Service: Yes
Random Drug Screen: Yes
Residency Requirement: Yes
Department: Delivery
Reports To: Delivery T&D Engineer
Location: Delivery
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION
The intent of this description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by employees on this job. Employees may be required or assigned other related activities, projects, or tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. The requirements are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability needed. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Under the routine supervision of the Delivery T&D Engineer, this position performs the duties of developing detailed construction prints, material lists, and instructions for complex construction projects and maintenance of facilities. Coordinates projects with other utilities, contractors, and developers. Requires substantial judgment and analytic ability, such as performing complex calculations, data gathering for reports and solving minor problems.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Provides assistance to OMU Delivery Department, with construction design and maintenance, of utility facilities.
• Prepares cost estimates and designs for the operations department by producing construction prints, inventory lists and written instructions for OMU Water, Electric and Telecom projects. Estimates prepared are regularly significant in scope and complexity representing projects specifically scheduled and budgeted for within a long-term capital improvement plan. Such projects may include entirely new construction or the rework and/or re-conductor of multiphase distribution and transmission lines with associated pole replacements, undergrounding of overhead facilities, designs for proposed residential subdivisions as well as commercial and/or industrial developments or expansions, new construction or replacement of distribution and transmission water mains, design and oversight of year-over-year telecom service area expansions, etc.
• Performs computer operations in association with industry software to assist with technician's functions. Regularly employs the following software programs: AutoCAD, Microsoft GP, ArcMap, ArcFM, Arc Edit, ACS Calls Manager, Vision FMS, and Microsoft Office.
• Meets with contractors and developers in acquiring information regarding new residential, commercial and industrial developments. Addresses OMU requirements for contractor to assist company by providing load sheets, diversity factors, or any future demands.
• Maintains working relationship with adjoining utilities.
• Operates computer (work activity program issuing instructions). Performs data management, drawings, and hydraulic analysis.
• Assists in maintaining the cross connection program by documentation, inspections and customer compliance checks.
• Communicates with City, State, and other utilities, regarding street relocations or modifications.
• Communicates with Police Department concerning vehicle damage to OMU facilities and gathers proper documentation for insurance claims.
• Conducts routine inspections of facilities as required.
• Obtains easements, Kentucky permits for right-of-way encroachments, alley closings, and relocation of facilities.
• Prepares rate comparisons for customers as needed.
• Required to assist in Storm Restoration process by performing Damage Assessment duties, Call taking duties, monitoring of foreign construction crews as needed during OMU's Outage Management Process.
• Performs on-site inspections related to water construction projects throughout the duration of the job as well as conduct the final inspection.
• Designs commercial and fiber-to-the-home telecom facilities and maintains accurate records of fiber connections in VisionFMS database.
• Develops design drawings specifications for traffic signal poles per the Kentucky Department of Transportation standards and ASSHTO regarding height, arm length, foundations, etc. Works with Kentucky Department of Transportation representatives to determine signal requirements, structure location and placement as well as coordinate provisions for foreseeable future needs in accordance with forthcoming State improvement plans.
• Perform hydrostatic pump testing on new water mains.
• Conduct flow tests to ensure adequate water pressure available for new construction; provide information to requesting developers.
• Assist the Owensboro Fire Department in managing their information database by providing new install notices, hydrant inspection records, flow records, etc. upon request. Investigate pressure issues reported in the field and generate reports by installing and maintaining pressure recorders.
• Assists in maintaining the cross connection program by documentation, inspections, and customer compliance checks.
• Ensures work to be performed is progressing according to engineering specifications and appropriate regulations, particularly the National Electric Safety Code (NESC) and American Water Works Association (AWWA).
• Utilizes loading data, whether from load sheet or existing usage history, to calculate and determine proper transformer size and configuration.
• Review, coordinate, and communicate with outside utilities making communications attachment requests, required actions include verifying and ensuring all proposed attachments remain subject to existing requirements as well as the appropriate NESC clearance requirements.
• Responds to inquiries from coworkers or contractors regarding engineered projects characterized by significant scope and complexity. Investigate, troubleshoot, and adapt to unforeseen obstacles facing construction and provide corrective direction.
• Review development plans and provide sign-off for necessary public utility easements to support the necessary facilities that may be required to properly serve customers as well as future needs.
• Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty mentioned satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Knowledge of a specialized field (however acquired), such as basic accounting, computer, etc. Equivalent of four years in high school, plus night, trade extension, or correspondence school specialized training, equal to two years of college, plus 5 years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Ability to effectively communicate information and respond to questions in person-to-person and small group situations with customers, clients, general public and other employees of the organization.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
REQUIRED CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Valid Driver's License
PREFERRED CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Not indicated.
SOFTWARE SKILLS REQUIRED
Advanced: Contact Management, Other, Spreadsheet, Word Processing/Typing
Intermediate: 10-Key, Alphanumeric Data Entry, Database
Basic: Accounting, Programming Languages
INITIATIVE AND INGENUITY
SUPERVISION RECEIVED
Under general direction, working from policies and general directives. Rarely refers specific cases to supervisor unless clarification or interpretation of the organization's policy is required.
PLANNING
Considerable responsibility with regard to general assignments in planning time, method, manner, and/or sequence of performance of own work, in addition, the work operations of a group of employees, all performing basically the same type of work.
DECISION MAKING
Performs work operations which permit frequent opportunity for decision-making of minor importance and also frequent opportunity for decision-making of major importance; the latter of which would affect the work operations of other employees and/or clientele to a moderate degree.
MENTAL DEMAND
Very close mental demand. Operations requiring very close and continuous attention for control of operations which require a high degree of coordination or immediate response. Operations requiring intermittent direct thinking to determine or select the most applicable way of handling situations regarding the organization's administration and operations; also to determine or select material and equipment where highly variable sequences are involved.
ANALYTICAL ABILITY / PROBLEM SOLVING
Moderately structured. Fairly broad activities using moderately structured procedures with only generally guided supervision. Interpolation of learned things in somewhat varied situations.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR WORK OF OTHERS
Responsibility for work of others: Not indicated.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR FUNDS, PROPERTY and EQUIPMENT
Occasionally responsible for organization's property where carelessness, error, or misappropriation would result in moderate damage or moderate monetary loss to the organization. The total value for the above would range from $150,000 to $1,000,000.
ACCURACY
Probable errors would not likely be detected until they reached another department, office or patron, and would then require considerable time and effort to correct the situation. Frequently, possibility of error that would affect the organization's prestige and relationship with the public to a limited extent, but where succeeding operations or supervision would normally preclude the possibility of a serious situation arising as a result of the error or decision.
ACCOUNTABILITY
FREEDOM TO ACT
Generally controlled. General processes covered by established policies and standards with supervisory oversight.
ANNUAL MONETARY IMPACT
The amount of annual dollars generated based on the job's essential duties / responsibilities. Examples would include direct dollar generation, departmental budget, proper handling of organization funds, expense control, and savings from new techniques or reduction in manpower.
Small. Job creates a monetary impact for the organization from $100,000 to $1mm.
IMPACT ON END RESULTS
Modest impact. Job has some impact on the organizations end results, but still from an indirect level. Provides assistance and support services that facilitates decision making by others.
PUBLIC CONTACT
Regular contacts with patrons where the contacts are initiated by the employee. Involves both furnishing and obtaining information and, also, attempting to influence the decisions of those persons contacted. Contacts of considerable importance and of such nature, that failure to exercise proper judgment may result in important tangible or intangible losses to the organization.
EMPLOYEE CONTACT
Contacts with other departments or offices and also frequently with individuals in middle level positions; consulting on problems which necessitate judgment and tact in presentation to obtain cooperation or approval of action to be taken. Also, important contacts with associates as required in advanced supervisory jobs.
USE OF MACHINES, EQUIPMENT AND/OR COMPUTERS
Regular use of highly complex machines and equipment; specialized or advanced software programs.
WORKING CONDITIONS
Periodically exposed to such elements as noise, intermittent standing, walking, occasionally pushing, carrying, or lifting; but none are present to the extent of being disagreeable.
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
The following work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the functions of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outdoor weather conditions; and occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES
The following physical activities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations.
Highly repetitive, low physical. Highly repetitive type of work which requires concentration in the performance of tasks for consistent time cycles as prescribed by the tasks.
While performing the functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, talk or hear; frequently required to walk; and occasionally required to stand, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision; distance vision; color vision; peripheral vision; depth perception; and ability to adjust focus.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Up to 24 months of education or training beyond the high school level in the technical field. Must have and maintain a valid Kentucky driver's license needed. Strong knowledge of basic computer operations, and specialized software and drafting skills.
Experience
5+ year's technical or utility experience necessary
$ per Employment Type: Full-Time