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Civil Engineering Technician


Site Evaluation (10%)
The incumbent shall inspect new or like new home sites proposed by the tribe to receive sanitation facilities and record information regarding the structural suitability of the residence, the anticipated layout of the proposed sanitation facilities, and the existence of environmental concerns at the site. The incumbent shall also evaluate soils for the design of individual waste disposal alternatives and shall determine feasibility of connection of homes to community facilities. Reports, drawings and other documentation shall be reviewed by the Engineer prior to being turned over to the tribal construction manager for construction of the proposed facilities.
The incumbent shall evaluate conditions at existing housing sites with failed sanitation facilities. The purpose of this investigation will be to determine the cause of failure based upon the technician s previous experience and knowledge of the engineering principles used in design and construction of these facilities. Upon completion of the site evaluation the technician shall design and follow through with construction of the recommended facilities through the appropriate tribal entity.
Construction project management (20%)
The incumbent shall provide all aspects of scattered sanitation facilities construction being performed by tribes or tribal contractors. In particular the technician shall review home sites proposed by the tribe to receive new or retrofitted sanitation facilities and record information regarding the structural suitability of the residence, design the anticipated layout of the proposed sanitation facilities, and check for the existence of environmental concerns at the site. The incumbent shall also evaluate soils for the design of individual waste disposal alternatives and shall determine feasibility of connection of homes to community facilities. Where applicable, reports, drawings and other documentation shall be reviewed by the Engineer then turned over to the tribal officials for construction of the proposed facilities. Contact with contractors and tribal representatives will be frequent and the technician will have the authority to, within the limits of IHS authority on the project, approve modifications to the proposed facilities in order to provide better service to the homeowner. Where the modification results in a functional change to a professional engineer s sealed drawings, the technician will seek approval from the engineer prior to authorizing field changes.
Electronic drafting (25%)
A major function of the technician position is tied to electronic drafting. The completion of designs being managed by the technician as well as the more complex ones being overseen by the project engineer involves to a large extent the drafting of plans. The technician should be familiar with [email protected] or similar drafting software and should be proficient in its use.
Surveying software is used in conjunction with AutoCAD as a design aid. The technician will be expected to learn and become efficient in the use of the survey software for the purpose of designing proposed facilities and for the development of asbuilt drawings.
Drawings range from one page site plans for individual home sanitation facilities to complex, large, and inter-related projects, often including hidden design features and intricate detail. Engineering Technician shall be capable of downloading electronic surveying data, and complete drawings from general notes, sketches, and instructions. AutoCAD is used exclusively for construction drawings. Occasionally, small drawings may be made using pencil and ink on paper and mylar film.
Land Surveying (15%)
The Engineering Technician shall have some technical proficiency in performing engineering surveys, land surveys, topographic surveys, as-built surveys, or other surveys as needed. Engineering Technician shall be expected to produce surveys for use in project support. All surveys shall be compatible with use in AutoCAD software.
The technician shall be responsible for surveying community facilities layouts and topography in part or whole, with assistance from an engineer as needed. Such surveying will normally include the use of electronic or manual surveying instruments to perform layouts, topography, grade checks, setting benchmarks and establishing baselines. Electronic surveying shall include the use of electronic field books, calculators, object codes and computers for downloading information to a computer aided drafting (CAD) format. Technician
Construction Inspection (20%)
The incumbent may be asked at times to provide construction inspection for complex and difficult construction projects involving water/wastewater treatment facilities, structural steel tank/tower erection, concrete placement and foundations, electrical controls, mechanical equipment, and small structures. Inspection shall include verifying use, storage and placement of proper materials, testing of concrete, testing of paint coatings, and monitoring construction for compliance with approved plans and specifications, monitoring progress in accordance with established schedules, checking contractor s as-builts and record drawings, and finally maintaining direct contact with tribe and tribal contractor when errors or omissions are noted. The incumbent s supervisor and/or the project engineer will normally be available for consultation via telephone conversation or routine visits to the site.
Project payments, documentation, reports, and logs of activities (10%)
The incumbent shall log all activities at the construction site each day in a daily record book for that project. In particular the technician will record the contractor s progress for the day, materials used, manpower and equipment on-site, local weather conditions, drawings or schematics of components that may not be reflected adequately in the plans and specifications, and results of any testing that may have been completed for the day. Further, the incumbent shall complete a weekly progress report during the construction phase of the project.
The incumbent shall initiate and maintain all assigned project and participant tracking charts, weekly reports, participant folders, and other documentation necessary to enhance or maintain the Scattered Housing Program. The technician shall demonstrate the proper and established procedures to gather, process, file, and utilize the data from these instruments.
The incumbent shall review with the construction foreman, daily or weekly as appropriate, the quantities installed and recorded to ensure that progress payments are made in a satisfactory and timely manner. For scattered sites or similar projects the technician shall work closely with the tribe to verify installed quantities and estimate percent completion, and shall be responsible for drafting for approval, progress payment requests on behalf of the government, to the tribe as prescribed by the Memorandum of Agreement or PL 93-638 contract for that project.

Factor 1, Knowledge required by the position FL 1-4 550 points
A. Knowledge of:
Practical understanding of the engineering principles involved with sanitation facilities construction acquired through experience and/or formal training
Construction methods and practices including construction contracting
Limited knowledge of contract administration and procedures
Manual and electronic surveying equipment and principles
Basic computer aided drafting software and applications
Construction inspection methods, documentation, and testing B. Skill in:
Inspection of sanitation facilities construction for new and renovated structures
Assisting with surveying baselines, grades, layouts, and topography
Drafting site plans and individual as-builts by hand or computer aided methods
Basic drafting by computer-aided methods, site plans and individual as-builts C. Ability to:
Operate different types of surveying equipment, including level, transit. Familiar with Total Station and other forms of electronic surveying equipment.
Work in an unsupervised setting
Communicate directly and clearly with tribal representatives and contractors Read and interpret plans, specifications, and other contract documents, including complex piping and treatment facilities diagrams
Document testing, field changes, and construction progress in an orderly manner within the contract log book
Describe technical difficulties over the telephone and fax for project engineer s input and direction
Learn how to download field gathered electronic data, and produce design/construction drawings from it
Factor 2, Supervisory Controls FL 2-3 275 points
Incumbent is allowed considerable latitude for independent action in working with tribes and contractors. Incumbent is expected to work within existing policies and guidelines. Incumbent is stationed at a field location, therefore communication by telephone or other electronic means is essential to keep all parties fully informed.
Due to the remote location of the reservations and project sites, the incumbent is expected to have extensive contacts with contractors and tribal staff. Except as noted in Factor 4 below, the incumbent has the authority to recommend necessary changes to contracts in the field and can with appropriate consultation seek approval for changes in more complex matters.
All of the incumbent s work is subject to the project engineer s/supervisor s review and direction. Regular communication is essential either by telephone, e-mail, written reports, or other means.
Factor 3, Guidelines FL 3-3 275 points
Guidelines include construction manuals, contracts, contract interpretations, IHS directives and policies, federal, state, and local laws, OSHA safety manuals, notices and alerts and tribal or state regulations where appropriate.
Incumbent must have the ability to understand and interpret many different guidelines from IHS, several different states, and tribes. When these guidelines and laws conflict, incumbent must be able to exercise judgment (with assistance from Engineer if needed) to determine which guidelines prevail in technical decision-making.
Factor 4, Complexity FL 4-3 150 points
Projects and construction activities range from the relatively straight forward installation of individual sanitation facilities in which the technician is given latitude to make/recommend constructive changes in the field, typically these do not effect either contract price or time, without supervisory approval, to complex water or wastewater treatment construction. In more complex matters, the technician is expected to review and recommend for approval obviously needed changes and recognize the limitation of practical versus professional training in allowing the alteration of treatment techniques or control mechanisms. In the latter, the incumbent is expected to seek the project engineer s approval prior to allowing construction to proceed. Examples of more complex issues may include modifications of pumping stations, electrical controls, structural steel tank or tower erection, or treatment technologies modifications.
Factor 5, Scope and Effect FL 5-2 75 points
The primary purposes of the position are to:
Provide design support and project management assistance to the local project engineer for less complex projects
Provide drafting, surveying, and field support to the project engineer for complex projects
Free the project engineer s time from less complex project management and design duties to allow the engineer to adequately prepare designs and documentation of complicated and multi-faceted projects
Provide quality control during construction to ensure that all contract provisions are being complied with
Ensure that problems encountered during construction are resolved
Provide a solid communications link between the contractor, the tribe, and the project engineer during all phases of construction
Factor 6, Personal Contacts FL 6-3B 110 points
Incumbent shall establish and maintain contacts with contractors, project engineers, service recipients, tribal administrators, various agency staff, consulting architects and engineers, tribal councils, housing authorities, and various local county or federal government officials as may be required to carry out the function of the office.
Factor 7, Purpose of Contacts
The purpose of contacts is to exchange information, give instruction, render technical advice, discuss program needs, receive data, maintain a safe working environment, coordinate activities, resolve problems or conflicts, monitor progress, and evaluate performance. Further, the incumbent shall contact others to disseminate environmental health related information and motivate residents and tribal staff to attain public health goals.
Factor 8, Physical Demands FL 8-3 50 points
Incumbent shall travel regularly to field sites, typically averaging 30-50% of time, but up to 75% in times of urgent need. Approximately 75% of the incumbent s travel will be via GSA vehicle and will not involve overnight lodging. Some overnight travel is expected and necessary though usually limited to the same region of the United States and shall be performed in accordance with the FTR s. The technician is expected to complete overnight travel as warranted and necessary to complete the project. Overnight travel will be requested through or directed by the project engineer/supervisor.
The office work is sedentary in nature, often involving writing reports, reading blueprints and specifications, and computer-aided drafting. Working extended hours, walking over rough terrain, lifting up to 50 pounds, climbing, bending, and entering confined spaces are also a part of the incumbent s regular duties.
Factor 9, Work Environment FL 9-3 50 points
The incumbent shall be expected to work in dirty and muddy conditions with temperatures ranging from below freezing to in excess of 1000 F while on the job/construction site. Work in rain, wind, snow or other adverse conditions will not be uncommon. Incumbent will be expected to regularly perform project related activities in an extremely limited time.
Incumbent is often required to provide construction inspection in areas where confined spaces or trenches are common. Must understand and follow OSHA safety protocols in all construction zones.
Duties performed other than on a construction site such as drafting and administrative functions will be performed in an office environment.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Relevant: 1 year (Preferred)

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