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Engineering Technician III-

The City of Portland is seeking multiple Engineering Technician IIIs!

The City of Portland is currently seeking two Engineering Technician III's within the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Please note the two current vacancies are limited term positions. 

About limited term position: Persons appointed to limited term positions will be designated as limited duration employees whose appointment shall not exceed two (2) years except for the extension of grants or funding from outside sources.  Although it is not guaranteed, the bureau is in the process of requesting to convert the two current limited term vacancies into permanent positions.

General position:
The Engineering Technician III, is a lead position that performs advanced technical engineering support or engineering-related assignments and applies scientific and technical knowledge across a spectrum of engineering design, construction, permitting and/or planning functions.

Responsibilities may include:
  • securing permits
  • training and motivating field personnel
  • setting program goals
  • directing field work
  • coordinating work with other bureau staff, City staff, and external agencies
  • managing program data
  • coordinating the purchase, maintenance, repair and calibration of necessary field equipment
  • analyzing and reporting results and progress.
Engineering Technician III's may also perform advanced data analysis and reporting, evaluation and system design work, or review land use and development plans and applications for conformance to regulations.  

The Current Vacancies:
There are currently three vacancies within the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Information regarding the specific positions, and other bureau information can be found below under "Additional Information"

About the Eligible List: Although the list will be utilized first to fill the current limited duration vacancies within the Portland Bureau of Transportation, this list may be utilized in the future to fill other permanent vacancies.  The Portland Water Bureau as well as the Bureau of Environmental Services may also utilize this list for future vacancies.

Union Information: This classification is represented by the Professional and Technical Employees Local 17 (PTE 17). To view this labor agreement, please go to  and click on the appropriate link.

For current employees in the Tech III classification: If you are currently employed with the City of Portland in a Technician III classification and have passed your probationary period please apply through our transfer list at: 
The City of Portland serves a population of over 600,000. We are culture and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share the expertise of our workforce. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity--starting with issues of race and disability. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.
The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
  1. Experience applying engineering terminology, practices, and basic principles.
  2. Experience applying standard engineering mathematics such as: using algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics.
  3. Experience managing various engineering-oriented projects
  4. Experience operating a computer and using a variety of software applications; utilizing specialized engineering, drafting, mapping, measuring, surveying, and/or electronic tools.
  5. Experience reading and interpreting technical documents related to engineering such as:  maps, architectural and engineering drawings, construction plans, and as-built drawings, specifications, manuals, code provisions, retention schedules, state and federal guidelines.
  6. Ability to lead the activities of staff and contract personnel involved in assigned projects
Applicants must also possess:
An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and supplemental questions are weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested.  Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on an equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.
Tentative Schedule for Current Open Positions:
Submit your Application & Resume: Monday June 10th-Monday June 24th
Job Closes: 11:59PM on June 24th
Minimum Qualification Review: Week of June 24th
Eligible List is Established: Week of July 1st
Hiring manager reviews resumes: July 1st-July 15th
Interviews: Mid-Late July
Offer: Early August

*Please note there are currently multiple vacancies with different hiring managers. You may be contacted by different divisions or bureaus. If you ever have a question or are confused regarding the specific position you are being contacted about, feel free to reach out to the recruiter listed on the bottom of this announcement*
Application Instructions
Applicants must submit a professional resume online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions: 
  • Your resume and answers to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your answers to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your resume should support the details described in your answers to the supplemental questions.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your answers any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.
  • Your resume is recommended to not exceed a total of two (2) pages combined.
All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than  the closing date and time of this recruitment. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted
If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, attach a copy of your DD214 / DD215 and / or Veteran's Administration Letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veteran's Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for. 

Veteran's Preference documentation must be submitted no later than the closing date and time of this recruitment
Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at time of application.   
It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to the Analyst(s) named below No Later Than the Closing Date of This Announcement. 

Permit Construction – Engineering Tech 3 - Limited Term
The Permit Construction Engineering Tech 3 takes the lead over the Engineering Tech 2's in the group. This group provides technical support to our permittees/contractors/developers, permit inspection staff, interagency permitting groups and franchised utilities. There are two main support portions: Permit Construction of Public Works Permits, Vertical Infrastructure construction projects and providing support during the engineering review of Franchise Utility ADA ramps. This position will lead the group in scheduling and facilitating preconstruction meetings, inspections, final walkthroughs, financial reconciliation of permit fees, control/release of performance & warranty bonds and warranty inspection coordination. The incumbent will mentor, train, and assist with the overall process, workload distribution and quality control of lower level staff, provides back-up to the Supervisor and interface with contractors and applicants. The successful applicant will assist in policy and code updates that will support the group. Experience with the development review process, public infrastructure terminology, applicable City codes, and accounting software knowledge in SAP is desired.
About Permit Construction
The permit construction group has three main technical support roles: Permit Construction Support for Public Works Permits, Vertical Infrastructure Permits to our inspectors in our Utility Street Opening and Posted Sidewalk Permits, and to our engineering staff during franchise reviews of ADA ramps. 
For the Public Works and Vertical Infrastructure permits: The Engineering Tech team provides centralized coordination between the 3 City infrastructure bureaus (Portland Bureau of Transportation, Bureau of Environmental Services, and the Portland Water Bureau), and Urban Forestry for Public Works Permitting infrastructure improvement projects (sewer, stormwater, street and sidewalks, lights and signals, water mainlines, street trees, etc.) in the public right-of-way. We coordinate with private development teams, contractors, outside engineering consultants, property owners, City staff, and other internal and external stakeholders; such as TriMet and ODOT.
For the support to our inspectors: The Engineering Tech team provides support to our inspectors by providing research, contacting other permit issuers, and processing paperwork to make inspections easier
For the reviews of ADA ramps: The Engineering Tech team provides support to our engineers by creating folders in our computer software and coordinating comments back to our franchise utilities during engineering review. 
  • Job Location: City of Portland, Portland Building: 1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 800, 12th Floor
  • Hiring Bureau: Portland Bureau of Transportation
  • Work Days/Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm, typical

Utility Permitting – Engineering Tech 3 - Limited Term
The Utility Permitting Engineering Tech 3 takes the lead over the Engineering Tech 2's in the group. This position will lead the day to day activities of the group in the intake, review, and permitting of franchised and public utility permit requests. The incumbent will mentor, train, and assist with the overall process, workload distribution and quality control of lower level staff, provides back-up to the Supervisor, be responsible for the sections data management and metrics, and interface with utilities, contractors, engineers, and the general public. The successful applicant will assist in policy and code updates that will support the group. Experience with the varying utility industries (including wireless), development review processes, utility infrastructure terminology, applicable City codes and administrative rules, and data visualization software knowledge is desired.
About Utility Permitting
The Utility Permitting section is a combination of five separate programs: Street Opening Permits, Vertical Infrastructure, Environmental Assessment Permits, Utility Plan Distribution & Review and Insurance & Bond Processing. The responsibilities of this section are to ensure that all Franchised and Private Utilities are placing their facilities in the Right of Way per City Code and Administrative Rule Requirements; that PBOT Capital and Development driven project plans are distributed to all Franchised and Public utilities for the purposes of conflict detection and coordination; that private utility facilities are mapped in GIS and to provide support services to the Right of Way Inspectors. In addition, this group ensures that all contractors working or using in the Public Right of Way are properly insured and bonded through coordination with the City Attorney's Office.
  • Job Location: City of Portland, Portland Building: 1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 800, 12th Floor
  • Hiring Bureau: Portland Bureau of Transportation
  • Work Days/Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm, typical
Bureau of Environmental Services (BES)
Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) BE S manages Portland's wastewater and stormwater infrastructure to protect public health and the environment. We are a mission-driven, high performance organization, and a leader in preserving and restoring watershed health. We provide sewage and stormwater collection and treatment services to accommodate Portland's current and future needs. We protect the quality of surface and ground waters and conduct activities that plan and promote healthy ecosystems in our watersheds. BES Engineering Technician IIIs may perform plan and/or permit review and analysis, review stormwater facility and sewer system design, manage construction projects, and/or do system planning. Engineer Technician IIIs work with citizens, private developers, consulting firms and engineering staff at City bureaus and partner agencies. BES staffs Engineering Technician III positions in the following work groups: Asset Systems Management, Design Services, Construction Services, Systems Development, and Wastewater Collection System Maintenance Engineering.
Emily Mavraganis, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources