Fremont is a well-managed and innovative city, and has recently generated national attention by ranking second on the “Best Run City in America” list by 24/7 Wall Street and America’s third “Sharpest, Smartest City” by Reader’s Digest. Located in the heart of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, Fremont prides itself on innovation, green technology, a low crime rate, great schools, a low unemployment rate, quality parks and nearby open space, and an incredibly diverse population of over 220,000 residents. As a full service city, Fremont employs over 900 regular employees and has an annual operating budget of approximately $190 million.
Fremont is an employer that values its people, creativity, quality service, integrity, open communication, collaboration, mutual respect, and diversity. Employees find their work challenging, yet rewarding, and most importantly, enjoy the chance to make a difference through public service.
THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
The Public Works Department plays a key role in shaping the community and its future, as Fremont has several transformative land use and transportation projects underway to support the City’s vision of being “strategically urban.” Public Works is responsible for engineering, transportation, civic facilities, inspections, and maintenance for the City. The Engineering Division within Public Works helps deliver land development projects, executes the design and construction of public projects, and maintains and enhances the City’s transportation network.
Fremont is “on the rise” with a bold plan to develop Downtown Fremont into a vibrant mixed-use district, including a new civic center. Other key projects include the Warm Springs “Innovation District” where over 850 acres are transforming into a mixed-use, transit-oriented employment center home to advance manufacturing companies. Public Works is managing the construction of an iconic pedestrian access bridge which will cross over Union Pacific Railroad to connect the new Warm Springs BART station to the nearby employment hub—home to the Tesla factory, Fremont’s largest employer.
As a member of the Public Works, Engineering Division, the Engineering Technician I/II will perform a wide variety of support functions to assist with the development review, design, transportation projects and construction management of public works projects.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The City is searching for a self-motivated individual who is knowledgeable in engineering terminologies with the ability to work in a team environment. A successful candidate must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Development Section: The successful candidate must have a working knowledge of the private development process and be able to assist Associate Civil Engineers in the review of public and private street improvement, and grading and drainage plans.
Design Section: The City is searching for a self-motivated individual who is knowledgeable in engineering terminologies and experienced in using AUTOCAD. The successful candidate must be skilled in using AUTOCAD to prepare plans and maps and in reading and interpreting construction plans, drawings, and field sketches.
Transportation Section: The Transportation Engineering Technician will perform a wide variety of technical engineering and field work that include assisting one or more experienced engineers in performance of assignments that support larger transportation engineering projects.
Construction Section: The City is searching for a self-motivated individual who is knowledgeable in construction terminologies and willing to work in the field. The successful candidate must be skilled in reading and interpreting construction plans, drawings, and field sketches.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Engineering Tech I:
- Reviews and issues encroachment permits for work in the public right-of-way to residents, private utility companies including but not limited to PG&E, AT&T, Comcast, Alameda County Water District (ACWD) and Union Sanitary District (USD).
- Assists the Project Engineer in the review of private development applications from planning entitlement phase, to issuance of building permits, to approval of final/parcel maps and construction of any public improvements required to support the proposed development.
- Provides customer service at the Development Service Center related to private development applications and requirements for issuance of encroachment permits.
- Assists in the preparation of construction plans, specifications, and cost estimates for public works projects, including roadway, sidewalk, storm drain and signing and striping improvements.
- Prepares plans, maps and drawings using AutoCAD.
- Prepares exhibits as directed.
- Prepares and maintains accurate “as-built” plans from field notes from contractors and inspectors for completed projects.
- Gathers field data for the planning and construction of public works improvements.
- Assists in the data input and management of the City’s pavement Management software
- Assists in the preparation of construction plans, specifications, and cost estimates for transportation projects, including traffic signals, enhanced pedestrian crossings, separated/protected bicycle facilities, and signing/striping plans.
- Conducts traffic operations analyses, including all-way stops studies, parking restrictions, speed studies, and preparing service requests/exhibits.
- Assists in the oversight of the traffic signal maintenance contract and invoicing/payment process
- Provides support to bike and pedestrian program, including conducting school site assessments and preparing grant applications.
- Compiles and completes Caltrans “Weekly Statements of Working Days” from inspectors’ daily report and monitors the progress of public works project against baseline construction schedules.
- Calculates quantities, including irregular areas and volumes, of bid items measured by inspectors and prepare draft progress payment.
- Prepares draft progress payments for review and approval of the Supervising Construction Coordinators.
- Performs Underground Service Alert markings.
Engineering Technician II:
In addition to the duties listed above for Engineering Technician I:
Development Section: Participates in the review and recommendation process for permits such as encroachment and grading.
Design Section: Prepares construction plans using Civil 3D.
Transportation Section: Represents City with community organizations to provide education and information regarding transportation programs such as traffic signal operations, traffic safety, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
Construction Section: Assists the construction inspectors in monitoring construction activities in the field; Assists the Materials Testing Inspector in preparing material sample for testing; Completes initial review of project submittal and RFI’s and distributes to the appropriate review parties; Assists in review of Traffic Control Plans following the direction of engineering staff; Prepares diagrams for field design changes, either manually or by CAD following the direction of engineering staff.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Any combination of education and/or experience which has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities for satisfactory job performance would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge, skills and abilities would be as follows. Engineering Tech I: A high school diploma or equivalent with course work in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and drafting. Engineering Tech II: A high school diploma and 30 credit hours from an accredited college or university with course work in engineering, drafting and AUTOCAD; or graduation from high school and two years of progressively responsible experience performing technical engineering work in design and/or development plan review.
A valid Class C California Driver’s License is required by time of appointment since this position requires the ability to travel independently within and outside City limits.
Fremont offers an attractive benefits package, which includes, but is not limited to : CalPERS retirement plan*, paid holiday, medical, dental and other city paid benefits. A complete benefits summary can be found at www.fremont.gov.