Engineering Technician Series

  • City of Costa Mesa, CA
  • Costa Mesa, California
  • May 14, 2024
Full Time Engineering
  • Salary: See Position Description USD

Job Description


Come join our City, known as the "City of Arts" and regarded as Orange County's "capital of cool". Do you want to be CostaMazing and be part of a close knit team as a valued engineer working on fun and exciting projects? The City of Costa Mesa's Engineering and Construction Management Division has numerous unique capital improvement projects that await your expertise.

The City of Costa Mesa invites applications for the following current vacancies in the Public Works Department:

  • 2 Full-Time Vacancies - Engineering Division
The vacancies may be filled at either the Engineering Technician I, Engineering Technician II or Engineering Technician III level depending on the qualifications of the candidate.


Engineering Technician I: $65,256 - $87,468 annually ($31.37 - $42.05 per hour)
Engineering Technician II:
$72,852 - $97,632 annually ($35.03 - $46.94 per hour)
Engineering Technician III:
$80,076 - $107,316 annually ($38.50 - $51.59 per hour)

Under general supervision, performs a variety of sub-professional office and field engineering work related to land surveying, mapping, design, right of way, drafting, plan checking, capital improvement projects and provides support to professional engineering staff.


Applications must be completed and submitted online. This recruitment will remain open until filled and may close without prior notice, therefore prompt application is encouraged.

First application review date: June 3, 2024.

Candidates are requested to provide specific information regarding their education and experience as it relates to the position by submitting a complete and comprehensive resume with their application . Application packets that do not have a resume attached will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. No additional attachments will be accepted. If selected to proceed further in the recruitment process, an opportunity to provide work samples, letters of recommendation, etc. will be appropriate during the interview process.

Based upon the information presented on the application and resume, a limited number of candidates who possess qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process. The selection process may include but is not limited to the following components: application review and evaluation, written examination or exercise, physical examination, practical exercise and interview evaluation. Please notify the Human Resources Division 72 hours in advance of the test date if you have a disability which requires accommodation for the testing process. The eligibility list will be in effect for one (1) year, unless exhausted sooner. The eligibility list from this recruitment may be utilized to fill lower-level vacancies which occur during the life of the list.

It is recommended you use a personal email address on your application instead of a work email address . Notifications during this recruitment will be sent by email only (regardless of the notification preference selected during the on-line application process). Notifications will be sent to the email address that is listed on your online application.

All employment offers made by the City are contingent upon establishing proof of a prospective candidate's legal authorization to work in the United States and successfully passing all components of the pre-employment process which may include, but is not limited to: comprehensive background check, criminal history check (Live Scan fingerprint check), polygraph examination, post-offer psychological evaluation and post-offer medical evaluation (may include drug screen).

Based upon current and/or future assignments, an employee may be subject to pre-employment, random, reasonable and post-accident drug and alcohol testing pursuant to the Department of Transportation Regulations.

Note: The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained within may be modified or revoked without notice.

Essential Functions


Engineering Technician I: This is the entry-level class in this series. Under close supervision, incumbents perform a variety of sub-professional engineering office work.

Engineering Technician II: This is the journey-level class in the series, positions at this level are distinguished from the Engineering Technician I by the performance of the full range of assigned duties, working independently, and exercising judgment and initiative. Incumbents may provide training and guidance to employees in lower level classifications.

Engineering Technician III: This is the advanced journey level classification in the series. This class is distinguished from the Engineering Technician II by performing the most complex and responsible sub-professional engineering work. It is further distinguished from the Assistant Engineer in that the latter is the entry level into the professional engineering series.

Positions in the Engineering Technician class series are flexibly staffed. Incumbents normally advance to the higher level after gaining sufficient experience, demonstrating proficiency to meet the requirements of higher level, and successful performance.

For full list of Essential Functions, click here: Engineering Technician Job Description

Qualification Guidelines

A typical way to obtain the requisite knowledge and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of this classification is as follows:


Engineering Technician I : Graduation from high school or its equivalent, supplemented by college coursework in engineering, mathematics, or a related field and some experience performing drafting, design, civil or traffic engineering work.

Engineering Technician II: Graduation from high school or its equivalent, supplemented by college coursework in engineering, mathematics, or a related field and one (1) year of engineering technician experience at a level equivalent to Engineering Technician I as stated above.

Engineering Technician III: Two years of college coursework in engineering, mathematics, or a related field and two (2) years of progressively responsible engineering technician experience at a level equivalent to Engineering Technician I or II as stated above. One (1) year of additional experience directly related to this position may substitute for one (1) year of the required education.

An equivalent combination of education and relevant experience that provides the desired knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform essential functions may also be considered.


Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid Class C California Driver's License, or higher, before date of appointment is required. Revocation of license during employment may result in disciplinary action or reassignment.

For detailed job description, click here: Engineering Technician Job Description

Supplemental Information


In accordance with Government Code Section 3100 - all City of Costa Mesa employees are required to perform assigned disaster service worker duties in the event of an emergency or a disaster


Please contact Human Resources for a summary of the essential tasks and environmental factors for this classification.

Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To view benefit information for all groups, Click Here

New employees contribute 9% of their salary on a pre-tax basis towards the 2%@60 or 2%@62 CalPERS retirement formula depending on eligibility.

Salary Increases:
  • Effective July 2024: 3% increase

Employees receive the following health insurance flexible benefits contribution:
  • Current: $1,600monthly
  • Effective January 2025: $1,650monthly

The City does not participate in the Social Security system; however, federal mandate requires new employees to contribute 1.45% of wages to Medicare. As a condition of employment, all new employees are required to enroll and participate in the direct deposit program.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Special Instructions


Job Address

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