You are here

Home » State Human Resources » Compensation & job classes » Classified Job Listing » » State of Washington Class Specification

State of Washington Classified Job Specification


<< Classified Job Listing

Class Code: 538O
Category: Science & Engineering


Performs skilled sub-professional engineering work in field or office.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is the full journeyman level of work in this series.  Assignments are often complex and general in nature with occasional spot-check or conference-type supervision.  Incumbents in these positions work under the supervision of a professional engineer, architect, or land surveyor.

Typical Work

(Civil, Field)  Operates transit, dumpy level or theodolite in survey crew without direct supervision on fourth- and fifth-order accuracy work, or under direction of a professional engineer or licensed land surveyor or higher order work; supervises rodmen, chainmen, and other engineering aides; investigates hydraulic and water-right requests and makes recommendations; inspects actual use of streams as well as obstructions and needs for improvement; inspects park facilities before, during and after improvements; 

(Civil, Office)  Under the direct supervision of a professional engineer, performs skilled drafting and computation work; works up detailed plans of special engineering projects, engineering report illustrations, instruction plans, and other complex drafting jobs, using own field notes, sketches, old tracings, and information prepared or suggested by professional engineers; may supervise other engineering aides on specific portions of these project assignments; computes yardages and other earth moving quantities; computes construction costs; computes water quantity requirements and friction losses in water supply systems; designs, details, and estimates costs of such systems and their component parts; designs simple buildings;  

Transfers section corners and lines, rivers, railroads, and other information from aerial photographs to planimetric and topographic maps; 

Maintains land corner document files; transfers information from original Government Land Office survey notes to microfilm; searches microfilm records for information for engineers and land surveyors; photographs maps, plans and other documents with larger cameras; 

Plots and draws planimetric, topographic, and other maps using field information furnished by field engineers, foresters, or other survey personnel; 

(Architectural)  Under the direct supervision of a professional engineer or architect, prepares architectural plans and specifications for construction and remodeling of major buildings, residences, and other structures; makes initial site surveys, secures field information, and prepares sketches and notes; processes payment vouchers; initiates and answers correspondence concerning jobs; supplies job data to interested contractors and suppliers; 

(Mechanical)  Under the direct supervision of a professional engineer, prepares working drawings and specifications for mechanical appurtenances to buildings, such as plumbing, heating, sewage disposal, lighting; does some preparatory and follow-up work as performed by architectural draftsman above;  

(Civil, Office; Civil, Field; Architectural; Mechanical)  Acts as construction inspector to ensure compliance with contracts, specifications, or departmental regulations;  

(Cadastal)  Drafts and maintains code area maps for public utility evaluation and apportionment; prepares charts and sketches; codes taxing districts; checks all statements of railroad leases; prepares annual statement of leases for county assessors; 

(Hydrographic)  Investigates various river basins to determine quantities of surface water stream flow; drainage patterns of basins, predictions of possible stream run-off; determinations on water pattern characteristics under changing channel conditions; relating these water conditions to water use by salmon; determining necessary controls of water velocity, depth and other conditions that will affect the fish in the streams; 

(Marine ferry vessels)  Under the direct supervision of the Senior Naval Architect, performs skilled drafting and computation work; prepares drawings for ship modifications and repairs, including general arrangements, machinery and equipment arrangements and structural details; arrangements and details include piping, ventilation and joiner systems; electric and electronic wiring diagrams, isometric drawings and deck plans; compiles spec lists for above; performs shipchecks to develop background for drawings; 

(All of the above sub-titles)  Performs fine mapping and drafting assignments, including free-hand sketching, lettering, titling, coloring, delineation, and other graphic illustration work; 

Performs other related work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  drafting and illustrating techniques and instruments; arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and various engineering formulas; construction methods, blueprints and specifications; engineering or architectural standards.  

Ability to:  perform skilled mapping, drafting or computation work in the office and/or surveying instrument work and construction inspection in the field; supervise unskilled and semi-skilled aides; withstand long hours at the drafting board or in inclement weather in field; travel frequently and for extended periods if in field position, or occasionally if in office position.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Four years of experience involving engineering techniques, two years of which must have been at a level comparable to Engineering Aide 2. 

College-level course work with major emphasis in engineering may be substituted, year for year, for the required experience. 

Selective Certification:  Eligibles may be certified in accordance with their scores in examination specialty options upon request of the appointing authority.

Class Specification History

Effective May 1, 1963
Title change Effective August 1, 1965
Revised November 1, 1965
Revised April 1, 1966
Revised May 1, 1967 Revises minimum qualifications
Revised November 8, 1971 Revises minimum qualifications
Revised May 1988 General revision
New class code: (formerly 60070) effective July 1, 2007