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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 538N
Category: Science & Engineering


Performs semi‑skilled engineering work in field or office.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Employees in this class accomplish broader assignments, entailing greater skill and/or more technical judgment, than the Engineering Aide I assignments. For example, engineering computations are performed by employees in both classes; but the computations usually made by the Aide I would entail use of limited engineering formulas while the Aide II would select one of several formulas for application to a specific problem. These broader assignments are not as general as those expected of an Engineering Aide 3 (see specification 6007). However, it is expected that incumbents will be frequently assigned broader or more complex work as a matter of training. Promotion is normally by competitive examination.

Typical Work

(Civil, Field) Serves as surveying party assistant; acts as head chainman; instructs and provides minor supervision over rear chainmen; holds stadia rod for instrumentmen; drives marks and stakes; records survey data, either on land surveying or on such protects as stream measurements or other engineering research; may occasionally operate transit, dumpy level, theodolite, or other surveying instruments on fifth-order accuracy work; inspects parks, streams, structures, etc., for need of improvements; 

(Civil, Office) Performs various drafting and computing tasks under direct supervision; prepares drawings; details, and plans from old drawings, tracings, and fairly complete sketches, as assigned; computes yardages and other quantities subject to check; may check computations performed by others; drafts rudimentary maps; traces finished maps; calculates and plots graphs, profiles, and other statistical, mathematical or engineering‑type graphic illustrations; revises construction plans with "as built" corrections; operates, maintains, and repairs blueprint machines; 

Either office or field positions may require acting as construction inspector for specific jobs, but only for reporting factual information to higher level authority; does not normally initiate or approve change‑orders; any position may also require interpretation of field notes made by surveyors, engineers, biologists, park planners or other personnel, and interpretation of legal property descriptions, government land office records and other documents describing location and/or ownership; 

Performs other related work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  drafting techniques; arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry; principles of surveying.

Ability to: accomplish wide range of drafting and tracing assignments ranging from simple overlays to interpretation of sketch material into finished working drawings; withstand long hours at drafting board or exert sustained physical effort during inclement weather in field; travel frequently and for extended periods of 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.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

Two years of experience comparable to Engineering Aide 1. 

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

Class Specification History

Effective August 1, 1965
Revised April 1, 1966 Revises minimum qualifications
Revised May 1, 1967 Revises minimum qualifications
Revised November 8, 1971 Revises minimum qualifications
New class code: (formerly 60060) effective July 1, 2007

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.