Join the City of Torrance as our next Engineering Technician I!
The Community Development Department's Building & Safety Division is looking for an organized and detail-oriented Engineering Technician I to join their team. The main purpose of the Division is to protect and promote public health, safety and general welfare as they relate to the construction and occupancy of buildings and structures. To accomplish this purpose, the Building & Safety Division provides inspections for new construction, buildings and remodeling of structures for compliance with the local, state and federal laws.
As the entry level class in the technical series, the Engineering Technician I works under immediate supervision performing responsible technical work in the review, processing, and issuance of a variety of permits such as building permits, development review permits, and zoning and business license information.
The Engineering Technician I also operates and performs routine preventive maintenance on GIS equipment, database backups and restoration, graphic output printers/plotters and other equipment related to computer mapping and GIS; enters and verifies tabular data associated with the mapped elements; inputs and edits municipal infrastructure using ArcGIS software; and utilizes ArcGIS software to produce customized maps and analysis of graphic and tabular data including the selection of map size, projections, datum, scale, shading, colors and symbology.
Education andExperience Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be: Equivalent to graduation from high school, including or supplemented by courses in algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
One to two years of experience in civil engineering or related drafting work, surveying work or customer service/permitting work. Vocational training in drafting or computer-aided design and drafting is desired.
License and/or Certificates Must possess and maintain an appropriate, valid driver's license.
Ideal Candidate In addition to the minimum qualifications, the idealcandidate will possess:
Knowledge in reading and interpreting blueprints and drawings;
Ability to interpret and explain codes, regulations, and laws;
Demonstrated skill in accurate record keeping with strict attention to detail;
Ability to organize and maintain efficient files and records;
Be familiar and comfortable in utilizing computers and new technology;
Ability to work independently in a fast-paced and demanding environment;
A high degree of initiative and resourcefulness;
Exceptional customer service and interpersonal skills; and
Ability to effectively handle multiple projects and constantly shifting priorities.
Experience with GIS software such as ArcGIS and permitting software such as Accela is highly desirable.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates must submit an online application and supplemental questionnaire at www.TorranceCA.Gov/Jobs. The application filing period opens Tuesday, October 03, 2017 and closes Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
The CommunityThe City of Torrance, located in Los Angeles County’s South Bay, borders on the Pacific Ocean and beach communities to the west and the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the south. Ideally situated near the 405(San Diego) freeway and twenty minutes from the Los Angeles International Airport, Torrance occupies 21 square miles, including a ¾ mile stretch of beach and the Madrona Marsh, a fresh ...water habitat. Torrance is within a 45 minute drive of many of Southern California’s major attractions.Incorporated in 1921 and chartered in 1947, Torrance has a population of 147,405 and is the 8th largest city within Los Angeles County California. Due to its large employment base, the community’s daytime population is significantly higher than the permanent population peaking at 200,000.The area enjoys a pleasant year round climate with moderate temperatures, gentle sea breezes and low humidity. The City boasts 31 parks on 350 acres of parklands and open space. The 500 seat James Armstrong Theatre and the “theatre-in-the- round” Nakano Theatre within the Torrance Cultural Arts Center Complex are excellent venues for both professional and local productions. Helping to round out the community’s cultural offerings is the nearby El Camino Community College campus that houses an art gallery, planetarium and a 2000 seat theatre. The community’s population is culturally diverse as shown by the school district’s estimate that its students speak over 80 languages. Contributing to this diversity are world class international companies such as American Honda Motor Company, Robinson Helicopter, and Panasonic which call Torrance home. Four major shopping centers are located in Torrance, including the Del Amo Fashion Center, one of the largest shopping centers in the world and currently undergoing a significant expansion and renovation.Overall, Torrance is a quality of life oriented community that offers a wide variety of entertainment, recreation, cultural and volunteer opportunities.City GovernmentThe City of Torrance is governed by the Mayor-Council-City Manager form of government with an elected Mayor and six Council Members who appoint a City Manager, and a City Attorney. City Clerk and City Treasurer are also elected. The Executive team works under the direction of the City Manager based on merit principles. Torrance is a full service city with an annual budget of approximately $200 million and a staff of over 1300 organized in 13 departments.