Position Title:                Engineering Technician/Civil Engineer
DEPARTMENT:                               Public Works Department
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISORS:      Director of Public Works
POSITION TYPE:                            Non-Exempt
WAGE RANGE:                               $26.00-$30.00 per hour Depending on Qualifications;
BENEFITS:                                      Full time employee benefits included with position(s)
NUMBER OF POSITIONS:            1 permanent full-time position with the potential for a second position
POSTING DATE:                             October 28, 2022
APPLICATION DEADLINE:                      Open until position is filled

Application Package Instructions:  Please download our official application via the City’s website at: https://www.coawi.org/Jobs.aspx and email the completed application package to jobs@coawi.org. Hard copies are also welcome to be mailed to City Hall at 601 Main Street West, ATTN: Human Resources, Ashland, WI 54806. Only full application packages with be considered.

Application Package Requirements:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Official City of Ashland Application

INTENT:  The intent of this position description is to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job title.  This position description is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

GENERAL PURPOSE: This position performs a wide variety of civil engineering work in the planning, design, and construction of a variety of projects related to public infrastructure.  These projects and activities primarily include engineering tasks related to the City’s streets, sidewalks, water system (treatment, storage and distribution), wastewater system (collection, treatment, and disposal), and storm sewer system.  Special projects related to the City’s parks, trail networks, water quality initiatives, private development, buildings, grounds, landscaping may also be assigned.



To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty with proficiency.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required at the time of hire or for continuation of employment.

  • General knowledge of and ability to interpret engineering drawings, specifications, studies and reports
  • General knowledge of transportation systems, including roadway construction and pavement condition
  • General knowledge of water systems, specifically distribution piping, and sewer systems, specifically collection system piping
  • General knowledge of project management principles and practices
  • Ability to maintain clear and accurate construction records for the purpose of inspection and documentation
  • Ability to collect and organize survey information in the field
  • Ability to prepare basic sets of plans and specifications related to the construction of water, sewer, storm, and roadway infrastructure under the guidance of a Professional Engineer
  • Capable of performing basic mathematical and scientific calculations using algebra, trigonometry, geometry, spreadsheets, and technical software
  • Capable of completing work independently and with minimal supervision and exercising professional judgment and discretion.
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Occasionally maintain confidentiality on special projects/tasks or related information.



 Required Education and Experience:

  • Associate Degree in Civil Engineering or related field
  • Two (2) years of relevant field or office experience
  • Any combination of equivalent education and/or experience

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or related field
  • Four (4) years of relevant field or office experience
  • Certification and/or formal training in AutoCAD technology
  • Education and/or experience with field surveying and use of associated equipment, including a total station and advanced global positioning systems (GPS)
  • Experience working for a governmental organization and/or experience and WI DNR certifications related to water and wastewater utility operations.
  • Experience in the construction management, including the inspection and documentation of public works related infrastructure
  • Familiarity Geographic Information System (GIS) software
  • Familiarity with WI DOT standard specifications



Required Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age by the start date of this position
  • A valid Wisconsin Driver’s License.
  • Be able to work a 40 hour work week, with overtime assigned as necessary to maintain project schedules or other special duties
  • Must be able to read and write English proficiently in order to comprehend and communicate technical information



The duties described below are indicative of what the Engineering Technician/Civil Engineer will be required to perform.  Although most tasks will be completed under the supervision of the Director of Public Works, the Engineering Technician/Civil Engineer is expected to work and complete task independently.  Other duties may be assigned.

Tasks routinely performed:

  • Depending on the complexity of the project, independently or collaboratively develops technical contract packages and other types of bid documents for public works projects, including:
    • Collection of survey data, including topographic information and data related to existing facilities
    • Develops basic cost estimates for project activities, including the coordination of bid items and quantities with City and/or WI DOT standard specifications
    • Drafts construction plans in accordance with various industry standards
    • Develops project specifications and coordinates City requirements for contracts
    • Administers procurement processes in accordance with City and State of Wisconsin requirements
  • Monitor contractors, sub-contractors and developers through all phases of construction to insure compliance with all project plans, specification, City standards and municipal code requirements including:
  • Observation and evaluation of construction practices
  • Maintain detailed documentation of construction progress and inspection records
  • Prepare various reports on daily operations and activities related to projects
  • Coordinate and facilitate construction meetings between City staff, contractors and other stakeholders
  • Monitors project costs, identifies potential cost increases and alternatives solutions.
  • Assists the Director of Public Works in the development, planning, and funding of capital projects :
  • Assesses needs related to public infrastructure, including the evaluation of pavement, water system, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer condition, capacity, and performance
  • Develops planning and construction level cost estimates
  • Identifies and assists in the completion of grant applications, including but not limited to WI DOT, WI DNR, HUD, and other funding sources
  • Delivery of special projects related to building facilities and parks, as needed
  • Collection of data necessary for the development of as-built drawings and/or coordinates receipt of information with contractors for integration into City files and GIS records
  • Assists administrative staff with various information and report necessary for financial reporting associated with public works infrastructure
  • Coordinates various public works activities with regulatory agencies in order to obtain and ensure compliance with various permits and best practices
  • Infrequent travel will be offered and at times will be expected for continued education and training.
  • Performs other duties as necessary and as assigned



The Engineering Technician/Civil Engineer, in coordination with the Director of Public Works, may be assigned to directly supervise the work of junior technicians, independent contractors, limited term employees (LTE’s) and/or engineering interns.



  • The Engineering Technician/Civil Engineer may be assigned duties related to administration of a variety of grant funding, regulatory monitoring/reporting, and urban forestry.
  • The Engineering Technician/Civil Engineer may be assigned to support the Water and Wastewater Utility on various special projects, specifically those related to sewer collection and water distribution system operation and maintenance



Physical Requirements:

  • Lift up to 50 lbs. independently.
  • Work is performed in both office and field settings.
  • Working in the office setting may require a long period of sitting or standing.
  • The Engineering Technician/Civil Engineer is frequently required to sit, walk, talk, hear and see and use hands and fingers to manipulate office equipment, handle or feel objects, tools, and controls; and frequently reaches with hands and arms
  • The Engineering Technician/Civil Engineer is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl in various field conditions
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and the ability to focus.

Physical Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those the Engineering Technician/Civil Engineer would commonly encounter while performing the essential functions of his or her job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable the individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This list is NOT all inclusive; other related tasks may be assigned.

  • The Engineering Technician/Civil Engineer will frequently serve as the point of contact with the public during the delivery of projects that include public infrastructure or the implementation of special initiatives.
  • Day to day operations and duties mainly takes place in the Public Works facility on the 1st
  • The Engineering Technician/Civil Engineer will frequently be required to work outside in weather with varying temperature, humidity, wind, and precipitation conditions and near moving mechanical parts and machinery. The employee may be exposed to a variety of environmental conditions in these settings.
  • Noise levels vary from light to moderate in an office setting, to moderate to high in field conditions typical of municipal maintenance facilities, water and wastewater treatment operations, and construction sites. Lighting conditions are usually adequate, except during occasional early morning/evening work hours in field conditions or during investigation/recognizance of public works/utility facilities.
  • Break room space is located in the main floor of the Public Works facility
  • Accessibility to both floors of the Public Works facility is via stairs.

In the course of completing job duties, the Engineering Technician/Civil Engineer will frequently be required to work outside in weather with varying temperature, humidity, wind, and precipitation conditions and near moving mechanical parts and machinery.  The employee may be exposed to a variety of environmental conditions in these settings.



The Engineering Technician/Civil Engineer uses a variety of equipment including computer software, calculator, printers, scanners, digital camera, copy machine, fax machine, cellular phone, two-way radio, and office telephone system.   The Engineering Technician/Civil Engineer also frequently uses survey and GPS instruments/equipment and construction observation/inspection devices.  Operation of motor vehicles is also essential to daily job duties.



The Engineering Technician/Civil Engineer is a 40-hour non-exempt hourly position and shall include all aspects of the duties outlined in this position description.  Days and hours may vary throughout the year depending on needs and overtime assigned as necessary to maintain project schedules or other special duties.  The Engineering Technician/Civil Engineer position shall be considered a full-time employee with the option of all City benefits.

The City of Ashland does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, age or disability in employment or provision of service, programs or activities.

Application packages submissions must be received in full. 

The position is open until filled.

Please contact City of Ashland Human Resources at 715.685.1603 or jboulley@coawi.org with any questions related to this position vacancy.