Job: Engineering Technician

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Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  IntegrityRespect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.

Why Work for Aurora?

  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation work spaces
The City of Aurora will conduct ongoing screenings of applications on a first come-first serve basis. As soon as we determine we have a qualified pool of applicants, this position may close quickly and without notice.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

This position will work with our Materials Laboratory team within Public Works Department. This position will perform field and laboratory tests of soils, asphalt, concrete, aggregates, and other materials used in the construction of roadways, streets, public structures and utilities. Other responsibilities include:

  • Perform field and laboratory sampling and tests on construction materials to determine classification, engineering characteristics, strength and suitability of materials
  • Calculate composition, tolerances, etc. for the purpose of ensuring quality of construction materials by rejecting defective work and materials
  • Communicate both orally and in writing on the findings of tests performed
  • Perform site soil drilling, sampling and identification for use in laboratory determination of soils engineering properties
  • Provide detailed daily testing reports or records of laboratory testing results
  • Maintain appropriate records
  • Other duties as assigned
This position maybe required to work after normal business hours or on weekends.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Associate's Degree in engineering technology or a related field
  • 2 years of progressively responsible experience performing construction material testing related to the construction of civil engineering projects.
An equivalent combination of training, education and experience may be considered. 

  • Knowledge of principles and practices related to construction of municipal infrastructure and other city works
  • ASTM and AASHTO field and laboratory testing standards and procedures related to soils, aggregates, concrete and asphalt.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, contractors and citizens
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Perform advanced mathematical calculations; and operates and interprets results of a Nuclear Moisture/Density Gauge.
  • Skill in the performance of testing procedures assigned to the position.
 Licenses and Certifications: 
  • Colorado driver's license with a good driving record. Applicants selected for interview must furnish copy of their recent driving record.
  • Nuclear Safety Training Certification.
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI) Certification OR Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association (CAPA) Certification OR WAQTC Certification.
Our ideal candidate will possess:
  • NICET Level 2 Certification in either soil, asphalt, and or concrete OR the ability to obtain the certification within 1 year of employment.
Equipment Required:
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.

Working Conditions

Physical Demands

  • Heavy Physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 100 pounds
  • Frequent lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Considerable walking and standing
  • Full range of body movements including but not limited to pushing, pulling, climbing, and crawling; foot/eye coordination to operate motor vehicle
  • Read and understand plans, specifications, and testing and measuring equipment
  • Frequent hearing and speech communication with employees, contractors, and citizens
Work Environment
  • Works indoors in a laboratory environment and outdoors in ALL weather conditions and over all types of terrain with some exposure to chemicals, dust, noise, traffic and moving construction equipment or citizen traffic.
Equipment Used
  • Frequently uses standard office equipment including computer, calculator, multi-line telephones, and copy/fax machines.
  • Operates heavy equipment common to maintenance and construction.
  • Utilizes complex  testing equipment used in conjunction with concrete, asphalt, and soil.
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.

For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.
Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.


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