Class Code: 04371

 

IOWA DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

HUMAN RESOURCES ENTERPRISE

 

DESIGN TECHNICIAN

 

DEFINITION

Performs paraprofessional engineering design work of a broader scope which impacts all areas of a single project; performs related work as required.

 

The Work Examples and Competencies listed are for illustrative purposes only and not intended to be the primary basis for position classification decisions.

 

WORK EXAMPLES

Inputs design criteria and data to create, maintain and adjust files for the creation of project plans.

Calculates, modifies, or otherwise determines geometrics, rates of discharge, hydraulic data, quantities, types and sizes of materials, land area, type, size, and locations of structures and other information as required for project assignments.

Prepares, selects, and/or modifies typicals, design standards, tabulations, bid items, reference notes, standards notations, specialized design details to create plans in accordance with the project design concept.

Checks calculations and files detailed drawings, aerial photography, survey data, shop drawings and finished plans or maps developed by co-workers, consultants, contractors to ensure completeness, accuracy, and adherence to design concept, specifications and contract provisions; identifies errors, problems, or non-standard situations and suggests alternate solutions.

Processes and edits survey data to create design files, and processes survey data into reports used by designers, planners, and others; lays out photogrammetry survey control.

Trains co-workers, workers in other departments, or consultants in specific work methods, techniques, computer software programs, automation tools, design policy, and other subject matter by reviewing specific questions with superiors, researching answers, and explaining their application and output.

Edits and graphically illustrates maps for display or reproductions of various transportation systems and cultural or relief features or details.

Performs soil analysis and slope stability analysis, computes foundation settlement, loading capacities, soil stresses under drainage and stabilization designs, and determines the characteristics and conditions of various soil types so that they may be incorporated effectively and economically in project designs.

Researches historical information obtained from as-built road plans and courthouse records to determine property ownership and existing right of way boundaries along existing and proposed highway centerlines on maps, plats, plans and aerial photographs; establishes the proposed right of way limits to construct and maintain the highways using road plans, cross-sections and situation plans; transfers this information to files and databases to be utilized in the right of way acquisition and design process.

Performs calculations for pavement thickness designs and/or an economic analysis of alternate pavement types; adds, sorts and analyzes data for use in pavement management.

Provides technical assistance and support to users of drafting and design software; develops and implements custom automated drafting and design procedures under supervision; evaluates pros and cons of new releases of drafting and design software.

Reviews projects submitted for federal funding by local cities and counties; coordinates activities to ensure proper development and timely delivery of material to other offices and agencies for project approval.

Monitors and reviews the activities of engineering consultants to ensure successful completion of the contract objectives; coordinates consultants' activities to ensure proper development and timely delivery of information to other offices and agencies; reviews project plans, ensuring that the proposed design is consistent with the approved concept; receives and responds to questions from design consultants, government agencies and other DOT offices.

Collects data from various sources, preparing rough drafts, drawing details of alternates and calculating cost estimates for concept statements, engineering studies and evaluations for transportation improvement projects.

Reviews applications for safety improvement funds from local jurisdictions and Transportation Centers to determine validity of proposals to reduce accidents.

Assists in the analysis, evaluation and field review of Hazard Elimination and Traffic Safety Improvement projects to determine cost effective counter measures to correct the specific safety deficiencies.

Specifies size, type and location layouts for lighting, signing, pavement markings, delineators, mileposts and other traffic control devices in accordance with federal guidelines; draws and assembles detail for inclusion in design plans; prepares fabrication details for signs.

 

COMPETENCIES REQUIRED

Knowledge of the development process of a complete set of plans or finished maps including how to prepare designs or color reproduction graphics, utilize standard specifications, and tabulate data in chart form.

Knowledge of basic engineering principles related to design and construction of projects including land economics, engineering survey, hydrology, geometrics and real estate.

Knowledge of agency, state and federal guidelines, policies and regulations regarding the design and construction of maps, park facilities, boat ramps, highways, bridges, culverts and other public facilities.

Knowledge of the format, contents and use of plans, manuals and project files including appropriate lettering, styles, widths and sizes required for use on a variety of plans and maps.

Knowledge of the proper use and care of various assigned drafting, scribing, or photogrammetric instruments and equipment.

Ability to utilize mathematics including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry in computations as required for design plans.

Ability to use computer-aided drafting software, road design software, survey software, photogrammetric software, and various other computer software packages in the creation of project plans, maps, graphs and charts and various reports.

Ability to read, understand and utilize reference materials available for project development such as legal descriptions, historical project information, Standard Specifications, bid item lists, Guide for the Highway Planning Map Manual, design manuals, and manufacturers' material catalogs and manuals.

Ability to manage file systems, understand file interrelationships and customize data within the individual files.

Ability to identify specific information from a substantial amount of related data or written information from such sources as legal property descriptions, reports, survey notes, manuals and specifications.

Ability to read and understand the terminology and symbols used in survey notes, plans, shop drawings, aerial photographs, and maps to interpret data and information for use in designing construction plans and maps.

Ability to accurately transfer information in numerical, written, sketched, or electronic format from sources such as legal descriptions, survey data, aerial photographs, and computer files to final plans and maps.

Ability to visualize and illustrate a concept or design in two or three dimensions.

Ability to analyze and recognize potential damages to properties by proposed right of way acquisitions.

Displays high standards of ethical conduct. Exhibits honesty and integrity. Refrains from theft-related, dishonest or unethical behavior.

Works and communicates with internal and external clients and customers to meet their needs in a polite, courteous, and cooperative manner. Committed to quality service.

Displays a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently. Works with minimal supervision. Demonstrates responsible behavior and attention to detail.

Responds appropriately to supervision. Follows policy and cooperate with supervisors.

Aligns behavior with the needs, priorities and goals of the organization.

Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity. Fosters commitment and team spirit.

Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information. Listens to others and responds appropriately.

 

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Graduation from high school or GED and experience equal to six years of full-time work experience in design drafting, cartography, engineering survey, soils survey, land survey, construction inspection or photogrammetry;

OR

an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one year (thirty semester hours of its equivalent) of post high school education for each year of the required experience to a maximum substitution of two years;

OR

substitution of one year (thirty semester hours or its equivalent) of vocational technical school education in engineering technology, design drafting, or cartography for two years of the required experience to a maximum substitution of two years;

OR

substitution of experience in engineering survey, soils survey or construction inspection for each year of the required design drafting experience to a maximum substitution of two years;

OR

employees with current continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes experience equal to twenty-four months of full-time work as a Design Technician Associate.

 

SELECTIVE CERTIFICATION

For designated positions, the appointing authority, with Iowa Department of Administrative Services Human Resources Enterprise prior approval, may request those applicants possessing a minimum of twelve semester hours of education, six months of experience, or a combination of both, or a specific certificate, license, or endorsement in the following areas:

 

062 bridge and structure design

110 cartography

283 highway design

321 construction inspection

322 engineering survey

323 land survey

324 soils survey

542 photogrammetry

600 right of way design

 

Applicants wishing to be considered for such designated positions must list applicable coursework, experience, certificate, license, or endorsement on the application.

 

Effective Date: 12/04 DK