Class Code:  04255





Performs progressively responsible introductory engineering and architectural work assignments; reviews architectural and engineering drawings for building construction projects; observes and documents work done by others in the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of buildings, utilities, earthwork and related facilities; 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.


Learns established technical engineering procedures, practices, standards and methods related to on-going operations and develops professional work knowledge and abilities to conduct learned duties independently.

Participates in the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of buildings, utilities, earthwork, and related facilities including related mechanical and electrical systems and equipment; assures that the components are utilized properly and to best advantage according to architectural, engineering, or related knowledge and principles.

Assists Facilities Engineers in inspecting existing facilities and the related mechanical and electrical systems and equipment; prepares recommendations for repairs or improvements.

Prepares plans, specifications, and cost estimates for construction of new facilities and for repairs and/or modifications to existing facilities.

Assists with Facilities Engineers in overseeing the work of contractors prior to, during, and after construction or remodeling; provides assistance and assures that the facility is being constructed properly.

Operates survey instruments such as transit, level, distance meter, planimeter and theodolite.

Performs trigonometric, geometric, and algebraic calculations to check survey configurations and prove physical work.

Inspects or directs the inspection of sites before, during, and upon completion of construction; reviews change orders; insures that the work performed and the material used meet standards.

Assists in the preparation of all records and reports; maintains an up-to-date account of completed an in-progress construction projects.

Reviews final drawings and specifications, and/or preliminary proposals of various building types to ensure compliance with applicable codes and regulations.


Knowledge of the general principles and practices of architecture and engineering as they relate to: building construction or modification; building systems and components; and current construction methods pertaining to recreational facilities, earth structures and related mechanical and electrical systems.

Knowledge of specific construction codes and standards, and their appendices, including the Uniform Building Code, Uniform Plumbing Code, Uniform Mechanical code, National Electrical Code, Model Energy Code, ASHRAE 90.1, CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code. Familiar with various National fire Protection Association standards related to healthcare facilities, including the Life Safety Code.

Knowledge of engineering survey principles and practices.

Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of survey instruments such as transits, levels, distance meters, planimeters, and theodolites.

Knowledge of standard safety procedures employed in survey work.

Knowledge of mathematics including geometry, trigonometry and algebra.

Ability to read and understand engineering plans and specification plats, aerial photos, road plans, and land descriptions.

Ability to operate survey instruments including transits, levels, distance meters, planimeters, and theodolites.

Ability to accurately record field survey notes.

Ability to inspect completed and in-progress work for accuracy, compliance with standards, and other related criteria.

Ability to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions.

Knowledge of modern building construction methods and materials and their proper usage, including general construction, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, fire detection, notification, and suppression systems.

Ability to analyze and solve complex and technical problems, and to evaluate alternative approaches in their resolution.

Ability to read, understand, and interpret blueprints, drawings, and specifications.

Ability to communicate technical engineering or architectural information to other engineers, agency employees, contractors, and the general public, both orally and in writing.

Ability to draft plans and specifications for buildings, recreational facilities, and earth structures.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with engineers, architects, technicians, contractors, construction personnel, the public, and other agency personnel.

Ability to analyze situations and make recommendations in such areas as facility design, facility construction, materials to be used, technical drafting, and on-site construction problems.

Ability to prepare and maintain records such as blueprint files, construction material costs, facility locations, and proposed construction sites.

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 cooperates 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.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in engineering.


For certain designated positions, the Appointing Authority, with Iowa Department of Administrative Services – Human Resources Enterprise approval, may selectively request those applicants possessing a minimum of twelve semester hours of education or six months of experience or a combination thereof in one of the following areas:

007       agricultural engineering

014       architecture

097       civil engineering

222       fire protection engineering

223       construction engineering

281       hydrology

394       mechanical engineering

650       sanitary engineering

657       soil conservation

761       water engineering

Applicants desiring to be considered for these positions should be sure to list applicable course work and experience on the application.


Applicants for conservation/natural resources positions should indicate in the appropriate section of the application: hydraulics, fluid mechanics or hydrology coursework completed or submit a college transcript with the application.

Effective Date:  07/09 DDF