Engineering Permit Technician 1 / 2

City of Eugene   Eugene, OR   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on July 13, 2022
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The City of Eugene Engineering Division is looking to add a member to their Engineering Permit Team!

The Engineering Permit Technician performs technical review of development applications for a variety of Public Works issues, including survey, stormwater, wastewater, transportation, natural resource, and other site-related impacts; determines compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations; serves as the Public Works Department's central building and land use permit review point; evaluates and consolidates input from other divisions; provides technical assistance to design professionals, developers, and the public.

Hourly Rate:
Engineering Permit Technician 1: $30.46 - $37.96
Engineering Permit Technician 2: $33.24 - $41.44

Next Application Review: Friday, August 12, 2022, 5:00 p.m. 
Accepting on-line applications only.

Working at the City of Eugene 
The City of Eugene offers a great benefit package including holidays, vacation, sick leave, retirement benefits and a range of insurance benefits as well as training and advancement opportunities. To view more information about the benefits and current insurance premium rates, click the APPLY NOW button for more information. While these positions operate in a challenging and fast paced environment they are part of a supportive, collaborative team that is flexible and values work-life balance.
The City of Eugene is located in the Willamette Valley, which offers a wide range of recreational activities to residents and visitors. Home to the University of Oregon, Eugene is a progressive community with engaged residents, a vibrant arts community and is known as Track Town USA; hosting national and international track and field events. Eugene offers many of the amenities of a larger city while retaining the feel and characteristics of a smaller city including a strong sense of community and a short commute to work with little traffic congestion. 

Examples of Duties Performed - Duties may include but are not limited to the following

  • Represents the Public Works Department at the Permit and Information Center.
  • Conducts technical review of development plans to assure interface of private and public infrastructure complies with applicable policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Determines appropriate connection point, materials, and methods of connection of private wastewater systems to the public system.
  • Evaluates a variety of issues related to destination and water quality requirements for stormwater discharge from private development including availability of public system, method of connection to public system, compliance with adopted stormwater standards, and evaluation of private systems for capacity and stormwater quality elements.
  • Performs analysis of transportation issues, including, driveway and sidewalk requirements, traffic circulation, need for Traffic Impact Analysis, other potential on-site or off-site improvements, and potential conflicts within the public right-of-way.
  • Identifies presence of Special Flood Hazard Areas on development sites; communicates necessary actions to ensure development meets local, State, and Federal requirements for construction within the floodplain; provides floodplain information to the public; may coordinate the City's floodplain management program, including participation in the National Flood Insurance Program and Community Rating System.
  • Evaluates site plans for presence of, and potential impacts to, natural resources including wetlands; determines if development proposal will trigger other local, State, or Federal requirements.
  • Acts as lead to resolve inter-division conflicts; coordinates overall Department response; drafts plan review comments addressing deficiencies and/or potential approval conditions.
  • Determines appropriate use classifications for new development or changes in use for Systems Development Charge review; calculates appropriate Systems Development Charges and credits.
  • Communicates by telephone, letter, and in person with City staff, public agencies, property owners, land developers, design professionals, and contractors; provides technical assistance for development-related questions and issues; provides information related to local, State, and Federal codes, policies, and procedures.
  • Represents the Department in meetings with customers, developers, design professionals, and City departments; participates in discussions to identify issues, resolve survey and infrastructure-related problems, and determine acceptable alternatives during development process; explains Public Works policies and procedures.
  • May provide input for land use applications such as Adjustment Review, Conditional Use, and Site Review for Public Works Engineering and Transportation issues.
  • Evaluates applications and issues permits for connections to public sewers and for work within public rights-of-way.
  • Determines need for permits from other agencies including Lane County, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Division of State Lands, and Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Determines the need to collect and calculate equivalent assessments.
  • Researches infrastructure maps and records in response to customer inquiries; resolves issues related to plan review.
  • Periodically takes on special projects or acts as coordinator or liaison, for work group issues within organization.
  • Assists in development of procedures and policies used by Engineering Division staff at the Permit and Information Center.
  • Retrieves and maintains records, files, and documents.
  • Interprets and analyzes information; prepares summaries and special reports.
  • May conduct field site visits to verify or clarify aspects of permit plans.
  • Reviews City records to identify site-specific issues to be addressed in land-use applications; drafts Engineering Division comments and recommended approval conditions, collects comments from other Public Works divisions, acts as lead to resolve inter-division conflicts and coordinates overall Public Works response to the Planning Division.
  • Reviews, writes, and interprets legal descriptions of real property and dedications to the public.
  • Researches and interprets City/County records; verifies boundary and right-of-way location from records and found survey monuments; identifies boundary line problems and makes recommendations for resolution.
  • Actively supports and respects diversity in the workplace.   


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of civil engineering, land surveying, transportation engineering and planning, landscape design, and land development processes.
  • Local, State, and Federal laws and codes as they relate to Public Works land development, land surveying, platting, dedications, conveyancing and building permit processes.
  • City transportation plans, policies, and practices; Federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
  • Alternative stormwater systems and Best Management Practices.
  • Assessment policies and practices.
  • Construction practices, materials, and standards.

Ability to:

  • Read and interpret engineering, surveying and building plans and documents.
  • Interpret land use codes, write findings and conditions of approval.
  • Read, write, interpret and map legal property descriptions.
  • Identify code deficiencies resulting from faulty design or construction.
  • Interpret, explain, and apply pertinent Federal, State and local laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Use conflict resolution, negotiation and communication skills in adverse situations.
  • Perform mathematical calculations related to fee calculations, formulas,
    and stormwater engineering design.
  • Work independently and make appropriate decisions regarding assigned duties; plan and schedule time effectively; track progress of multiple projects.
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and establish effective working relationships with City staff, the public, and other agencies.
  • Establish effective working relationships with City staff, building owners, engineers, architects, contractors, and the public.
  • Serve as project lead, evaluating and coordinating the responses of others.

Research and prepare records, reports, and other documents.
Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they are able to perform every task in the job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes with relevant transferrable skills from a variety of sources and experiences. The City will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.
A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:   

Engineering Permit Technician 1 & 2
Two years post-secondary education at an accredited college in Engineering, survey, Landscape Architecture, Building Construction, or related field(s).

License or Certificate
A valid Oregon driver's license or, the ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City's standard. Oregon law requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355).

Engineering Permit Technician 1
One year civil engineering, land surveying, plan review, planning, architecture landscape design, building inspection or construction, or related field experience.

Engineering Permit Technician 2
Two years civil engineering, land surveying, plan review, planning, architecture, landscape design, building inspection or construction, or related field experience.

Supplemental Information:

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions
Regular focus on a computer screen. Daily use of personal computer. Daily standing and sitting for prolonged periods. Occasional attendance at meetings or activities outside of normal working hours. Occasional operation of a motor vehicle on public roads. Occasional physical exposures of inspectors including buildings, lots, and construction sites.


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Selection Process 
Applicants are screened based upon their relevant knowledge, abilities, skills, experience, and training. The selection process varies according to the position and can include such things as screening of supplemental questionnaires, written or skill tests, ability or fitness tests, interviews, and assessment processes. In addition, background investigations and records checks may be required. Some positions also require applicants to have a psychological evaluation and/or physical examination and a drug test prior to employment. Applicants selected to continue in the process will be notified within two-three weeks after the posting deadline.


The City of Eugene complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any applicant with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act may request accommodation by contacting an employment coordinator at (541) 682-5061.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Eugene will request all eligible candidates who accept employment with the City to provide documentation to prove they are eligible for employment in the United States.

The City of Eugene is committed to a work environment which values the cultural, educational, and life experiences of each employee. We believe that a diverse workforce enables us to deliver culturally competent service to all members of our community. As part of our commitment to diversity, the City continues to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities, and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.