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Description of Work:

Positions in this class perform routine or standardized work supporting higher level technicians and engineers by collecting, reviewing, analyzing, verifying,
editing, computing, coding, updating, entering and processing field data. The work of this class is a combination of clerical and limited technical support.
Employees support higher level technicians and engineers by performing manual or computer generated preliminary and intermediate mathematical computations
using standardized formulas on data received from field and various other sources; or collect vehicle speed and classification data, indicating the level of
highway use by type of vehicle.

                 Contributing                                              Journey                                                Advanced
This is entry level work supporting higher level      This is routine or standardized work supporting          This is para-technical work supporting higher level
technicians and engineers by collecting, reviewing,   higher level technicians and engineers by collecting,    technicians and engineers by collecting, reviewing,
analyzing, verifying, editing, computing, coding,     reviewing, analyzing, verifying, editing, computing,     analyzing, verifying, editing, computing, coding,
updating, entering and processing field data. The     coding, updating, entering and processing field data.    updating, entering, and processing field and other
work of this class is a combination of clerical and   The work of this class is a combination of clerical      data; or performing a full range of more
limited technical support. Employees support          and limited technical support. Employees support         standardized sampling, testing and inspection
higher level technicians and engineers by             higher level technicians and engineers by performing     duties in a materials and tests laboratory; or
performing manual or computer generated               manual or computer generated preliminary and             performing beginning level survey work as part of
preliminary and intermediate mathematical             intermediate mathematical computations using             a location and surveys field crew. The work of this
computations using standardized formulas on data      standardized formulas on data received from field        class is a combination of technical and limited
received from field and various other sources; or     and various other sources; or collect vehicle speed      clerical support. Employees may support higher
collect vehicle speed and classification data,        and classification data, indicating the level of         level technicians and engineers by performing
indicating the level of highway use by type of        highway use by type of vehicle. Work may include         manual or computer, generated preliminary and
vehicle.                                              driving vehicles for the profilometer or falling         intermediate mathematical computations using
                                                      weight deflectometer and operating equipment for         standardized formulas on data received from field
                                                      short periods of time to relieve the primary operator    and various other sources. Employees may
                                                      in collecting pavement condition data; obtaining,        compile and enter data into the Bid Analysis
                                                      compiling, processing, coding and entering data          Management System and maintain prequalification
                                                      relating to culverts, popes and bridge superstructure,   and subcontractor records; recommend division
                                                      substructure, posted weight capacity and                 construction personnel complements using
                                                      maintenance needs; translating data from bridge          computer programs, project letting lists, project
                                                      inspection reports into the master bridge computer       descriptions and type and estimated project cost
                                                      file; and interpreting and transferring inspectors’      data; serve as a resource for division personnel
                                                      rating of structures to computer input sheets. Work      regarding the usage of various computer programs
                                                      may also include analyzing and processing accident       and the processing of monthly estimates; check
                                                      notices, and prompt action notices; calculating bridge   and verify data entered on requests for subcontract;
                                                      deck geometry and under clearance appraisals and         edit, correct and enter asphalt report data; and
                                                      computing water depth and height crown to bed            review low bid Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
                                                      using streamed soundings. Employees may also             submittals. Duties may also include performing
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                                                     create hard copy computer files for new inventory         beginning level survey work as part of a location
                                                     structures; read and interpret plans describing           and surveys crew. Employees occupying materials
                                                     superstructure and substructure, span lengths, beams,     testing positions are generally restricted to one
                                                     girders and other details of new structures; analyze      specific area such as stone, extractions, physical
                                                     new bride inspection reports, discerning changes and      testing or bituminous labs, but may circulate
                                                     discrepancies between new inspection reports and          between the central labs. Location and Surveys
                                                     existing data; calculate the amount of structural steel   positions perform standardized surveying tasks
                                                     in bridges using weight of beams, number of lines of      relative to field operations, litigation surveys,
                                                     beams and span lengths; and intersected by                photogrammetric operations, hydraulic surveys
                                                     structures. Work may include other duties and             and office operations. Work may include other
                                                     responsibilities as assigned.                             duties and responsibilities as assigned.



(List applicable competencies and definitions from the competency dictionary.)
                 Competency                                                                           Definition

Knowledge                                            Possession of a designated level of technical skill or knowledge in a specific technical area(s) and the
                                                     ability to keep up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise. May be acquired through
                                                     academic, apprenticeship or on-the-job training or a combination of these.

                                                     Possession of knowledge of program procedures, methods and practices and their application to specific
                                                     situations, usually acquired on the job or in lower-level positions in the same or similar career path.

Communication                                        Communicates technical information regarding programs and/or regulations to individuals and groups both
                                                     within and outside work unit in a manner suited to the characteristics and needs of the audience. Clearly
                                                     and concisely conveys information orally or in writing to individuals or groups. Listens and responds
                                                     appropriately to others.
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Describe contributing, journey, and advanced levels for each competency listed above.
knowledge                                              Possession of a designated level of technical skill or knowledge in a specific technical area(s) and the
                                                       ability to keep up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise. May be acquired through
                                                       academic, apprenticeship or on-the-job training or a combination of these.

                                                       Possession of knowledge of program procedures, methods and practices and their application to specific
                                                       situations, usually acquired on the job or in lower-level positions in the same or similar career path.


                  Contributing                                               Journey                                                 Advanced
1 . Understands the basic concepts, practices, and     1 Possesses a thorough understanding of                   1. Possesses a significant expertise and
    theories used in the technical specialty area         concepts, practices, and theories used in the             understanding of concepts, practices, and
    with limited supervision. Professional level          technical specialty area. May have the general            theories used in the technical specialty area.
    knowledge of applicable standards, guideline,         knowledge to oversee compliance regarding                 Displays an exceptional understanding of
    methods, and the tools involved in the                multiple specialties, working independently with          technical/professional information and
    performance of surveying, testing, or technical       minimal day-to-day supervision.                           demonstrates the ability to use it in practice.
    specialty area.

2.   Perform a limited variety of standardized          2. Has solid level understanding of the                  2. Thorough/demonstrated knowledge of internal
     assignments in the collection and processing of       organizational and business objectives of his/her        organizational structure, business
     data. Surveying tasks are normally of a               section/specialty.                                       needs/objectives, budget, planning, legal/PR
     recurring nature and based on the type of                                                                      considerations, and/or other related factors
     survey being performed. Increased detail is                                                                    required for the continued growth and viability
     required in the operation of instruments,                                                                      of the organization.
     assisting in the preparation of field notes and
     performing mathematical computations using
     geometric and trigonometric functions.


3. Collect vehicle speed and classification data by    3.   Perform a variety of standardized assignments in     3. Perform a wide variety of standardized
   setting up electronic devices which requires             the collection and processing of data. Surveying        assignments in the collection and processing of
   installing pneumatic tubes or inductive loops on         tasks are normally of a recurring nature and            data or sampling, testing and inspection of
   the pavement, selecting and loading the correct          based on the type of survey being performed.            highway materials or surveying.
   program in the collector, calibrating the                Increased detail is required in the operation of
   equipment, observing during the collection               instruments, assisting in the preparation of field
   operation, downloading the data to a storage             notes and performing mathematical
   device, downloading to flopping disk and hard            computations using geometric and trigonometric
   copy and performing basic repair and                     functions.
   maintenance to the collection equipment.
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Communication                                          Communicates technical information regarding programs and/or regulations to individuals and groups both
                                                       within and outside work unit in a manner suited to the characteristics and needs of the audience. Clearly
                                                       and concisely conveys information orally or in writing to individuals or groups. Listens and responds
                                                       appropriately to others.

                  Contributing                                              Journey                                               Advanced
1. Effectively uses verbal and nonverbal skills to     1. Effectively uses verbal and nonverbal skills to      1. Effectively uses verbal and nonverbal skills to
express routine or simple technical and/or program     express non-routine or moderately complex technical     express complex technical and/or program
concepts and related facts in a clear, concise,        and/or program concepts and related facts in a clear,   concepts and related facts in a clear, concise,
organized and persuasive manner.                       concise, organized and persuasive manner.               organized and persuasive manner.

2. Uses appropriate language that is easy for others   2. Modifies delivery, language or material to account   2. Modifies delivery, language or material to
to understand.                                         for the characteristics and needs of the audience.      account for the characteristics and needs of the
                                                                                                               audience.

3. Communicates with other staff to ensure that        3. May lead co-workers in completing projects or        3. Organizes co-workers, outside employees,
tasks are completed correctly and in a timely          surveys. Reports survey findings or project status to   and/or contracted employees to correct
manner.                                                higher-level management.                                concerns/issues.


Minimum Training & Experience Guidelines
Graduation from high school with course work in mathematics and one year of experience relating to the functional area of assignment; or an equivalent
combination of training and directly related experience.

								
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