Engineering Technician IV - Materials Lab

Salary: $56,740.08 - $68,950.20 Annually
Location: Everett, WA
Job Type: Full-Time
Department: Public Works
Job Number: 2017-PWK8540R-Oct
Closing: 10/29/2017 11:59 PM Pacific


The Snohomish County Department of Public Works is a local and national award winning organization that is responsible for the development and maintenance of the transportation system, the control and management of surface water quantity and quality, and the disposal of solid waste generated within all of Snohomish County. Currently we are seeking qualified applicants to work in our Materials Testing Group as an Engineering Technician IV.

Snohomish County is located on Puget Sound, between Skagit County to the north and King county (and Seattle) to the south. Covering 2,090 square miles, the county has varied topography ranging from saltwater beaches, rolling hills and rich farmlands to dense forest and mountainous alpine wilderness.

Job Duties

Performs skilled materials testing, construction inspection, drilling operation and related technical engineering assignments. The focus of this position is the field and laboratory work.


  1. Performs materials sampling and testing in both the field and in the lab using specialized equipment and standard testing methods; prepares test reports/forms, evaluates test results for conformance with applicable specifications, and provides appropriate observations and documentation; operates geotechnical instrumentation equipment; acts on behalf of materials lab lead in his/her absence.
  2. perates and maintains a soil sampling drill rig used to perform geotechnical and environmental investigations and prepares boring logs.


  1. Performs related duties as required

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from a two-year accredited program in civil engineering, civil engineering technology, geology or related field; AND, two (2) years of field or office experience in materials testing; OR, a Washington State Resource Protection Well Operator License, AND two (2) years of field or office experience in materials testing or drilling; OR, any equivalent combination of training and/or experience which provides the required knowledge and ability necessary to perform the work. Must pass job related tests.


  • A valid Washington State Driver's License is required for employment.
  • Certification of completion of a 40-hour OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 certified Health & Safety Program is required, OR, ability to obtain within 6 months.
  • Ability to obtain a nuclear density gauge license within 6 months.
  • A Washington State Resource Protection Well Operator License is preferred and may be required.

Additional Information


Knowledge of:

  • principles and practices of construction material testing, including testing of concrete, soil and asphalt
  • principles, practices, techniques and instruments related to geotechnical and environmental sciences
  • mathematics, algebra and geometry
  • codes, regulations and standards applicable to area of assignment
  • current regulations and standards, in the area of specialization

Ability to:

  • interpret engineering plans and specifications
  • use and maintain instruments and equipment used in area of assignment
  • communicate effectively with engineers, contractors, developers, staff members and the general public
  • work independently and organize workload
  • lead, train, and review the work of other employees
  • prepare technical calculations necessary for design and construction projects


Employees report to a technical or professional supervisor or lead as assigned. Employee may serve as a lead worker and be responsible for coordinating the work of other employees. Work is performed in­dependently or as a member of a crew. Work is reviewed in progress or upon completion for accuracy and adherence to engineering standards.


Work is performed in the office or in the field in varying weather conditions. The employee is also exposed to a variety of conditions such as: working in trenches, excavations, and on steep slopes, uneven terrain and slippery surfaces. Physical hazards from traffic and construction equipment at the work site may be present. An adequate sense of smell is required for detecting contaminated environments. Must be able to lift objects weighing fifty (50) pounds or more.

Snohomish County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.

Accommodations for individuals with disabilities are provided upon request.

EEO policy and ADA notice

posted: 12 October 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.