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The work involves responsibility for performing elementary technical work in assisting on engineering projects in the field or office in Onondaga County Government departments. Under supervision, an employee in this class acts as an assistant in a survey party or comparable level of work in the field or office. Specific work assignments received are usually accompanied by detailed written or oral instructions. Employees have more responsibility for work methods and greater opportunity to use independent judgment and engineering skill as experience is gained. Work is distinguished from that of Engineering Aide I by operation of the more complex engineering instruments and by assumption of a higher degree of sub-professional engineering responsibility. This employee may act as party chief on minor engineering surveys. Supervision may be exercised over subordinate Engineering Aides. Does related work as required.


Acts as an assistant on a survey crew by operating engineers level, theodolite, and an electronic total station data collector to establish line and grade; secures or establishes elevations.
On engineering surveys, operates a theodolite and/or electronic total station to locate established lines, points and angles, and establishes the relationship of surface features with each other by angles, elevations and distances; may act as party chief on minor engineering surveys.
Reduces field notes, prepares field notes, plots cross sections from field notes; makes the less difficult computations.
Performs a variety of sub-professional engineering tasks in engineering office including preliminary computer processing of field data.
Acts as construction inspector on construction projects.
Depending on assignment, may verify material quantities used during construction, as certify payments to contractors for work done.
May prepare plans for construction projects and “as built” plans using CAD.


Good knowledge of mathematics through trigonometry as it applies to field surveying and engineering computations.
Good knowledge of the techniques and practices of surveying.
Good knowledge of the principles, practices and instruments used in engineering drafting.
Skill in the use of engineering instruments and equipment.
Ability to use surveying instruments.
Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to read and interpret specifications, maps, and technical drawings.
Ability to make less complicated engineering computations quickly and accurately.
Ability to prepare and trace drawings of a simple engineering nature with neatness and accuracy.
Willingness to work outdoors for long hours, occasionally under adverse weather conditions.


A. Successful completion of thirty (30) semester credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees in a Civil Engineering curriculum or graduation with a certificate in Surveying Technology; or,
B. One (1) year of paraprofessional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, in civil engineering
and land surveying; or,
C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).

02/2011 Revised