McMinnville’s mission is to maintain a safe, livable environment through open governance and the efficient delivery of public services including building permits and inspections, engineering, emergency medical response, fire suppression, legal counsel, library programs, municipal court, parks and recreation, community planning, police, public works, and water reclamation. A supportive mayor and city council work well with the city manager and members of the city’s management team.

McMinnville has a growing population of 33,000 and is a quiet, easy-going city situated in the western portion of Oregon’s agriculturally rich Willamette Valley on U.S. Highway 99W. Pacific Ocean beaches are 50 miles to the west, Portland is 36 miles to the northeast, and the state capitol (Salem) is 25 miles to the southeast.

McMinnville is home to Linfield College, listed in U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top regional colleges, and Chemeketa Community College. The Gallery Theatre offers plays and musicals throughout the year and is regionally recognized for its performances and classes.

SUMMARY: Journey-level technical engineering work including surveys, collecting data, drafting and design, field checking and drafting maps, inspecting structures and construction projects, preparing project contract data, and ensuring that professional standards and requirements are met for the issuance of permits. Reports to Engineering Services Manager.


Helps design a variety of projects; performs a variety of drafting assignments using manual and computerized methods; creates and updates drawings, maps, graphs, and charts; and provides data to the city’s GIS/CAD Specialist.

  • Writes specifications, assembles contract documents, prepares cost estimates, administers contracts to ensure compliance, interprets contracts, and conducts inspection work in progress and at completion.
  • Performs technical inspections of projects, materials, and certifications to ensure compliance with plans and specifications; reviews construction plans and permit applications to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal requirements and engineering standards.
  • Communicates with and provides information to developers, contractors, and the public regarding engineering and construction requirements; deals with complaints regarding construction projects; files inspection reports with the State of Oregon.


Knowledge of:

Civil engineering principles and practices applicable to office and field work

  • Computers and software related to drafting and engineering design
  • Survey principles and practices
  • Inspection and design principles and practices
  • Drafting methods
  • City codes
  • Property descriptions
  • Professional standards and local, State of Oregon, and federal requirements
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to public and city staff, in person and over the telephone.

Skills in:

Operating a variety of computer software programs including Microsoft Office, ACAD software, asset management software, and permitting software

  • Using drafting tools
  • Preparing a maps, and designs from field investigation notes
  • Using manual and electronic survey equipment
  • Making mathematical through trigonometry
  • Preparing documentation and writing clear and concise reports
  • Designing engineering projects using computer aided design
  • Interpreting and reviewing engineering plans and specifications
  • Performing skilled civil drawings
  • Surveying and related computations
  • Gathering and correlating data from a variety of sources
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with individuals who have diverse backgrounds.

Ability to:

Communicate effectively with the public, members of outside agencies, and employees

  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Apply a variety of federal, state, and local regulations.


Duties involve decision-making, interpersonal skills, teamwork, creativity, customer service, fluency in English, and independent judgment.

  • Employee is required to stand, walk, sit, talk, hear, use repetitive motion of hands/wrists/feet, communicate, reach and manipulate objects, and move over various terrains.
  • Employee may be exposed to air contamination, dirty environments, high/low temperatures, noise, responsibility for the safety of others, toxic materials, and vibration.
  • Position requires pushing up to 100 pounds, lifting up to 40 pounds, pulling up to 10 pounds, and carrying up to 40 pounds.
  • Otherwise-qualified individuals with a disability and known limitations will be reasonably accommodated to perform essential job duties of this classification.


Any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. A typical way to qualify would be an Associate’s degree in civil engineering / survey and four years of increasingly responsible experience related to the duties and responsibilities of an Engineering Technician.

  • Certification in limited plumbing and sewer connection inspection desirable.
  • Valid driver’s license also desirable.

SALARY: $4,010 - $5,114 per month


Application, cover letter, resume, and written response of no more than 2 pages to the following question are due by 5 p.m. (Pacific time) Wed., April 29, 2015:  Please describe your opinion of the “mission” or role of the Engineering Department within the organization and the community, and discuss how your experience and training have prepared you to effectively implement that mission.

Submit materials to:

Ms. Rose Lorenzen

230 N.E. Second St.

McMinnville, OR 97128

NOTE: Faxed and/or e-mailed materials will not be accepted, but Ms. Lorenzen is available to answer any questions at 503-434-7405 or