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Title:  Senior Survey Engineering Technician-Office Survey Discipline

Department:  Civil Engineering

Sacramento, CA, US, 95817-1899

Category:  Engineering/Technical

Minimum Pay Rate: $39.98/ Hour

Maximum Pay Rate: $48.78/ Hour

Posting Type: Open 

This posting intends to fill one regular full-time position, and create an eligibility list which may be used to fill regular full-time and limited term vacancies over the next two years. 


Please Note:

  • This position is posted until a sufficient number of qualified applications are received.
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Every day at SMUD, we deliver power to more than 1.4 million customers throughout the Sacramento area. As a community-owned, not-for-profit electric service, we have been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for over 70 years. 

We are a recognized industry leader and award winner for our innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for our sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. Through the efforts of the 2,200 people that power us, we work 24/7 to keep the lights on and provide our customers with innovative energy solutions.

We’re one of the region’s largest employers, with a reputation for attracting, developing and retaining some of the most talented employees around.


Employee Benefits:

  • Competitive Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage
  • Retirement through Public Employees Retirement System
  • 457 and 401(k) plans available
  • Flexible Savings Account
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • Employee and Spouse Life Insurance


Performs technical surveying duties for property, construction, precise surveys including engineering, deformation and as-built surveys, and topographical survey functions.

Nature and Scope

This series is assigned to distribution services. This is the lead and/or journey level job class in the Survey Engineering Technician series. Incumbents may serve in a lead capacity and direct the work of an assigned field crew, and/or may serve as specialists who work independently and deal with the most complex and technical analysis of survey data in an office setting.

Duties and Responsibilities

Work may include, but is not limited to, the following: (NOTE: While in general all the functions and requirements listed are essential, individual positions and/or locations may not require all duties be performed.)

  • Provides lead direction to an assigned field survey crew; plans, assigns, directs, and reviews the daily activities of a field survey crew in conducting preliminary, location, construction, property, precise, topographic, or other engineering surveys.
  • Performs the more difficult survey calculations using trigonometry, coordinate geometry, algebra, and statistics.
  • Prepares complex survey drawings such as topographical, right-of-way, and profile, using AutoCAD and SoftDesk civil engineering software.
  • Interprets legal descriptions, construction plans, and recorded maps; prepares computerized legal descriptions.
  • Researches and compiles recorded documents and maps; resolves discrepancies between recorded and surveyed data.
  • Maintains records of instrument readings, landmarks, reference points, land descriptions, sketches, computations, and construction data.
  • Reviews maps, deeds, plans, and related data to determine the most efficient method of conducting assigned survey projects; briefs crewmembers on survey objectives and procedures.
  • Trains and instructs crewmembers in surveying methods, procedures and practices, and in the proper use and care of survey instruments and equipment.

Required Education

  • Associate Degree or Equivalent Relevant Experience in Surveying or related field

Required Experience

  • Two (2) years surveying experience comparable to or higher than the Survey Engineering Technician; and three (3) years land surveying experience. Without an AA degree an additional 2 years of relevant survey experience is required.

Required Licenses/Certificates

Possession of a valid California driver's license Class C.

Knowledge Of

Basic leadership principles and practices; complex land, topographic, and construction surveying principles and practices; boundary control and legal principles of land surveying; writing accurate legal descriptions; computer software applications for surveying work including AutoCAD and Trimble; Global Positioning System (GPS) systems and software surveying applications; mathematics through trigonometry as applied to geodetic and plane surveying; proper English usage, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, and spelling; primary program objectives and functions of assigned area; mandated workplace/field safety training.

Skills To

Plan, direct, and review the work of others on a project or day-to-day basis; organize, prioritize, and coordinate multiple work activities and meet critical deadlines; accurately calculate and interpret maps and construction plans; prepare clear and concise survey drawings and property descriptions; recognize discrepancies and use sound judgment in resolving survey related issues; prepare legal descriptions for real property, easements, and rights-of-way; understand and follow complex or brief oral and written instructions; communicate effectively and clearly in English with coworkers and clients; establish and maintain effective office procedures, records, sketches, note keeping, and associated files; work in a safe and effective manner; meet and deal tactfully with contractors, estimator's representatives, regulators, property owners and other employees; operate computers and use/modify designated software programs and databases; use and use a variety of business office equipment.

Desirable Education

  • Certificate of Registration as a Land Surveyor-in-Training
  • Bachelor's degree in related field

Remote Work:

This position may be eligible for SMUD's remote work employee benefit, the schedule of which will be determined by the successful candidate and the Hiring Manager. SMUD takes pride in powering the Sacramento region community where we live and work. We value the strong working relationships we develop with our colleagues. Our approach to remote work will continue to evolve. Please be aware that should SMUD’s business needs change, emergencies occur, or various other reasons arise, you may be required to report onsite on a part-time or full-time basis.


Who We Are

As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we're proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they're "Happy, satisfied and engaged" which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers.
Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.


Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
SMUD respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles to deliver a culture that reflects the broader values of the community and our customers. Our Board's policy for Employee Relation sets our commitment to developing and maintaining a high quality, inclusive workplace that engages and inspires employees to commit to SMUD's purpose, vision and values.
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are a part of who we are and how we do things. Supporting efforts that promote pay equality is part of that. Salary placement for the selected candidate will be determined in alignment with the California Equal Pay Act or the applicable MOU. Determination for salary placement of internal candidates will be made without respect to current classification or compensation, and will be based upon the candidate's qualifications as compared to those performing substantially similar work. In the event there is a guaranteed pay progression outlined in an applicable MOU, the MOU takes precedence.   


Why Sacramento, California?
The capitol of California, Sacramento is the state's sixth-largest city, and the 35th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, Davis and several competitive community colleges. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of more than a dozen hospitals and shared services centers in the Sacramento region. Part of the agriculturally-rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork food movement. Northern California is home to some of the country's top technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, and a multitude of startups in many industries. Sacramento is home to the NBA Kings, the River Cats (AAA baseball), the Republic FC (soccer) and the San Francisco Giants, NBA Warriors and NFL 49er's aren't far away. Sacramento offers an affluent liberal arts community with Broadway, Mondavi Center, Crocker Museum and summer musical theater to name a few.


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Req ID:  105