Lead Technician, CADD

DC Water and Sewer Authority Washington, DC
The Authority is seeking a highly motivated team player to serve as a Lead Technician, CADD (DS-12).

I. SUMMARY: Independently designs water and sewer projects. Performs utility design and creates plan and profile drawings for water and sewer projects using AutoCAD Civil 3D. Performs advanced design tasks, including quantity takeoffs. Develops CAD standards. Conduct quality checks of CAD work. Serves as a Civil-3D technical expert for the Design Branch. Conducts training sessions on using AutoCAD Civil 3D.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbent(s) in this job. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties in this description and incumbent(s) may be required to perform work-related tasks other than those specifically listed in this description. This job description is not a “contract” between the employee and the Authority. The job duties and essential functions may be changed at the discretion of the General Manager.


* Acts as lead technician in the development of in-house water and sewer design projects with an emphasis on small diameter water main replacement and sewer rehabilitation projects. Independently designs plan and profile for water and sewer projects, including replacement and rehabilitations.

* Provides technical guidance to co-workers, reviews, assigns work to lower grade technicians. Coaches other technicians in development of design drawings.

* Serves as trainer to staff in the use of AutoCAD Civil 3D, production of design drawings, basic and advanced CAD tools, processes, and standards.

* Ensures technical quality of product. Check the quality and completeness of work completed by other CAD and Survey Technicians.

* Researches and applies design and drafting standards. Develops processes and standards that use the full capabilities in AutoCAD and Civil 3D to design water and sewer projects.

* Provides design and drafting support to all other DC Water Departments on an as-needed basis.

* Manage the content of a CAD Manual to be used by other CAD and Survey Technicians.

* Maintain and manage a library of electronic tools, styles, parts, blocks, libraries to improve productivity.

* Promote standard drawing appearance.

* Ensure smooth transition during software upgrades. Test software upgrades before rollout to other CAD and Survey Technicians.

* Ensure new tools available in software upgrades are used to improve productivity of water and sewer design.

* Monitor hardware requirements and constraints. Work with IT to manage hardware and software with the goal of improving productivity and cost-effectiveness. Monitor leases and equipment lifespans to support development of the departmental operating budget.

* Ensure printing/plotting capabilities meet the production requirements of the CAD Section.

* Perform routine technical and administrative functions.

* Perform other related duties as assigned at the discretion of the immediate supervisor.

Supervisory Responsibilities: NA

Key Working Relationships: Interacts with coworkers in the Department and throughout the Authority, contractors, engineers, government officials, and with the general public.


The minimum qualifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability necessary for an individual to perform each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable amounts of training are provided.

* High School diploma or General Education Degree (GED) certificate and seven (7) years of progressive experience in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD). At least three (3) of those years of experience should be in water and sewer design.

* Prefer completion of formal AutoCAD training courses and/or certification from a recognized learning institution.

* Prefer working experience using Microsoft Access or other database management systems.

* Knowledge of drafting principles.

* Knowledge of water and sewer design principles.

* Knowledge of engineering and survey instruments (experience conducting field surveys is not required, but experience working closely with surveyors is preferred).

* Ability to read and interpret technical standards and manuals.

* Knowledge of mathematics including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Ability to perform technical calculations, analyze complex data, and prepare reports and recommendations based on those calculations and data.

* Strong analytical, planning, interpersonal and organizational skills.

* Exceptional attention to details.

* Strong written and verbal communication, data management, and project management skills.

* Utilizes personal computer and maintains a working knowledge of applicable software programs (i.e., Word, Excel, email, etc.).


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

* Primary duties are performed indoors, but field work is required on occasion.

* Subject to indoor and/or outdoor environmental conditions that include exposure to extreme cold and/or extreme hot temperatures.

* Subject to noise, vibration, and to hazards from a variety of physical conditions.

* Field work may include conducting field visits that could last several consecutive days with locations throughout the District and neighboring jurisdictions.

* Ability to lift and carry equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.

* Ability to open manhole lids and other similar acces