CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
SCIENTIFIC APPLICATIONS SYSTEMS ANALYST
This is systems analysis work designing, developing and maintaining computer programs
and systems for engineering and scientific applications. Contact with engineers, scientists and
technicians to identify system needs and parameters is a significant aspect of the work.
Work is performed under the direction of a technical superior. Assignments require the
use of analytical thinking and are carried out in accordance with functional precedents, practices
and policies. Employees in this class participate with scientists and engineers to develop
scientific and engineering computer systems.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Interviews engineers and research scientists on engineering and scientific applications of
computer programs for process control, engineering analysis and scientific research projects;
evaluates characteristics of data to be collected, analysis to be performed and the interface
between computer, scientific instruments and automated process controls in developing system
- Analyzes existing software systems to determine the combination of programs which
provide the most effective utilization of hardware and software systems; prepares system flow
charts; breaks down systems into component programs; assigns programmers to prepare program
flow charts, blocks, diagrams, and programs; may prepare block diagrams for the more difficult
programs and systems; may write or assist in writing complex computer programs; modifies
commercial programs called application packages which perform such functions as mathematical
or statistical analyses or report generation; develops appropriate security measures to insure the
integrity of computer files; assembles programs and proposed systems; prepares test data and
diagnoses error conditions; revises system to improve operating efficiency and to correct errors.
- Documents system design and operation; trains users on appropriate operational
procedures; revises system to reflect changes in operations; participates in the evaluation of new
hardware and software.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the principles, procedures and methods used in system analysis and design as they pertain
to scientific and engineering applications.
- the uses and capabilities of electronic data processing equipment.
- computer operating systems, including telecommunications and related systems software.
- engineering mathematics.
- water and waste water treatment processes.
- analyze and comprehend complex problems, the solution of which makes use of
electronic data processing equipment, and to make cogent recommendations concerning
- apply a knowledge of the principles and practices of electronic data processing in
developing engineering and scientific applications.
- learn process control systems.
- present ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental officials and
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
(The following statement
represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject
applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based
on training and experience requirements as approved on 9/80.)
- Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university with
major course work in engineering or mathematics.
- Four years of experience in either engineering or applied mathematics, two years of
which has involved the design and development of computer-oriented systems for scientific and
Or any equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
PAY RANGE: 1E58
Class Established: 9/1980
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 1E58