This is intermediate level engineering aide work of limited scope performing minor engineering or architectural support tasks in a survey corps, traffic control, operations or drafting environment.  Employees in this class are responsible for surveying an assigned geographical or residential location, assisting in conducting environmental or traffic studies, researching architectural or drafting records as technical support to engineers and architects or performing a variety of support tasks for an engineering operation.  Work includes maintaining conventional and electronic survey equipment and records, or tracing sketches, draft plates, maps, plans, and architectural and engineering drawings, or investigating complaints related to traffic conditions.  Work may include continuing to develop skills in the use and applications of computer aided drafting and design (CADD), equipment for drafting efficiency and accuracy and utilizing personal and/or mainframe computer terminals for data entry and retrieval related to a designed task.  The work is performed under the supervision of a technical superior.


ALLOCATING FACTORS:  (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)


•           The position must perform intermediate level engineering aide work of limited scope in support of engineering or architectural activities for an operating department.




All Assignments


            Traces, letters, sketches or drafts plates, maps, plans, architectural or engineering drawings of limited complexity, using standard drafting tools and equipment related to the nature of the assignment; maintains files and records of office and field notes; sketches related materials.     

            Performs minor calculations related to the work assignment or to verify field notations and update records.

            Utilizes computer terminals for data entry and retrieval; uses computer aided drafting and design (CADD) equipment, when applicable, as a learning tool.

            May drive vehicle as required.

            Performs related work as required.


Architectural and Drafting Assignment


            Researches records to determine locations, measurements, dimensions or structural composition of water mains, sewers, bridges, highways, processing and traffic signal equipment; assists architects, engineers and higher level engineering aides in the completion of projects and assignments; monitors plant machinery such as valves and electrically-powered screening mechanisms to observe waste water inflows, air drafts and settling tanks.

            Issues water and sewer permits and provides "on call" utility notification service when applicable.


Operations Assignment


            Prepares preliminary sketches, plans and specifications; may make minor modifications to sketches and plans; performs field inspections to determine if work complies with plans and specifications; reviews blueprint plans for encroachments, driveways and underground utility construction; reviews sketches for street occupancy and street closures; issues street opening permits and provides “one call” utility notification.

            Provides technical support on a variety of projects; researches historical records in order to locate plans of problem sites pertinent to project assignments; prepares reports on findings.


Surveying Assignment


            Prepares survey area for transit-line by cutting brushes, weeds and removing obstacles, using an axe or brush hook; locates, uncovers or lays survey monuments using digging tools; holds plumb-bob on which transit technician sights bearings; holds level or stadia rod for the taking of transit readings, running of grades, and establishing angles; measures and reads distances, using a standard engineering measuring tape; marks and drives stakes and bench marks; makes rough dimensional sketches showing surveyed areas; takes simple field notes and maintains and cleans equipment; transfers data stored in electronic survey equipment to personal and/or mainframe computer terminals.


Traffic Assignment


            Tours an assigned section to observe existing traffic regulatory and control signs, signals and markings for malfunctions, need, damage, and inaccuracy, etc.; investigates complaints relative to traffic conditions; observes traffic field conditions; prepares area sketches as required showing physical features and tape measurements; makes recommendations to alleviate traffic problems.







•           basic high school level mathematics including algebra and geometry

•           basic drafting or architectural drafting practices using computerized software

               technical plans, layouts, charts, diagrams, schematics, maps, estimates, specifications and field and tests reports used in the various assignment areas




              the use and care of instruments, tools, materials and equipment used in the various assignments




•           perform minor studies of processes, systems, data and conditions related to architectural or engineering assignments

•           use the instruments, principles, practices, and techniques of drafting in support of architectural and engineering assignments

•           keep records and to prepare required reports

•           understand and follow oral and written instructions

•           retrieve and enter data into personal and/or mainframe computers

•           apply computing software packages related to assigned engineering tasks

•           observe field conditions and record observations

•           use computer keyboard to enter and retrieve data related to work assignments


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 1/17.)




            Education equivalent to successful completion of the twelfth school grade.





            One year of experience as an Engineering Aide Trainee.




            Any equivalent combination of training and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources.


NOTE 1:         Possession of the Construction Management Certificate issued by the City of Philadelphia demonstrating successful completion of the Street’s Department 10-course Construction Management Certificate Program may be substituted for the required experience.

NOTE 2:         Successful completion of one year of construction technology, architectural training, engineering, industrial or mechanical drafting at an accredited college, university, vocational or technical institute may be substituted for the required experience.




            Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.




            Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Common­wealth of Pennsylvania prior to and during tenure of employment as an Engineering Aide 1, if required by work assignment.


Class Established 3/53

Spec. Revision: CSC - 3/94;

Ad.Board - 4/94

Latest Spec. Revision:

CSC – 12/16; Ad. Board – 1/17