CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
ENGINEERING AIDE I
This is 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, 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 learning 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 approved for this class.)
- The position must perform engineering aide work in support of engineering or architectural
activities for an operating department.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- May drive vehicle as required.
- Performs minor calculations related to the work assignment or to verify field notations and update
- Utilizes computer terminals for data entry and retrieval; uses computer aided drafting and design
(CADD) equipment, when applicable, as a learning tool.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the fundamentals of mathematics, including elementary concepts of trigonometry.
- basic drafting and architectural drafting practices.
- perform minor studies of processes, systems, data and conditions related to architectural or
- learn 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.
- learn the operation of computer aided drafting and drafting design equipment.
- learn to retrieve and enter data into personal and/or mainframe computers.
- learn the application of computing software packages related to assigned engineering tasks.
- observe field conditions and record observations.
- learn to 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 3/67.)
- Education equivalent to successful completion of the twelfth school grade.
Or any equivalent combination of training and experience determined to be acceptable by the
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of
a position in this class.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES
- 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 I, if required by work assignment.
PAY RANGE: 8
Class Established: 3/1953
Latest Spec. Revision:
CSC: 3/1994 ; Ad Board: 4/1994
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 3A01