CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN 1
This is engineering technician work of moderate scope and complexity applying established engineering principles, practices, and mathematical knowledge to the completion of assigned projects, in support of engineering in area of specialization. Work includes completing design assignments or a portion of a large design project, writing standardized specifications for contract inclusion, rendering plans and drawings, and reviewing working plans and drawings for use by contractors and engineering project managers. Employees in this class use computer aided drafting and design software (CADD), when required, in the rendering of plans, drawings, plates, and schematics. This class is differentiated from all other technical support classes by the emphasis upon the application of the principles and theories of engineering and higher level mathematics at a level appropriate to assigned engineering tasks. Work is performed under the direction of a technical supervisor.
ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)
- The work must be related to, and in support of, the department's engineering design projects.
- The position must utilize an appropriate level of established engineering principles, theories, and practices, and higher level mathematics in the completion of design tasks and other related assignments.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Receives minor design assignments; reviews designs for technical accuracy; prepares or gathers information for plans, layouts, charts, diagrams, schematics, maps, specifications, estimates, and field inspection reports; reviews plans, specifications, correction sheets and other documents for conformity to engineering, architectural or mandated standards; develops equipment specifications for contract inclusion; develops working plans for use by contractors and project managers.
- Uses algebra and/or trigonometry to solve mathematical problems where there is an unknown; uses standard engineering formulae from higher level mathematics, as required; applies such information to assigned projects.
- May review the work, and give technical guidance to lower level engineering aides; issues water and sewer permits, and provides "one call" utility notification service when applicable.
- Utilizes computer-aided drafting and design software in rendering plans, schematics and drawings; uses other tools and manuals, such as drafting aids, established design standards, and mainframe and/or personal computer terminals to enter and retrieve data appropriate to the assigned engineering of specialization.
- Performs related work as required.
- Performs the above duties as required in support of civil engineering; work may include projects in such areas as water or sewage distribution, foundations and related structures, roads, bridges, transportation facilities and traffic control devices.
Performs the above duties as required in support of electric engineering; work may include projects in such areas as wired communications, lighting, power transmission, and electrical machinery.
- Performs the above duties as required in support of electronic engineering; work may include projects in such areas as instrumentation, automation, computerization, and communication systems.
- Performs the above duties as required in support of mechanical engineering; work may include projects related to the mechanical elements and systems required in plants or other public buildings and structures.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the basic theories, practices and techniques of engineering or architectural technology appropriate to the job assignment
- engineering mathematics as required by assignment in area of specialization
- the principles, practices, terminology, technical symbols, equipment, and instruments of drafting as required in area of specialization
- utilizing computer-aided drafting and design software and manual drafting in rendering of such documents as structural plans, drawings and schematics
- applying engineering mathematics and various tools and equipment as required in area of specialization
- prepare, read, and interpret technical plans, layouts, charts, diagrams, schematics, maps, specifications, estimates, and field inspection reports appropriate to the job assignment
- learn the application of computing software packages related to assigned tasks
- draft plans and drawings as prescribed by engineers
- gather and compile information and produce comprehensive reports
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, contractors, and professional personnel
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 6/06.)
- Completion of the twelfth school grade and one year of post high school training (30 credits) at an accredited technical institute or college, or completion of the City of Philadelphia’s Construction Technology Program for Public Works Employees, with major coursework in an acceptable area of engineering, or engineering, construction or architectural technology, as an educational minimum.
- Three years of experience of engineering aide experience at the full performance level in the area of specialization performing engineering support tasks.
One year of engineering aide experience at the advanced level in the area of specialization performing engineering support tasks.
City classes which meet the specific experience requirements are Engineering Aide 2 (full-performance level) and Engineering Aide 3 (advanced-performance level).
An Associate's degree in engineering technology from an accredited college or university may be substituted for the education and experience requirement listed above.
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 in this class, if required by work assignment.
PAY RANGE: 16
Class Established: 5/68
CSC: 8/99, Ad Board: 10/99
Latest Spec. Revision:
CSC: 4/06, Ad Board: 6/06
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 3A11