CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
ENGINEERING PLANS DESIGN SUPERVISOR
This is supervisory and technical work directing the provision of drafting or street design and other technical services in support of engineering design projects. Employees in this class supervise a group of engineering technicians, aides and other technical staff engaged in drafting, plans design, writing specifications, reviewing working plans, conducting related technical research, and other field and office technical activities. Work includes gathering and analyzing data, determining production standards, and reviewing drawings and plans for accuracy, completeness, and project feasibility. Work may include responsibility for maintaining the efficient operation of a departmental Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) system and for providing system support to end users; or providing an advisory service to City officials charged with responsibility for maintaining the city street plan. Work is performed under the direction of a technical superior.
ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)
- The position must supervise a group of engineering support staff in performing drafting and other field and office technical activities in support of engineering design projects;
- The position must gather and analyze data, determine production standards and review plans for accuracy, completeness, and project feasibility.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Plans, assigns and reviews the work of lower level engineering technicians, aides and other employees engaged in field and office technical assignments for design projects; explains purpose of projects and the methods and techniques to be used; establishes timetables for completion of work; develops goals and establishes production standards for the unit; reviews calculations and accuracy of work; performs more complex detailing work, making appropriate mathematical calculations; resolves problems arising in design or investigations; instructs subordinates in design, drafting and research procedures, including the preparation of detailed plans, diagrams, drawings and specifications; reviews drawings and plans prepared by subordinates to ensure quality of work and determine feasibility with regard to locations, dimensions, grade and existing structures; resolves complex assessment or location problems; reconciles engineering/architectural designs with actual conditions or notifies engineers/architects of discrepancies between designs and field conditions;
- Gathers construction cost data from a variety of publications and City records; evaluates data and prepares graphs to illustrate reported trends and project City construction costs.
- Prepares memoranda, technical correspondence, and activity reports; participates in preparation of budget for assigned unit. Participates in selection of staff; trains subordinate personnel; initiates and reviews disciplinary actions.
- Performs related work as required.
- Conducts field surveys of proposed construction sites, building additions and renovations; determines area shape, size, elevations and contour; observes physical composition of soil and drainage patterns; performs calculations to determine exact location and dimensions of streets, drainage areas, elevations and street grades
- Supervises and participate with lower level technical personnel in the preparation and verification of reports, plans, layouts, specifications, deeds of dedication, design and scale drawings and cost estimates for a phase of a major, or an entire minor rehabilitation, alteration, construction, or maintenance project involving field or office investigations or for City Council ordinances relative to changes in the official city street plan; makes appropriate calculations and makes final checks of completed street plans involving mathematics and the rechecking of ordinances, specifications, report plans and district survey reports; prepares and revises working plans, drawings, computer generated drafts of streets and subdivision plans, maps, charts, and diagrams; fits new designs into adjacent sub-divisions. Analyzes proposed street plan designs to determine topography, drainage, traffic patterns, pedestrian requirements, and right of way; locates utility connections and verifies accessibility and determines utility problems; suggests the types of materials and methods to be used and develops the concepts of their utilization in order to make optimum use of area within aesthetic, budgetary and functional requirements; inspects construction work in progress for adherence to architectural/engineering standards and contract specifications.
- Represents Cityís interest to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation; supplies and familiarizes engineers or consultants with City procedures, ordinances and utilities.
- Conducts field surveys of proposed construction sites, building additions and renovations; determines area shape, size, elevations and contour; observes physical composition of soil and drainage patterns; locates utility connections and verifies accessibility; suggests the types of materials and methods to be used and develops the concepts of their utilization in order to make optimum use of area within aesthetic, budgetary and functional requirements; inspects construction work in progress for adherence to architectural/engineering standards and contract specifications.
- Locates utility connections and verifies accessibility; suggests the types of materials and methods to be used and develops the concepts of their utilization in order to make optimal use of area within esthetic, budgetary and functional requirements; inspects construction work in progress for adherence to design standards and contract specifications.
- Prepares reports, plans, layouts, specifications and cost estimates for a phase of a major, or an entire minor rehabilitation, alteration, construction, or maintenance project involving field or office investigations; makes appropriate calculations; prepares and revises working plans, drawings, maps, charts, and diagrams; reconciles engineering/architectural designs with actual conditions or notifies engineers/architects of discrepancies between designs and field conditions; prepares memoranda, technical correspondence, and activity reports; participates in preparation of budget for assigned unit.
- Maintains operating performance and user access and system availability for a CADD system in support of engineering and/or architectural design and drafting projects; schedules CADD projects, user time allotments and daily CADD activities; provides systems technical support to users; develops solutions to unique technical and application problems; performs first echelon maintenance on system software and hardware; interfaces with vendor technical representatives to resolve system problems; installs software and operating system enhancements to the CADD; develops and maintains a systems security program; performs daily, weekly and monthly system backup procedures for all project files; trains users in the procedures, capabilities and functions of the CADD system; maintains a records management system for system utilization and performance statistics; projects future use requirements in anticipation of necessary system modifications; interfaces with other departmental functional areas relative to CADD system activities; participates in the planning and development of the CADD system for anticipated expansion of capabilities; keeps abreast of technological developments in the CADD field.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- principles, practices and techniques used in the interpretation and preparation of technical design drawings and plans, and in structural and detail drafting for assigned projects
- the basic theory of the design of structural steel and reinforced concrete, plumbing, HVAC, and/or electrical, mechanical and piping layout if required by work assignment
- engineering principles and practices used in the preparation of cost estimates and specifications
- surveying and engineering drafting as they relate to street design and land sub-division practices, for the Streets specialty
- higher mathematics, such as algebra and trigonometry and their applications to structural design and drafting projects, and the preparation of plans, diagrams, and specifications
- Mathematics and related engineering computations as they pertain to street design for the determination of alignment and grade, for the Streets specialty
- State and local laws relating to real estate conveyance and land title work, if required by work assignment
- Philadelphia Code as it relates to streets, sub-divisions and zoning areas, if required by work assignment
- the nomenclature, technical symbols, equipment and materials used in the preparation of engineering and/or architectural design drawings and plans
- the current uses and capabilities of computer applications related to automated design and drafting aids
- current technological developments in the field of computers relative to CADD systems
- one or more operating systems used in CADD computer systems
- the principles, practices and techniques of data base management related to the CADD system
- the procedures, methods and practices used in the application of computer aided design and drafting systems to specific designs and drafting assignments
- the techniques used in CADD system problem resolution, if required by work assignmen t
- detail drawing for complex design projects
- discerning inaccurate mathematical calculations and making corrections
- supervise a small group of subordinate engineering technicians and aides
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, associates and others
- think logically and sequentially
- speak and write effectively
- reduce field notes and sketches and prepare, read and interpret technical sketches, maps, plans, blueprints, diagrams, specifications, reports and legal descriptions of real property
- draft complex engineering drawings using both pencil and ink-on-mylar techniques with neatness, accuracy, and precision, if required by work assignment
- gather, compile and analyze data pertaining to engineering/architectural related investigations and take effective action resulting in the resolution of assigned problems
- instruct others in the use and care of drafting instruments and materials, and in the methods and techniques required in the preparation of plans, estimates, drawings, specifications and other technical materials
- convert drawings, sketches and other graphic material into computer data, through digitization or other methods
- coordinate and perform the duties required in maintaining a computer aided design and drafting system, if required by work assignment
- plan and implement strategies for system security and integrity for the Water specialty
- instruct users in the operation of the computer equipment, system capabilities and the proper use of the software, for the Water specialty
- evaluate new technologies and conceptualize their potential for incorporation into the existing system, if required by work assignment
- perform minor modifications to software and operating systems, for the Water specialty
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 11/06.)
- Completion of a two year program at a technical institute, or an accredited college or university with major course work in building construction technology, architectural design, architectural technology, or civil, mechanical or electrical engineering technology.
- Three years of experience performing architectural or engineering technical support activities in an engineering and/or architectural design and drafting environment.
- Four years of experience in surveying and/or related city street design.
- Two years of engineering technician experience at the full performance level or above, providing technical support for architectural or engineering design projects.
- Two years of experience supervising the work of two or more survey corps or as a Streets Plans Designer, computing and drafting plans for new and modified streets.
Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Personnel Department which has included the Specific Experience described above and the completion of at least one year of post high school training at an accredited technical institute, junior college, college or university in an acceptable area of architecture, engineering, or architectural or engineering technology.
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 or eligibility to obtain a valid motor vehicle operatorís license as issued by the state of Pennsylvania if required by work assignment.
PAY RANGE: EP19
Class Established: 5/68
Latest Spec. Revision:
CSC: 6/06, Ad Board: 11/06
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