CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
HIGHWAY INSPECTION SUPERVISOR
This is technical and supervisory work directing the activities of a group of employees engaged
in the inspection of city contractual projects for conformance with plans and specifications, or patrol work
inspecting sidewalks, retaining walls, drainage structures, footways and curbs. Work concerns
construction, reconstruction, and repair of such projects as city roads, alleys and driveways, traffic
islands, inspecting sidewalks, footways and curbs. Of major significance to this work is the establishment
of effective working relationships with contractors on projects and tactfully dealing with the public.
Work is performed under the general supervision of a technical superior. Assignments require
evaluative thinking and are carried out in accordance with standard inspectional practices and general
work instructions. The employee participates with other district personnel in the inspection of contractual
projects for conformance with city plans and specifications.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Visits sites of proposed work and compares surveyor's plans to actual site; alerts superior to
oversights or errors in plan and may suggest ways to improve them; informs interested parties of
proposed construction, reconstruction or repair work; receives notices of beginning of work and assigns
project to inspector; interprets and explains contract plans and specifications to contractors and associates.
- Makes initial certification of quantities and quality of paving materials delivered, numbers of men
and equipment used and time expended by contractors through conferences with inspectors, checking load
tickets, and review of core samples; prepares reports of findings for submission to engineering superiors
for review and approval.
- Makes daily unannounced visits to work sites and reviews inspectors' work reports to ascertain
job progress; confers with subordinates and contractors to learn if any problems have arisen; approves
minor field alterations to plan where required; discusses problems of non-compliance with plans,
specifications and standards with contractor and halts work if necessary; makes inspections and
reinspections of completed work and informs contractor of any problem that must be corrected before
release of guarantee is issued.
- Assigns inspectors to patrol assigned section of highway district noting such things as unsafe or
deteriorated sidewalks, curbs and footways, and retaining walls; reviewing all notices and reports
prepared by subordinates and takes appropriate action; initiates city contract work in cases where citizens
have failed to take corrective action.
- Answers letters, telephone calls and questions of citizens about unit operations; approves issuance
of permits to contractors; checks and approves subordinate's time sheets; attends scheduled meetings with
citizenry to discuss community problems related to streets, sidewalks and other city matters.
- Participates in snow and ice removal program by directing subordinates in field or working in
district or central office.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- materials, methods and equipment used in construction, reconstruction and repair of roads, alleys
and driveways, curbs and footways, retaining walls, drainage structures and traffic islands.
- the inspection techniques related to the work.
- determine conformity of materials, methods and quality of work with legal requirements, plans,
specifications and standards of construction, reconstruction and repair work.
- make inspections of work in progress and completed and to inform contractors of non-compliance
firmly, tactfully and impartially.
- supervise a moderate-size group of inspectors.
- understand and interpret blueprints and specifications pertaining to construction, reconstruction
and repair work.
- readily learn city ordinances and standards pertaining to the work.
- analyze and solve a variety of routine field problems.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, contractors and the public.
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 11/74.)
- Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.
- Four years of experience in the technical inspection of street construction and repair work.
Or any equivalent combination of education 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 appointment and during tenure of employment as a Highway Inspection Supervisor.
PAY RANGE: 19
Class Established: 12/1957
Latest Spec. Revision: 11/1974
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 3A43