This is supervisory engineering work directing street construction, maintenance programs, and snow operations in an assigned district or districts. An employee in this class participates in the development of highway construction plans and specifications, performs engineering calculations in certifying quantities of materials used, and assesses field conditions to determine the need for modifications in project plans. Work also includes supervising, through subordinates, the inspection of street construction and major repair projects performed by private contractors for adherence to standards and the work of a number of street repair crews engaged in maintaining and repairing streets. The incumbents in this class are routinely required to work on Saturday and occasionally in the evenings in addition to the normal 40-hour workweek due to the necessity for being present during all periods of major streets construction and winter weather related emergencies within the district(s). Of major significance to this work is the establishment of effective working relationships with contractors on projects and tactfully dealing with the departmental and city officials and the general public. Work is performed under the direction of the Chief Highway Engineer.ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)
Prepares and supervises the preparation of specifications, quantity calculations, cost estimates, engineering computations and related engineering work as it pertains to highways construction, reconstruction and maintenance; modifies proposed drawings and engineering designs.
Plans, assigns and reviews, through subordinate supervisors, the work of a number of street repair crews engaged in the maintenance of city streets in an assigned highway district or districts.
Supervises through a subordinate supervisor a group of inspectors engaged in inspecting streets, driveways, retaining walls, drainage structures and alley construction work performed by private contractors.
Reviews daily, weekly and/or monthly reports governing inspectional activities; reviews all activities and problems encountered; schedules meetings during the project to work out solutions to problems and interpret contract requirements.
Makes on site inspections of the construction projects while in progress to determine that specific phases of the work are performed in accordance with predetermined outlines; interprets the plans and specifications for the contractor and determines whether the intent of the plans and specifications has been properly carried out; resolves disputes with contractors regarding the intent of the city a specific phase in a contract requirement; confers with design and construction engineering staff to determine the appropriateness of proposed changes.
Plans, coordinates, and manages the salting and plowing of all primary, secondary, and residential routes for their assigned highway district(s); develops and updates snow maps, routes, and grids; coordinates the contractors hired for major snow storm operations; works with other city departments, agencies, and officials to coordinate activities; reports on all operations.
Confers with departmental personnel and other city officials to resolve problems on contract specifications and/or problems arising because of unusual field conditions such as lines and grades, condition of subsoil, etc; contacts and confers with private contractors on problems arising over contract specifications or other matters.
Sight checks each street in the district noting its conditions; prepares a list of streets requiring paving, resurfacing, reconstruction or total improvements and forwards list to the appropriate officials for use as a basis in establishing priorities for the city or private contract street repairs.
Receives complaints from the general public, city officials and through departmental inspections on various aspects of highway district activities; assigns priority to the complaint and gives it to a subordinate for investigation; informs neighborhood groups of the reasons for job delays, street closings and the like; submits complaint reports and informs the central office of actions taken.
Directs highway employees and other highway divisional employees engaged in snow removal activities, assisting in safeguarding against property and other types of losses during multiple alarm fires, street cave-ins, gas or water main breaks, or other such emergencies.
Plans, assigns and reviews the work of a support staff engaged in the data management and maintenance of district records and reports.
Performs related work as required.
Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university, with major course work in civil engineering, civil engineering technology, or architecture.AND
Five years of technical experience in highway design or construc¬tion, maintenance or inspection including three years supervising employees engaged in such work.OR
Any equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience which has included completion of two years in an acceptable area of civil engineering, civil engineering technology, or architecture as an educational minimum.
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 Common¬wealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of appointment as a Highway District Engineer.