CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
AIRPORT ENGINEERING PROJECT MANAGER
This is project management work directing the implementation of engineering design and
construction phases of the City's airports' public works projects. An employee in this class is
responsible for all project-related administrative requirements and serves as project manager for
successive design and construction projects of considerable diversity and complexity, including
but not limited to roadways, runways, taxiways, ramps and buildings. An employee in this class
directs the activities of a staff that may be composed of engineering and/or architectural
personnel with technical support staff and outside contractors and consultants. This class is
differentiated from other related classes by project management responsibility for both
engineering and/or architectural design and construction project components. Work is performed
under the general direction of an administrative superior.
ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be
approved for this class.)
- The position must be assigned to the City's Division of Aviation.
- The position must be responsible for project management of successive engineering
design and construction capital projects of considerable diversity, complexity, involving
multiple engineering disciplines.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Coordinates design and construction phases of the Airport's public works projects funded
by both operating and capital funds; may assign and coordinate the design and construction
activities of a multi-disciplined staff that may change from project to project; assigns and
reviews the work of engineers, architects, consultants, contractors, and technical support staff;
reviews designs, plans, specifications, contracts and documents for project feasibility, adherence
to departmental requirements and standards, and compliance with federal, state and local
regulations and mandates; makes recommendations, accordingly.
- Performs feasibility studies to determine the practicality of engineering projects; prepares
environmental impact statements in accordance with federal, state and local regulations; reviews
preliminary cost estimates for materials, supplies and labor; reports findings and makes
recommendations; prepares budget estimates and justifications for projects; prepares original
designs and specifications for more complex structures and facilities; makes field inspections to
gather data; makes complex engineering calculations and prepares comprehensive and detailed
plans and specifications; reviews qualifications and experience of consultants and makes
recommendations; writes requests for proposals for consultant services in accordance with public
procurement policies; reviews proposals for consultant services for completeness and adequacy;
assigns portions of projects to subordinate engineers, architects and technical staff; reviews plans
and specifications prepared by architects and outside design consultants; approves revisions to
plans and specifications; may redesign plans; meets with consultants, architects and engineers
to resolve design problems.
- Advances project design phase to the construction phase; reviews and approves shop
drawings for compliance with the contract plans and specifications; reviews plans and
specifications for construction projects prepared in-house and/or by outside consultants;
determines if there are any utility or other obstructions which may interfere with the
implementation of construction plans and specifications; confers with project design staff and/or
design consultants to resolve problems and interpret specifications.
- Participates in pre-construction job meetings to review all aspects of construction
requirements; identifies priorities for the completion of various aspects of the work; reviews
sections of the plans and specifications that may present interpretation or construction problems;
determines if contractors' proposals meet structural and safety requirements; reviews and
approves cost breakdown for lump sum bids; reviews and approves all sub-contractors and
materials supplies used by the primary contractor in carrying out the work; may use standard
project management software package designed for use on a desk top computer.
- Assigns in-house or contracted inspection personnel to construction projects; reviews and
approves design and construction schedules; coordinates design and construction activities with
departmental personnel, public groups, and federal, state and local agencies to assure work
progresses according to schedule, contract plans and specifications; confers with consultants
and/or contractors on the interpretation of contract requirements; resolves engineering and
architectural scheduling problems; reviews and approves changes during construction due to
unforseen problems; oversees the implementation of changes; reviews coordination of prime
contractors and resolves conflicts and delays in the construction schedule.
- Assigns in-house or contracted inspection personnel to construction projects; makes on-
site inspections of construction while in progress and upon completion; reviews reports on
construction prepared by subordinates; makes changes in contracts or plans to compensate for
field conditions that do not affect engineering or design integrity of the project; stops work and
confers with superior, subordinate inspectors, departmental design engineers and/or architects
and outside consultants to resolve changes involving engineering and/or architectural design and
structural integrity of the project; prepares change orders; makes final inspections of construction
- Present testimony as expert witness to legislators, regulatory boards and commissions at
the local, state and federal level.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the theory, principles, practices and methods of engineering used in the design,
construction and alteration of landside and airside facilities for a large hub airport.
- modern engineering or architectural methods and techniques as applied to project design,
plans and specifications development, cost estimates, contract and budget preparation,
construction implementation and inspection, and materials testing for public works
- contract administration and compliance as applied to the construction phase of pubic
- engineering mathematics as applied to the design and construction of public works
- the sources of architectural and engineering information and current developments in the
field of design and construction.
- state, federal and local laws and regulations including environmental impact consider-
ations as they relate to new construction, rehabilitation, and modification of structures
- governmental and other outside funding sources for reimbursement and supplementation
of capital program expenditures.
- engineering and architectural economics.
- municipal procurement and contracting practices and procedures.
- project management and scheduling methods and techniques, such as Critical Path
- federal, state and local laws and regulations as they relate to the design and construction
of airport facilities.
- the preparation of sketches, schematics and presentation, and mechanical drawings.
- plan, organize, implement, and monitor design and construction public works projects
for a large hub airport.
- coordinate and manage the activities of engineering and technical support staff and
outside consultants and contracts.
- prepare and/or review and approve engineering designs, plans, specifications, contract
documents, and cost estimates for pubic works projects based upon departmental
standards and government regulations.
- manage the design phase of airport public works projects and advance them to the
- implement, manage, inspect and ensure contact compliance as applied to the construction
phase of public works projects.
- apply engineering knowledge to the resolution of complex design and construction
- interpret and apply state, local and federal regulatory codes applicable to public works
design and construction projects for a large hub airport.
- develop and maintain project time schedules and construction standards.
- evaluate alternative construction modifications for soundness of engineering features and
economic feasibility and make sound recommendations.
- analyze construction and specification interpretation problems and to exercise sound
judgment in their resolutions.
- analyze data and explain contract deviations to contractors and to resolve disputes firmly
- prepare change orders.
- review and analyze contractors' proposed work schedules prepared either by conventional
or Critical Path method of scheduling and plotting.
- communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, contractors,
consultants, utilities, governmental agencies, other departments 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 3/93.)
- Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university with
major coursework in engineering.
- Three years of engineering experience in the design or construction phases of public
- Two years of the above experience which has been above the full performance level in
the area of airport engineering.
Or any equivalent combination of acceptable training and experience which has included
completion of a bachelor's degree program in an acceptable area of engineering, as an
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
PAY RANGE: EP25
CSC - 3/1993 ; Ad Board - 4/1993
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 3B14