CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEER 1
( Civil )
This is construction engineering work supervising, through technical subordinates, the inspection of public works construction projects to assure good workmanship and contractors' adherence to plans, specifications and contract requirements. The employee coordinates and supervises the work of inspection units, and provides engineering interpretations to resolve construction disputes. Work is performed under the direction of an engineering superior. Work may require light physical effort.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Coordinates the work of field units inspecting construction projects; assigns projects to provide an equal distribution of work; develops an inspection schedule which allows for the most efficient utilization of time and which permits the observation of contractors' work at times defects would be most apparent.
- Reviews daily, weekly and/or monthly reports governing inspectional activities; schedules meetings during the project to work out solutions to problems encountered and to interpret contract requirements.
- Makes on-site inspections of all phases 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 on a specific phase in a contract requirement; confers with immediate supervisor to determine the appropriateness of proposed changes.
- Investigates and resolves complaints from the general public, contractors and others pertaining to damages or inconveniences created by construction projects; meets with complainants and contractors to obtain details and examine the site of the damages; analyzes all data and makes recommendations to resolve the complaint.
- Prepares and supervises the preparation of drawings, engineering designs, specifications, quantity calculations, cost estimates, engineering computations and related engineering work in the office as well as the field.
- Prepares a variety of correspondence to contractors, engineering firms, officials of various city departments, and others regarding the status of construction projects.
- Uses personal computers with data base and/or project management software to enter data, produce forms, and prepare reports.
- Performs duties described above on the following types of engineering projects.
- Performs related work as required.
- Recreation, airport, park, water and sewer structures, facilities and equipment, highways, bridges, public works structures and installations and other civil engineering phases of public works projects.
- Power distribution, lighting, heating, ventilating, communications and transit systems, and other electrical engineering phases of public works projects.
- Pumping equipment, incinerator and transfer systems, heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, and other mechanical engineering phases of public works projects.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- engineering theory and of the principles and practices of engineering in the area of specialization as applied to the construction of public works.
- the methods and techniques of engineering in the area of specialization as applied in inspecting and testing materials used in public works construction projects.
- the strength and use of construction materials and equipment.
- contract administration including scheduling and the preparation of contracts and change orders.
- engineering mathematics as applied to construction projects.
- supervisory methods and techniques.
- supervise field assistants in the inspection of all phases of public works construction projects for conformance to contract requirements, plans and specifications.
- evaluate construction modifications for soundness of engineering features and economic feasibility.
- analyze construction and specification interpretation problems and to exercise sound judgment in their resolution.
- analyze data and explain contract deviation to contractors and to resolve disputes firmly and tactfully.
- review and analyze construction cost proposals for construction change orders and to negotiate a final cost with the contractor.
- review and analyze contractor's proposed work schedule prepared either by Conventional or Critical Path Method scheduling.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, contractors, and others.
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 9/85.)
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering in the area of specialization.
- Four years of engineering experience in the area of specialization inspecting public works contruction projects.
NOTE: For the Civil specialty only
- Completion of a two year program with major course work in building construction technology, architectural design or civil engineering technology at an approved technical institute or an accredited college or university, and
- Six years of experience performing technical field work testing and inspecting all phases of public works construction projects to assure that the work performed by contractors is in compliance with contracts, plans and specifications and to insure good workmanship, two years of which have been performing technical field work at the supervisory level, may be substituted for the Education and Experience described above.
Any equivalent combination of training and experience which has included completion of a two year program in an acceptable area of engineering or engineering technology as an educational minimum.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS, AND/OR CERTIFICATES
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this
- 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 Construction Engineer I if required by work assignment.
PAY RANGE: EP23
Class Established: 5/69
Latest Spec. Revision: 9/85
Consolidation of classes (3A58):
CSC: 1/04, Ad Board: 5/04
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 3B71