CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
STAFF ENGINEER 2
(Capital Projects )
This is senior staff engineering work reviewing and overseeing the production of designs, plans, specifications and contract documents prepared by project managers, engineers, consultants, architects and engineers. Employees function as the principal engineering resource in a central agency, or serve as the sole engineering expert in a specified discipline for a major engineering department. An employee in this class is responsible for planning and administering the technical aspects of major projects, determining how to incorporate new and improved technologies into processes, and, on a project basis, supervising subordinate engineering, architectural, and technical personnel and/or consultants, and reviewing and supervising production of designs, plans, specifications and contract documents. Reviews necessitate adherence to specialized engineering standards and governmental laws and regulations. Contact with project managers, engineers, various city officials and utility and regulatory agencies to coordinate and achieve assigned objectives is a significant aspect of the work. Work is performed under the direction of an engineering or administrative superior.
ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)
- Employees must function as the principal engineering resource in a central agency (such as the City Controller's Office), or serve as the sole engineering expert in a specified discipline for a major engineering department (comparable to the Streets or Water Departments or the Capital Program Office).
- Employees in this class must be responsible for planning and administering the technical aspects of major projects, determining how to incorporate new and improved technologies into processes, and, on a project basis, supervising subordinate engineering, architectural, and technical personnel and/or consultants, and reviewing and supervising production of designs, plans, specifications and contract documents.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Manages complex engineering projects; serves as an expert in a particular engineering discipline, providing various engineering services in support of major engineering initiatives; trains project managers, engineers, architects and consultants; formulates project plans and objectives and proposes engineering initiatives to superiors and other engineering officials; attends meetings with project managers, engineers, architects, consultants, contractors, city officials and utility and other regulatory representatives to discuss pending and in-progress projects.
- Serves as principal staff engineering assistant to a commissioner or division head; provides departmental review of the design, construction or operation of engineering programs for the area of functional specialization; provides city-wide review of a variety of engineering documents for central review agencies, such as the City Controller's Office; reviews and approves designs, plans, specifications and other contract documents for feasibility, adherence to departmental and professional standards and practices, and compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations; approves revisions to the plans and specifications; may redesign plans; meets with project managers, engineers, consultants and architects to resolve design problems.
- Initiates studies and research into the feasibility and costs of implementing proposed major engineering projects; determines best technical approach to complex projects; researches the economic and environmental impact of proposed plans; prepares budget estimates and justifications for projects; formulates conclusion based on research and study results and makes corresponding recommendations; prepares environmental impact statements in accordance with federal, state and local regulations; investigates the causes of existing engineering problems and recommends corrective measures; researches new technologies, products and processes; analyzes and projects long-term engineering strategies and programs; prepares engineering research and analysis reports; reviews other engineering reports and recommendations.
- Reviews and approves design and construction schedules; coordinates design and construction activities with departmental personnel, and federal, state and local agencies to assure work progresses according to schedule; confers with contractors on the interpretation of contract requirements; resolves engineering and scheduling problems; approves changes during construction due to unforeseen problems; oversees the implementation of changes.
- Implements, coordinates and directs assigned design and construction engineering projects; may direct, on a project basis, the activities of a staff of engineering and technical personnel, and/or outside contractors and consultants; directs all aspects of projects; monitors and reviews the progression and completion of project work to ensure adherence to plans, specifications, budgets, schedules, engineering standards, and federal, state, and local laws and regulations; resolves disputes or problems encountered during projects.
- Researches and applies for grant funding for engineering projects; prepares and submits requests for funding justifying the funding proposal; prepares claims for reimbursement for project by state and federal agencies; reviews inspection reports, invoices and contractor's billings; determines items eligible for reimbursement; maintains records of funds expended on projects; reviews proposals for federal and state grant programs; ascertains that proposals are properly prepared and meet federal and state requirements for certification; assures that requisitions for payment are processed and that funds are received.
- Performs the duties described above primarily on engineering projects in the area of specialization.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the theories, principles, practices and techniques of engineering as applied to the area of engineering specialization.
- project management techniques and principles as they apply to the development, control and production of project work in the area of specialty.
- federal, state and local laws, standards and regulations as they relate to the area of specialization.
- the engineering theories, principles and practices used in the development, preparation and review of plans, designs, cost estimates, specifications and other contract documents as they apply to the area of specialization.
- research methods and techniques utilized in the area of specialization.
- the sources of engineering information and current developments in the field of engineering in the area of specialization.
- the procedures and methods used in computerized information management systems for data analysis and report generation in the area of specialization.
- personal computers and computer software as required by assignment.
- the mathematics used in the specified area of engineering work.
- the principles and practices of architecture as related to the specified area of engineering.
- safety codes as related to the specified area of engineering.
- making engineering computations.
- coordinating engineering project activities.
- problem-solving among various levels to achieve objectives.
- manage, on a project basis, the activities of professional and technical employees.
- analyze and evaluate engineering design or construction proposals for technical and economic feasibility.
- initiate and assume the responsibility for field or office administrative functions and engineering studies.
- apply engineering and administrative knowledge to the resolution of complex engineering design and construction problems.
- interpret state and local regulatory codes applicable to the area of specialization.
- conduct comprehensive engineering research and planning studies and to develop new or modify existing programs.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, engineers 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 11/06.)
CIVIL, ELECTRICAL, ELECTRONIC, AND MECHANICAL SPECIALTIES
- 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.
ENVIRONMENTAL / SANITARY SPECIALITY
- Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university.
- Four years of full-performance level engineering experience in the area of specialization.
CAPITAL PROJECTS SPECIALTY
- Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering.
- Four years of engineering experience.
- Two years of engineering experience at the Staff Engineer 1 level, which has included performing technical review of the work of engineers, contractors and consultants, as project manager or as staff engineering expert with responsibility for the renovation or construction of multiple occupancy, multi-story buildings or with responsibility for managing the capital program for a large operating department which includes responsibility for projects control, coordination, budgeting, bid evaluation, scheduling and tracking.
Or any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Personnel Department which has included completion of a bachelor's degree program in an acceptable area of engineering as an educational minimum and the Specific Experience described above.
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
- Eligibility for registration as a professional engineer as issued by the Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers at the time of application and possession of such registration within six months of appointment as a Staff Engineer 2, if required by work assignment.
PAY RANGE: EP25
Class Established: 5/69
Latest Spec. Revision:
CSC: 8/06 , Ad Board: 11/06
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 3B76