CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
CHIEF WATER TRANSPORT OPERATIONS ENGINEER
This is administrative engineering work directing the activities of the City's water
conveyance system or wastewater collection system. The employees are responsible for
directing a program of maintenance and improvements for conveyance or collectors systems
facilities. Provision of services to the public and coordination of system activities with other
department programs is a significant aspect of the work. An employee in this class works under
the direction of Water Engineering Assistant Manager.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Directs the conveyance of water from its source to a water treatment plant and then to
the users of the worker; or, directs the conveyance of wastewater from its source to the water
pollution control plants; maintains and improves physical facilities of the conveyance systems;
determines priorities for repairs and improvements to sections of the system; insures provision
of services to the public; directs emergency repairs to the system; coordinates conveyance
activities with the operation of water pollution control plants or water treatment plants.
- Develops goals and objectives for the program; develops performance standards for
program personnel; directs the activities of program personnel through subordinate engineering,
scientific, technical, operational and maintenance supervisors; analyzes and revises program
activities; reviews goals and objectives formulated by subordinate supervisors; reviews reports
prepared by subordinate supervisors on program activities; confers with other program
administrators and engineers to coordinate provision of services; consults with other department
program personnel to plan and review designs and plans for expansion and renovation of existing
facilities, and construction of new facilities; participates in research projects with private
consultants; reviews results of contracted research studies.
- Prepares operating budget proposals; reviews operating budget requests prepared by
subordinate supervisors; establishes staffing patterns for program; reviews personnel selection
decisions made by subordinate supervisors; reviews disciplinary decisions.
- Testifies before regulatory agencies; insures compliance with water and wastewater laws
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- water conveyance and wastewater collection system operations, design, facilities and
- sanitary and civil engineering principles and practices.
- administrative principles and practices pertaining to the operation of a large water utility.
- current federal and state rules, regulations, and standards applicable to water and
wastewater treatment, wastewater collection, and water conveyancing.
- the principles and practices of budget, fiscal and personnel administration pertaining to
the operation of a large water utility.
- supervisory principles and practices.
- the principles and practices of employee and labor relations.
- the operations of water treatments and water pollution control plants.
- the engineering principles and practices used in the design and construction of water
- apply administrative and engineering knowledge to complex engineering and operational
- prepare complex engineering reports.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, consultants,
governmental and regulatory agencies, and the general 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 10/82.)
- Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university with
major course work in sanitary, civil, chemical, electrical or mechanical engineering.
- Seven years of engineering experience, five years of which shall have been in water
conveyancing or wastewater collection, or in planning and preliminary design of water and
wastewater transport systems, or in hydraulic design engineering, one year of which shall have
been at the second supervisory level.
Or any equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience which has included
completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university with major
course work in engineering as an educational minimum.
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 and during tenure of employment in this class, if required by work assignment.
PAY RANGE: EP28
Class Established: 10/1982
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 3C27