This is administrative engineering work directing, through professional, technical support, and administrative staff, and consultants, the design, renovation and construction of all airside, terminal and land projects at the Philadelphia International and Northeast Philadelphia Airport.  The employee in this class manages the daily functions and activities relating to engineering projects, spearheading airport initiatives by developing and implementing objectives, goals, and establishing priorities. Work includes collaborating with a variety of governmental agencies and internal city departments including Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, SEPTA, Philadelphia City Council members, airport officials from senior management, Security and Properties management, Program Management Office, Construction Management, Project Management, Streets, and Procurement departments and other city agencies during design and implementation. The employee serves as the senior technical expert for achieving the airports' operations and capital program objectives, researching for plan submission, making recommendations for the organization’s benefit and growth, developing strategies to resolve issues, and reporting on performance.  The employee works with various offices for expansion and renovation of the airport’s properties. Directing large, multi-year, multi-discipline engineering projects and activities of staff engaged in performing and/or administering system requirements, capacity, contractual agreements for feasibility studies, cost estimates, project designs and site inspections; ensuring compliance with airport and engineering design standards, approved plans and specifications; and preparing all capital and operating budget proposals are major aspects of the work of this position.

            Work is performed under the general direction of a Deputy Director of Aviation.


ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)


1.            One position will be allocated to this class.

2.            The employee in this class must direct all engineering design and construction activities for the Division of Aviation.




            Develops and standardizes procedures and methods  to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of engineering services, directs, through subordinate engineering managers, development of short and long term conceptual designs for capital and operating budget projects necessary to maintain and upgrade existing facilities and structures, developing and reviewing planning specifications, executing invoice processing and contract management for a multi-discipline staff engaged in preparing and/or reviewing feasibility studies, cost estimates, plans, specifications and contract documents for the civil, electrical, mechanical, structural, and architectural aspects of construction and/or renovation projects for airport facilities including but not limited to roadways, runways, taxiways, ramps, and buildings; monitors, through subordinate engineering managers, the performance of consultants and contractors hired to design and build airport facilities; assigns, reviews and approves all airport design and construction projects coordinated by subordinate engineering managers and contracted consultants; confers with subordinate engineering managers to ensure project conformance to conceptual design, engineering principles, and technical requirements; resolves the most complex engineering, architectural and programming problems.

            Reviews requests for proposals; negotiates contractual terms of projects between the consultants and the City; directs the preparation of monthly estimates of construction completed; prepares and approves expenditures from the capital and operating design and construction budgets; reviews estimates and reports prior to authorizing payments; makes final decisions regarding contract disputes; negotiates and resolves payment claims with contractors; ensures that contractors are advised of schedules required to minimize impact on operations.

            Establishes long and short term objectives for subordinate managers including LEED participation and benchmarking to determine courses of action; performs outreach to help assess the airport’s design and construction project direction; reviews and monitors goals and objectives developed by subordinate managers; takes lead role in setting scientific and technical programs within broad outlines exercising sound engineering practices; develops and reviews periodic progress reports in relation to established goals for stakeholders; evaluates recommendations submitted by subordinates; meets with subordinates to discuss status of projects and strategies for problem resolution.

            Monitors changes in security regulations and technological updates that may affect operations; develops and/or modifies policies for design and construction based on sound engineering practices; interprets sections of plans and specifications that may present construction problems and provides recommendations; directs, through subordinate managers, the inspection and testing of civil, mechanical, electrical and structural elements of airport capital improvement projects; ensures that all division engineering projects conform to time schedules, cost estimates and airport construction standards; directs staff to administer changes in plans to compensate for unforeseen field conditions that do not affect engineering or project design integrity; administers the preparation and signs all change orders for modifications to construction project plans; issues stop orders if major design changes must be made by design engineers or consultants; notifies the FAA of work changes to ensure continued funding participation.

            Directs, through subordinate engineering managers, the on-site inspection of tenant construction and renovation work while in progress and upon completion to ensure adherence to airport engineering standards.

Collaborates with airport stakeholders, various governmental agencies and internal city departments to achieve the Philadelphia International and Northeast airports’ operational design and capital program objectives.

Confers with subordinate managers regarding staffing levels; develops the staff structure; advises staff of policies; utilizes resources to address staffing needs.

Directs and participates in pre-construction and post-construction meetings with consultants, contractors and other parties participating in the construction of airport facilities; represents the department at conferences, hearings, and meetings pertaining to engineering and construction projects; participates in various professional community affairs to encourage teaming and partnership opportunities with the private sector.

            Performs related work as required.






•           modern engineering principles, methods, techniques and practices used in the design, construction, and alteration of landside and airside facilities for a large hub airport

•           the principles and practices of administrative organization and management as they apply to the direction of a comprehensive airport engineering program

•           the principles, practices, and procedures of preparing capital program and operating budgets

•           the principles, practices, techniques and methods used in planning, coordinating and directing the design and inspection program of operating and capital construction projects for a large hub airport

•           design and construction economics, scheduling techniques, and the methods and requirements for controlling projects' costs

•           the sources of engineering information and current developments in the field of design and construction

•           federal, state and local laws and regulations as they relate to the construction of airport facilities

•           municipal procurement and contracting practices

•           arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics and their applications

•           business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership and production methods




•           making engineering computations

•           effective communication, both orally and in writing, with staff, internal and external stakeholders, Construction Management and Project Management representatives, vendors, labor unions and airport tenants

•           making managerial decisions

•           analyzing information and evaluating results

•           solving technical problems as they pertain to administrative engineering work

•           developing, designing or creating new engineering applications, systems and ideas




•           direct and coordinate, through subordinate managers, the design and construction activities of profes­sion­al engineers, consultants, technicians, and inspectors involved in operating and capital improvement projects for a system of municipal airports

•           apply engineering theories, principles and practices to the administration of design and construction projects

•           interpret and apply federal, state and local regulations applicable to the construction and alteration of airport facilities

•           apply engineering and administrative knowledge to the resolution of major technical construction problems

•           prepare capital program and operating budgets

•           communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

•           establish and cultivate effective working relationships with associates, contractors, consultants, airport tenants, labor unions, government representatives, and other City department representatives

•           coordinate people and resources including subordinates and Program Management Office representatives

•           conduct complex research projects

•           prepare technical reports

•           organize and prioritize multiple large projects with deadlines

•           establish time schedules

•           provide leadership


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 9/17.)




Completion of a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited college or university, with major course work in engineering or architecture.






Seven years of architecture or engineering project management experience.





Two years of second supervisory level administrative engineering experience directing the design, renovation and construction of all Airport engineering projects at the Philadelphia International and Northeast Philadelphia Airports or at a comparable medium or large hub airport.


NOTE: Registration as a professional engineer issued by a State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, or licensure as an architect as issued by a State Architects Licensure Board can substitute for two years of the general experience requirement.




Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources, which has included the education and specific experience.




Airport Engineering Assistant Manager (3C31)




            Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.




Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania during tenure of employment in this class.

            Must be able to pass and maintain SIDA (Security Identification Display Area) and AOA (Airfield Operations Area) clearance.


Class Established 11/77

Spec. Revision

CSC – 4/13

Ad Board - 5/13

Latest Spec. Revision

CSC – 8/17

Ad. Board – 9/17