PAY RANGE: N26






            This is administrative civil engineering work, directing through subordinate engineering, and trades supervisors, city‑wide roadway inspection, maintenance and repair work performed by departmental trades and semi‑skilled personnel.  The employee in the class prepares plans, specifications and cost estimates for bridge and street improvement or major repair projects.  Maintaining an effective working relationship with engineers, administrators, contractors and other officials is a significant aspect of the work.  Work is performed under the direction of the Chief Roadway Engineer.


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


1.         Only one position will be allocated to this class.

2.         The position must perform work in the Highway Division of the Streets Department.

3.         The position must direct city‑wide roadway inspection, maintenance and repair programs through subordinate engineering, and trades supervisors.




            Assists in the administration of city-wide inspection, maintenance and repair programs for streets and related construction activities; coordinates street repair programs, encompassing two or more administrative districts; receives requests for paving, repaving, and resurfacing city streets; makes inspections of the areas involved to ascertain the validity of such requests and to determine the type and amount of repairs needed; drafts tentative priority schedules; confers with the Chief Roadway Engineer, district engineers and other administrative officials to discuss inspection, maintenance and repair programs and re‑evaluate assigned priorities.

            Prepares cost estimates for street inspection, maintenance and repair projects, reviewing such factors as the labor market, material costs, and costs of similar projects; prepares or directs the preparation of specifications or plans covering all aspects of maintenance contracts; approves payment to contractors and assures adherence to contract provisions; reviews project plans and specifications for accuracy, completeness and adherence to sound engineering principles and City standards; recommends revisions where indicated; authorizes modifications in plans based on inspections at construction sites; prepares change orders to cover unexpected expenses due to unforeseen construction problems related to street maintenance and repair work.

            Supervises, through district engineers, a comprehensive program of street inspection, maintenance and repair activities, including the repair of pot holes and plumbers’ ditches; forwards complaints and requests for repairs to district engineers; directs a variety of city‑wide street alteration and repair projects by  departmental personnel such as the installation or removal of traffic islands; dispatches members of district repair crews to participate in such projects and assures that proper equipment is available.

            Tours administrative districts to ensure that work is carried out promptly and efficiently; determines streets in need of resurfacing; establishes work priorities and  directs a city‑wide street resurfacing program including an asphalt manufacturing plant, a large staff of asphalt paving crews and heavy-duty automotive equipment; studies new designs and materials for  street resurfacing; directs all contracted or departmental paving, repaving and resurfacing projects to insure that materials and workmanship conform to plans and specifications; reviews material testing reports and takes steps to correct any infraction of contract specifications; directs the periodic tests of new road building materials at various asphalt and concrete plants,  administrative districts and construction sites.

            Supervises, through subordinate   supervisors, the deployment of heavy-duty automotive equipment used in road building, hauling of paving materials, and related work; studies new types of equipment and its applicability to the street repair program; directs tests of new equipment and recommends purchase or disapproval.    Assists in implementing the City’s bridge maintenance and repair programs; by reviewing inspection reports and determining priorities, nature, and extent of repairs needed; may perform engineering calculations or stress and expansion of supports and building materials used in the major renovation of bridges; studies new designs and techniques in bridge maintenance; authorizes subordinates to conduct tests of bridge maintenance materials and reviews test findings.

            Participates in the preparation and maintenance of the operating budget for the highway division; resolves problems referred by the supervisors of the various administrative districts; maintains contact with union officials to resolve employee and union grievances.

            Directs all street maintenance personnel and equipment for snow removal, ice control and similar emergencies; mobilizes forces for salting, plowing and related operations; directs the snow removal work performed by private contractors and directs salting operations performed by departmental work crews.

            Performs related work as required.






•           the principles and practices of civil engineering

•           the principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to municipal street and bridge construction and maintenance programs

•           current principles and practices of building construction and maintenance trades

•           the current developments, equipment, and materials used in street design and street and bridge construction and maintenance programs

•           the principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to the inspection of construction sites

•           engineering theories, principles and practices used to assure adherence to time schedules and conformity to construction maintenance standards and cost estimates

•           supervisory methods and techniques

•           current developments in the building construction maintenance field

•           current national construction code developments

•           quality assurance practices of  street and bridge construction and maintenance programs

•           the principles and techniques of administrative organization.

•           CPM and PERT systems of construction project planning, scheduling and monitoring

•           engineering economics and the methods and problems encountered in financing and executing street and bridge construction and maintenance programs

•           engineering mathematics as applied to street and bridge construction programs

•           engineering maintenance as applied to street and bridge construction and maintenance programs

•           the principles and practices utilized by municipal code enforcement agencies to obtain code compliance

•           fiscal budget, procurement, and personnel procedures and techniques

•           the principles and techniques of operations analysis, work simplification, and form and records control




•           interpret street and bridge designs and plans related to inspection, maintenance and repair projects

•           plan and supervise through the supervisors of the various  administrative districts, the paving, repaving, and resurfacing work of contractors for adherence to contract requirements

•           resolve field engineering problems as they pertain to street and bridge inspection, maintenance and repair programs

•           analyze data and prepare charts, reports and budgetary statements as needed.

•           apply engineering mathematics to street and bridge inspection, maintenance and repair programs

•           supervise and participate in the preparation of contract plans and specifications

•           establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, public utility officials, superiors, and subordinates.


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 9/13).




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





            Three years of civil engineering experience in the design, construction or major maintenance of highways, roadways or bridges.







            Two years of civil engineering experience above the full performance level supervising through technical or trades subordinates either the inspection of public works construction projects, highway or roadway construction and maintenance programs in an assigned district; or a city‑wide bridge inspection, maintenance and repair program; or supervising design engineers performing design work in a highway or bridge maintenance program.






            One year of civil engineering experience at the second supervisory level directing through subordinate engineering supervisors the activities of a squad or squads of engineers engaged in the investigation, preliminary planning review, design and preparation of specifications, cost and material estimates, technical reports and contract documents for the major phases of large scale construction, alteration or large scale engineering projects for bridges, road or highway sections and related features.




            Any equivalent combination education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources, which has included the completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university in an acceptable area of engineering as an educational minimum.




            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 prior to appointment and during tenure of appointment as an Assistant Chief Roadway Engineer.




Class Established 2/61

Spec. Revision:

CSC ‑ 07/08

Ad. Board ‑ 08/08

Latest Spec. Revision:

CSC ‑ 8/13

Ad. Board ‑ 9/13