CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
CHIEF HIGHWAY ENGINEER
This is administrative civil engineering work directing, through subordinate engineering supervisors, city-wide
highway and bridge construction, reconstruction and/or maintenance programs involving city-work forces and private
contractors. Work includes responsibility for planning and developing labor/management programs and policies to
achieve program and divisional goals within budgetary, workforce and time allowances. The employee in this class
assumes the lead position in determining workforce deployment and snow and ice removal strategies during the City's
snow emergency situations. Meeting with state and local transportation agencies, other city departments, utilities and
consultants to discuss and solve highway jurisdictional and encroachment problems and plan construction, reconstruction
and major maintenance projects is a significant aspect of the work. Work is performed under the general direction of
the Streets Commissioner.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Administers a city-wide program of highway construction and the maintenance and repair of bridges and
highways; directs through subordinate Engineering Supervisor the development, planning and evaluation of current
maintenance and construction program objectives in relation to overall highway improvement policies and objectives of
- Directs and coordinates the activities of the various operational units that comprise the highway division; directs
and reviews through subordinate engineers the preparation and review of highway designs and contract plans and
specifications, the inspection of all street construction and reconstruction work performed by private contractors, the
maintenance and repair of streets and bridges by city forces and private contractors, the manufacture of asphalt by city
forces at the city's asphalt plant as well as the inspection of asphalt and concrete manufactured under private contract,
the maintenance of a large fleet of heavy automotive equipment used in support of the highway division, and other
highway operations including line-stripping and concrete mobile functions.
- Confers with all unit heads on operational, budgetary, personnel, equipment and work program needs; resolves
the most complex engineering and administrative problems.
- Reviews the preparation of and processing of documents for highway and bridge improvement projects and capital
budget proposals and schedules; insures that all contract plans and specifications conform with departmental and city rules
and regulations as well as acceptable construction standards.
- Confers with departmental heads to formulate and develop divisional policies affecting the highway and bridge
construction and maintenance programs; determines, plans and coordinates the expenditure of all capital highway
- Meets frequently with state transportation representatives, architectural and engineering design consultants, union
officials, contractors and community representatives for informational exchanges, negotiating sessions, problem resolution
and project coordination; directs the City's snow and ice removal operations; makes timely decisions to produce safe cost
effective responses within available resources; directs the development of computerized highway operational and
maintenance data management systems; reviews and approves computer software and hardware requirements and
- Develops programs to comply with federally mandated inspection legislation to protect the department's capital
investments; directs analysis and evaluation programs to identify and implement improved highway applications and labor-
saving equipment as a result of new technologies; reviews and approves methods to regulate street encroachments by
various utilities and private agencies.
- Functions as chairman of the board of highway supervisors and approves or disapproves the design, location and
removal of underground structures; functions as a member of the traffic coordinating committee and participates in the
determination of the most appropriate time, method and procedure for implementing maintenance and repair activities;
functions as member of the highway planning committee; acts for the Streets Commissioner and makes administrative
decisions as they affect the highway division; represents the Streets Commissioner at public and ceremonial functions.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the principles and practices of civil engineering as they pertain to highway design and construction and the major
maintenance of bridges and highways.
- the current developments, equipment, and materials used in highway design and construction and the major
maintenance of bridges and highways.
- modern engineering administrative methods and techniques necessary to direct a large operational division that
employs technical, inspectional, skilled and unskilled personnel engaged in a variety of large-scale highway design
and construction and the major maintenance of bridges and highways.
- supervisory methods and techniques.
- fiscal, budget, procurement, and personnel procedures and techniques.
- the laws, rules and regulations controlling highway construction and the maintenance and repair of bridges and
highways through subordinate engineering supervisors.
- direct a city-wide program of highway construction and the maintenance and repair of bridges and highways
through subordinate engineering supervisors.
- make major allocation decisions and be able to justify and defend them for public acceptance.
- apply engineering and administrative knowledge to the resolution of major technical and/or operational problems.
- review, supervise and participate in the preparation of contract plans and specifications.
- develop and enforce departmental policies affecting divisional operations.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with engineers, contractors, associates, subordinates, the
general public, state and local transportation agencies and utilities.
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 7/89.)
- Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university with major course work in civil
- Nine years of civil engineering experience in the design, construction or major maintenance of highways or
bridges, including four years in an administrative capacity directing a major highway or bridge section.
Or any equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience which has included the completion of a
bachelor's degree program in an acceptable area of 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
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES
- Registration as a professional engineer as issued by the Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as a Chief Highway Engineer.
PAY RANGE: EP30
Class Established: 5/1956
Latest Spec. Revision: 7/1989
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 3C48