This is administrative engineering work directing the City's traffic engineering and maintenance program and the street lighting and energy management program through subordinate engineering and technical supervisors and contractors. An employee in this class provides technical consultation on the City's traffic infrastructure provides resolutions to traffic engineering problems, reviews and approves street lighting designs, preparation of street lighting installation and maintenance contracts for work performed by outside contractors. The employee in this class also functions as the departmental energy director, developing policy statements on electrical energy and lighting issues and reviewing and approving monthly electrical utility power bills. Preparing legislation to improve City traffic conditions, presenting testimony before governmental bodies and developing and approving proposals to refine operating procedures in order to increase productivity and reduce operating costs are a significance aspect of the work. Work is performed under the general direction of the Deputy Commissioner for Transportation.


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


1.            The position must perform the work in the Streets Department.

2.            This position must direct the City's traffic engineering and maintenance program and the street lighting and energy management program through subordinate engineering and technical supervisors and contractors.

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




Administers the City's traffic engineering and maintenance programs and directs the overall planning and design of the City's street lighting system; coordinates the activities of functional traffic units responsible for facilitating the flow of traffic along the City's streets; directs, through subordinate supervisors, the operations of the engineering, maintenance and administrative units of the division and a number of skilled and semi-skilled field and shop crews engaged in the repair, installation and maintenance of street lighting appurtenances; approves policies and standards necessary to achieve or improve efficient coordination between the various components of the divisions.

Reviews and approves through, subordinate supervisors and engineers, all designs and proposals for major, new and improved traffic control and street lighting construction projects and the modification and adjustment of existing traffic control devices and street lighting systems to determine their effects on visibility, safety and traffic conditions in the surrounding areas; evaluates plans to decide if adequate allowances are provided in the layout of the street to accommodate the anticipated volume of traffic; requests studies and surveys from subordinate engineering staff regarding vehicular and pedestrian traffic patterns.

Directs, plans, assigns and reviews the activities of engineering, lighting installation and maintenance personnel engaged in the design, construction, installation and maintenance of the street lighting system and the and installation of various traffic devices necessary for a system of safe traffic control ; prepares contracts and manages the year round lighting installation and maintenance activities of outside contractors; insures contractor compliance with the contract agreement and makes sure that work standards are met; reviews cost estimates for projects included in the contract; directs the coordination of construction, installation and repair of traffic controls and signs with utilities and other municipal and state agencies.

Reviews the operational procedures and policies of the units on an ongoing basis; confers with unit supervisors and section managers in the formulation and implementation of new and improved procedures and policies; develops a city-wide preventive maintenance program utilizing data systems technology and operational analysis techniques and methods; directs the development and implementation of employee development and skills programs to maintain ongoing performance efficiency and exposure of employees to traffic and street lighting technological advances;

Directs the preparation of both the capital and operating budgets for the division; determines priorities as to which programs or projects will be funded and the specific amounts of monies to be allocated to each funding category; monitors expenditures on a continual basis; confers with all unit heads on operational, budgetary, personnel, equipment and work program needs; prepares justification for new and expanded budgetary items; attends council hearings in order to resolve problems or answer questions concerning budget requirements; reviews and approves purchase requisitions.

Reviews and evaluates for implementation, new technological advances pertinent to the area of traffic engineering and street lighting engineering control; reviews plans and specifications and provides recommendations for installation of new lighting systems and traffic controls for all aspects of energy management; seeks approval for technology upgrades for transportation projects and coordinates Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approvals for each individual project from planning stages through construction to final acceptance; monitors final testing of lighting and electrical control systems to determine proper installation of equipment.

Establishes goals and develops overall energy plan for reducing electrical energy consumption; coordinates facility improvement projects to reduce energy consumption and costs; identifies current technologies and estimates costs of incorporating new technologies for energy improvements; evaluates and negotiates electric rates to determine and set an economic structure that results in reduced costs to the City; develops and maintains a database of field sites to monitor monthly power usage and costs and prepares statistics and progress reports.

Prepares legislation essential to the needs of the division and the general welfare of the public; testifies before governmental bodies to assist in the obtainment of their approval; functions as spokesperson on matters pertaining to traffic.

Addresses civic and neighborhood groups, professional associations and others in order to resolve complaints or to acquaint the public with the City's street lighting goals, objectives and programs.

Performs related work as required.






supervisory methods and techniques

the theories, principles, practices and objectives of traffic engineering

the techniques and procedures involved in investigating and analyzing traffic and parking conditions

engineering practices, methods and techniques used in the design, testing, installation and maintenance of City-wide municipal street lighting and traffic programs

traffic safety and control measures

the principles and practices involved in the management of the installation, maintenance and repair of traffic control signs

the principles and practices of public administration, including such areas as budgeting, organizational development and staffing

current developments and technologies in the field of street lighting systems with emphasis on the adaptation and usage of electrical energy efficient devices and systems

modern engineering methods and techniques required to directing a traffic engineering and maintenance program

administrative methods and practices used in the review of plans and specifications for street lighting and traffic systems

the current developments, including related legislation and sources of technical information pertaining to traffic control and energy management

the impact of road and highway design on placement of street lighting equipment

road and highway design, and its impact on traffic flows

the design, operation and use of traffic control devices

electrical engineering as applied to traffic control devices

occupational safety standards for contract work




interpreting and modifying design plans for street lighting and traffic projects

reviewing calculations of lighting levels for street lighting designs

making engineering calculations




direct the activities of a municipal department traffic division and a city-wide municipal street lighting program.

maintain operating and energy costs within budgetary constraints

supervise subordinate supervisors, engineers, technical and trades personnel

apply engineering and administrative knowledge to the resolution of major engineering, technical and operational problems relating to traffic, street lighting and energy management programs

review, supervise and participate in the preparation of contract plans and specifications

evaluate proposed projects and make feasibility determinations

develop and enforce departmental policies affecting divisional operations.

establish and maintain effective working relationships with engineers, contractors, associates, subordinates and the general public

monitor and manage street lighting contracts regarding contract compliance and achievement of work standards


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 7/13)




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





Seven years of engineering experience in traffic engineering and/or street lighting.





Two years of management level experience directing engineering or operational functions of a traffic engineering, traffic operations or street lighting program, or closely related area for a large government jurisdiction OR four years of experience directing complex engineering projects related to a street lighting system, traffic infrastructure, traffic engineering and maintenance, signal design or closely related area for a large government jurisdiction or for a consulting or construction firm.




Any equivalent combination of education and experience which has been determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources which has included the completion of a bachelor's degree program in Engineering and the specific experience.




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 prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as a Chief Traffic and Street Lighting Engineer.


Registration as a Professional Engineer in the United States is required prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as a Chief Traffic and Street Lighting Engineer. Must transfer license to State of Pennsylvania upon hire.




Registration as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) in the United States is preferred prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as a Chief Traffic and Street Lighting Engineer. Must transfer license to State of Pennsylvania upon hire.



Class Established - 5/83

Spec Revision: 9/10

Latest Spec Revision:

CSC: 6/13

Ad. Board: 7/13