CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
This is surveying work serving as chief of a survey corps performing construction and/or
land surveys. Employees in this class supervise a small group of subordinate employees engaged
in measuring and marking assigned areas by locating and fixing lines, angles and elevations to
collect data for survey purposes. Employees compute liens and grades and may prepare
engineered plans, make estimates and prepare sketches and plans from field notes. Employees
have controlling responsibility for the technical aspects of the survey corps work. Work is
performed under the supervision of a technical superior.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Gathers all related office background information to facilitate the conduct of field
surveys; plans sequence of operations; insures that survey tools, equipment, vehicles and
materials are in good working condition.
- Supervises a small group of subordinate employees engaged in determining exact field
measurements and in marking and staking the project area for a variety of surveys such as
preliminary, construction, property, tunnel, control, topographic, hydrographic and aerial
surveys; trains, instructs, and assists members of the survey corps in the location, marking and
staking of survey areas, the use of survey tools and equipment, including the transit, in taking
exact measurements and notes, and in making sketches.
- Takes notes at field site concerning line location and topography on preliminary surveys,
contour profiles, slopes and grades on construction surveys, and related information for use in
design and construction work; makes topographical sketches of the surveyed area; provides
contractors with "cut and fill" information and elevation, and establishes curb lines and grades
during construction projects; obtains all lines, grades, elevations and locations for the preparation
of as-built drawings; makes weather and temperature corrections with standard equipment and
charts; makes field sketches of areas surveyed.
- Exercises judgment to effect necessary modifications to previously engineered plans based
on conditions found at survey sites.
- Prepares sketches, plans and drawings form field notes and makes necessary calculations
for revised lines, grades and arcs.
- Confers with contractors, builders, developers, lawyers and the general public upon
matters pertaining to surveys and plans.
- Performs calculations and drafting of survey data as required.
- Performs office work connected with the completion of surveying assignments; prepares
plans, checks contracts and estimates, computes quantities, etc.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the principles, practices, techniques and instruments used in surveying.
- mathematics as it is applied to field surveying and related engineering computations.
- the principles, practices, techniques and instruments of drafting as required in surveying.
- the engineering principles and practices used in surveying.
- supervisory methods and techniques.
- the care and use of surveying instruments, tools, materials and equipment.
- supervise and train members of a survey party in the method and techniques of
- maintain a field notebook containing a complete record of all measurements, with
required clarifying sketches and narrations.
- reduce field notes and sketches and to make, read and interpret sketches, maps and plans.
- observe field conditions, to prepare and keep accurate notes and records and to make
required oral and written reports.
- learn regulatory codes and regulations affecting the work.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, contractors,
builders 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 3/87.)
- Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.
- Three years of surveying experience, two years of which must have been in the operation
of a transit.
Or any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable
by the Personnel Department that has included the specific experience described above.
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 appointment and during tenure of employment as a Surveyor I.
PAY RANGE: EP12
Class Established: 1/1969
Latest Spec. Revision: 3/1987
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 3F04