This is surveying work at the management level directing the surveying and regulating activities of the City's survey districts, a street design program, and the maintenance of current street and land maps, and records of registered property lines.

The employee in this class serves as an ex officio Vice President on the Board of Surveyors, administering the official plans of the City's streets system. Work includes the responsibility for preparation of all street plan change ordinances and the establishment of conditions to effect such changes. Conferring with governmental officials, representatives of public utilities, and major contractors on matters of street and highway development within the City is of major significance to the work. Work is performed under the direction of the Chief Engineer and Surveyor.




Directs the activities of all of the City's survey districts; supervises the work of surveyors and regulators engaged in field studies to prepare plans for land subdivision and property surveying, furnishing of lines and grades for new buildings and street construction, and the preparation of City plans and assessments against property owners; presides at meetings of the surveyors and regulators to resolve problems within a given district or conflicts involving determination effecting more than one survey district; reviews personnel matters and arranges for the transfer of personnel to alleviate staff shortages.

Directs, through a subordinate supervisor, a staff of technical employees engaged in planning and designing street systems, determining the legal and physical status of existing streets, rights‑of‑way, assessments, and registry data, and performing related research; interprets the City plan and City plan ordinances; directs arrangements for public hearings and special meetings before the Board of Surveyors; supervises the preparation of deeds of dedications and releases.

Serves as Vice President of the Board of Surveyors; presides at hearings and supervises the taking of testimony from persons interested in City plan changes; presides over the voting by the board to confirm City plan changes; approves temporary curb line regulations; arranges for field inspections to gather data; approves changes in street names and ensures uniformity in spelling and designations.

Advises groups responsible for coordinating and directing the engineering and design of urban projects, highway, and street development and improvements with regard to procedures for scheduling and arranging street openings.

Writes ordinances that detail the conditions and requirements for City plan changes and opening and closing of streets.

Serves as departmental representative at public hearings; testifies as the departmental witness in reporting on City plan changes, street openings and special street ordinances; recommends bills to effect changes in the City plan; represents the department at meetings with the City Planning Commission; prepares reports of recommendations on bills and establishes specific conditions for all street change ordinances.

Performs related work as required.






the principles, techniques, instruments, and practices of surveying and city street design

the principles and practices of public administration as they relate to surveying street design and property line regulating

mathematics and its application to field surveying and related computations

the principles and practices of engineering drafting as related to survey and street design activities

public sector management and supervisory principles and practices

state and local laws relating to real estate conveyancing and land title work

supervisory methods and techniques

state and local laws pertaining to real estate conveyancing and land title work

building codes used in structural and street construction




make administrative and operational decisions regarding survey district activities involving the interpretation and application of acts of the General Assembly, Ordinances of Council, municipal departmental policies, rules and regulations, difficult field surveys and regulatory problems

plan, direct, and administer a departmental surveying and regulating program through a group of surveyors and regulators performing construction and land surveys

resolve the more complex field surveying, estimating, and related mathematical and drafting problems encountering in surveying activities.

read and interpret various construction plans and blueprints

explain codes and ordinances firmly, tactfully, and impartially

reassign personnel to affect a more efficient surveying and regulating program

interpret and apply regulatory codes and regulations affecting the work

establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the public

express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing



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 8/13.)




Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.




Registration as a Professional Land Surveyor as issued by the Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists.





Eight years of surveying experience.





Two years of experience either directing the work of a survey district, or supervising a unit engaged in maintaining a street record system, urban street system layout, design and related technical research.


NOTE: Completion of a degree program at an accredited college or university with major course work in Land Surveying, Surveying Technology or Civil Engineering with at least 10 credit hours in surveying satisfies the General Experience requirement on a year for year basis.




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




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 a Chief Surveyor and Regulator.


Registration as a Professional Land Surveyor, issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists, prior to appointment and during tenure of appointment as a Survey Bureau Manager.


Class Established:

CSC ‑ 8/67, Ad. Board ‑ 8/67

Spec. Revision:

CSC ‑ 5/92, Ad. Board 8/92

Latest Spec. Revision:

CSC 7/13

Ad. Board- 8/13