CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
WATER PLANS DESIGNER 1
This is engineering or architectural technician design work computing and drafting assigned water distribution, sewage collection or water/wastewater treatment facility plans. Work includes participating with higher level designers and architects/engineers in the finalization of completed plans involving the recomputing of all mathematical calculations and verifying the accuracy of supporting documentation. Employees in this class utilize computer aided drafting and design (CADD) software, when required, in making scale drawings, plans, plats and schematics of new and revised water distribution, sewage collection or water/waste-water treatment systems and plants including projects related to the architectural, civil, structural, electrical, mechanical (HVAC), instrumentation, automation, computerization and communication systems. Work includes preparing specifications and cost estimates; reviewing change orders, shop drawings and proposed substitutions; and evaluating material samples. This class is distinguished from other engineering/architectural support classes by the performance of the more complex assignments, greater emphasis upon independence of action and participation with higher-level design personnel in finalizing plans. Work is performed under the direction of a technical supervisor.
(The following conditions must be met for a position to be approved for this class.)
- Positions must perform technical design work computing and drafting assigned water distribution, sewage collection or water/wastewater treatment facility plans.
- Positions must perform the more complex design work, recompute plan mathematical computations and finalize plans with higher level design personnel.
- Employees must perform the work in the Water Department.
- Only four positions will be allocated to this class.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Receives assignments in drafting and reviews designs for technical accuracy; prepares and gathers information for plans, layouts, charts, diagrams, schematics, maps, specifications, estimates and field inspection reports; reviews plans, specifications, corrections sheets and other documents for conformity to engineering, architectural, departmental, or mandated standards; develops equipment specifications for contract inclusion; develops working plans for use by contractors and project managers to determine and enforce contract compliance; finalizes completed plans by recomputing all mathematical calculations and verifying the accuracy of supporting documentation.
- Depending on assignment, positions in the Water Department perform planning and design activities in support of:
- Water and sewer construction projects including water main and sewer design/layout involving coordinating projects design/layout with other utilities and City agencies.
- Architectural/civil/structural phases of design, construction or maintenance projects in areas such as foundations and related structures, roads, water and wastewater treatment facilities and buildings.
- Electrical/mechanical phases of projects which may include areas such as wired communications, lighting, power transmission, electrical machinery, instrumentation, automation, computerization, and other areas integrating mechanical (HVAC) elements and systems required in plants of other public buildings and structures.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the basic theories, principles and practices of architectural/engineering technology appropriate to the job assignment.
- algebra, plane geometry and trigonometry as required in the job assignment.
- engineering mathematics as required in the job assignment.
the terminology, technical symbols, equipment and materials required in the job assignment.
- personal computers and software packages appropriate to the job assignment.
state and local laws, regulations and ordinances pertinent to the design phase of architectural or engineering construction projects required in the job assignment.
- the principles, practices, techniques and instruments of drafting as required in the job assignment.
- report writing principles and techniques.
- learn to use computing software packages related to assigned architectural or engineering tasks.
- gather, compile and analyze data required to complete reports and assignments and make recommendations consistent with findings.
- read and interpret plans, drawings, schematics and blueprints.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, contractors, professional architectural and engineering personnel and the general public.
- present 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 12/00.)
- Completion of the twelfth school grade and two years of post high school training at an accredited technical institute, junior college, or university in an acceptable area of engineering, architecture, engineering technology, architectural technology, or landscape design or related fields as an educational minimum.
- Two years of Engineering Technician II or Architectural Technician II experience, applying established engineering or architectural principles, practices and mathematical knowledge to the completion of the more complex design assignments in support of water distribution, sewage collection, or water/wastewater treatment design projects.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Completion of a bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university in an acceptable area of engineering technology, architectural technology, or landscape design or related fields.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS, AND/OR CERTIFICATES
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this
- 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 in this class, if required by work assignment.
PAY RANGE: 19
CSC - 4/00 ; Ad Board - 12/00
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 3A67