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Construction Projects Technician 1 (Civil)

Job Announcement: Construction Projects Technician 1 (Civil)

Exam Number: 3A17-20240708-OC-01
Salary: $51,535 - $56,695 per year. 10% hiring bonus. $5,153 total. $2,576 upon hire and $2,576 after 12 months.
Certification Rule: Rule of Five (5)
Competition: Open-Competitive
Departments: Streets Department and Water Department
Announcement Date: 07/08/2024
Close Date: 07/11/2025

General Definition

10% hiring bonus for new employees. Over $5,000 total. 5% upon hire and 5% after 12 months of employment.

The Streets Department and the Water Department are hiring candidates who have completed a vocational program in building technology or engineering technology or two years of college in building construction technology, engineering technology, civil, mechanical, metallurgical or materials engineering, or architectural design. The role entails inspecting public works projects and making an impact on the infrastructure of our community. Please be sure to include a copy of your transcript with your application for our review.

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This is technical work, of limited scope and difficulty, performing tests and inspections of construction materials or the civil, electrical, or mechanical phases of public works projects to assure that work performed by contractors and manufacturers complies with contracts, plans, and specifications and meets current standards for work quality. Interpreting construction, contract, and permit requirements, and informing contractors and superiors of non-conformity to contractual agreements and construction and permit violations are significant aspects of the work. Work is performed under the supervision of a technical superior.

Union Code: M. AFSCME D.C.33
FLSA Code: Non-Exempt

Application Procedures


Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Philadelphia. Please refer to the important information below regarding this job opportunity.

You must complete the entire application process, provide accurate and up-to-date contact information, and submit all certifications, required licenses, and relevant documentation with each application or email the documents as an attachment to the Human Resources Representative listed below prior to the date of the exam.

The analyst responsible for reviewing applications and additional documentation for this job opportunity is:

Jacky Li
City of Philadelphia – Office of Human Resources
1401 JFK Blvd., Room 1530
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1675
Phone: 215-686-2371
Fax: 215-686-0861

For all other inquiries please contact Customer Service at 215-686-0880 or email

Minimum Requirements

Minimum Training, Education & Experience
The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Candidates must meet requirements within 30 days after the last date for filing applications.



  1. EDUCATION: Completion of two years of study at an accredited college or university with major coursework in building construction technology, engineering technology, civil, mechanical, metallurgical, or materials engineering, or architectural design. OR
    Completion of a vocational program at an accredited technical institute with major coursework in building construction technology or engineering technology.


  1. EDUCATION: Possession of the Construction Management Certificate issued by the City of Philadelphia demonstrating successful completion of the Street’s Department 10-course Construction Management Certificate Program. AND
  2. EXPERIENCE: One year of experience at the full-performance level performing engineering aide work or technical street and highway construction and repair inspection work.


  1. EDUCATION: Equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade. AND
  2. EXPERIENCE: Two years of technical experience in:
    • The inspection of street and highway construction and repair projects as a Highway Construction Inspector 1 in the Streets Department.
    • The maintenance or construction of water, sewer, or stormwater infrastructure, or commercial building construction in a Philadelphia Water Department workforce development program.

Physical & Medical Requirements
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.

Required Licenses & Certifications
Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator’s license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to, and during tenure of employment as a Construction Projects Technician 1 if required by the work assignment.

Other Requirements
Candidates MUST submit a copy of their official college or university transcript(s) indicating completion of the educational requirement and all required licenses, registrations, or certifications at the time of application. Transcripts MUST indicate conference of the appropriate degree. Candidates with a degree from foreign colleges or universities must submit proof of degree as certified by a professional evaluation service.

Candidates MUST submit a copy of their license, registration, or certification.

If you have ever submitted a paper transcript, license, registration, or certification for any City of Philadelphia civil service examination, you have to submit another document.

Option 1 – Upload a paperless transcript, license, registration, or certification – One time only!
You may upload documents into your account and attach a document with this application. Once the document is uploaded to your account, it may be attached to all future applications. Attaching your document will save you time and money if you apply for an examination in the future, and you will be assured that your transcript cannot be misplaced.

Your documents should be uploaded and attached to your application before it is submitted. They cannot be uploaded or added to your application electronically after your application has been submitted.

Option 2 – Submit a paper transcript, license, registration, or certification – Separate document required for each application
If you submit a paper copy of a transcript, license, registration, or certification, the document will be used for this application only. You will have to submit documents again whenever you apply for an examination in the future. Paper documents will not be retained and will not be returned to applicants.

Mailing address for paper transcript and other required materials:

Jacky Li
City of Philadelphia – Office of Human Resources
1401 JFK Blvd., Room 1530
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1675

Equivalency Statement(s)
Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources.

Notes to Applicants

As an employer, the City of Philadelphia values inclusion, integrity, innovation, empowerment, and hard work above all else. We offer a vibrant work environment, comprehensive health care and benefits, and the experience you need to grow and excel. If you’re interested in working with a passionate team of people who care about the future of Philadelphia, start here.

What We Offer:

  • Impact – The work you do here matters to millions.
  • Growth – Philadelphia is growing, why not grow with it?
  • Diversity & Inclusion – Find a career in a place where everyone belongs.
  • Benefits - We care about your well-being.

The City of Philadelphia is a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer.
Learn more here: Public Service Loan Forgiveness

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information, or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to For more information, go to: Philadelphia Human Relations

The City of Philadelphia is committed to ensuring access to Civil Service examinations by providing appropriate accommodations for candidates with documented medical or religious reasons. Candidates may request an accommodation for a Civil Service examination by contacting the Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Unit of the Philadelphia Department of Labor at 215-683-5085. The accommodation process is interactive and requires cooperation and communication between the applicant requesting a test accommodation and the EEO Unit. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis using the required documentation that is submitted. Requests are to be made in a timely manner prior to the scheduled date of the Civil Service examination.

As a condition of employment with the City, any person offered employment shall be required to certify that such person either is fully current on any and all debts, taxes, fees, judgments, claims, and other accounts and obligations due and owing to the City; or has voluntarily entered into a payment agreement with the City. For so long as the person is employed by the City, the amount of the payment as set forth in the payment agreement (not to exceed, for any pay period, twenty percent (20%) of the person’s gross pay for such period, without the person’s consent) shall be withheld from each paycheck until such payment agreement is fully satisfied.

Such person shall also be required to certify as a condition of employment that he or she is fully current on any and all debts, taxes, fees, judgments, claims, and other accounts and obligations due and owing to the Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) or has voluntarily entered into a payment agreement with PGW.

Failure to enter into a payment agreement shall result in the cancellation of the appointment and removal from the certification. The name of