New York State Department of Civil Service Announces Examinations Open to All Qualified Individuals

Engineering Technician

Written Test To Be Held
September 20, 2008
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
August 18, 2008


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Salary Grade Fee
25-004 Engineering Technician $25,989 G-8 $20

(Thurway Authority) - Equated to G-8 - $26,043

Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $1302 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $651 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before September 20, 2008, you must have one year of experience assisting in engineering, engineering technology, engineering management technology, architecture or architectural technology, environmental technology, electronics, electronics technology, landscape design, materials laboratory technology, drafting or surveying, AND graduation from a high school or possession of a diploma issued by a recognized educational authority.


  1. 18 semester credit hours of college course work* in mathematics, physical science, engineering or engineering technology, architecture or architectural technology, construction technology, environmental technology, landscape architecture/design, drafting, forestry, surveying, aeronautics, or electronics; OR
  2. graduation from a high school technical education program (recognized by the New York State Education Department as meeting acceptable program practices and standards) in CAD/CAM, construction technology, drafting, engineering, engineering graphics, or electronics.

* If you are using the coursework substitution to meet the minimum qualifications you must provide the name and location of the college and a list of the courses you have successfully completed with the corresponding number of credit hours either by listing them in the "coursework" section of the online application; in the "remarks" section of the paper application; on a separate piece of paper; or by sending a copy of your college transcript to the NYS Department of Civil Service, Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, Albany, New York 12239. Attention: S2JXS; or you may fax the information to (518) 473-4313.


  1. Your college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the NYS Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. Your high school diploma or equivalency diploma must have been awarded by a high school or educational institution recognized by the NYS Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. If your college credit or high school diploma was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to the Examination Information Desk of the NYS Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. You must pay the required evaluation fee. If you are applying on the Internet, you must mail the independent verification of equivalency to the NYS Department of Civil Service, Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, Albany, New York 12239. Attention: S2JXS.
  2. Promotion and Transition examinations are also being held for these positions. If you are eligible for appointment from a promotion list, you may not be appointed in your own agency from the list resulting from this examination open to the public.
  3. Although promotion/transition examinations are being held, it is expected that appointments will be made as the result of these examinations open to the public.
  4. At the interview you may be required to have a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State or otherwise demonstrate your ability to meet the transportation needs of the job. (e.g., in the NYS Department of Transportation, certain positions may require a valid license to operate heavy duty vehicles exceeding 18,000 pounds.)
  5. Some assignments may include nights and weekends with travel and overnight stays.
  6. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a pro-rated basis.
  7. New York State residence is not required.

The Positions

The majority of these positions exist at various locations throughout the state in the New York State Department of Transportation. Positions also exist in the New York State Thruway Authority and the Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Engineering Technicians perform routine technical tasks including taking measurements, checking computations, collecting and compiling data, reducing notes, drafting maps and plans, making simple calculations, and performing inspections of small and relatively simple construction projects or portions of projects. These tasks may be performed at a field location with a bridge inspection team or with an inspection or survey party, or in a drafting room, office or laboratory. You may work with equipment used in surveying activities, and assist with observations, inspections, laboratory tests, and report preparation. You may assist in monitoring environmental quality. You may also be expected to use various computer applications in the performance of your duties.

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Subject of Examination

There will be a written test which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment. The written test is designed to test for knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as:

  1. Methods and materials used in the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges and other structures and facilities - These questions test for knowledge of the proper procedures, materials and equipment used in the construction, reconstruction and repair of various types of public works projects, including such typical construction work as roadways, bridges, excavations, embankments, drainage structures, retaining walls and similar facilities.
  2. Basic surveying and computerized drafting techniques - These questions test for elementary knowledge of the principles, terminology, computations and proper practices involved in performing surveys of various construction projects and land areas, and the concepts, terminology and proper procedures to use when creating technical drawings utilizing computerized drafting software.
  3. Basic mathematics, including geometric figures - These questions test for the ability to perform simple computations and may include problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percentages, areas and basic geometric figures.
  4. Mathematics, including algebra, geometry and trigonometry - These questions test for the ability to read, analyze and solve technician-level written problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, algebraic equations, geometric concepts and figures, and basic trigonometric functions.
  5. Understanding and interpreting technical instructions and dimensional drawings - These questions test for the ability to read and analyze written technical material and various types of technical drawings, and to perform related simple computations. All the information needed to answer the questions will be provided in the written material and/or drawings.

Part of this examination will involve technical computations, both in English units and in metric units. The appropriate conversion tables will be provided in the test booklets. If you have not taken courses in trigonometry or had experience in surveying, you may find portions of this test difficult.

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.

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How To Apply

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Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

Eligibility for Employment

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Religious Accommodation

Most written tests are held on Saturdays. If you cannot take the test on the announced test date, due to a conflict with a religious observance or practice, check the box under “Religious Accommodation.” We will make arrangements for you to take the test on a different date (usually the following day).

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

In addition, it is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to enjoy equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their applications. Further information is available from the Special Arrangements Unit of the Department of Civil Service at 518-457-2487 [press 2, then press 2] in the Albany area, toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 2], or via TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf) at 518-457-8480.

Admission to Examination

Notice to appear for the test may be conditional as review of applications may not be made until after the test. If you have not received your notice to appear for the written test three days before the date of the test, call 518-474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 1].

Multiple Examinations Scheduled for the Same Day

With the exception of written tests announced by New York City, if you have applied to take a written test announced by a local jurisdiction (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must call 518-474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 1], no later than two weeks before the test date, to make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All tests will be held at the state examination center.

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Issued: 7/3/08

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