Senior Building Structural Engineer

Written Test To Be Held
March 06, 2010
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
February 01, 2010


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Salary Grade Fee
25-266 Senior Building Structural Engineer $69,911 G-24 $45

Salary Effective 4/1/2010

Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before March 6, 2010, you must have two years of experience in the analysis and design of the steel framing, concrete framing, concrete foundations, seismic design, and preparation of building structural plans for institutional, commercial, or high-rise building structures of at least 10,000 square feet. You must be complete and specific in describing your experience. Vagueness or omissions will not be resolved in your favor.

AND you must possess a New York State Professional Engineering License with current registration at the time of appointment. If you are not registered at that time, your name will be inactivated and you will not be certified for appointment until you renew your registration and send a copy to the appointing authority.

Important: Appointment to certain positions requires extensive travel within a designated area of assignment. Appointees to these positions may be required to operate a motor vehicle or otherwise demonstrate their capacity to meet the transportation needs of the job. If the position requires that you operate a motor vehicle, you must possess a driver's license valid in New York State at the time of appointment and continuously thereafter.


  1. If you do not receive a confirmation number after submitting your online application, your application was NOT processed.
  2. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  3. New York State residence is not required.

The Positions

These positions exist in the Office of General Services, the Department of State, and the Law Department.

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As a Senior Building Structural Engineer, you will be responsible for a group of complex structural engineering projects. You will determine the types of structural systems to be used on each project; assign, supervise, and check the work of subordinate engineers and drafting technicians in detail designing and preparation of contract documents and coordinate their work with architects, estimators, specification writers, and other engineering disciplines involved with the projects. You will be responsible for the review of shop drawings and change orders. You may be assigned responsibility for critically reviewing designs and contract documents prepared by others and making recommendations on their approval or modification.

As a Senior Building Structural Engineer at the Department of State you may prepare, review, and analyze provisions of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Construction Code and State Energy Conservation Construction Code and develop recommendations for additions, deletions, and changes to those codes. You may review plans and specifications submitted by state and local officials or manufacturers of Modular Construction and Manufactured Housing; and advise code enforcement officials, architects, engineers, and contractors in the interpretation of structural provisions of the codes.

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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. Structural components and principles and practices of building construction - These questions test for knowledge of the technical concepts, proper procedures, materials and computations used in the design, construction and renovation of buildings and related facilities, and may cover such areas as beams, piles, reinforcing steel, columns, floors, foundations, walls, stairways, doors, windows, roofs, and structural standards.
  2. Building structural design, details, specifications and estimates - These questions test for knowledge of the design concepts, materials, proper construction procedures, standards, requirements and estimating techniques involved with structures and foundations in buildings and related facilities; and the ability to interpret, analyze and perform computations based on structural plans, details and technical information.
  3. Problems and calculations involved in structural engineering and building foundations - These questions test for the ability to make sound engineering judgments and perform complex computations related to the design of structures and foundations of buildings and related facilities. All the formulas needed to solve the problems will be provided in the test booklet(s).
  4. Building structural design codes, standards and requirements - These questions test for knowledge and application of those portions of various codes, standards and requirements that pertain to the structural design of buildings and related facilities, including the current versions of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Manual of Steel Construction, and the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) and American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards.
  5. Drawings, specifications and contract documents - These questions test for knowledge of typical building construction contract and specification requirements; and the ability to read, analyze, and perform computations and quantity and cost estimates based upon technical drawings and plans of various types of buildings and related structures.
  6. Preparing written material - These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.
  7. Supervision including supervision of projects - These questions test for a knowledge of the principles and practices employed in planning, organizing and carrying out the activities of a work unit toward predetermined objectives appropriate to a supervisory position in an environment conducive to change. They also test for the ability to supervise the activities necessary to achieve the goals and deadlines of a specific project.

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.

Cell Phones or Electronic/Communication Devices at the Test Site

Do not bring cell phones, beepers, headphones, or any electronic or other communication devices to the test site. The use of such devices at the test site in the test room, hallways, restrooms, building, grounds, or other areas could result in your disqualification.

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Issued: 12/18/09

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