Engineering Technician

Grade 08

New York State has approximately 2 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in Environmental Conservation, Dept of. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

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Career Ladder

A listing of titles that are most commonly used as steps for upward mobility for this title series. The salary schedule for this career ladder is also available.

  1. Engineering Technician

    Grade 08

  2. Senr Engineering Technician

    Grade 13

  3. Prin Engineering Technician

    Grade 16

Summary of Job Description

Engineering Technicians perform routine technical tasks including taking measurements; checking computations; collecting and compiling data; reducing notes; drafting maps, construction plans and details; making simple calculations; and performing inspections of small and relatively simple construction or rehabilitation 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 including Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) in the performance of your duties.

View the classification standard for this title, on the Classification and Compensation webpage.

The NYS Title and Salary Plan provides additional information regarding other titles. If there is a classification standard available there will be a link under the column labeled STD. NO. If no link is available there is no classification standard available at this time for that title.

Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination in order to be considered for this position.  

There are three examinations held for this title. Please note: New York State employees may qualify for all examinations.

For all qualified individuals, on or before the date of the examination, you must have:

Either 1. 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 high school or possession of diploma issued by a recognized educational authority;

Or 2. 18 semester credit hours of college course work in mathematics, physical science, geology, engineering or engineering technology, architecture or architectural technology, construction technology, environmental technology, landscape architecture/design, drafting, forestry, surveying, aeronautics, electronics, or electronics technology.

Or 3. graduation from a high school technical program (recognized by an accrediting agency as meeting acceptable program
practices and standards) in CAD/CAM, construction technology, drafting, engineering, engineering graphics, electronics

OR from a military construction specialty school.*

NOTE: *Acceptable military training may include documented completion of United States Army 14-Week Corp of Engineers “Field 12", United States Navy Construction Force “A" and United States Navy Construction Force “C" schools “Navy Seabees", United States Marine Corps Combat Engineers “MOS1371" school, or United States Air Force Civil Engineer Force “Prime BEEF" or “RED HORSE" training. Training schools must accompany one follow-on duty station in said field.

For New York State employees:

On or before the date of the examination, you must be a qualified employee of New York State and have had three months of permanent competitive or non-competitive service (including 55-b/55-c) as an Assistant Drill Rig Operator Trainee 1, Assistant Drill Rig Operator Trainee 2, Assistant Drill Rig Operator, Engineering Aide, Drafting Technician, or Environmental Engineering Technician 1.

Only the title or titles listed are qualifying.


On or before the date of the examination, you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Department of Transportation and have had three months permanent competitive, non-competitive (including 55-b/55-c), or labor class service in a position allocated to Grade 5 or higher.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.

00-466 26-690 38-443

How to Apply

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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