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Senior Engineering Technician

Company name
City of Rochester, New York


Rochester, NY, United States

Employment Type

Engineering, Environmental, Chemistry, Sciences, Construction

Posted on
Aug 02,2019

Valid Through
Nov 15,2019


Exam Date


Application Deadline


Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or Equivalent, AND

I. Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Civil, Mechanical, Building Construction, or Structural Engineering; AND one (1) year of experience inspecting construction for contract compliance or preparing construction plans, contracts, or bid packages;


II. Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Environmental Science, Forestry Management, or related field in the physical or environmental sciences AND two (2) years experience as described in I above;


III. Associate's or Bachelor's degree AND four (4) years of experience as described in I above, at least two (2) years of which must be in the construction of street, water, or street lighting systems.


NYS Class D Operator's License at time of appointment and an automobile for daily use when assigned to the Construction or Permit Divisions.

General Description

This is a technical support position in the Department of Environmental Services. Employees of this class perform a variety of tasks associated with all phases of the design and execution of civil engineering projects involved with construction and improvement of street, water, and street lighting systems. They may also be assigned to the surveying division on a seasonal basis, performing routine surveying tasks. Employees of this class work indoors and outdoors, in all types of weather conditions. They may also be required to work occasional nights and weekends, or on assigned or on-call basis. Employees of this class work independently, under general supervision of an engineer or other senior-level employee. The Senior Engineering Technician is an experienced employee, performing more complex tasks and exercising more independent judgment than the Engineering Technician. Performs related work as assigned.

Typical Work Activities

Identifies, assembles, and evaluates engineering data for proposed projects, such as location of existing structures; condition and location of subsurface utilities; traffic flow; soils, elevation, and drainage; and other related factors including survey data;

Prepares the less complex civil engineering specifications, contracts, and bid packages, and assists higher level technicians and engineers with ones that are more complex;

Conducts or assists engineers in conducting pre-construction meetings, preparing visual aids and answering questions;

Performs tasks associated with bid administration, such as preparing and distributing bid packages and reviewing in-coming bids for completeness;

Inspects and monitors contractor's work for compliance during the construction phase, rejecting inferior work, keeping records of quantities used, maintaining scheduled deadlines, and recommending authorization of payments;

Identifies potential problems with design or construction in field, and recommends to supervisor solutions for problems with traffic control, loss of utilities to customers, inadequate estimates of time or quantities, etc.;

Records engineering data and dimensions in fieldbook and drafts new construction to scale and as built;

Writes reports, memoranda, and correspondence;

Responds to questions from the public, contractors, and other employees regarding questions and complaints about proposed or in-progress construction, via phone or in person;

Sets up and maintains various files and inventories associated with projects, maps, contracts, etc., sometimes using a personal computer.

Exam Information

SCOPE OF EXAMINATION: This written test is designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas:

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.

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 se when creating technical drawings utilizing computerized drafting software.

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.

Understanding and interpreting engineering plans and descriptive specifications - These questions test for the ability to read and analyze technical drawings and written technical presentations, and to perform related computations. Some technical knowledge of construction and estimating terminology and methods will be required.

The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. However, candidates may find information in the publication 'General Guide to Written Tests' helpful in preparing for this test. This publication is available on line at:

The Use of calculators is Recommended for this exam. Candidates are permitted to use quiet, hand-held, solar or battery powered calculators. Devices with typewriter keyboards, Spell Checkers, Personal Digital Assistants, Address Books, Language Translators, Dictionaries, or any similar devices are prohibited.

RATING: This examination will be rated in accordance with Section 23.2 of the Civil Service Law. The provision of the NYS Civil Service Rules and Regulations dealing with the rating of examinations will apply to this exam.

WEIGHT: The written test will contribute 100% to the final score.

MULTIPLE EXAMINATIONS SCHEDULED FOR THE SAME DAY: If you have applied to take a written test announced by either one or several local jurisdictions (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must notify each of the local jurisdictions no later than two (2) weeks before the test date to make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All examinations for positions in State government will be held at a State examination center. To notify the City of Rochester that you will be taking more than one exam on the same day, please submit a Cross-Filer form. To access the City of Rochester's Cross-Filer form and other employment forms, please copy the following into your browser:


Applications: Applications may be obtained from room 103A City Hall, 30

Church St., Rochester, NY 14614-1280 or from our website A separate application must be completed for each separately numbered examination. Applications must be received by the close of business or postmarked by the Application Deadline date. Late applications will be rejected. Applications must be complete and accurate.

Application Fee: An Examination Application Fee is charged for the City of Rochester to process a candidate's examination application. It is not a fee for the examination itself. Exam applications will NOT be reviewed until exam fee is paid. Late fees will NOT be accepted. Payment Due Date is the same as Application Deadline Date for applications. There will be no exceptions to this requirement. There will be no refund of fees if a candidate does not qualify for an exam or if a candidate fails to appear for the examination.

Eligible Lists: Eligible lists contain the names of applicants who have received a passing score on the examination. Lists will be established in rank order, with the highest score being #1. In the case of tied scores, all persons at that score are considered equal. Candidates must be one of the top three candidates to be reachable for appointment. Promotional eligible lists are limited to present employees of the City and take precedence over open-competitive lists. All eligible lists are established for at least one year and may be extended for up to four years.

Change of Address: You are required to notify Civil Service of any address changes. Failure to do so may result in your removal from an eligible list.

Admission to the Exam: If you have not received notification of acceptance or rejection for this exam by the Wednesday before the exam date, please notify this office at 585-428-7454. Residency Requirements: There is no residency requirement for participation in examinations. Preference in hiring may be given to City of Rochester residents on open-competitive lists pursuant to Section 23 of the Civil Service Law.

Military Candidates: Any candidate on active military duty in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard may be eligible for alternative testing dates if necessary. This applies to the State Militia and National Guard if under Federal Control. If alternate testing is by a DD214 or other official military document that substantiates the applicant's active military service at the time of the examination. Alternative testing accommodations will not be honored if requests are made more than 60 days after release from service.

Effective 1/1/98, the State Constitution was amended to permit candidates currently in the armed forces to apply for and be conditionally granted veteran's credit in examinations. Any candidate who applies for such credit must provide proof of military status to receive the conditional credit. No credit may be granted after the establishment of the list. It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate documentary proof indicating that the service was in time of war, as defined in Section 85 of Civil Service Law, and that the candidate received an honorable discharge or was released under honorable conditions in order to be certified at a score including veteran's credits.

Veterans: To apply for your Veterans' or Disabled Veterans' Credits you must submit an application which can be found at City Hall, 30 Church St., Rm. 103A or on-line at, click on Jobs and then the Employment Forms link. Your Veterans' Credits application can be submitted with your exam application, but MUST be submitted PRIOR to the establishment of the eligible list. Veterans' Credits CANNOT be added to your score after the eligible list has been established. Veterans' Credits can only be added to a passing score. You may waive using your Veterans' Credits any time prior to appointment. You many use your Veterans' Credits for hire only once in your lifetime.

Additional Exam Credits: In conformance with section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent has served. If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination. A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two months from the application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility. However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established.

Alternate Testing Arrangements: If alternate or special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate that on your application and attach appropriate documentation. A copy of the City of Rochester's Alternate Test Policy is available in Room 103A, City Hall, or from our website. Deadline for requests is two (2) business days after exam.

Preferred List Applicants: Any employee whose name appears on a preferred list, and who submits an application by the deadline, may participate in a promotion examination, if qualified at time of layoff.

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