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Engineering Technician Jobs With State Start at $32,610

Pay Adjustments Available; Residency Not Required; Written Test in Sept.; Apply By Aug. 14

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The state is accepting applications through Aug. 14 for Engineering Technician jobs for a written test being held in September. The starting pay for most positions is $32,610. Appointees to posts within the Thruway Authority start at $33,446

Appointees who work in 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.

The majority of the positions are within Department of Transportation locations throughout the state. Some also exist within the Thruway Authority and the Department of Environmental Conservation.

The application fee is $25. State residency is not required.

The Job

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.

Those 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. Appointees work with equipment used in surveying activities, and assist with observations, inspections, laboratory tests and report preparation. They also assist in monitoring environmental quality.


On or before the test date, scheduled for Sept. 28, applicants 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 have a 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 in CAD/CAM, construction technology, drafting, engineering, engineering graphics, electronics or from a military construction specialty school.

Acceptable military training may include 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.

Applicants who expect to meet the educational requirements by Jan. 31, 2020 can be admitted to the written test, but cannot be considered for appointment until they submit proof of successful completion of the educational requirement.


There will be a written test which candidates must pass in order to be considered for appointment. The test is designed to test for knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as basic surveying and computerized drafting techniques; mathematics, including algebra, geometry and trigonometry; methods and materials used in the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges and other structures and facilities; understanding and interpreting engineering plans and descriptive specifications.

A passing score is 70. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime Veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to final passing scores.

Complete information on qualifications, application requirements and procedures is available at The test number is 26-690.

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