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Plant Utilities Assistant Positions With State Available at $36,051

Placements in Several State Agencies; No Fee and No Test; Apply Anytime

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New York State is accepting applications on a continuing basis for Plant Utilities Assistant jobs throughout the state and within several departments. The starting salary is $36,051. There is no filing fee.

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.

Primary Duties

Plant Utilities Assistants help in the operation, maintenance and repair of mechanical and electrical equipment providing heat, hot water, ventilation, air-conditioning and electrical distribution. Positions involve shift work within a 24-hour work schedule that includes nights and holidays.

Positions exist in the State University system; the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision; the Education Department; the Department of Health; the Office of Children and Family Services; the Office of General Services; the Office of Mental Health; the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities; the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants can qualify in any of the following ways: by holding an associate’s degree in HVAC; by having one year of full-time, hands-on experience in the maintenance and operation of commercial, industrial, institutional facility, computer applications of digital-energy platforms and building analytics and/or performing diagnosis, repair of HVAC systems or boilers or auxiliary equipment; a year of full-time, hands-on experience in a residential-setting performing diagnosis, operation and maintenance repair of HVAC systems or boilers or auxiliary equipment; or completion of an HVAC certificate or diploma from a BOCES program (440 hours), or completion of an approved certificate in HVAC, electrical, refrigeration, boiler operations and maintenance, or plumbing, from an accredited technical school or technology college.

They can also qualify as a graduate of a heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration apprenticeship program from the U.S. Air Force; or by having been an enlisted machinery technician with the U.S. Coast Guard or possessing a Coast Guard-issued marine-engineer certificate; having been an enlisted power-generation-equipment repairer with the U.S. Army; having been an enlisted gas-turbine systems technician, submarine nuclear-propulsion plant operator reactor control, utilities man, machinist mate or engineman with the U.S. Navy; or having a Merchant Mariner’s Document and qualifying as a member of the engine department as an oiler, fireman/water tender, refrigerating engineer or engineman with the U.S. Merchant Marine; by completing a New York State Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program for stationary engineers, plant maintenance (plumber/steamfitter), HVAC mechanic or plant maintenance; possessing a high-pressure boiler-operating engineer license or stationary-engineer license; or by holding a bachelor’s degree in facilities engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or marine engineering.

No Written Test

The examination requires completion of an application/supplemental questionnaire, available online at  

The training, education and experience information candidates provide on the questionnaire will be rated according to the requirements of the title. The 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 the final score.

Agencies will score supplemental questionnaires periodically throughout the year when additional candidates are needed to fill vacancies. 

Complete information on the position and requirements can be found online at

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