Review Vacancy

Date Posted: 02/22/24
Applications Due: 07/22/24
Vacancy ID: 151869

Position Information


AgencyTransportation, Department of

TitleEngineer Trainee (Civil/Transportation) - NY HELPS

Occupational CategoryI.T. Engineering, Sciences

Salary Grade18

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $65001 to $91381 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Contingent Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%


Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 7 AM

To 4 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No


County Oneida

Street Address 207 Genesee Street

City Utica


Zip Code13501

Job Specifics

Minimum Qualifications This title is part of the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide Program (NY HELPS).*

To be considered for appointment through NY HELPS, or 55 b/c, candidates must meet the open-competitive minimum qualifications for this position.
The qualifications are: On or before the date of filing your application, you must have: Either 1. A bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering or engineering technology as listed below; Or 2. Proof of passing the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (FE) AND one year of full-time engineering experience as listed below.

Note: If you are only eligible to apply under Option 1, you may apply if you expect to meet the educational requirements within six months of the filing date of your examination application. You may be considered for employment, but cannot be appointed, until you submit proof to the hiring agency that you completed the educational requirements. Failure to meet the educational requirements within six months of submitting your examination application may result in removal of your name from the eligible list. Qualifying degrees: Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, Construction Engineering, Construction Engineering Technology, Construction Engineering Management, Construction Engineering Management Technology, Geological Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Hydraulics Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Transportation Planning and Engineering, or Engineering Science with a recognized concentration in any of the above listed engineering degrees.

Qualifying experience: One year of full-time engineering experience with transportation projects related to highways/roadways, railroads, bridges, airports, waterways, building structures, or traffic management and safety systems.

Candidates may also be qualified for permanent competitive appointment if reachable from the appropriate Civil Service eligible list or eligible for reassignment or transfer in accordance with Civil Service Law.

Duties Description When assigned to Design, typical duties will include, but are not limited to:
• Under the direction and supervision of a licensed professional engineer, the incumbents would perform a variety of duties depending on assignment. Engineer Trainee’s typical duties may
include, but are not limited to: design of capital roadway or bridge projects including site investigations, preparation of engineering drawings utilizing 2D/3D CADD applications, and preparation of estimates, or may fill the role of an assistant team leader for a bridge/culvert inspection crew. Assistant Engineer’s will perform the aforementioned duties, as well as draft project reports, supervise and review the work of engineering technicians, perform quality control review of project documents prepared by others for consistency with Department standards and for constructability, and assist in public outreach, and provide construction support.

When assigned to Construction, typical duties will include, but are not limited to:
• Function as Chief Inspector or Engineer-in-Charge on Department construction projects.
• Ensure work performed by contractors meets contract specifications, engineering standards and are performed safely.
• Supervise project inspection forces.
• Review design, consultant and contractor plans, shop drawings, estimates, etc.
• Initiate design changes and orders-on-contract. Complete daily work reports. Prepare final documents and record plans.
• Acts as office engineer. Checks computations on DWRs, keeps job records in accordance with MURK and prepares monthly estimates for payment to the contractor.
• Engage in use of CADD, highway design software and GPS systems.

When assigned to Traffic, typical duties will include, but are not limited to:
• Under the direction and supervision of a licensed professional engineer, the incumbent would perform a variety of duties. Engineer Trainee’s typical duties may include, but are not limited to: transportation geometric design including intersection and work zone design & design of traffic control devices and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Engineering work to include site investigations, preparation of engineering drawings & construction estimates, traffic engineering & safety studies, highway capacity analyses and traffic management. Assistant Engineer’s will perform the aforementioned duties, as well as prepare Traffic Engineering Reports & other project documents, supervise and review the work of engineering and/or traffic systems technicians, perform complex operational analyses for system optimization, coordinate ITS and assist with Surface Transportation Control and work zone quality assurance activities.

Responsibilities may include serving a role within the Incident Command System to support the department’s response to regional and statewide emergency situations.

Additional Comments *For the duration of the NY HELPS Program, this title maybe filled via a non- competitive appointment, which means no examination is required but all candidates must meet the minimum qualifications of the title for which they apply. At this time, agencies may recruit and hire employees by making temporary appointments.
In May 2024, if a temporary NY HELPS employee is satisfactorily performing in the position, the appointment will be changed from temporary pending Civil Service Commission Action to permanent non-competitive and the official probationary period will begin.
At a future date (within one year of permanent appointment), it is expected employees hired under NY HELPS will have their non-competitive employment status converted to competitive status, without having to compete in an examination. Employees will then be afforded with all of the same rights and privileges of competitive class employees of New York State. While serving permanently in a NY HELPS title, employees may take part in
any promotion examination for which they are qualified.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment
with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

The New York State Department of Transportation is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minority group members, disabled persons and Veterans are encouraged to apply. Upon request, reasonable accommodations will be provided for the disabled.

In compliance with Public Law 99-603, candidates selected for appointment must provide an original document to prove their citizenship and/or legal right to work in the United States.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Contact Information

Name HR Canvassing

Telephone 315-793-2389

Fax 315-793-2390

Email Address


Street 207 Genesee Street

City Utica

State NY

Zip Code 13502


Notes on ApplyingQualified candidates should submit a letter of interest and a current resume, titled by last name, with the Notice Number R2-24-20 and last name in the subject line and referenced in the letter of interest no later than JULY 22, 2024 to:
NYS Department of Transportation
HR - Canvassing
207 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501