Minimum Qualifications Any permanent Plant Utilities Assistant or anyone reachable on the
Current Civil Service List or anyone eligible for a 70.1 transfer
Minimum Qualifications: Either 1. One year of satisfactory hands-on experience in the operation and maintenance of boilers and/or auxiliary equipment or HVAC equipment in commercial, industrial, or institutional facilities (experience limited to residential applications is NOT considered qualifying);
2. A high school diploma or GED and successful completion of four trades courses in any combination of the following trades: electrical, refrigeration, boiler operation and maintenance, plumbing, and HVAC. Each trade course must include a minimum of 30 to 45 classroom/lab hours in order to be considered qualifying;
3. Successful completion of 12 college semester credit hours in any combination of the following course areas: Heating ventilation and air conditioning, electrical circuits, fluid mechanics, technical communications, thermal dynamics, utility refrigeration mechanics, blueprint reading and operation and maintenance, industrial instrumentation and control, industrial safety and environmental air quality;
4. Completion of an approved certificate program* in HVAC or related area that is a minimum of one year in duration;
5. Completion of an approved certificate program* in HVAC or related area which is less than one year in duration and post certificate experience, which combined equals one year.
* Certification program must be accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology or recognized by the NYSED Bureau of Proprietary Schools.
• Working knowledge of the methods, material, tools and equipment used in the trade or trades to which assigned.
• Working knowledge of the methods, materials and tools used in making mechanical and routine electrical repairs to heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, pneumatic control systems and direct digital and other microprocessor controlled systems.
• Working knowledge of safety standards and procedures.
• Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.
• Will be required to read and interpret plans, codes, diagrams, architectural blueprints and specifications.
• Basic computer skills preferred.
• Valid NYS Driver’s License.
OPWDD is committed to creating and sustaining a culture of inclusion. We believe that we are most effective in managing and improving our service system with a diverse team of employees. With such a large workforce, we rely on the collective individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, self-expression, ideas and talent that our employees bring to their work. This speaks to our culture and is a key part of our successes. As we continuously recruit people for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that applicants bring in terms of their education, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.
Duties Description PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
As a Plant Utilities Assistant, you would assist in the operation, maintenance and repair of mechanical and electrical equipment providing heat, hot water, ventilation, air conditioning and electrical distribution in a safe and efficient manner.
• Assists in the operation of steam and hot water boilers including lighting off, firing, cleaning and shutting down systems.
• Assist in the operation of central and auxiliary computers which monitor, test, control and operate boilers, auxiliary equipment and HVAC systems.
• Service and maintain residential heating and air conditioning equipment located in the plant and throughout the community as may be necessary.
• Conduct boiler, HVAC and water systems testing, analyzing results and adding chemicals to maintain proper residuals in boiler and piping systems.
• Assists in the operation of large central absorption, centrifugal, screw driven and hermetic chiller systems and other refrigeration equipment. Duties include starting, regulating and troubleshooting to maintain proper temperature.
• Will be required to perform operations and maintenance within an asbestos environment and/or projects being carried out by other employees or private contractors.
• Handle various types of hazardous materials, such as refrigerants, Freon, gas, fuel oil, solvents, antifreeze, biocides, nitrates, ethanol, acids, caustic soda, regulated waste and refuse.
• Respond to incidents having potential environmental impact and/or safety concerns such as chemical spills, oil spills and blowouts.
• Under supervision – work in confined space situations using personal protective equipment.
• May require daily travel within the district, as well as some travel within NY State to assist other districts with special projects.
• Candidate will be trained in the operation and maintenance procedures as related to Asbestos Containing Materials.
• Other Duties as Assigned.
Additional Comments HOW TO APPLY:
• Download the examination application NYS-APP-3 #20-450 & #20-451 Application Form/Supplemental Questionnaire at http://www.cs.ny.gov/announ/applications.cfm; or
• Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request NYS-APP-3 #20-450 & #20-451 form; or
• Obtain NYS-APP-3 #20-450 & #20-451 form from a State agency or facility personnel/business office; or
• Request NYS-APP-3 #20-450 & #20-451 form by calling the Department of Civil Service in the Albany area at 518 457 2487; or toll free at 1 877 697 5627.
Your completed supplemental questionnaire will be the only basis for rating your training, education and experience.
Failure to complete the supplemental questionnaire correctly may result in disqualification. If disqualified, candidates must wait six months to re-apply.
The training, education and experience information provided by candidates on the supplemental questionnaire will be rated according to the requirements of the title. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your answers to the supplemental questionnaire will be the only basis for your score. If you need more space, attach additional 8 ½ x 11 sheets, following the same format used on the application/supplemental questionnaire. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application/supplemental questionnaire.
It is essential that you describe your training, education and experience as completely as possible. Ambiguity, vagueness or omissions on the supplemental questionnaire will not be decided in the candidate’s favor. The information you provide in the supplemental questionnaire is subject verification. You may be required to furnish written verification of the education, experience, certification or licensure claimed. False statements or lack of verification may result in a lower score, removal from the eligible list or termination of employment.
Your score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans’ and Civil Service Law Section 85-A credits to your final score.
Agencies will score supplemental questionnaires periodically throughout the year when additional eligible candidates are needed to fill vacancies. Once added to an agency eligible list, candidates will have a two-year period of eligibility for appointment from that list. You can re-apply as frequently as every six months.
RETEST POLICY: Qualified candidates may file as frequently as 6 months, but a new application/supplemental questionnaire is required each time.
Important: The Department of Civil Service and other state agencies may communicate with you through email correspondence. This may include the notification of your examination results and canvassing you for interest in appointment. It will be important for you to keep your email address, phone number and mailing address current by logging into https://www.cs.ny.gov/home/myaccount.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Submit cover letter and résumé by December 20, 2023 to:
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.