New York State Department of Civil Service Announces Examinations Open to All Qualified Individuals
Mineral Resources Technician Trainee/2
- Written Test To Be Held
- December 01, 2007
- Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
- October 29, 2007
|Exam Number||Exam Title||Salary||Salary Grade||Fee|
|24-953||Mineral Resources Technician Trainee||$30,655||Equated to G-11||$30|
|24-954||Mineral Resources Technician 2||$47,556||G-19||$35|
On or before December 1, 2007, you must have:
For No. 24-953:
- sixty semester credit hours, 35 of which must have been in the environmental/engineering sciences such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, statics and dynamics, or strength of materials*; OR
- two years of engineering technician experience, one year of which must have been in drilling, development, or production for oil, gas, solution mining, or underground gas storage.
For No. 24-954:
- an associate's or higher-level degree in petroleum technology or petroleum engineering technology AND two years of experience in drilling, development, or production for oil, gas, solution mining, or underground gas storage; OR
- sixty semester credit hours, 35 of which must have been in the environmental/engineering sciences such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, statics and dynamics, or strength of materials* AND four years of experience in drilling, development, or production for oil, gas, solution mining, or underground gas storage.
* You must submit a list of qualifying courses with your application, including title, the name of the college or university, the number of semester credits per course, and the date (or expected date) of completion. A copy of your college transcript may be submitted. Applications submitted without a list of courses will be disqualified.
These positions exist in the Department of Environmental Conservation and are located in Olean and Avon.
As a Mineral Resources Technician Trainee, you would be trained to assist in the regulation of oil, gas, and solution mining exploration, development, and production in New York State, and in the administration of leases for oil and gas production from state lands. After satisfactorily completing the one-year traineeship, you would be advanced, without further examination, to the position of Mineral Resources Technician 1, G-14, current salary $36,228.
As a Mineral Resources Technician 1, you would assist in the environmental and technical review of applications for oil, gas, and solution mining well permits. You would make pre-drilling and post-drilling environmentally oriented inspections of drilling sites; make safety inspections of equipment and its orientation at the well site; and monitor all phases of drilling, production, and plugging operations including casing, cementing, and stimulation to ensure adherence to rules, regulations, and special permit conditions. You would assist in responding to and investigating complaints; assist in compiling maps, records, reports, and related information; audit the records of producers operating on state lands to ensure correctness of payments; and assist in input and analysis of computer data.
As a Mineral Resources Technician 2, you would review permit applications including the environmental assessment form and determine the need to coordinate within the Department of Environmental Conservation and with other local, state, or federal agencies. You would perform field investigations and inspections on technically critical wells and wells in environmentally sensitive areas including wells over 6,000 feet deep, high pressure wells, and wells in Lake Erie. You would also perform basic mineral resource analyses/studies; assist in complex analyses/studies; investigate pollution incidents; and assist in input and analysis of computer data. You would also supervise and participate in the training of lower-level staff in the performance of their assigned duties.
- Experience in the drilling, development, and production of water wells is NOT qualifying.
- If you expect to meet the educational requirements by August 30, 2008, you can be admitted to the written test but you cannot be considered for appointment until you submit proof of successful completion of the educational requirements to the Department of Environmental Conservation.
- Your degree or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the NYS Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. If your degree or college credit was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to the Examination Information Desk of the Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. You must pay the required evaluation fee. If you are applying on the Internet, you must mail the independent verification of equivalency to the New York State Department of Civil Service, Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, Albany, New York 12239. Attention: S2CMH.
- If you pass the written test for Mineral Resources Technician Trainee and have either an associate's degree in petroleum technology or petroleum engineering technology OR one additional year of experience in oil and gas development, production, or drilling, you will be qualified for appointment as a Mineral Resources Technician 1, current salary $36,228.
- These positions require travel. At the time of appointment you will be required to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State or otherwise demonstrate your ability to meet the transportation needs of the job.
- The eligible list resulting from the Mineral Resources Technician Trainee examination will be used to fill one-year traineeships leading to Mineral Resources Technician 1, G-14. An appointee's performance in the trainee position and in prescribed training and development programs will be observed and evaluated. The prescribed training and development program will include extensive on-the-job training and carefully designed and monitored work experience. An appointee not meeting required standards can be terminated at any time after the initial eight weeks and before completion of the traineeship. An appointee will be placed on leave from their permanent title and will revert to that title if they do not successfully complete the traineeship.
- A promotion examination is also being held for these positions. If you are eligible for appointment from a promotion list, you may not be appointed in your own agency from the list resulting from this examination open to the public.
- You may file for these examinations by completing one OC-APP application form or applying on the Internet. Unless you are eligible for a fee waiver, the indicated processing fee must be submitted for each examination listed on your application.
- Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
- New York State residence is not required.
Subject of Examination
|There will be a written test which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment. The written test is designed to test for knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as:||
For Examination Numbers
|1. Interpretation of charts, graphs and tables - These questions test for the ability to read and analyze visual and numerical information presented in various types of graphic and tabular presentations, and perform related simple computations. All the information needed to answer the questions will be provided in the graphs, charts, tables, or related written material.||
|2. Understanding and interpreting topographic maps, dimensional drawings, and technical information - These questions test for the ability to read and analyze topographic maps, written technical material, and various types of technical drawings, and to perform related simple computations. All the information needed to answer the questions will be provided in the topographic maps, drawings, and written material.||
|3. 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.||
|4. Understanding and interpreting written material - These questions test how well you comprehend written material. You will be provided with brief reading selections and will be asked questions about the selections. All the information required to answer the questions will be presented in the selections; you will not be required to have any special knowledge relating to the subject areas of the selections.||
|5. Collection, analysis and presentation of data, including basic statistics -These questions test for knowledge of the proper procedures and methods used to gather, evaluate, organize and utilize various types of technical data and information, and the fundamental concepts, terminology and computations involved in statistical analysis for mineral resources and other environmental studies.||
|6. Principles and practices of petroleum engineering and geology - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in the field of petroleum engineering and geology, and may include such areas as geologic formations indicative of petroleum deposits; locating and drilling for petroleum deposits; drilling methods used; and construction and maintenance of production wells.||
|7. Terminology, equipment and practices related to oil, gas, solution mining, and underground gas storage wells - These questions test for knowledge of the practices, equipment, and terminology involved in the fields of oil, gas, and solution salt mining; and may include such areas as proper leasing and drilling procedures; production methods used; logging, perforating, hydrofracture, and injection mining practices; proper methods of well completion and plugging; and underground gas storage procedures.||
|8. Environmental and safety considerations related to oil and gas drilling, production and underground gas storage, including siting and reclamation - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in assessing the potential environmental impacts of oil and gas drilling, production, and underground storage procedures; proper environmental oversight of these procedures; and effective regulation of siting, production, reclamation, and safe operating procedures.||
|9. Preparing written material - These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.||
Your final 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 passing score.
How To Apply
New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.
Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.
Most written tests are held on Saturdays. If you cannot take the test on the announced test date, due to a conflict with a religious observance or practice, check the box under “Religious Accommodation.” We will make arrangements for you to take the test on a different date (usually the following day).
Reasonable Accommodations in Testing
In addition, it is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to enjoy equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their applications. Further information is available from the Special Arrangements Unit of the Department of Civil Service at 518-457-2487 [press 2, then press 2] in the Albany area, toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 2], or via TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf) at 518-457-8480.
Admission to Examination
Notice to appear for the test may be conditional as review of applications may not be made until after the test. If you have not received your notice to appear for the written test three days before the date of the test, call 518-474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 1].
Multiple Examinations Scheduled for the Same Day
With the exception of written tests announced by New York City, if you have applied to take a written test announced by a local jurisdiction (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must call 518-474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 1], no later than two weeks before the test date, to make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All tests will be held at the state examination center.
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