Construction Estimator 2 (Architectural)
- Written Test To Be Held
- March 16, 2019
- Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
- January 30, 2019
|Exam Number||Exam Title||Salary||Salary Grade||Non−Refundable Processing Fee (Waivers available)|
|26-665||Construction Estimator 2 (Architectural)||$59,671||G-19||$40|
|IMPORTANT: Unless waived, you must pay the non-refundable processing fee. For information on fee waivers, visit https://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/types/oc/appinfo.cfm##Fee. It is important that you verify that you entered the correct examination number and title on your online or paper application prior to submitting. If you apply online, you should immediately review your email confirmation notice to verify that you applied for the correct examination. If you do not receive a confirmation number after submitting your online application, your application was NOT received by the Department of Civil Service. No late applications will be accepted after the filing deadline has passed.|
Appointees who work in the five boroughs of 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.
Minimum QualificationsOn or before March 16, 2019, you must have:
Either 1. six years of experience in estimating cost of architectural or engineering work. One year must have included experience in cost preparation and/or cost review of architectural or engineering building projects;
Or 2. an associate's degree in engineering, engineering technology, architecture, architectural technology, construction technology, construction management, or building sciences AND four years of experience in estimating cost of architectural or engineering work. One year must have included experience in cost preparation and/or cost review of architectural or engineering building projects;
Or 3. a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering, engineering technology, architecture, architectural technology, construction technology, construction management, or building sciences AND two years of experience in estimating cost of architectural or engineering work. One year must have included experience in cost preparation and/or cost review of architectural or engineering building projects.
If you expect to meet the educational requirements by September 30, 2019, 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 requirement to the Appointing Authority at the time of the employment interview. Failure to meet the educational requirements by September 30, 2019 may result in your removal from the eligible list.
- Your degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education. If your degree 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 NYS Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. This information can also be found on the Internet at http://www.cs.ny.gov/jobseeker/degrees.cfm. 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, Albany, New York 12239. Attention: S2LAK.
- 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.
- Travel Requirements: Appointment to certain positions requires extensive travel within a designated area of assignment. Appointees to these positions may be required to operate a motor vehicle or otherwise demonstrate their capacity to meet the transportation needs of the job. If the position requires that you operate a motor vehicle, you must possess a driver's license valid in New York State at the time of appointment and continuously thereafter. Field work and travel expenses are reimbursed on a fixed schedule.
- Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
- New York State residence is not required.
These positions exist in the Office of General Services.
As a Construction Estimator 2 (Architectural), you would estimate the costs of site work and of construction elements in the building and their installation; review payment requisitions and prepare and review the cost of change order works; make detailed quantity and cost estimates for materials and labor from plans and specifications, and estimate costs of construction for various types of buildings; review the accuracy of quantities and total costs prepared by Construction Estimator 1 (Architectural); make detailed estimates for changes in contracts, and confer with higher ranking construction estimators on modifications to and/or substitutes for equipment and prepare general descriptions and sketches of work and equipment involved in construction based on plans and specifications.
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:
- Principles, procedures and methods used in the preparation of cost estimates - These questions test for knowledge of building construction quantity and cost estimating concepts and techniques and their interrelationships with construction drawings and specifications, and for the ability to calculate cost estimates.
- Methods and materials of building construction - These questions test for knowledge of the procedures, techniques, materials, and equipment used when constructing or renovating various types of buildings and their structural components.
- The estimating process for building construction and renovation projects - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in the quantity and cost estimating for the various methods and materials used in constructing and renovating buildings and related facilities, and for the ability to interpret and perform computations based on building-related plans and/or written technical descriptions.
- Interpretation of drawings and specifications, including computations used in estimating - These questions test for the ability to read and analyze building-related plans and written technical descriptions, and to calculate the amount of materials, labor hours, and/or their related costs based on those plans and written descriptions. Knowledge of estimating techniques and how construction materials are utilized in specified situations will be required.
- Contracts, specifications, design requirements, construction economics, cost analysis and change order review - These questions test for knowledge of the concepts, terminology, and proper procedures to follow in the organization of typical building construction contracts and specifications, including design issues and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Format, and the budgetary, cost/benefit, alternate proposal, and contract revision terminology, procedures, and computations related to the building construction estimating, bidding, and contracting process.
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.
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.
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 employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest and/or criminal conviction record, or any other category protected by law, 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.
Eligibility for Employment
You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.
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
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 provide equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their application. Further information is available from the Test Administration Unit of the Department of Civil Service. In the Albany area, call 518-457-2487. Outside of the Albany area, call toll free at 1-877-697-5627. For TDD services, call NY Relay at 711 (requires a fee) or 1-800-662-1220.
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, email us at AdmissionNotices@cs.ny.gov. Please provide your first and last name, address, and the last four digits of your social security number, and we will provide you with the information you need to attend your written test. If you have an issue other than not receiving your admission notice, please contact our office at (518) 474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627. Please leave a clear concise message and provide your first and last name, last four digits of your social security number and a daytime phone number.
Taking State and Local Examinations Scheduled for the Same Day
If you have applied to take a written test announced by either one or several local jurisdictions (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must notify each of the local jurisdictions 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. For your convenience, contact information for all local civil service agencies is available on our website at: https://www.cs.ny.gov/jobseeker/local.cfm.
Cell Phones or Electronic/Communication Devices at the Test Site
Do not bring cell phones, beepers, headphones, or any electronic or other communication devices to the test site. The use of such devices at the test site in the test room, hallways, restrooms, building, grounds, or other areas could result in your disqualification.
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