New York State Career Opportunities in Engineering
New York State employs over 2,000 engineers in various agencies across the state.
Engineering careers are available to college graduates in engineering and engineering technology, individuals who have passed the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, and New York State licensed and currently registered Professional Engineers.
There are three levels of Engineers in New York State. Each level has specialized engineering titles that require specific engineering experience and/or engineering degree, NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE), or New York State Professional Engineer’s License. The three levels of engineer are:
- Engineer Trainee, (NS) Equated to Grade 18
- Assistant Engineer, Grade 20
- Professional Engineer 1, Grade 24
New York State engineering fields are listed below:
- Fire Protection
- Gas Pipeline Safety
For more detailed information on Assistant Engineer and Professional Engineer 1 positions, please see the Glossary of Titles-Inquiry Tool (GOT-IT). The "Title Search" option offers the option to research specific title information. By entering the title name [e.g., Assistant Engineer (Chemical), Professional Engineer 1 (Chemical)], you will be provided with the title's salary grade, location of the position (by county), job description and qualifications, examination information, and related career mobility options. If you are viewing a trainee title, please note this number reflects the number of positions established at the Assistant Engineer level. Agencies may fill at the trainee level or at the Assistant Engineer level based on employee qualifications.
GOT-IT does not provide information on any job postings or job availability. For information on current job postings, please go to State Jobs NY.
The Engineer Examination Program offers the opportunity to apply and compete in a Department of Civil Service test utilizing an online questionnaire. Applicants can apply below by selecting the level of engineer, specialized engineer area, and State agency for which they are interested in employment.
In the online questionnaire, candidates will answer questions regarding education, certification, licensure, and experience. The information provided in the online questionnaire will be used to review candidate qualifications and serve as the test for these titles.
Online questionnaires can be submitted at any time. Agencies will score online 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.
There is a six-month retest policy for this examination program. You can submit an online questionnaire as frequently as every six months for each engineer level, specialized area, and agency.
The following page provides a list of participating agencies and their direct contact information. Hiring agencies are responsible for reviewing qualifications and adding candidates to their eligible list(s). Agencies will communicate directly with candidates regarding requests for additional information on qualifications and score notices. In addition, agencies will be responsible for canvassing (e.g., inquiring about your interest in the job and location) the eligible lists to fill their vacancies.
Questions about eligible list usage, eligible list status, and the hiring process should be directed to the agency you applied to. In addition, you should contact the State agency directly if you have any changes to your name, phone number, email, mailing address, or location preferences.
Carefully read the entire examination announcement for information about minimum qualifications for each engineer specialty. You may apply to as many engineering levels and specialties that you qualify for. Each online questionnaire will be submitted for the level, specialty, and agency you select during the application process.
If you are a current New York State permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c employee working as an Assistant Engineer, you may be interested in the Professional Engineer 1 promotion examination. For more information, visit the New York State Engineering Promotion Examination website.
You will need a Department of Civil Service User ID and password to apply. If you do not have a Department of Civil Service ID or need additional assistance, follow the instructions on the Department of Civil Service log-in page.
We recommend that you review the questionnaire in its entirety and collect all the information you will need to complete the questionnaire, including documents related to your education, experience, licensure, and certifications. Answer all questions that apply to your education, certification, and work experience as completely and accurately as possible. Save the information entered on each page by clicking on the "Save" button at the end of each section. Review, save, and print your information before submitting the questionnaire.
If you have already completed the application process and need to return to the test to complete and submit your questionnaire, you may visit the Department of Civil Service's Online Questionnaire System.
For questions and answers about completing the online questionnaire, please visit the frequently asked questions section.