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Occ. Code 4032000





New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard





The Soils Engineering Laboratory Supervisor oversees the geotechnical laboratory programs proper sampling, testing and reporting activities.


This position is found only at the Department of Transportation.




SOILS ENGINEERING LABORATORY SUPERVISOR: supervises laboratory staff; consults with Engineers on methods and procedures used in testing soils, aggregates and geotextiles for production and forensic characteristics; selects, designs, and maintains testing equipment; and reports test results on soil design and construction issues to Bureau and Regional personnel.




Engineering Technicians (Soils) work in a General Soils Laboratory. Incumbents work under the general direction of a Soils Engineering Laboratory Supervisor, an Engineer, an Engineering Geologist, or a higher-ranking technician; assist in laboratory, office, and/or field soils engineering work; prepare soil samples, perform laboratory and field soil tests, and compute results; check computations for routine laboratory and field tests and assist in performing complex soil tests; and may collect and assist in analyzing field instrumentation data; perform technical work related to the design and construction of earthwork and foundations for highways, bridges, buildings, dams, and other facilities; may supervise a soil survey or field testing party, train and supervise personnel of a major section of a soils laboratory, and perform highly complex laboratory or field soils tests; as a member of a design squad, perform computations and cost estimates for the design of foundations for structures and embankments, cut slopes, and pavements; and collect and analyze field instrumentation data.




Oversees the geotechnical laboratory:



Represents the interests of the Bureau and the Department in discussions with industry organizations such as AASHTO, NETTCP, NTPEP and other State agencies.




Promotion: one year of service as an Assistant Engineer (Civil/Transportation), Professional Engineer 1 (Civil/Transportation), Construction Specialist 1 (Transportation), Engineering Geologist 1, or Engineering Geologist 2 in which at least 50% of your duties directly involved geotechnical engineering program specialty activities.


Date:  10/17


NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.