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  TENTATIVE

Occ. Code 4052100

CONSTRUCTION SPECIALIST 1 (TRANSPORTATION), GRADE 19

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS

 

Positions in this series perform technical engineering work which requires knowledge of engineering principles and the ability to apply this knowledge in the design, construction, inspection and evaluation of roads, structures, and related equipment and materials. Incumbents work independently in planning and scheduling work, selecting work methodology, evaluating information and preparing reports and recommendations, completing plans, resolving problems in the field and performing field work.

 

Construction Specialists 1 (Transportation) positions are classified in the Department of Transportation within the Construction, Design, Technical Services and Regional Materials units.

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

CONSTRUCTION SPECIALIST 1 (TRANSPORTATION): utilizes strong empirical knowledge and extensive experience in performing complex civil engineering technical activities; functions as a construction project lead; reviews the technical accuracy of plans and documentation in contracts and proposals; prepares cost estimates of materials and supplies for projects; gathers and evaluates research data; and prepares novel and difficult design models.

 

RELATED CLASSES

 

Engineering Technicians perform a variety of technical duties supportive of the preparation of work and building plans.

 

Assistant Engineers (all parenthetics) are assigned to smaller and less complex projects or parts of projects, the performance of work not requiring a license, and with closer supervision and review exercised over their activities.

 

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

Construction Unit:

 

·       Monitors construction activities to ensure that the quality of construction projects are in conformity with contract requirements.

·       Performs and verifies physical inspections, tests and measurements of construction in progress for accuracy and completion.

·       Directs field survey crews in collecting electronic survey data describing ground features and assembles the data into appropriate three dimensional models for engineering use.

·       Inspects, tests and evaluates existing infrastructure elements and natural features, and provides recommendations to advance Department activities and projects.

·       Oversees the evaluation of construction alternatives for cost, effectiveness, maintenance needs and costs, and impact on surrounding areas.

·       Assists in establishing and implementing quality control requirements and quality assurance programs to ensure that designs and materials used in a project meet the specified quality requirements.

·       Supervises subordinate technical staff in gathering field samples and conducting laboratory tests according to established procedures.

·       Evaluates and provides recommendations to address soil, rock and groundwater conditions affecting the transportation infrastructure.

·       Trains and supervises subordinate engineering technicians and seasonal Transportation Construction Inspectors.

·       Supervises and coordinates work of subordinate employees assigned to the projects to ensure that all agency responsibilities are carried out.

 

Design Unit:

 

·       Assists in preparing designs, proposals, specifications, and cost and quantity estimates for highway, bridge and other transportation infrastructure work.

·       Prepares and reviews complex 3D, or higher such as 5D CADD models of highways and bridges.

·       Reviews and approves technical staff work for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with procedures, guidelines, and commonly accepted engineering principles.

 

Structures Unit:

 

·       Performs and verifies physical inspections, tests and measurements of construction in progress for accuracy and completion.

·       Oversees the evaluation of construction alternatives for cost, effectiveness, maintenance needs and costs, and impact on surrounding areas.

·       Assists in establishing and implementing quality control requirements and quality assurance programs to ensure that designs and materials used on a project meet the specified quality requirements.

·       Reviews and approves technical staff work for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with procedures, guidelines, and commonly accepted engineering principles.

 

Technical Services Unit:

 

·       Participates in the evaluation of contract claims against the State or State claims against contractors by analyzing claims, preparing engineering documentation for the Attorney General's Office, preparing exhibits, inspecting and evaluating construction, consulting with firms, agency staff, and attorneys, attending pretrial and settlement conferences.  Also assists claims officer in Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests. 

·       Oversees permit applications to ensure that proposed construction is accomplished according to sound engineering principles and Department policy and sets the amount of bond for the project.

·       Reviews and approves technical staff work for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with procedures, guidelines, and commonly accepted engineering principles.

 

Regional Materials Unit:

 

·       Assists in establishing and implementing quality control requirements and quality assurance programs to ensure that designs and materials used in a project meet the specified quality requirements.

·       Provide materials technical expertise and guidance for the regions Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance, and Traffic activities

·       Supervises and coordinates work of subordinate employees assigned to the projects to ensure that all agency responsibilities are carried out.

 


 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

Promotion: one year of permanent competitive service in a drafting, engineering technician or engineering position allocated at or above Grade 15.

 

Open Competitive: High school graduation or equivalent AND seven years of full­-time satisfactory experience in civil engineering or engineering technology related to transportation infrastructure work

 

Substitution: thirty semester hours of training from a technical institute, community college or college in civil engineering, civil engineering technology, construction technology, engineering, physical or applied sciences on a year-for-year basis, up to four years.

 

Date:  7/17

 

 

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.