TRAFFIC MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN
OPEN-COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION #62-692
DATE OF EXAMINATION: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2016
PLACE OF EXAMINATION: AB Davis Middle School – Mount Vernon, New York @ 8:30 A.M.
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: AUGUST 10, 2016 at 3:00pm –no exceptions
SALARY RANGE: $53,120.95 – $73,640.57
This list will be used to fill vacancies as they occur in the City of Mount Vernon Police Department.
RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must be a resident of the Westchester County for not less than one year immediately preceding the date of the written examination.
REQUIREMENTS FOR TAKING THE EXAM:
Graduation from high school or possession of an equivalency diploma issued by the New York State Education Department; PLUS
- Five years of experience in electronic trouble shooting and repair, maintenance and design of solid statement equipment, one year of which shall have involved traffic planning, engineering or a related field; OR
- Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered two year college with an Associate’s Degree in electrical technology and three years of experience as described in (b) above; OR
- An equivalent combination of training and experience as described above to indicate ability to do the work.
NOTE: For appointment from the resulting eligible list, applicants with a foreign high school diploma must submit a course by course evaluation of their educational credentials. You must pay the required evaluation fee. Evaluations will be accepted from services such as: WORLD EDUCATION SERVICES, INC., P.O. BOX 5087, NEW YORK, NY 10274 – 212-966-6311, GLOBE LANGUAGE SERVICES, INC. 319 BROADWAY #200, NEW YORK, NY 10027, 212-227-1994, OR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC. P.O. BOX 3665, CULVER CITY, CA. 90231.
DUTIES: This is skilled electronic work involving responsibility for maintaining and repairing traffic signal equipment. Employees in this class are not only responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of electro-mechanical and sold-state traffic signal devises; but also gather factual traffic data and prepare related studies and reports regarding traffic flow and street usage. The work is performed under general supervision in accordance with established policies and procedures. Directs and reviews the work of assigned work crew including paint shop. Does related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Good knowledge of the installation, maintenance and repair of electro-mechanical, solid-state based traffic control devices; good knowledge of federal and state manuals of uniform traffic control devices; good knowledge of traffic ordinances; good knowledge of the practices and procedures in gathering traffic data; working knowledge of New York State Vehicle and Traffic Laws; ability to compile and analyze traffic data; ability to prepare reports, charts and graphs and to use mechanical drawing instruments; ability to communicate verbally and in writing; ability to understand and carry out complex written and oral directions; computer literate; good judgment; accuracy; willingness to work outdoors in varying conditions; ability to get along well with others; tact and courtesy and physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
SUBJECTS OF EXAMINATION: The written test will cover knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the following areas:
1) BASIC PRINCIPLES OF ELECTRICITY;
2) PRINCIPLES, PRACTICES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT OF THE ELECTRICAL TRADE;
3) OPERATION, MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF TRAFFIC SIGNALS AND ELECTRICAL CONTROL EQUIPMENT;
4) BASIC ELECTRONICS, INCLUDING CIRCUITRY, SCHEMATICS, WIRING DIAGRAMS
AND TOOLS AND TEST EQUIPMENT.
EXPANDED SCOPE STATEMENT:
- BASIC PRINCIPLES OF ELECTRICITY – These questions test for knowledge of basic electrical principles including such areas as electric circuit wiring, grounding and insulation; relationships between voltage, current and resistance in electrical circuits; characteristics of direct current and alternating current circuits; and properties of series and parallel electrical circuits.
- PRINCIPLES, PRACTICES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT OF THE ELECTRICAL TRADE – These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices of the electrical trade, including such areas as tools and equipment used, proper electrical circuit wiring procedures, and appropriate methods of providing safe, efficient and effective electrical service.
- OPERATION, MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF TRAFFIC SIGNALS AND ELECTRICAL CONTROL EQUIPMENT – These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in the operation, maintenance and repair of various types of traffic signals and related electrical control equipment; and may include such areas as the physical characteristics of traffic signals; proper electronic sequencing, control and operation of traffic signals; operation of traffic detector circuits; and application of the standards of the New York State Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices to traffic signals.
- BASIC ELECTRONICS, INCLUDING CIRCUITRY, SCHEMATICS, WIRING DIAGRAMS AND TOOLS AND TEST EQUIPMENT USED IN ELECTRONIC REPAIR – These questions test for knowledge of the concepts, principles and practices involved in basic electronics, including circuitry, schematics and writing diagrams, and the tools and equipment used in the repair of electronic equipment; and may include such areas as the concepts of voltage, current and resistance; the identification and function of circuit and solid state components; the ability to interpret electronic schematics and wiring diagrams; and identification of the appropriate tools, test equipment and procedures to use in troubleshooting, maintaining and repairing electronic equipment.
The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. However, candidates may find information in the publication “How to take a written test” helpful in preparing for this test. This publication is available on line at: www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm
Calculators are PERMITTED for this examination: DEVICES WITH TYPEWRITER KEYBOARDS, SPELL CHECKERS, PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANTS, ADDRESS BOOKS, LANGUAGE TRANSISTORS, DICTIONARIES OR ANY SIMILAR DEVICES ARE PROHIBITED.
Candidates are required to attain a final average rating of 70 in order to be eligible to have their name placed on the eligible list established as a result of this examination. Life on the list will be stated at the time the list is established.
APPLICATION FEE: A $15.00 NON-REFUNDABLE FILING FEE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EXAMINATION FOR MOUNT VERNON RESIDENTS. A $25.00 non-refundable fee is required for this examination for non-residents. The applicable fee is required and must accompany your application. If your application is received without the required fee, it will be considered incomplete and you will not be admitted to the examination. Only MONEY ORDERS will be accepted for the applications fee. The money order should be made payable to the City of Mount Vernon and be sure to write the examination number on the money order. CASH OR CHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Because NO REFUND will be made, you are urged to compare your qualifications carefully with the requirements for admission.
FEE WAIVER INFORMATION: A waiver of the application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and are primarily responsible for the support of a household. In addition, a waiver of the application fee will be allowed if you are determined eligible for Medicaid, receiving Supplemental Security Income payment, or Public Assistance. All claims for an application fee waiver are subject to verification. If you can verify eligibility for the application fee waiver, you must complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver” form. This form is available in the Civil Service Office. You must submit the completed fee waiver form with your completed application.
Applications are available in the Mount Vernon Municipal Civil Service Commission Office Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM or send a self-addressed, legal-sized envelope to the Civil Service Commission, Room 103 – City Hall, One Roosevelt Square, Mount Vernon, NY 10550. Applicants may also obtain applications from the City of Mount Vernon’s website at www.cmvny.com. All applications must be returned to the Civil Service Commission Office on or before the application deadline date.
For applications go to the Civil Service Office Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or send a stamped self-addressed, legal-sized envelope to the Civil Service Commission, Room 103, City Hall, 1 Roosevelt Square, Mt. Vernon, New York 10550. You may also obtain applications from our website @www.cmvny.com. ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE CIVIL SERVICE OFFICE WITH YOUR FILING FEE. Applications received via mail will not be accepted if postmarked after the closing date deadline of August 10, 2016.
RELIGIOUS OBSERVERS AND DISABLED PERSONS: If special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate this on your application and submit on a separate sheet of paper and attach it to your application at time of submission. You will be notified of the alternate test date which will take place in City Hall.
In conformance with Section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to receive an ADDITIONAL TEN (10) POINTS in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his/her parent has served. If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty IN THIS MUNICIPALITY, PLEASE INFORM THIS OFFICE OF THIS MATTER WHEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION FOR EXAMINATION. A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two (2) months from the application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility. However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established.
ALTERNATE TEST DATE POLICY: Alternate test(s) date(s) may be arranged upon review of the circumstances according to the alternate Test Date Policy adopted April 14, 2008 by the Civil Service Commission. Under specific circumstances an alternate test date may be arranged. Your request with written documentation must be received in the Mt. Vernon Civil Service office no later than two (2) weeks preceding the examination. If an emergency prevents you from appearing for the examination, please notify the Civil Service office in writing no later than the Friday before the test date and provide verifiable documentation of the reason. A determination will be made as to if an alternate test date will be scheduled.
APPLYING FOR CIVIL SERVICE EXAMS IN MULTIPLE JURISDICTIONS WHEN EXAMS ARE SCHEDULED ON THE SAME DATE: If you have applied for any other Civil Service Exams for employment with New York State or any other local government jurisdiction, you must make arrangements to take all the exams at one test site. If you have applied for both State and Local government exams, you must make arrangements to take all your exams at the State exam center by calling the State to make the arrangements, no later than two weeks before the test date.
SPECIAL REQUEST FOR MAKE UP EXAM DUE TO MILITARY DUTY: A make-up test will be available for written or any other portion of the test for persons who are in the activity military. A person eligible for military make-up test does not have to wait until discharge from active duty to take the test. Applicant must submit to this office a copy of a military order, DD214, or any other military document that substantiates active military service prior to the make-up test.
It is the responsibility of the candidate to notify the Civil Service Office of any change in name or address.
No attempt will be made to locate candidates who have moved.
THE CITY OF MOUNT VERNON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER