TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER 2014-005

ISSUED  FEBRUARY 5, 2014

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examination

 

for

 

AIDE TRAINEE

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Title

Job

Code

Pay Schedule

and Range

 

 

 

 

1.

Aide Trainee

30001

ST02

 

If you successfully complete the 6-month training period, you will be promoted to Psychiatric Aide, Restoration Aide, or Residential Services Aide with an increase in salary.

 

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

VETERANS:  Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs.  To learn more about employment preferences and opportunities for veterans, visit the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, for Veterans; visit one of our offices; or call our veterans information line, (717) 787-6039.

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

You will learn to provide direct support in a group environment to individuals with mental, intellectual, or multiple disabilities that are living in a state center or hospital.  You will participate in structured classroom training and observe resident and staff in group living quarters.

 

You will learn to observe behavior and to record, in writing, relevant information for resident records and for use by the medical staff and other shift workers.  You will participate in change-of-shift verbal reports.  You will learn to work as an individual and as part of a treatment team with other staff in order to ensure the safety of all individuals and to complete necessary work and record-keeping amid multiple demands for your attention.

 

You will be required to provide care such as taking temperatures or blood pressures; lifting, positioning, and transporting non-ambulatory individuals; and assisting with activities of daily living such as helping with meals, oral hygiene, bathing, or toileting.  You will also be required to perform light housekeeping duties such as cleaning wheelchairs and clearing dining areas.  Dependability is of high importance.  Individuals who are tolerant, composed, compassionate, and self-motivated can do well in this job.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

You are subject to Pennsylvania residency requirements and must be able to perform the essential functions of the job.  Visit the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, for

PA Residency Information.

 

If you are a final candidate for a position covered by the Child Protective Services Law, you will have to provide reports on your background, at your own expense, from such sources as the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. 

 

If you are a final candidate for a position covered by the Older Adults Protective Services Act, you will have to obtain a report of criminal record information, at your own expense, from the Pennsylvania State Police, or a statement that the State Police Central Repository contains no information relating to you.  If you have not been a resident of Pennsylvania for two years prior to the date that you received notification that you are a final candidate, you are also required to furnish a report of Federal Criminal History Record Information, at your own expense, from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

After you receive a conditional offer of employment you must undergo a medical examination.

 

For PA Department of Public Welfare positions – after you receive a conditional offer of employment for positions located ONLY in Ebensburg Center, Hamburg Center, Polk Center, Selinsgrove Center and White Haven Center you must pass drug screening tests.  This does not apply to positions in any other DPW facility.

 

Minimum Requirements

You must pass the test.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

The Department of Public Welfare hires Aide Trainees to provide care 24 hours a day in 8 hour shifts.  Trainees who successfully complete the probationary period are then promoted to work as a Residential Services Aide, Psychiatric Aide, or Restoration Aide.  Job vacancies occur due to retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.  On a 3-year average, approximately 244 hires are made from the list each year.

 

The following is a list of state centers and mental health hospitals that employ Aide Trainees.  Included is the county code for each facility, which you will need to complete your application.

 

COUNTY

CODE

COUNTY

FACILITY

LOCATION

06

Berks

Hamburg Center

Hamburg

06

Berks

Wernersville State Hospital

Wernersville

11

Cambria

Ebensburg Center

Ebensburg

28

Franklin

South Mountain Restoration Center

South Mountain

35

Lackawanna

Clarks Summit State Hospital

Clarks Summit

40

Luzerne

White Haven Center

White Haven

46

Montgomery

Norristown State Hospital

Norristown

47

Montour

Danville State Hospital

Danville

55

Snyder

Selinsgrove Center

Selinsgrove

61

Venango

Polk Center

Polk

62

Warren

Warren State Hospital

North Warren

65

Westmoreland

Torrance State Hospital

Torrance

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities contact the Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Human Resources, Room 222, Health and Welfare Building; P.O. Box 2675, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17105; Telephone: (717) 787-5068; OR Email: RA-pwhdqpostings@pa.gov, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.

 

TESTING

 

The test will be administered on a computer.  Information about computerized testing is available online at www.scsc.state.pa.us OR in paper form at any State Civil Service Commission office. 

 

You will have a maximum of 2˝ hours to complete the test which will cover the following subject areas:

 

 

       Subject Area

Number of Questions

 

 

 

Interpersonal Relationships

25

 

 

Reading Comprehension

15

 

 

Effective Expression

15

 

 

Following Instructions and Multitasking Ability

25

 

 

Observation and Math Abilities

20

 

 

Total

100

 

 

The test will be administered in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh State Civil Service Commission offices, Monday through Friday.

 

The test also will be held approximately 10 days a month at additional test centers located in Erie, Johnstown, Lock Haven, and Scranton.  For further details on test dates, contact the Commission’s Information Services; Telephone (Voice) (717) 787-7811, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 783-8896. 

 

If you take the test and want to take it again, you may be retested after 6 months from the date of your test.  You must submit a new application to be retested.

 

If your name is on an eligible list for this job title and you take this test, your most recent examination result will be the only one counted.

 

TEST RESULTS

 

An employment list will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Complete your application on the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, by selecting Online Application, or submit your completed paper application to:

 

 

State Civil Service Commission

ATTN:  Applications

P.O. Box 569

Harrisburg, PA  17108-0569

 

Applications and further information can be obtained from:

 

1.

State Civil Service Commission:

 

 

 

Harrisburg:  2nd Level, Strawberry Sq. Complex, 320 Market St., P.O.

 

Box 569, Hbg., 17108-0569; Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058, Text

 

Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 772-2685

 

 

 

Philadelphia:  110 North 8th St., Suite 503, Phila., 19107; Telephone

 

(Voice) (215) 560-2253, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

 

callers only) (215) 560-4367

 

 

 

Pittsburgh:  411 Seventh Ave., Room 410, Pgh., 15219; Telephone

 

(Voice) (412) 565-7666, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

 

callers only) (412) 565-2484

 

 

 

Internetwww.scsc.state.pa.us

 

 

2.

PA CareerLink offices

 

 

3.

The Human Resources office listed under the "JOB OPPORTUNITIES" section of this announcement

 

For further information on testing, assistance for persons with disabilities, veterans' preference and other items, refer to the instructions provided with the "Application for Employment/Promotion."