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TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER 2007-866
ISSUED  JUNE 22, 2007

 

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

 

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

You will learn to provide direct support in a group environment to individuals with mental, developmental, or multiple disabilities who are living in a state mental retardation center or mental health hospital.  You will participate in structured classroom training, and observe residents 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; assisting with activities of daily living such as helping with meals, oral hygiene, bathing, or toileting; or lifting, positioning and transporting individuals who are not ambulatory) and 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.

 

You must successfully complete the training program to continue being employed.  After completion, you will be promoted to Psychiatric Aide, Restoration Aide or Mental Retardation Residential Services Aide and will receive a pay increase when you are promoted.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

You must be a Pennsylvania resident, of good moral character and able to perform the essential functions of the job.

 

Some of the positions in this job title come under the provisions of the Child Protective Services Law.  If you are a final candidate for one of these positions, you will have to provide reports on your background from such sources as the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.  If your background is unacceptable, you will be disqualified for employment in such positions.  You will receive information about these requirements and how to obtain the required reports at the time you are being considered for employment.

 

All of the positions in this job title come under the provisions of the Older Adults Protective Services Act.  If you are a final candidate for one of these positions, you will have to obtain a report of criminal record information from the Pennsylvania State Police or a statement that the State Police Central Repository contains no information relating to you.  If your background is unacceptable, you will be disqualified for employment in such positions.  You will receive information about this requirement and how to obtain the required reports at the time you are being considered for employment.

 

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

 

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.  Over the past 4 years, 200 to 400 hires have been made each year.

 

The following is a list of mental retardation 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:  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 toll free 1-800-346-4254, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM.

 

TESTING

 

The multiple-choice test will be administered only 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. 

 

The 2½ hour test will cover the following subject areas:

 

Subject Area

Number of Questions

Interpersonal Ability

25

Observation and Math Abilities

20

Reading Comprehension

15

Following Instructions and Multitasking Ability

25

Communicating in Writing

15

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 Allentown, Erie, Johnstown, Lock Haven, and Scranton.  Directions to the test centers may be obtained by calling State Civil Service Commission offices (listed below), or on the website at www.scsc.state.pa.us.

 

For further details on test dates, contact the Commission’s Information Services Unit; 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

 

Apply online at www.scsc.state.pa.us 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

 

 

 

Philadelphia110 North 8th St., Suite 503, Phila., 19107; Telephone

 

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

 

callers only) (215) 560-4367

 

 

 

Pittsburgh411 Seventh Ave., Room 410, Pgh., 15222; 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."