TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER  2009-016

ISSUED   APRIL 8, 2009

REVISED  DECEMBER 11, 2013

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examinations

 

for

 

CHEMISTS

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Titles

Job

Codes

Pay Schedule

and Range

 

1.

Chemist 1

15120

ST06

2.

Chemist 2

15130

ST07

 

When completing your application, please make sure you apply for all job titles for which you want to be tested.  You will NOT be permitted to add job titles after you test.

 

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

VETERANS:  Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. ß7103) 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 Commissionís 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 conduct, evaluate and report the results of analytical laboratory tests that qualitatively and quantitatively identify chemical materials and substances for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection, Health or Transportation.  Work involves performing standardized tests to evaluate materials for the detection of substances for a variety of purposes.  Testing procedures usually include the application of instrument analysis techniques to determine chemical composition.  Some positions will perform work in a mobile laboratory or perform on-site evaluations and provide compliance assistance.

 

Chemist 2 level work is differentiated from the lower level by the independent responsibility for conducting research to develop and modify testing methods and procedures; and performing advanced chemical analysis through the use of advanced testing procedures and equipment.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

 

You will be tested before your qualifications are reviewed.  Your test results will count only if you meet all job requirements.

 

You are subject to Pennsylvania residency requirements and must be able to perform the essential functions of the job.  Visit the Commissionís website, Job Seekers page, for PA Residency Information.

 

Conditions of Employment

Certain positions will require possession of a valid Pennsylvania driverís license.

 

Minimum Requirements

Chemist 1 - A bachelorís degree in chemistry; OR a bachelorís degree that includes 30 credits in chemistry or biochemistry.

 

Chemist 2 - One year as a Chemist 1; OR one year of professional chemical analytical experience, and a bachelorís degree that includes 30 credits in chemistry or biochemistry; OR a graduate degree in chemistry.

 

Clarification of Requirements

Please make sure you meet all requirements.  If you are not sure you qualify, contact one of the Commission's offices listed at the end of this announcement for guidance.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

Lists created by these tests will be used to fill future vacancies as they occur due to retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities contact the:

 

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Human Resource Office, Room 204, Agriculture Building, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9408; Telephone:  (717) 787-1065; Internetwww.agriculture.state.pa.us

 

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Human Resources, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 2nd Floor, P.O. Box 2357, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2357; Telephone:  (717) 783-2021; Internetwww.depweb.state.pa.us/employment; E-mailDEPjobs@state.pa.us

 

Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Human Resources, Health and Welfare Building Ė Room 126, Harrisburg, PA 17120; Telephone: (717) 547-3183; Internetwww.health.state.pa.us/employment 

 

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Human Resources, P.O. Box 3789, Harrisburg, PA 17105-3789; Telephone:  (717) 787-5710; Internetwww.dot.state.pa.us

 

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 3 1/2 hours to complete the test which will cover the following subject areas:

 

 

Subject Area

Number of Questions

 

 

 

Chemist 1

Chemist 2

 

 

General Theory

10

10

 

 

Chemical Substances and Processes

40

40

 

 

Chemical Equations

30

30

 

 

Laboratory Instruments and Chemical Analysis

30

30

 

 

Written Communication

15

15

 

 

Intermediate Laboratory Instruments and Chemical Analysis

 -

35

 

 

Total

125

160

 

 

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

 

The test will also 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 Commissionís 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 these job titles and you take this test, your most recent examination result will be the only one counted.

 

TEST RESULTS

 

Employment and promotion lists will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.

 

This test is different from previous tests for these job titles.  If you have taken the test before, you may get a different score on this test.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Complete your application on the Commissionís 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 offices 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."