TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER  2008-074

ISSUED  FEBRUARY 27, 2008

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examinations

 

for

 

SURVEY TECHNICIANS

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Titles

Job

Codes

Pay Schedule

and Range

1.

 

Survey Technician

12220

S5

2.

 

Land Research Survey Technician

12271

S5

 

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.

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

Survey Technicians perform advanced technical work, using conventional and electronic surveying equipment, as a member of a survey corps.  Work includes performing the activities required for measuring the existing field locations of natural and man-made features, the locations of property borders, the dimensions of land areas, and the precise positioning of points, lines and grades.  Work is performed in rough or sometimes hazardous terrain in a variety of weather conditions.  Work is reviewed by a technical supervisor for completeness, accuracy and adherence to established technical and performance standards.

 

Land Research Survey Technicians perform advanced technical work in land ownership research, as well as serving as a member of a survey corps performing the duties as listed above.  Land research includes constructing title chains, examinations of wills and estates, constructing assessment histories, abstracting deeds and obtaining non-legal land office warrant information.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

You will be tested before your qualifications are reviewed.  Your test results will count only if you meet all job requirements.  If after reading the requirements you are not sure you qualify, contact one of the Commission's offices listed at the end of this announcement.

 

For some jobs, offers of employment will be made only if you are willing to travel.  Travel expenses will be paid.

 

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

 

Necessary Special Requirement

 

12220 - Certain positions in this job will require possession of a valid Pennsylvania driverís license.

 

12271 - Possession of a valid Pennsylvania driverís license is required.

 

Minimum Requirements

 

Survey Technician - One year of experience as an Engineering Technician; OR three years of experience as a member of a survey corps which included duties operating both standard and electronic surveying instruments; OR one year of experience as a member of a survey corps which included duties operating both standard and electronic surveying instruments, and an associate's degree in surveying, drafting, design, civil or any other appropriate field of engineering technology.

 

Land Research Survey Technician - One year as an Engineering Technician involving technical land surveying experience including the research of land ownership and operation of both standard and electronic surveying instruments; OR three years of technical land surveying experience which included research of land ownership and operation of both standard electronic surveying instruments, and training or experience which affords a working knowledge of high school level algebra, plane geometry or trigonometry; OR any experience and training which affords the applicant the required knowledges, skills and abilities. 

 

Clarification of Requirements

 

12271 only - You may substitute related education for the required experience or appropriate experience for the required education.  Unrelated experience or education will not be accepted.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

Survey Technicians

PA Department Of Environmental Protection

6 filled positions

1 vacancy

4 in Cambria County; 2 in Luzerne County

Luzerne County

 

PA Department of Transportation

64 filled positions

6 vacancies

Positions located throughout the state 

Located in Blair, Indiana, Lehigh and  Montgomery Counties

 

Land Research Survey Technicians

PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

2 filled positions

Dauphin County

 

 

PA Department Of General Services

1 filled position

Dauphin County

 

PA Fish and Boat Commission

1 filled position

Centre County

 

PA Game Commission

4 filled positions

 

4 vacancies

1 position each in Clinton, Columbia, Lancaster and Westmoreland Counties

1 position each in Bedford, Cambria, Chester and Columbia Counties

 

Additional opportunities may occur due to normal turnover from retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities contact:

 

PA Department of Conservation and

   Natural Resources

Bureau of Human Resources

P.O. Box 8768

Harrisburg, PA  17105-8768

Telephone:  (717) 787-8737

Internetwww.dcnr.state.pa.us

 

PA Department of Environmental Protection

Bureau of Human Resources

2nd Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building

P.O. Box 2357

Harrisburg, PA  17105-2357

Telephone:  (717) 783-2021

Internetwww.depweb.state.pa.us

 

PA Department of Transportation

Bureau of Human Resources

P.O. Box 3789

Harrisburg, PA  17105-3789

Telephone:  (717) 787-6887

Internet:  www.dot.state.pa.us

 

PA Department of General Services

Bureau of Human Resources

512 North Office Building

Harrisburg, PA  17125

Telephone:  (717) 787-6846

Internetwww.dgs.state.pa.us

 

PA Game Commission

Personnel Services

2001 Elmerton Avenue

Harrisburg, PA  17110-9797

Telephone:  (717) 787-7836

Internet:  www.pgc.state.pa.us

 

PA Fish and Boat Commission

Human Resources

P.O. Box 67000

Harrisburg, PA  17106-7000

Telephone:  (717) 705-7820

Internet:  www.fish.state.pa.us

 

 

TESTING

 

The multiple-choice 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.

 

The 3 hour test will cover the following subject areas:

 

 

12220

12271

Subject Area

No. of Questions

No. of Questions

Algebra, Trigonometry, and Geometry

40

40

Surveying Principles, Methods and Equipment

40

40

Public Relations

10

10

Written Communicative Ability

10

10

Instruments Used in Performing Land Research

 

10

Total

100

110

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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 Resource 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."