Information Technology Engineer

Modified: March 9, 2020 11:17am

invites applications for the position of:

Information Technology Engineer

#64-292 - Open Competitive (open to the public)

Opening Date: March 9, 2020
Closing Date: April 8, 2020
Application fee: $20.00

Residence Requirements:

CANDIDATES MUST HAVE BEEN LEGAL RESIDENTS OF ERIE COUNTY FOR AT LEAST ONE MONTH IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE DATE OF THE WRITTEN TEST AND MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF ERIE COUNTY AT THE TIME OF APPOINTMENT.  Preference may be given to successful candidates who have been residents of the municipality in which the appointment is to be made for one month preceding the date of the certification of the eligible list and who are residents of the municipality at the time of appointment.  Non-residents may be required to become a resident of the appointing municipality if local law so states.  There is one vacancy at the Town of Amherst with an annual salary range of $50,401 - $69,869.  At present there is also one vacancy in the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, Division of Sewerage Management with an annual salary of $50,513 - $65,416.  *Note: Salaries may vary at other municipalities or agencies.

The eligible list resulting from this examination will be used to fill these vacancies and other appropriate vacancies which may occur in county departments, municipalities or districts under the jurisdiction of Erie County Civil Service while this list is active.

Examples of Duties:

An Information Technology Engineer performs Informational Technology (IT) specific engineering duties and liaison work in connection with the design, construction, and maintenance of County projects;

Assists in planning projects; oversees field surveys to obtain data for projects and programs;

Designs and builds web pages using a variety of graphics software applications, techniques, and tools, including audio and video;

Designs and develops user-interface features;

Collects, organizes, and maintains field data for database and GIS systems;

Designs, maintains, and operates a Geographic Information System (GIS);

Computes engineering data either manually or through the use of computers;

Researches, evaluates, recommends, and then trains personnel on IT software programs and hardware platforms;

Designs, operates, and maintains relational databases;

Prepares engineering drawings for projects connected with plans and projects from surveys with Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), GIS or other computer programs;

Coordinates the work of construction crews; assists in designing bridges, highways, sewerage systems, and other projects;

Draws plans and specifications with CAD, GIS, or other computer programs;

Assists with reports by compilation of data and providing preliminary drafts;

Inspects construction and IT projects;

Designs an Internet based interface to integrate the various components of IT into one cohesive package;

Models hydraulic flows using advanced software, and analytical methods;

Assists with data conversion efforts to support various projects, primarily with ArcView, GIS or AutoCAD, and with data entry to support various projects, primarily with Excel and Access;

Performs various activities to support both engineering projects and GIS implementation projects.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidates must meet the following requirements on or before the date of the written test:

A.) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master's Degree in Civil/ Environmental Engineering, Geography Information Systems, Geography, Information Technology Engineering, Computer Engineering or related field, and one year of experience in Information Technology (IT) and/or Geography Information Systems (GIS), as related to Civil Engineering; or

B. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering, Geography Information Systems, Geography, Information Technology Engineering, Computer Engineering or related field, plus two years of experience in Information Technology (IT) and/or Geography Information Systems (GIS), as related to Civil Engineering; or:

C. Six  years of experience in IT andor GIS, as related to Civil Engineering; or:

D. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of A, B and C.


1.   Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated toward meeting full-time experience requirements;   

2. Your degree and/or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the New York State Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. A grade of "D" or better is necessary for a course to be credited as successfully completed. If your degree and/or college credit was awarded by an educational institution outside of the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to this Department for a list of acceptable companies providing this service; you must pay the required evaluation fee.

Notice to Candidates: Transcripts will now be accepted by the Department of Personnel ONLY at time of application.
All subsequent transcripts must be submitted at time of interview.


A medical examination may be required before appointment.



Examination date:

May 16, 2020

Applications Must Be Postmarked or Hand Delivered By:

April 8, 2020

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:

Subjects of Examination:

Subjects of Examination: A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas:

Understanding and interpreting maps, aerial photography, survey data, and other source material used in map construction These questions test for the ability to read, analyze, and perform computations based on cartographic drawings, site plans, survey notes, and mapping-related written presentations, and for knowledge of the terminology and principles involved in reading and working with aerial photographs, including scale conversion and focal point computations.
Collection, analysis, and presentation of data, including basic statistics These questions test for knowledge of the proper procedures and methods used to gather, evaluate, organize, and present various types of technical data and information, and the fundamental concepts, terminology, and computations involved in statistical analysis for cartographic and land use planning studies.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including data conversion, plotting, database construction, interactive editing, and labeling These questions test for knowledge of GIS design features, global positioning systems, and the concepts, terminology, and proper procedures to use when creating, producing, and revising various types of maps and site plans using GIS and computerized mapping software. 
Principles of data bases for PC's These questions test for a basic background in the design and use of data bases on microcomputers. They cover such topics as data base terminology and concepts, analyzing a data base project, planning the data base, organizing the data, designing data entry forms, accessing and manipulating the data, generating reports, and performing backups.
NOTICE TO CANDIDATES: Unless otherwise noted, candidates are permitted to use quiet, hand held, solar or battery powered calculators. Devices with typewriter keyboards, "Spell Checkers", “Personal Digital Assistants", "Address Books", "Language Translators", "Dictionaries", or any similar devices are prohibited. You may not bring books or other reference materials.  


APPLICATION FORMS: You may obtain these forms in person at the Erie County Personnel Department, Rath County Office Building, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo. Forms are also available in the libraries and at Town, Village and School District administrative offices.

Mail your application form when completed to the Erie County Department of Personnel, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202.

Candidates who submit incomplete applications and documentation may be disqualified. The Erie County Department of Personnel reserves the right to reject for lateness or to accept applications filed after the advertised filing period.

MILITARY STATUS: Active duty military personnel may file an application for this exam. A special military make-up examination will be conducted for any member of the armed forces of the United States who has duly filed a timely application but who was deprived of the opportunity to compete in the scheduled exam due to active military duty. Special conditions apply to these requests and may be reviewed at the Erie County Department of Personnel.

VETERANS: Disabled and non-disabled veterans as defined in Section 85, New York State Civil Service Law, will have 10 and 5 points, respectively added to their earned scores if successful in the OPEN examination. You must claim these credits when you file application but you have an option to waive them any time prior to appointment. If you have already used these credits for a permanent position in NYS, you may not claim them again.

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 points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or 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 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.

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS: Applicants whose religious beliefs prevent their taking examinations before sundown on Saturday and physically handicapped candidates who require special examination facilities should so inform the Erie County Department of Personnel, by a separately mailed letter at the earliest possible date before the test.

MORE THAN ONE EXAM ON THE SAME DAY: If you have applied for more than one exam on the same day you MUST make arrangements to take ALL of the examinations at ONE examination test site. If you have applied for both STATE and LOCAL government examinations taking place on the same day, you must take all of your examinations at the STATE examination center. If you have applied for both COUNTY and CITY government examinations taking place on the same day, you must take all of your examinations at the COUNTY examination center. You are responsible to notify EACH Civil Service Agency no later than TWO WEEKS before the examination date on which you are taking multiple examinations by submitting a Cross-Filer form; EACH Civil Service Agency has their own Cross-Filer form. The Erie County Cross-Filer form can be found at If you are taking multiple exams on the same date with Erie County only, you do not have to file a Cross-Filer form.

Candidates taking more than one exam in DIFFERENT exam series will be allowed the specified length of time for each exam, up to a maximum of eight hours. Example: If you are taking one exam which allows six hours and another exam in a different series which allows four hours, you must complete both tests in eight hours, but no more time can be spent on each exam than the time allotted for that exam. Candidates taking more than one exam in the SAME exam series will be allowed up to the specified length of time for each exam. Example: If you are taking two exams in the same series with a maximum time of five hours for each exam, you can spend no more than five hours to complete both exams.

ADMISSION TO EXAMINATION: Notice to appear for the test will be conditional as review of application for minimum requirements may not be made until after the written test. Call or write this Department if you have not received your notice 3 days before the date of the test. You may not be admitted to the examination room without official notice.

RATINGS REQUIRED: Tests are rated on a scale of 100 with a passing mark at 70. Unless the announcement states otherwise, you must pass the written test and the oral test, if any. Test instructions may further divide the tests into parts and set minimum standards for each part.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: If a subject of the examination, training and experience may not be rated if all passing candidates are expected to be immediately reachable for appointment. If rated, training and experience will be based on the statements in your application subject to verification. If this examination includes a qualifying written test, candidates admitted to the test will have conditional approval only. Final decision regarding the qualifications of candidates rests with the New York State Department of Civil Service.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION: You may be required to take a medical examination to determine if you are medically and physically capable of performing the duties of the position. In accordance with State Law, Governor’s Executive Order 6, and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended the County of Erie does not discriminate against handicapped persons in access to employment, during employment, or in any of its programs and activities.

VERIFICATION OF QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates may be investigated or called for an interview to verify information contained on the application. Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience may be pro-rated toward meeting full-time experience requirements.

ELIGIBLE LIST: The eligible list resulting from an examination may also be used for appointment to the same title or to any other title deemed to be similar and appropriate. Eligible lists are active for a minimum of one year and a maximum of four years from the date established.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION (*including psychological evaluation when required by position): Candidates may be subject to a thorough background investigation or psychological evaluation when required to determine eligibility for appointment. Applicants may be required to authorize access to educational, employment, criminal history and other records check as part of such investigation or participate in related tests or interviews. Criminal convictions or other offense are subject to evaluation and may result in disqualification pursuant to Section 50 of the New York State Civil Service Law. Applicant will be required to submit the necessary fees for the fingerprint processing, where required. (*If a psychological evaluation is required, it shall be specified in the minimum qualifications or special requirements for the position.)


A $20.00 filing fee is required for this exam. The required fee must accompany your application. Send or bring check or money order made payable to Erie County Personnel Department and write the examination number(s) on your check or money order. Do not send or bring cash, as the County cannot be responsible for cash payment. As no refund will be made, you are urged to compare your qualifications carefully with the requirements for admission and file only for those examinations for which you are clearly qualified.

APPLICATION FEE WAIVER: A waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household. In addition, a waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are determined eligible for Medicaid, or receiving Supplemental Security Income payments, or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance) or are certified Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through a State or local social service agency.

All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification. If you can verify eligibility for application fee waiver, complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification: form and submit it with your application by the close of business on the Application Deadline as listed on the Examination Announcement. The form is available at the Erie County Personnel Department, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY (Room 604) or can be downloaded from the County’s website at Click on “County Departments and Agencies”, then “Erie County Civil Service.”

This examination is prepared and rated by the New York State Department of Civil Service,
and held in compliance with the New York State Civil Service Law
and the rules and regulations of the New York State Department of Civil Service.

Frequently Requested Information


Phone: (716) 858-8484
Erie County Civil Service Exam Line: (716) 858-8729

Edward A. Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street, 6th Floor
Buffalo, New York 14202