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Civil Service Job: Yes

Filing Date:

Applications received by mail must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 1, 2013

Exam Date:

Examinations will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013



Information on the WATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR (PROMOTIONAL) # 032313 position

Vacancy:  Resulting Eligible List may be used to fill vacancies which may occur within the City of Salamanca, Salamanca, NY.

Fee Required: The State Civil Service Law requires our office to collect a processing fee from each applicant.  The amount of the fee is fifteen dollars ($15.00) per applicant for Each examination applied for, payable at the time of filing of the application form, by check (personal or certified) or money order, payable to the “Cattaraugus County Treasurer”.  Cash Will Not Be Accepted.  Applicants whose personal checks are returned for insufficient funds will not be considered as candidates for this exam or subsequent exams until such time as restitution is made.  Applicants must record the Examination Number(s) and Title(s) on their checks.  Refunds of fees will not be issued to applicants who are disqualified for not meeting the minimum qualifications for admittance to the examination, who file their application after the final filing date or who do not appear for testing on the scheduled test date.  Therefore, Do Not Apply for an examination if you are not sure that you meet the minimum qualifications. Application Fees shall be waived for candidates that are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household or are receiving public assistance and may be downloaded from our website at: www.cattco.org.

Duties: The work involves responsibility for the efficient operation and maintenance of a Type II B Water Treatment Plant with facilities for the application of chemicals to the water, such as chlorine or chlorine compounds, chlorine-dioxide, chlorine-ammonia, fluoride compounds, or the process of dechlorination.  Duties are performed under general supervision in accordance with established procedures.  Supervision may be exercised over subordinate employees in the performance of their assigned duties.  A Water Treatment Plant Operator does related work as required.

Promotional Qualifications: Open to permanent City of Salamanca Board of Public Utilities employees, who are holding or have held a position in the non-competitive class of city service for a period of two (2) years, and who are currently certified by NYS Department of Health as a IIB level Water Treatment Plant Operator.  This certification, which must be renewed every three years, must be maintained throughout the course of employment.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  In facilities where required, must possess and maintain a valid NYS Driver’s License at the time of appointment.

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

  1. Mechanical Aptitude-- These questions test your ability to identify and understand how basic mechanical instruments such as motors and gears work.
  2. Safety Practices--These questions test your knowledge of basic safety practices.
  3. Tools and Reading of Scales and Gauges--These questions test your ability to recognize or identify basic tools and their common uses and to make accurate readings of various types of dials, scales and gauges
  4. Basic Mathematics--These questions test your ability to use addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to solve basic arithmetic problems that might be encountered in water and wastewater treatment plant operations.  Questions may also involve the use of fractions, decimals, averages, and percent’s.
  5. Understanding and Interpreting Written Material--These questions test how well you comprehend written material.
  6. Elementary Chemistry and General Science--These questions test your knowledge of basic processes and concepts in chemistry and general science.

A Guide for the Written Test for Water Treatment Plant Operator is available at the New York State website: www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm.

Candidates are allowed 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.

Seniority Points will be added to an eligible’s score as follows, based on the date of permanent appointment in the classified service with the City of Salamanca:


Less than 1 year                                              0 points

1 year up to 6 years                                         1 point

6 years up to 11 years                                     2 points

11 years up to 16 years                                   3 points

16 years up to 21 years                                   4 points

Over 21 years                                                  5 points

Complete Job Description & Qualifications

Download the following file for the complete job description and qualifications for the WATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR (PROMOTIONAL) # 032313 position.

PARTICIPATION IN MULTIPLE EXAMINATIONS: If you have applied for both State and Local government examinations, you must take all your examinations at the State examination center. You will be advised by letter when and where to report for your examinations.

If you have applied for another local government examination with another local civil service agency, call or write each civil service agency to make arrangements. You must notify all government civil service agencies with whom you have filed an application of the test site at which you wish to take your examination.

SATURDAY SABBATH OBSERVERS - HANDICAPPED PERSONS: If special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate this on your application(s).

CANDIDATES PLEASE NOTE: Your application for this test is part of the examination process. Applications must be completely filled out with all pertinent information stated. The Commission does not refer to other applications on file for additional information. Applications which do not show training and/or experience to meet the minimum qualifications will be disapproved. Vagueness and ambiguity will not be resolved in your favor.

VETERANS: Disabled and non-disabled war veterans who are eligible for additional credits must submit an application for veterans' credits. Candidates who wish to claim veterans' credits on an examination should request an application and information sheet from the Cattaraugus County Civil Service Commission. Veterans' application forms will also be available upon request at the examination center. The completed forms must be received before the eligible list for the examination is established in order to utilize additional credits.

Effective January 1, 2014, War-time Veterans who previously used non-disabled veterans credits for appointment or promotion and are subsequently certified by the Veteran's Administration as a disabled veteran may again be eligible for additional exam credits. To apply for subsequent disabled veteran credits, complete the Veteran Credit application and check the applicable box, additionally you are required to follow the directions below regarding Disabled Veterans credits.

Effective January 1, 1998, the State Constitution was amended to permit a candidate currently in the armed forces to apply for and be conditionally granted veteran's credit in examinations. Any candidate who applies for such credit must provide proof of military status to receive the conditional credit. No credit may be granted after the establishment of the list. It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate documentary proof indicating that the service was in time of war, as defined in Section 85 of Civil Service Law, and that the candidate received an honorable discharge or was released under honorable conditions in order to be certified at a score including veteran's credits.

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.


Applications for WATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR (PROMOTIONAL) # 032313 will be accepted up to Friday, March 1, 2013, and may be obtained by downloading from the following links.

Application Forms

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