Director of Weights & Measures, #60073 Open Competitive

Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for this examination / job!

Civil Service Job: Yes

Filing Date:

Applications received by mail must be postmarked no later than Friday, September 14, 2018

Exam Date:

Examinations will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018


$23.64 – $26.29 per hour - Full-time - Grade 22 – Managerial & Confidential

Information on the Director of Weights & Measures, #60073 Open Competitive position

Vacancy:  Eligible List may be used to fill vacancies which may occur within the Cattaraugus County Department of Public Works, Little Valley, New York. 

Final Filing Date:     September 14, 2018 Applications received by mail Must Be postmarked no later than September 14, 2018.

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) 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.  Please contact this office for an Application Fee Waiver Request and Certification Form, or download from our website at:

Residency:  Preference in appointment may be given to successful candidates who have been, at the time of examination and for at least one month prior thereto, a resident of the jurisdiction in which the vacancy exists. 

Duties: The work involves testing the accuracy of weighing and measuring equipment.  Duties are performed under the general direction of the County Legislature in accordance with a routine prescribed by state law.  General supervision may be exercised over a Deputy Director of Weights and Measures.  A Director of Weights and Measures performs work as required.  

Minimum Qualifications: Either: 

A.    Satisfactory completion of 24 semester credit hours in the physical sciences*, engineering sciences, electronics sciences**, mechanical technology and/or mathematics*** from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees; OR

B.    Two (2) years full time experience where the primary functions/responsibilities include any one  of the following:

  1. Enforcing weights and measures laws and regulations and inspecting and testing of devices and packaged commodities;

  2. Inspecting, testing and repairing commercial and/or industrial weighing and/or measuring devices per manufacturer’s specifications and tolerances;

  3. Inspecting and testing both quality and quantity of packaged or manufactured goods using precision scales/balances and other precision measuring equipment, performing data reduction, and assessing compliance of the results with appropriate specifications and tolerances;

  4. Conducting chemical or physical analyses using precision scales/balances and other precision  measuring equipment, performing data reduction, and assessing compliance of results with the appropriate specifications and tolerances; OR

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

*Physical sciences include chemistry (inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry), earth science (meteorology, astronomy, geology) and physics. 

**Electronics sciences do not include course work in electricity; electricity is a science that deals with the laws of electricity, while electronics is a branch of physics that deals with the emission, behavior, and effects of electrons (in tubes and transistors) and with electronic devices. 

***Mathematics includes course work in accounting, economics, etc., provided primary focus of the course is manipulation of numbers. 

NOTE: Verifiable part-time experience may be pro-rated toward meeting full-time experience requirements on the following basis: 8-15 hours per week is ¼ time; 16-23 hours per week is ½ time; 24-31 hours per week is ¾ time; 32+ hours per week is full-time. 

*NOTE: The minimum qualifications for this position are mandated under Section 179 (17) of New York State Agriculture and Markets Law.  

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT FOR APPOINTMENT AND CONTINUED EMPLOYMENT: Appointees will be required to possess a valid New York State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.


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

1. Inspection and interviewing techniques - These questions test your ability to select the proper course of action in situations which might occur during routine inspections. Question topics may cover, but will not be limited to, such areas as interviewing, gathering information and evidence, maintaining proper attitude, and handling irregularities and violations with integrity and sound judgment. Some questions may be in a situational format while others may deal with the proper principles and practices of inspection.

2. Preparing written material - These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.

3. Determining the accuracy of scales - These questions are designed to test a candidate's ability to determine if weighing scales are reading accurately and, if not, the extent of error associated with each scale. The candidate is shown a test load and given the weights of single units in the load and must calculate the total weight of the test load. The candidate is also shown two separate scale readings and must determine if either or both readings are fast or slow and by how much.  Knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division will be necessary. Specific knowledge of weights and scales is not required.

4. Understanding and interpreting written material - These questions test for the ability to understand and interpret written material. You will be presented with brief reading passages and will be asked questions about the passages. You should base your answers to the questions only on what is presented in the passages and not on what you may happen to know about the topic.

5. Weights and measures - These questions test candidates' knowledge of the various types of weighing and measuring devices and systems commonly used throughout business and industry. They deal with, but are not necessarily limited to, such areas as:

-The conversion of weights and measures from the Metric System to the English System and from the English System to the Metric System;
-Types of linear and liquid measuring devices in common use;
-Various types of weighing devices in common use;
-Basic construction and operation of the various types of weighing and measuring devices in common use.

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:

Candidates are recommended 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.


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 Cattaraugus County Civil Service 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. 

This examination is being prepared and rated by the New York State Civil Service Department in accordance with Section 23-2 of the Civil Service Law.  The provisions of the New York State Civil Service Rules and Regulations dealing with the rating of examinations will apply to this examination. 

Applications will be accepted up to September 14, 2018, and may be obtained from the Cattaraugus County Civil Service website at


Cattaraugus County An Equal Opportunity Employer 

Issued: August 15, 2018

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 Director of Weights & Measures, #60073 Open Competitive will be accepted up to Friday, September 14, 2018, and may be obtained by downloading from the following links.

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Cattaraugus County an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Filed under: Open Competitive Examination