ASSISTANT PUBLIC HEALTH ENGINEER OC                                                                                                                                                    1,2,3,4                                                   

ASSISTANT PUBLIC HEALTH ENGINEER TRAINEE OC                                                                                                                                               1,2,5,6

ASSOCIATE PUBLIC HEALTH ENGINEER OC & PR                                                                                                                                        1,2,4,7,8,9

PRINCIPAL PUBLIC HEALTH ENGINEER OC                                                                                                                                                    1,2,7,8,9,10

SENIOR PUBLIC HEALTH ENGINEER OC & PR                                                                                                                                                                1,2,4,7,8,9



1.        UNDERSTANDING AND INTERPRETING TECHNICAL WRITTEN MATERIAL AND ENGINEERING PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS - These questions test for the ability to read and analyze written technical material and specifications and various types of technical drawings, and to perform related simple computations. All the information needed to answer the questions will be provided in the written material and/or drawings.


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.        BASIC PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SANITARY ENGINEERING -These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in the field of public health sanitary engineering, and may include such areas as the sources and health effects of environmental contaminants; environmental sampling and testing; appropriate water, wastewater, and industrial waste treatment procedures; measuring flow rates, and general hydraulic principles.


4.        SUPERVISION - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices employed in planning, organizing, and controlling the activities of a work unit toward predetermined objectives. The concepts covered, usually in a situational question format, include such topics as assigning and reviewing work; evaluating performance; maintaining work standards; motivating and developing subordinates; implementing procedural change; increasing efficiency; and dealing with problems of absenteeism, morale, and discipline.


5.        ARITHMETIC REASONING - These questions test for the ability to solve basic arithmetic problems presented in sentence or short paragraph form. The problems may require the use of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, determining percentages, and basic algebraic and geometric calculations.


6.        EVALUATING CONCLUSIONS IN LIGHT OF KNOWN FACTS - These questions will consist of a set of facts and a conclusion. You must decide if the conclusion is proved by the facts, disproved by the facts or if the facts are not sufficient to prove or disprove the conclusion. The questions will not be specific to a particular field.


7.        EDUCATING AND INTERACTING WITH THE PUBLIC - These questions test for knowledge of techniques used to interact effectively with individuals and/or community groups, to educate or inform them about topics of concern, to publicize or clarify agency programs or policies, to negotiate conflicts or resolve complaints, and to represent one's agency or program in a manner in keeping with good public relations practices. Questions may also cover interacting with others in cooperative efforts of public outreach or service.


8.        PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in effective program planning and management and may include such areas as designing programs to achieve certain goals, staffing program activities, coordinating and guiding the progress of program activities, and evaluating the effectiveness of such programs.


9.        PUBLIC HEALTH AND SANITARY ENGINEERING INCLUDING WATER SOURCES; WATER TREATMENT AND DISTRIBUTION; POLLUTION CONTROL AND SUBDIVISION CONTROL - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in the areas of public health sanitary engineering involving water supply, treatment, and distribution processes; identification and control of potential sources of water and wastewater pollution; and the application of environmental and sanitary principles to housing subdivision review and control.


10.    ADMINISTRATIVE TECHNIQUES AND PRACTICES - These questions test for a knowledge of management techniques and practices used in directing or assisting in directing a program component or an organizational segment. Questions cover such areas as interpreting policies, making decisions based on the context of the position in the organization, coordinating programs or projects, communicating with employees or the public, planning employee training, and researching and evaluating areas of concern.


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 online at: www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm.