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UPDATED - NOTICE OF EXAMINATION The Amsterdam Civil Service Commission announces the Promotional Exam for: Automotive Mechanic Supervisor

Posted On: 
March 7, 2022

About this position.

  • Position: 
  • Salary: 
    As Per Contract
  • Department: 
    Public Works



The AmsterdamCivil Service Commission announces the Promotional Exam for:


AutomotiveMechanic Supervisor

Promotional Exam # 75-956                           City of Amsterdam

                                   Dateof Exam:                         May 14,2022

                                   LastFiling Date:                     April 8,2022

Sincerefunds are not given, please read this announcement entirely before fillingyour application.  Please take note ofthe minimum qualifications to qualify.

EmploymentOpportunities:   Thelist will be used for any future vacancies at the City of Amsterdam.

Salary:   As per Contract

DistinguishingFeatures of the Class:          Hascharge of the work of automotive mechanics and others in the maintenance andrepair of a wide variety of automotive equipment and road maintenancemachinery; does related work.


Candidate must be permanently employed by the City ofAmsterdam and must have served at least two (2) years as an automotivemechanic.

Andat time of HIRE must have:     Class B CDLlicense- truck trailer combo only.

                                                           NYS Inspectors License    Group 1 Light Duty

                                                                       Group2 Heavy Duty

SeniorityCredit for promotional exam:

Points will be added to the score of every passingcandidate as follows:

           Less than 1 year**************************************      0 points

           1 year up to 6years***********************************       1point

           Over 6 years up to 11years*****************************      2points

           Over 11 years up to 16years****************************      3points

           Over 16 years up to 21years****************************      4points

           Over 21years****************************************      5points          




Subjectof Examination:

Subjects of examination: A written test designed to evaluateknowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas:

1. Maintenance and repair of motorvehicles

These questions test for knowledgeof the operating characteristics of the various mechanical and electricalcomponents of motor vehicles and diagnostic practices involved in themaintenance and repair of these components.

2. Tools and test equipment used inthe maintenance of automotive equipment

These questions test for knowledgeof the correct procedures to use when checking, maintaining, and repairingautomotive equipment, including the proper and safe use of various tools,instruments, circuit testers, and similar types of mechanical and electricaltest and repair equipment.

3. Maintenance and repair ofmechanically and electronically controlled internal combustion engines

These questions test for knowledgeof the technical operating characteristics of internal combustion engines,including the ability to troubleshoot symptoms of poor operation and todiagnose and repair typical mechanical or electrical system problems, includingcomputer-controlled systems.

4. Operation, maintenance, andrepair of automotive, truck, and heavy highway maintenance equipment

These questions test for knowledgeof operating characteristics of various components of automotive and heavymotor vehicle equipment and the proper maintenance and repair procedures to useon this equipment.

5. Supervision

These questions test for knowledgeof the principles and practices employed in planning, organizing, andcontrolling the activities of a work unit toward predetermined objectives. Theconcepts covered, usually in a situational question format, include such topicsas assigning and reviewing work; evaluating performance; maintaining workstandards; motivating and developing subordinates; implementing proceduralchange; increasing efficiency; and dealing with problems of absenteeism,morale, and discipline.

The New York State Department ofCivil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. However, candidatesmay find information in the publication “General Guide to Written Tests"" helpful in preparingfor this test. This publication is available on line

This written examination is being prepared and ratedby the NYS Department of Civil Service in accordance with Section 23-2 of theCivil Service Law.  The provisions of theNew York Civil Service rules and regulations dealing with the rating ofexaminations will apply to this written examination.

Calculatorsare recommended for this exam:        Quiet,hand-held solar or battery-powered calculators are permitted.  Devices with typewriter keyboards or cellphones are prohibited.







































Notice ofExamination – Page 4


Application:   Applications may be obtained at the CivilService Office in Amsterdam City Hall between 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM or by sendinga stamped self-addressed legal envelope to:

           Amsterdam Civil Service Commission,City Hall 61 Church St. Amsterdam NY 12010

Applicationsreceived post-marked after the filing date deadline will not be accepted. The applicant should make sure every question on the application isanswered and that the application is complete in all respects.  All statements made by candidates in theirapplication are subject to verification. This department does not acknowledge receipt of the applications.  Candidates will be notified of thedisposition of their application. Candidates will be notified by letter, of when and where to appear totake the written test.  If candidates havenot received a notice to appear for the written test three (3) days prior tothe exam date, they should call our office at (518)841-4341.

Donot interpret a notice to appear for, or actual participation in, theexamination as an indication that you fully meet the announced requirements.Depending on the time available before an examination, applicants may beadmitted based on statements made on the application or conditionally admittedwithout prior review of the application. Under these circumstances, candidatesnot meeting the requirements will be disqualified and notified of suchdisqualification. Candidates subsequently disqualified after taking the testwill not be notified of their score.



Application Fees:      A $15.00 non-refundable application fee isrequired for each separately numbered examination for which you apply.  The required fee must accompany yourapplication.  Send a check or money orderpayable to City of Amsterdam.  Write theexamination number(s) and the applicant’s name on the check or moneyorder.  DO NOT SEND CASH.  If yourapplication is disapproved, the fee will not be refunded.  You should carefully review the announcedminimum qualifications and any residence requirements and apply only for thoseexaminations for which you clearly qualify.


ReligiousObserver/Disabled Candidates/Military Members:     Applicants whose religious beliefs ormilitary service prevent their taking examinations on the scheduled date anddisabled candidates who require special accommodations to take the test shouldindicate the need for special arrangements. Military Service Members: If you apply for an examination during thefiling period but are on active military duty on the date of examination isscheduled, you may request a military makeup examination.  Contact Amsterdam Civil Service for moreinformation.  If you are on active dutyor discharged after the filing period has begun, you may apply for theexamination up to ten days before the test date.


Section 23.2Statement:        This examination will be prepared andrated in accordance with Section 23.2 of the Civil Service Law.  The provisions of New York State CivilService Law, rules and regulations dealing with the preparation and rating ofexaminations will apply to this examination.


Multiple ExamTakers:        If you have applied for any other CivilService examination to be given on the same test date for employment with NYState or any other local government jurisdiction excluding NY City, you mustmake arrangements to take all the examinations at one test site.

Ifyou have applied for both State and Local government examinations, you mustplan to take all your examinations at the State examination center by calling(518)457-7022 no later than two weeks before the test date.

Ifyou have applied for other local examinations examination, call or write toeach Civil Service Agency to make arrangements no later than two weeks beforethe date of examination, as to which test site you will be taking theexamination.


Veteran’s Credit:                  Veterans or disabled veteranswho are eligible for additional credit must apply for veteran’s credit with theirapplication for examination or at any time between the dates of theirapplication for examination and the date of establishment of the resultingeligible list. Applications for veteran’s credit are available from thisoffice.  Veteran’s credits can only be added to a passing score on theexamination.


EffectiveJanuary 1, 1998, the State Constitution was amended to permit a candidatecurrently in the armed forces to apply for and be conditionally grantedveteran’s credit in examinations.  Anycandidate who applies for such credit must provide proof of military status toreceive the conditional credit.  No credit may be granted after theestablishment of the list.  It is theresponsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate documentary proofindicating the service was in time of war, as defined in Section 85 of CivilService Law, and that the candidate received an honorable discharge or wasreleased under honorable conditions to be certified at a score includingveteran’s credits.


Change of Address:  It is the responsibility of the candidate tonotify the Amsterdam Civil Service of any change in name or address for theduration of the eligible list.  Noattempt will be made to locate candidates who have moved.


Ifany emergency prevents you from appearing for the examination, please notifythis office (518)841-4341 no later than 8:30AM on the Monday following the testdate, (Tuesday if Monday is a legal holiday) providing verifiable documentationof the reason.  A determination will bemade as to if you will be scheduled for an alternate test date.


Application FeeWaiver:      A waiver of application fee will beallowed if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of ahousehold.  In addition, a waiver ofapplication fee will be allowed if you determined eligible for Medicaid, orreceiving Supplemental Security Income Payments, or Public Assistance(Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/ Family Assistance or Safety NetAssistance) or are certified Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through aState or Local Social Service Agency. All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification.  If you can verify eligibility for applicationfee waiver, complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification”form and submit it with your application by the close of business on theapplication deadline as listed on the examination announcement.


Children ofFirefighters and Police Officers killed in the line of duty:   In conformance with section 85-a of the CivilService Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line ofduty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitiveexamination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his orher parent has served.  If you arequalified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighteror police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality, pleaseinform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination.  A candidate claiming such credit has aminimum of two months from the application deadline to provide the necessarydocumentation to verify additional credit eligibility.  However, no credit may be added after theeligible list has been established.



City of Amsterdam/An Equal Opportunity Employer


Civil ServiceCommission:                           GaryMcNeil, Chairman

                                                                       MaryAnne Semkiw, Commissioner

                                                                       LynnKot, Commissioner                 2/24/2022



How do I apply?

You can apply for this job by either contacting the person below or downloading the application (if available).

  • Contact: 
    Jennifer Iannotti
  • Phone: 
    518-841-4341 or
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