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Job Specification 16270

CHEMICAL ENGINEER, TRAINEE

DEFINITION:

Under the direction of an engineer in a State Department or agency, 
as trainee and productive worker, in the field or laboratory, learns to 
conduct inspections and physical and chemical tests of the materials 
used in the construction and maintenance of highways and public 
transportation facilities where the Department is responsible for 
quality assurance.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

As trainee and productive worker, and as assigned:

Learns to test asphalt pavement, asphalt binder, and asphalt emulsion, 
samples and compiles results.

Learns to conduct physical and/or chemical tests and learns to prepare 
samples for physical or chemical testing of cements, paints, minerals, 
metals, fertilizers, soils and other construction and maintenance materials 
used in highways and public  transportation facilities and compiles results.

Learns to oversee the testing of concrete, reinforcing steel, iron, 
aggregates, and other materials.

Learns to classify and grade the physical properties of materials by 
using elutriation, wear, toughness, soundness, hardness, and other 
standard tests of materials intended for construction and maintenance 
of highways and public transportation facilities. 

Learns to conduct the inspection, sampling and field testing procedures 
relating to paints and paint components, asphalt binders, asphalt emulsions, 
de-icing agents, materials related to the fabrication of structural steel 
members and pre-stressed concrete units, and other miscellaneous materials.

Maintains the essential records and files, either hard copy or electronic, 
as appropriate.

Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or 
manual recording and information systems used by the agency, 
office, or related units.

REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATION:

Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor┐s degree 
in Chemical Engineering.

Possession of a valid license as a Professional Engineer issued by 
the New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineer and Land 
Surveyors may be substituted for the Bachelor┐s degree in engineering.

LICENSE:

Appointee will be required to possess a driver┐s license valid in New Jersey 
only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary 
to perform the essential duties of the position.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of the methods and procedures used to obtain samples, 
prepare them for testing, and determine the proper degree of accuracy 
in conducting tests.

Knowledge of the methods used to conduct laboratory tests of materials. 

Knowledge of precautions taken to prevent breakage, deterioration and 
waste of testing equipment, materials and supplies in a laboratory.

Ability to learn the properties of varied types of highway construction 
and maintenance materials.

Ability to learn the proper use of field and laboratory apparatus and 
equipment used in the physical and chemical testing of highway and 
other construction and maintenance materials

Ability to follow complex oral and written instructions.

Ability to learn during an in-service training program.

Ability to prepare factual reports.

Ability to maintain essential records and files.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English 
sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.  American Sign 
Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms 
of communication.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as 
they can perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable 
accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be made because it 
would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

ADVANCEMENT:

Applicants who successfully complete the twelve month training period 
will be eligible for promotion to the title Assistant Engineer, Materials, 
under Civil Service procedures.

The inability of an employee in this title to attain a level of performance 
warranting advancement to the titles listed above may be considered 
as cause for separation.

CODE:  P95 - 16270               MER                       10/10/09