Exam Bulletin - Air Resources Engineer

State Air Resources Board

Exam Code: EX-1542

Examination Plans Included:


Final Filing Date: Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Classification Details

AIR RESOURCES ENGINEER (MAND): $6,175.00 - $11,567.00 per Month

View the AIR RESOURCES ENGINEER (MAND) classification specification.

Application Instructions

This is not a timed examination. If you request a Reasonable Accommodation, your account will be locked and you will not be able to proceed with the examination until the request is processed.

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Who Should Apply:

The information below will help you determine which classification(s) is(are) appropriate for you. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as stated on this bulletin to compete in this examination.

Open and Open, Non-Promotional Examination(s):


For all Classifications, once you have participated in any of the following examinations, you may not recompete for 12 months:

Exam Code(s):


For AIR RESOURCES ENGINEER (MAND), once you have participated in any of the following examinations, you may not recompete for 12 months:

Exam Code(s):

  • EX-01542

How To Apply:

Submit an Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) to apply for this examination.

Electronic applications can be submitted through your account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov.

Special Testing Arrangements:

If you require assistance or alternative testing arrangements due to a disability, indicate on your application that you need reasonable accommodation. You will be contacted by a representative of the testing department to make the necessary arrangements. If you have not been contacted by the time you receive notification of testing, please contact the testing department listed in the Contact section of this bulletin.

If you are unable to submit your application or complete the test due to a disability, please contact the testing department listed in the Contact section of this bulletin.

Minimum Qualifications

All applicants must meet the education and/or experience requirements as stated on this exam bulletin to be accepted to the examination.


Education: Equivalent to graduation from a curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology with major work in environmental, chemical, electrical, sanitary, civil, mechanical, air resources, or a related engineering field. (Registration as a senior in such a curriculum will admit the applicant to the examination, but the applicant must produce evidence of graduation before becoming eligible for appointment.) (Possession of a valid certificate as an engineer-in-training as issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers may be substituted for the required education.)

Position Description


Incumbents perform field and office engineering duties related to air pollution programs; conduct investigations, inspections, and studies; prepare surveys and reports; design electrical instrumentation; draft and develop control systems instrumentation, tests, and methods for measurement of air pollution and emissions of air contaminants; advise and consult with Federal, State, and local agencies involved in air pollution control, often involving extensive public and professional contacts; and may act as expert witnesses in Board or court action.

For information regarding position location(s), please refer to the Eligible List Information section.

Examination Information

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This examination consists of the following component(s):

Component OrderComponent TypeComponent DuePercentage of Final Score
1CalHR Online ExamN/A100%

A final score of 70% must be attained to be placed on the eligible list.

In addition to evaluating the applicant's relative knowledge, skill and ability as demonstrated by quality and breadth of education/experience, emphasis in each test component will be on measuring competitively, relative to job demands, each applicant's:

Knowledge of:
  1. Engineering principles relating to air resources
  2. Engineering sciences and mathematics
  3. Instrumentation, methods, and techniques of air sampling and determination of physical and chemical characteristics
  4. Pollutants
  5. Factors contributing to air pollution in metropolitan areas and available control measures
  6. Design and operation of air monitoring stations
  7. Scientific computer programming/modeling applications
  8. Air pollution control measures, laws, and regulations in California
  9. Problems of industrial waste disposal and refuse disposal
  10. Factors involved in the control of vehicular and stationary source emissions from internal combustion sources
  11. Mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineering as applied to testing and evaluating automotive exhaust control devices
  12. Analysis, development, design, optimization, operation, testing, and maintenance of control systems as related to air pollution control
  13. Meteorology as related to air pollution
  14. Theory, practices, and methods used in engineering work as related to air pollution control
  15. Design and use of atmospheric pollution control devices and surveillance instruments, statistical techniques employed in the analysis of air pollution and meteorological data
  16. Economic and health effects of the discharge of pollutants into the atmosphere
Ability to:
  1. Analyze, review, check, and interpret air pollution control engineering plans, test data, estimates, and specifications
  2. Develop and adapt instrumentation and operating procedures for automotive engine and exhaust control device testing
  3. Plan and carry out comprehensive automotive engineering studies and investigations
  4. Interpret and apply laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to air pollution in California
  5. Design, develop, and adapt instrumentation and operating procedures for air monitoring stations and other air quality measuring complexes
  6. Calibrate complex air monitoring equipment
  7. Apply computer programming and modeling skills
  8. Conduct research and special studies on, and make recommendations for, the elimination or control of air pollution sources
  9. Assist in research work and in the analysis of technical information pertaining to automatic control systems
  10. Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships
  11. Communicate effectively, analyze situations accurately, and adopt an effective course of action
  12. Operate in a lead capacity for special studies and projects

Eligible List Information

A Departmental Open eligible list for the AIR RESOURCES ENGINEER (MAND) Classification will be established for:

  • State Air Resources Board

The names of successful competitors will be merged onto the eligible list(s) in order of final score regardless of test date. Eligibility expires 12 months after it is established. Applicants must then retake the examination to reestablish eligibility.

Resulting Eligibility List(s) will be used to fill vacancies throughout the State of California.

Veterans' Preference will be granted for this examination. Veterans' Preference is an assistance program for veterans, veteran widows and widowers, and spouses of 100% disabled veterans who seek employment with the state. Veterans' Preference is also extended to currently serving military members nearing their retirement or separation date.

You are not eligible for Veteran's Preference if you are:

  • A veteran who has been dishonorably discharged or released.
  • A veteran, widow or widower of a veteran, or spouse of a 100 percent disabled veteran who currently has permanent civil service status. (Permanent civil service status is the status of an employee who is lawfully retained in his/her position after completion of the applicable probationary period. This does not include limited term).

Veterans' Preference is codified in Government Code Sections 18973 – 18979.

Veteran status is verified by the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR). Directions to apply for Veterans' Preference are on the Veterans' Preference Application (Std. Form 1093), which is available at www.CalCareers.ca.gov, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Career Credits are not granted for examination(s) administered on an Open basis or a Promotional basis.

Air Resources Engineer Training and Experience Examination Preview

Section 1: Tasks

In the following pages you will assess your knowledge and experience in specific job related actions, using the rating scales below.

Respond to each of the following statements by indicating how the statement applies to you. You are required to respond to every statement by marking one option for each of the two scales provided.

Important Note: In responding to each statement, you may refer to your WORK EXPERIENCE (public or private) whether paid or volunteer, FORMAL EDUCATION, or FORMAL TRAINING COURSES.

1. Conducting technical/scientific research to collect information using available resources (e.g., database, clients, internet sources, technical reports).
2. Creating technical/scientific research reports (e.g., data reports, project conclusions) to present data and/or information to staff, clients, and/or various audiences.
3. Preparing charts or graphs from data to provide summary information.
4. Providing data, analyses, conclusions, and recommendations to provide information.
5. Applying statistical and/or mathematical methods to analyze data.
6. Recommending a course of action based on the information available to ensure work is completed.
7. Developing timelines and work plans to identify time requirements and resources needed to complete projects.
8. Preparing memos, letters, and correspondence documents to effectively communicate information.
9. Creating presentations to inform, update, and/or educate various audiences.

Section 2: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

In the following pages you will assess your knowledge and experience in specific job related actions, using the rating scales below.

Respond to each of the following statements by indicating how the statement applies to you. You are required to respond to every statement by marking one option for each of the two scales provided.

Important Note: In responding to each statement, you may refer to your WORK EXPERIENCE (public or private) whether paid or volunteer, FORMAL EDUCATION, or FORMAL TRAINING COURSES.

10. Knowledge of statistical analysis methods and techniques to interpret and understand data.
11. Knowledge of scientific research principles and methods to ensure the integrity and validity of collected data.
12. Knowledge of the principles of engineering, biology, chemistry, natural sciences, meteorology, and/or physics.
13. Knowledge of problem-solving techniques and processes to facilitate the identification and resolution of issues related to the completion of assignments.
14. Knowledge of time management techniques to provide for efficient prioritization and completion of projects and assignments.
15. Ability to participate in and contribute to the effectiveness of a group or team to ensure cooperation.
16. Ability to identify and organize information obtained from research and datagathering to valuate relevance.
17. Ability to comprehend and interpret complex information and materials, including standards, procedures, and policies to apply to assignments.
18. Ability to analyze and interpret data to extract or identify key issues and draw conclusions.
19. Ability to identify and reconcile discrepancies in data and information to ensure valid conclusions.
20. Ability to review and interpret scientific and technical reports to make recommendations based upon documented data and information.
21. Ability to deliver oral presentations to audiences of varying levels of understanding to convey information.

Testing Departments

  • State Air Resources Board

Contact Information

Technical questions regarding this examination should be directed to:

California Department of Human Resources
CalCareer Service Center
1810 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Phone: (866) 844-8671

Administrative questions regarding this examination should be directed to:

State Air Resources Board
1001 I Street, 20th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 322-4349

California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice). TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

Drug Free Statement

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free State work place. Any applicant for State employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective, because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing civil service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

General Information

Examination and/or Employment Application (STD 678) forms are available at the California Department of Human Resources, local offices of the Employment Development Department, and through your CalCareer Account (www.CalCareers.ca.gov).

If you meet the requirements stated on this examination bulletin, you may take this examination, which is competitive. Possession of the entrance requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination described in this bulletin will be rated against a predetermined job-related rating, and all applicants who pass will be ranked according to their scores.

State Air Resources Board reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service laws and rules and all applicants will be notified.

General Qualifications: Applicants must possess essential personal qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, the ability to work cooperatively with others, and a state of health consistent with the ability to perform the assigned duties of the class. A medical examination may be required. In open examinations, investigation may be made of employment records and personal history and fingerprinting may be required.

Eligible Lists: Eligible lists established by competitive examination, regardless of date, must be used in the following order: 1) sub-divisional promotional, 2) departmental promotional, 3) multi-departmental promotional, 4) service-wide promotional, 5) departmental open, 6) open. When there are two lists of the same kind, the older must be used first. Eligible lists will expire in one to four years unless otherwise stated on the bulletin.

High School Equivalence: Equivalence to completion of the 12th grade may be demonstrated in any one of the following ways: 1) passing the General Education Development (GED) Test; 2) completion of 12 semester units of college-level work; 3) certification from the State Department of Education, a local school board, or high school authorities that the competitor is considered to have education equivalent to graduation from high school; or 4) for clerical and accounting classes, substitution of business college work in place of high school on a year-for-year basis.

Accepted applicants must provide proof of identification at each in-person test session. Acceptable identification consists of a photo identification card or two forms of signed identification.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Your CalCareer Account)