Human Resources

Director of Weights and Measures A


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:  The Director of Weights and Measures A is employed in a civil division with 1300 weighing and measuring devices or less and where Director is the only full-time employee involved in "inspection" and/or "sealing" duties.

This class is responsible to administering and enforcing the provisions of Agriculture and Markets Law, Rules and Regulations as they relate to weights and measures and performs other duties as directed by the local governing body which may include services designed to aid and protect consumers.  The incumbent will take charge of and safely keep the municipal standards as prescribed by statute, and maintain a complete record of work performed.  The incumbent will exercise all the powers of a peace officer and have access to all places of business, buildings or premises to inspect, test and ascertain if weights and measures, weighing and measuring devices and systems and accessories are correct and being used correctly.  The Director may supervise part-time or seasonal assistants as assigned.  Although employed by the local legislative body, the Director is subject to the direction and supervision of the Commissioner of Agriculture and markets, and his authorized representatives.  Does related work, as required.

Visits stores, markets, warehouses, wholesale houses, gas stations and other establishments to test and verify the accuracy of weighing and measuring devices;

Using standard weights and measures determines the accuracy of scales, meters, rules and other measuring devices;

Using calibrated containers tests fluid measuring devices such as service station gasoline pumps;

Using standard weights checks for accuracy meat, produce and platform scales;

Seals those pumps, metering devices and scales when found to be accurate within the allowable tolerances;

Orders faulty measuring and weighing devices repaired or replaced depending on the condition and repair ability of the devices;

Responds to consumer complaints by investigation or testing as the occasion demands;

Examines and checks the contents of prepackaged foods to determine the accuracy of labeling practices;

Removes, or orders removed from sale those products not meeting the volume, weight or count as declared on the package label;

May be required to testify in court in consumer fraud litigation;

Submits narrative reports of inspections, violations and ordered repairs as required by regulations;

May supervise and direct the work of part-time or seasonal inspectors.

The above examples of duties are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND/OR PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:  Good knowledge of Laws, Rules and Regulations governing Weights and Measures programs; good knowledge of practices and procedures used to inspect, test and ascertain if weighing and measuring devices and systems are correct or being used correctly; good knowledge of investigative techniques; skill in inspecting and testing weighing and measuring devices and systems; the ability to read and interpret complex written material, state laws and departmental regulations pertaining to consumer protection; mechanical aptitude and the ability to understand complex mechanical equipment, its construction, repair and adjustments; ability to make quickly and accurately mathematical calculations; ability to write simple reports.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms.  The employee constantly is required to stand; walk; and use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions. The employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from high school or possession of an appropriate equivalency diploma recognized by the NYS Department of Education, AND 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;


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;


C.        An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined within 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 1/4 time; 16-23 hours per week is 1/2 time; 24-31 hours per week is 3/4 time; 32+ hours per week is full time.

Competitive Class