Thursday, December 8, 2022

Plant Maintenance Laborer, Zone 7

Recruitment #18-4986-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.


Applications and Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.  Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will only be accepted on-line



Zone 7 provides treated drinking water to four major water retailers serving around 220,000 residents and businesses. The retailers are: the City of Pleasanton; the City of Livermore; California Water Service Company - Livermore; and Dublin San Ramon Services District, which provides water service to Dublin and the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon.


Under general supervision, to perform a variety of routine and semi-skilled maintenance and construction duties in Zone 7 treatment plants and field distribution systems; and to perform related work as required.

This class performs routine mechanical maintenance, painting, carpentry and related plant and equipment maintenance work. It is distinguished from Plant Mechanic, Zone 7, which is responsible for performing skilled mechanical maintenance and repair work.


The ideal candidate has experience with a proven track record of success that demonstrates knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas:

· Performing basic mechanical maintenance, plumbing, painting, carpentry and related building trades work.

· Operating a wide variety of hand, power and shop tools used in the work.

· Observation of safe work method and safety precautions typical to water treatment plant materials, tools and equipment.

· Ability to follow written and oral instructions, accurately and carefully following established procedures for completing work tasks.

· Proficiency in basic math.

· Sufficient agility, strength and endurance to perform building and facilities maintenance, repair and construction work and operate various hand, power and shop tools.

· Willing and able to work in a variety of conditions, including in exposure to potentially hazardous materials, in confined spaces, and outdoors in all weather conditions.

· Experience operating heavy equipment (such as backhoe, bobcat, skiploader, etc.) and ability to obtain Class A driver’s license desirable.



Either I

The equivalent of two years of experience in mechanical or building trades maintenance work, which has provided the required knowledge and skills.


The equivalent of one year of experience as a Laborer in the Building Maintenance Division of the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


Possession of a valid California Driver’s license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:


The extent the candidate has achieved a satisfactory level of technical and professional skill or knowledge in functional areas related to the position.



Uses tools, machines, and vehicles to transport goods or people, or to create work products.

Quality Orientation

Accomplishing tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time.


Identifying and correcting conditions that affect employee safety; upholding safety standards.

Planning and Organizing

Plans and organizes work activities; manages several tasks at once. Establishes a course of action to ensure that work is completed efficiently.

Problem Solving

Identifies problems and uses logic, judgment, and data to evaluate alternatives and recommend solutions to achieve the desired organizational goal or outcome.

Knowledge of:

• Methods, materials, tools and equipment used in basic mechanical maintenance, plumbing, painting, carpentry and related building trades work.
• Basic shop math.
• Safe work methods and safety precautions related to the work.

Ability to:

• Perform basic mechanical maintenance, plumbing, painting, carpentry and related building trades work.
• Follow written and oral directions.
• Complete work assignments independently.
• Use safety equipment and observe safe work methods.
• Operate and maintain tools and equipment used in the work.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of the work.

Other Requirements:

• Must be willing to work in exposure to potentially hazardous materials, in confined spaces, and outdoors in all weather conditions. Must possess strength sufficient to perform heavy manual labor.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' application to verify possession of minimum requirements.  Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. A review of the supplemental questionnaire to determine the best qualified.
  3. A performance examination which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment.  WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED EXAMINATION STEPS

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


Last Day For Filing:                                      Thursday, December 20, 2018              

Screening For Minimum Qualifications:     Friday, January 4, 2019

Screening For Best Qualified:                     Friday, January 11, 2019

Performance Examination:                          To Be Determined*

* Updated 1/16/2019 (mah)

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes. For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.



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Monique Hill, Personnel Services Manager
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda
510-208-4841; Email