5203 - Assistant Engineer (MECHANICAL)

Recruitment #PEX-5203-063479



APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent-Exempt. The General Services Agency Department of Public Works has openings for exempt appointment in San Francisco. The positions are excluded by the Charter from competitive civil service examination process. The successful candidate shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer. These positions have an anticipated duration of up to three (3) years.


JOB DESCRIPTION:  Under general direction, an Assistant Engineer performs engineering work of intermediate difficulty in the field and office following established engineering methods and procedures; applying engineering principles and practices to mechanical engineering projects; preparing and/or assisting in the preparation of engineering designs, drawings and sketches using AutoCAD and other software tools; conducting field investigations to gather, prepare and maintain data, records and reports; preparing cost and quantity estimates for necessary labor, materials and equipment associated with the design and installation of mechanical systems, namely pumping and piping systems in industrial wastewater treatment facilities; providing engineering support to operations and construction management staff; reviewing existing conditions and shop submittals; performing technical engineering studies; manually conducting energy load analysis and also through software programs; analyzing and resolving problems to ensure compliance with regulatory and performance standards and specifications; preparing technical engineering reports, contract specifications, project schedules and other documentation; preparing bid documents; assisting professional engineers in tasks requiring advanced engineering skills and/or judgment; making contact with the public, contractors and others on engineering matters; providing written and oral responses to a variety of inquiries from other agencies, contractors and the general public; preparing correspondences and minutes; reviewing and analyzing bids; conducting meetings, making presentations and performing other related duties as required. The work frequently requires interpretation of regulations, laws, policies, procedures, guidelines and standards, as well as utilizing them in the preparation of technical documents. Assistant Engineers on occasion may also exercise limited supervision of junior engineers, student engineering trainees and related personnel.


The Assistant Engineer position requires knowledge of: principles, practices and methods of engineering construction, maintenance and repair methods and procedures; research techniques, report writing and statistical analysis. The Assistant Engineer shall also possess the ability to use engineering software programs; maintain an effective working relationship with a variety of colleagues; communicate effectively orally and in writing; and understand, explain and apply pertinent laws, regulations, codes and ordinances.



1.       Possession of a valid Engineer-in-Training Certificate (issued by the California Board of Professional Engineers; AND, Either,

2.       One (1) year of verifiable professional City and County of San Francisco experience in Class 5201 Junior Engineer in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Sanitary or Transportation; OR

3.       Two (2) years of verifiable professional engineering work at a level equivalent to the City's Class 5201 Junior Engineer in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Sanitary or Transportation., OR

4.       4. Two (2) years of verifiable professional engineering work at a level equivalent to the City's Class 5366 Engineering Associate II.



Applications will be screened to select the candidates with the most relevant qualifications. Candidates meeting the minimum requirements are not guaranteed advancement to the selection process.


In order to be considered for appointment to this position, please submit a cover letter, current resume, college transcript, copy of EIT Certificate, copy of license, and verification of minimum qualifications, in addition to completing the CCSF online application.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility and/or disqualification. All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how applicant meets the minimum qualifications must be included on their application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether the applicant meets the minimum qualifications. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.


Application materials may be submitted by:

1.       Uploading the documents through JobAps; OR

2.       Scanning the documents and send as .pdf attachment with recruitment number in subject line to marlo.thomas@sfdpw.org OR

3.       Hand delivering or sending the documents via U.S. Postal mail to:

General Services Agency, Human Resources

1155 Market Street, 4h Floor

San Francisco, CA 94103

Attention: Class PEX-5203-063479


Mailed materials must be received no later than close of business (COB - 5:00 p.m.) on the dealine date.  Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process only. Visit: http://www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process.

·         Click and select PEX-5203-063479.

·         Click on “Apply”, read the instructions and "agree to the terms of use".

·         Click on “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or on “I have Registered Previously”.

·         Follow the instructions given on the screen.



Applicants are required to submit verification (proof) of qualifying training, education (transcripts or diploma/degree) and experience when submitting your online application. Verification of experience must be submitted on employer’s official letterhead, specifying name of the applicant, job title(s), duties performed, dates of service, and must be signed by the employer or the employer’s authorized representative. City employment will be verified by employee record. City and County employees will receive credit for the duties of the class/position to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules. City employees relying upon qualifying work experience gained outside the City and County of San Francisco must submit written verification of such experience as described above.  Self employment requires evidence of total earnings (copies of income tax returns or other official documents), occupation and duties performed which demonstrate that the applicant meets the qualification requirements.  Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain.  The applicant MUST submit a signed statement with the application explaining why verification cannot be obtained.  Waiver requests will be considered on a case by case basis.  Failure to submit the required verification or request for waiver with the application may reault in rejection of the application.

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.


Applications will be reviewed and assessed for relevant qualifying experience (see Application Procedure above). Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the department will be invited to participate in the interview process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed an invitation to interview. Qualified applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified of the exact date, time, and place of the interview.


If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact Marlo Thomas at (415) 554-6000 or via email: marlo.thomas@sfdpw.org.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at
http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.


Terms of Announcement:
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at


Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.


Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.


Issued: July 22, 2014

Extended:  August 13, 2014 

Micki Callahan

Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID No: PEX-5203-063479


Conviction History

As part of the selection process an image of your fingerprints will be captured and sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) history will disqualify you as a candidate based on the specific requirements of the position to which you are applying. If selected for fingerprinting, the hiring department will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.

Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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