7328 Operating Engineer, Universal

Recruitment #tex-7328-900364


Appointment Type: Temporary- Exempt As-Needed. These positions are for as-needed (on-call assignments), for up to a maximum of 1040 working hours. In order to be considered for a permanent appointment, incumbent will be required to successfully compete in a Civil Service Examination.

Under general supervision, the Operating Engineer, Universal operates heavy construction equipment in conjunction with the maintenance and construction of roads, streets, and underground utilities and performs servicing on equipment.  The essential functions of this job include: operating backhoes, loaders, cranes, motor graders, bulldozers, rollers, pavers, milling machines, forklifts, extended boom forklifts, tractors and tub grinders; and performing related duties and responsibilities as required.   Operating Engineers also perform maintenance tasks such as greasing, cleaning and inspecting equipment; and may be required to calculate loads using equipment load charts.   This position may require the ability to wear appropriate forms of safety protection equipment such as ear protectors, eye goggles, respirators and safety vests.

Nature of Work:
 This position requires sustained physical effort frequently under adverse weather conditions and/or disagreeable working conditions, being exposed to hazardous materials, raw sewage, loud noises; and may include working weekends, nights,  holidays and/or temporarily outside the San Francisco city limits.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Three (3) years of verifiable operating engineer experience.  At least one (1) year of this experience must have been in operating a backhoe;  AND


  1. Possession of a Class B Driver’s License and a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.  A copy of the license and certificate must be submitted at the time of appointment. 


  1. Some positions may require possession of a Class A Driver’s License.


  1. Some positions may require experience performing utility excavation or operating a motor grader.


  1. Some positions may require the possession of a National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) certificate to operate cranes, boom trucks (boom length of 25 feet or more, or a maximum rated load capacity of 15,000 pounds or more), and other equipment.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so), and begin the application process.

  • Click and select 7328 Operating Engineer, Universal (TEX–7328–900364)
  • Click "Apply" and read and acknowledge the information
  • Click on “I am a New User” If you have not previously registered, or on “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computer kiosks are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.


Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst via email at Detra.McKinney@sfdpw.org or by phone at (415) 554-6039.



ALL applicants must submit verification of qualifying experience and training. Verification of qualifying experience must be submitted on the employer’s letterhead and must state the name of the applicant, job title(s), job duties, dates of service (mm/dd/yy) and must be signed by employer or employer’s authorized representative.

Information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456

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.

City employees may submit performance evaluations as proof of qualifying City experience in lieu of other verification, but must verify outside qualifying experience as stated above. City and County of San Francisco employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are 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.



Experience claimed in self-employment will only be considered if supported by documents verifying earnings, and duties comparable to minimum qualifications listed above. Applicant must indicate details of all duties and experience used to meet the minimum qualifications on the application. Copies of income tax records, business license or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted.


Verification of experience 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.


Applicants may submit verification documentation by:

1.      Uploading the documents through JobAps;       OR

2.      Scanning the documents and sending it as an attachment to:  Detra.McKinney@sfdpw.org    OR

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

  Resources, 2323 Cesar Chavez, SF, CA 94124. Attention: TEX- 7328            OR

4.      Faxing the information to:  GSA: (415) 695-2166: Attention: TEX – 7328


Selection Plan

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidate’s qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.


Pre-Employment Drug and Alcohol Test:

The City and County of San Francisco’s Substance Abuse Policy, in compliance with the Department of Transportation Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 employing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations, requires drug and alcohol testing for employees in “safety-sensitive” positions.  All 7328 Operating Engineer, Universal positions qualify as “safety-sensitive” as defined by the FMSCA and FTA regulations.  The selected applicants for safety-sensitive positions will be required to pass a Pre-Employment drug test prior to appointment and shall be subject to Random, Post-Accident, Reasonable Suspicion, Return-To-Duty, and Follow-Up testing during employment.  Prior to appointment to an FMSCA position, each applicant who has participated in a DOT drug and alcohol testing program within the immediately preceding two years will be required to sign a consent form authorizing the City to contact his/her prior employers concerning his/her drug and alcohol test history.


Medical Examination:

Prior to appointment, candidates must successfully pass a medical examination to determine his/her ability to perform the essential functions of the job and/or the ability to meet the physical minimum requirements.


Reasonable Accommodation Request:

Information on requesting reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities can be found at: http://www.sfgov.org/site/sfdhr_page.asp?id=46205#applicants_with_disabilities.

Terms of the 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 of the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at: www.jobaps.com/sf.

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.sfgov.org/site/sfdhr_page.asp?id=46208, or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Copies of Application Documents:

Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents.


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.


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.



Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Announcement No.TEX-7328-900364

Issued: April 23, 2014

GSA/DMc (415) 554-6039






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.

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