7360 Pipe Welder

Recruitment #CBT-7360-901149


This announcement is amended to extend the filing deadline to 5PM PST on March 11, 2016. Applicants who have previously submitted applications will not need to resubmit a new application. 

All Verification documents are due by 5PM PST, on March 18, 2016. See below for more information regarding verifications.

Department Overview

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) mission is to provide customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that is inclusive of environmental and community interests, and that sustains the resources entrusted to our care.  We are comprised of three essential 24/7 service utilities: Water, Wastewater and Power.  We provide retail drinking water and wastewater services to San Francisco, wholesale water to three Bay Area counties, and green hydroelectric and solar power to San Francisco's municipal departments.  Headquartered in San Francisco, we have about 2,300 employees working in seven counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $700 million.


Position Description

Under general supervision, operates acetylene and electric arc welding equipment in connection with the installation, repair and maintenance of water distribution pipelines and related facilities and perform related duties as required.


Essential functions of this class include: operating all types of welding and metal working machinery necessary for the repair and maintenance of all pipelines, pumping stations and water treatment equipment; laying out pipe and constructing pipe specials, such as offsets, bends, sleeves, reducers, tanks and meter batteries; repairing by electric arc welding, acetylene welding, brazing or silver soldering, all types of valves, tools, leak pumps, construction and storage equipment; cutting, fitting and welding pipes; repairing leaks and making templates; manufacturing emergency repair items, such as leak bands, tapping tees, gate rings and common vault cover; making various types of mechanical pipe connections, such as threaded, flanged, flared and compression; constructing and maintaining special truck bodies


Nature of work require physical effort and manual dexterity in the use of fingers, limbs and body; requires continuous exposure to working conditions where injuries may be encountered; requires ability to work in inclement weather; may perform emergency repairs as needed, at night, on weekends and holidays; must be able to work in damp enclosed places; work at heights (up to 220 feet) or in confined spaces; climb in and out of ditches; layout and fabricate pipe fillings, manifolds and meter batteries, and lift and carry equipment weighing up to 50 lbs.  Incumbent must be able to drive to worksite. 

Minimum Qualifications


1.     Five (5) years verifiable experience as a welder using oxyacetylene and electric arc welding methods which must include one (1) year experience as a welder on high pressure pipelines; AND

2.     Possession of a Class C Driver's License (submit a copy with the application).



A certificate of completion from a recognized trade school or union welding program in electric arc or oxyacetylene welding may be substituted for one (1) year of welding experience (but not for welding on high-pressure pipelines).  A copy of the certificate or transcript must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 18, 2016.


Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

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.


• Select the desired job announcement

• Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information

• Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”

• Follow instructions on the screen.


Computers 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 Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.


Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com).


Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.


All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.


Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.


If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Donna Ho, by phone at (415) 554-0769 or via email at dho@sfwater.org.


All applicants, including employees of the City and County of San Francisco, must verify all qualifying experience. Verification (proof) of qualifying training and experience must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 18, 2016.


Written verification of qualifying work experience must be documented on the employer's business letterhead and must include the name of the applicant, job title(s), dates of employment, description of job duties performed, and signature of the employer or the employer’s authorized representative.


Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above.  Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted.


City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class 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 Civil Service Commission Rules.


Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain. The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining why verification cannot be obtained. Waiver requests will not automatically be granted, but will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Failure to provide the required verification or request for waiver in a timely manner may result in rejection of application and/or removal from eligibility for referral and appointment in this class.  Resumes are not considered verification documents.


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


Applicants may submit the required verification documents by using one of the following options:


• Upload the documents through JobsAps; OR

• Scan the documents and email it as an attachment to: dho@sfwater.org; OR

• Send the documents via US postal mail to be received by the final filing date to SFPUC-Human Resource Services, Attn: 7360 Exam, 525 Golden Gate Avenue, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103; OR

• Fax to (415) 554-1663, Attn: 7360 Exam


Please include a Document Cover Sheet when submitting verification documents.  You may access the cover sheet here: http://jobaps.com/SF/sup/doccover.pdf.  Do not send copy of the online application.

Selection Procedures

Oral/Performance Examination: (Weight - 100%)

Candidates will be tested to determine their relative knowledge, ability and skill levels in job-related areas which may include but are not limited to: knowledge of the application of various types of welding rods; ability to operate equipment; knowledge of metals; ability to measure, calculate, and layout using standard pipe-trade mathematics; knowledge of welding symbols; knowledge of safety procedures; ability to climb and work from heights up to 220 feet; interpersonal and problem solving skills, written and oral communications.

Candidates who fail to meet the standards of safety during the examination process, will automatically be disqualified and will not be allowed to participate further in the examination.


Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score.  


Candidates scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.


Certification Rule:

The certification rule for this recruitment will be Rule of three Scores.  Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.


Eligible List:

The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.


The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.



Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities.


Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#veteranspreference.


Alternate Test Date:

Requests for an alternate test date may be considered in limited circumstances and must be submitted to the analyst listed in this announcement within five (5) calendar days of the announcement of the test date. More information can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=14407.

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.


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 and Appeal Rights

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. [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4. Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement. Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at http://www.sfgov3.org/index.aspx?page=300.

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.


Additional Information:

General information concerning getting a job and employment procedures may be found online at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20.


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Re-issued:  February 12, 2016 to broaden the applicant pool.

Issued:  June 17, 2015

Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID Number: CBT-7360-901149

PUC/DH (415) 554-0769


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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