5203 Assistant Engineer (Electrical)

Recruitment #TEX-5203-102554


The Department of Building Inspection oversees the effective, efficient, fair and safe enforcement of City building, housing, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and disability access codes for San Francisco’s more than 200,000 buildings.  This position is located in the Plan Review Services Division, which is responsible for the review and approval of building and other permits that require architectural and structural consideration, and to implement on-going seismic engineering and structural safety initiatives. This Division provides coordination of projects requiring Structural Design Review. Projects include those reviewed over-the-counter and those submitted for plan review.


Under general supervision, the Assistant Electrical Engineer shall assist in performing electrical plan review for building and electrical permits to ensure compliance with the California Energy Code, the San Francisco Electrical Code, the San Francisco Green Building Code, and the San Francisco Building Code.  

The essential functions include, but are not limited to: 

  • Assist the public in obtaining building permits;
  • Provide information on related electrical and energy issues in a professional manner;
  • Perform counter plan check for proposed electrical system compliance with the California Energy Code for both nonresidential and residential buildings;
  • Provide assistance to Electrical Inspectors in interpreting and enforcing electrical and energy codes;
  • Respond to public inquiries regarding code applications and plan review status;
  • Prepare reports and correspondence as required;
  • Other duties as assigned 

Minimum Qualifications

A. Possession of a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree from an engineering program with a major in Electrical Engineering AND

B. Possession of a valid Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certificate issued by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). AND

C. One (1) year of verifiable professional Electrical Engineering experience performing at least three of the following tasks:
a. Preparing or assisting in preparing studies, designs, drawings, sketches, and plans using AutoCAD and other software tools
b. Collecting data to assess project needs and define project scope through site visits, surveying, review of existing documents, reports, drawing and manuals, performing measurements, collecting samples, or/and interviews with the stakeholders.
c. Preparing or assisting in the preparation of contract specifications, lists of materials, cost estimates, schedules, and progress payments.
d. Preparing or assisting in the preparation of engineering reports and reports concerning field conditions, the progress of projects, the results of studies, and other matters.
e. Conducting data analyses and mathematical calculations, in order to determine type or size of material or equipment.
f. Conducting routine field inspections of construction and repair projects in progress to ensure conformance with plans, specifications and codes; checks and records work progress at various construction sites.

Note: Internships, drafting experience and student design work do not qualify as professional engineering experience.


2. Possession of a Professional Engineer (PE) license in Electrical Engineering from the California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists.

Conditions of Employment:

·        Completion of on-going professional training requirements to be familiar with the latest code changes

·        ICC Electrical Plan Examiner certification within one year of hire 

Desirable Qualifications:

·        The successful candidate shall have excellent written and verbal communication skills 

·        Possession of LEED AP and/or experience with building MEP systems is a plus 

Flexible Staffing

Promotional Opportunities under the Flexible Staffing Program:

Permanent incumbents in class 5203 Assistant Engineer are eligible to advance to positions in the Associate Engineer class after obtaining a Professional Engineer license from the California Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, completing two years of satisfactory service with a performance evaluation of competent and effective as an Assistant Engineer within the same department, and with the approval of the Appointing Officer. Promotion to the Associate Engineer class is not automatic.

Flexible Staffing lists will be established for class 5207 Associate Engineer when the incumbent has met the following requirements:

·        permanent civil service appointment as a 5203;

·        completion of two years of satisfactory service as a 5203;

·        registration as a licensed Professional Engineer from the California Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors; and

·        the department requests to flexibly promote an incumbent into an approved budgeted position.

Eligibility period of qualifying Permanent Civil Service 5203 Assistant Engineer to be promoted through the Flexible Staffing Program from class 5203 to class 5207 Associate Engineer will be within 5 years from the date of appointment to a PCS position in class 5203.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only 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, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

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 recruitment analyst, Michele Nieve by telephone at (415) 865-5741, or by email at Michele.nieve@sfgov.org.

Applicants are responsible for updating their email address or mailing address. Contact Information must be updated online at http://www.jobaps.com/sf by clicking on “Update My Contact Info” and logging into your account. If updating contact information online, applicants must contact the analyst at 415.701.4435 immediately to inform them of the change. Failure to do so may result in the loss of eligibility.

Make sure your application and any attachments to the application submitted at the time of filing are complete and accurate and include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment or inability to receive full credit for scoring purposes. Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not be used for scoring or considered to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications.


Selection Plan

Minimum Qualifications Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ - Qualifying)

Applicants will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online application process. All applicants must complete the Supplemental Questionnaire and it must be submitted with the application by the final filing deadline. The information provided on the Supplemental Questionnaire must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. Applicant responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to assist in determining if applicants meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

Only those candidates who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to continue in the selection process. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be 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) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates 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 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.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

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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