County of Alameda

Blacksmith-Welder (#9470)

Bargaining Unit: BTC - Crafts and Trades (002)
$50.33-$50.33 Hourly / $4,026.40-$4,026.40 BiWeekly /
$8,723.87-$8,723.87 Monthly / $104,686.40-$104,686.40 Yearly

Under general supervision, to fabricate, modify or repair motor vehicle department tools and equipment using a blacksmith's forge, heating oven, trip hammer, grinders, hammers, tongs, and other tools of the trade; to do arc and acetylene welding, cutting, and brazing; and to do related work as required.


This position is located at the Niles Corporation Yard. Incumbents work assignments to fabricate, modify, or repair specific equipment which is received, in general terms, from the Heavy Equipment Shop Supervisor. The method of accomplishing any given task is left to the discretion of the incumbent.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Makes, modifies, or repairs hand tools, hammers, picks, mattocks, tongs, hooks, chains, scarifier teeth, pneumatic tool bits, weed burners, special purpose hoppers, and drums, disk grinders, berm moulds, dump truck beds, equipment trailers, and similar items.

2. Does all position arc and acetylene welding, includes cutting on steel, soft iron, copper, bronze, aluminum, brass, cast iron, and other metals.

3. Performs hard facing on bits, teeth, and blades for various construction equipment.

4. Cuts, welds, and threads steel pipe, up to six inches in diameter.

5. Uses coal forge, gas oven, Nazel air hammer, power saws, pipe threaders, machinist’s lathe, jigs, stakes, anvil, and hand tools.

6. Works from blueprints, sketches, drawings, and written specifications.

7. Maintains adequate stock of supplies.

Completion of an accredited apprenticeship in the blacksmith-welder trade.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator'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.

Knowledge of:

• Methods, materials, tools, and equipment of the blacksmith and welding trades.


• Skillfully using the tools and equipment of the trade, including arc and acetylene equipment.
• Laying out and planning work with a minimum of supervision.
• Working from blueprints and specifications.
• Supervising nonjourney-level workers.
• Reading Micrometers.

Revised 1/77
Revised 7/78
Revised 12/81
Old document: 0883H
New document: Jobspecs/9470
CSC Date: 1/18/82


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
  • 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.