County of Alameda

Supervisor, Buildings and Plant Maintenance (#9680)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - General Mgmt (U15)
$74.43-$74.43 Hourly / $5,954.40-$5,954.40 BiWeekly /
$12,901.20-$12,901.20 Monthly / $154,814.40-$154,814.40 Yearly

Under general direction, to be responsible for the operation, maintenance installation and repair of building and plant equipment for a group of County buildings or for a large medical institution; and to do related work as required.


The Supervisor, Buildings and Plant Maintenance, position is located in the General Services Agency's Building Maintenance Department and is responsible for the 24-hour operation and maintenance of steam, heating, and other utility services for County buildings. Each position is responsible for an area which may consist of: Office buildings, libraries, Veterans Memorial Buildings, clinics and detention facilities, and other buildings; the incumbents report to a Facilities Manager. The class of Supervisor, Buildings and Plant Maintenance, is distinguished from the higher level classification in that the Facilities Manager has overall responsibility for the administration and planning of facilities maintenance and operations and recommends policies and procedures to the Deputy Director, Building Maintenance Department.

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. Supervises the operation, maintenance, and repair of building and plant equipment including low pressure steam or hot water boilers and support systems such as steam and electric driven pumps, burners, combustion control devices, economizers, steam traps, valves and boiler water test equipment; heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment including large absorption and centrifugal chillers, air filter systems, heat exchangers, cooling towers, pneumatic and direct digital control systems, self-contained air conditioning equipment, water treatment systems, pumps, piping systems and refrigeration equipment; domestic hot and cold water distribution systems; sewage and drainage systems; and various other mechanical, electrical and piping systems installed in large buildings.

2. Receives and reviews departmental service requests; assesses feasibility and determines the most efficient means of accomplishing tasks; coordinates and monitors the completion of each project.

3. Maintains an inventory of building and plant equipment and supplies; develops and maintains a schedule for routine servicing and preventive maintenance; keeps maintenance record files, blueprints and drawings pertaining to the building and the installed systems; recommends the purchase of new or replacement equipment.

4. Inspects inoperable equipment and determines repair requirements; inspects facilities and prepares reports to determine maintenance and structural deficiencies; inspects facilities for compliance with Fire Codes, Building Codes, safety requirements and adequacy of preventive maintenance programs.

5. Supervises normal operation and, when necessary, operates equipment under critical or emergency conditions.

6. Evaluates in-house capabilities and makes recommendations when necessary for contract work; assists contractors and service agencies in obtaining access to building areas and equipment to ensure a minimum disruption to County operations and to provide safeguards to County property.

7. Plans, forecasts and prepares work assignments and schedules; reviews status of ongoing work assignments; supervises and evaluates the work of subordinate personnel.

8. Recommends personnel actions including selection and disciplinary actions; provides training; completes evaluations and other reports; and maintains time and attendance records.

9. Estimates costs of jobs; monitors expenditures to ensure adherence to approved budgets; and maintains inventory. Manages and supervises the care of tools and equipment in safe working order and makes recommendations for equipment and supplies.

10. Reviews and evaluates various ongoing engineering logs and electronic records and reports.

11. Conducts safety meetings, recommends and/or purchases safety equipment.

12. Participates in a variety of meetings, including staff meetings, departmental meetings, safety meetings and meetings with occupying departments to identify problems and plan for corrective action; acts as a liaison between County departments and staff; establishes and maintains effective working relationships.

13. Researches new products and equipment for maximum efficiency and sustainability.


Either I

The equivalent of three years as a Stationary Engineer, Electrician or Plumber in the Alameda County classified service (non-classified includes District Attorney's Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts). (Supervisory experience highly desirable).

Completion of the Alameda County Management Academy “Management and Supervision Certificate Program” may substitute for six (6) months of the required qualifying experience.


The equivalent of four years as a Stationary Engineer responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of building and plant equipment including boilers, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and plumbing equipment and other electrical mechanical and equipment normally found in large buildings. Two of the four years' experience must have been at the supervisory level.


• Possession of a universal CFC (Chloro-Fluoro-Carbon) Certificate, mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency.

• Possession of a California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

Special Requirements:

Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance from Alameda County Sheriff's Office. Must be on call after hours, weekends and holidays.

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:

• The operation, maintenance and repair of building and plant equipment including boilers and related equipment, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and plumbing equipment, and mechanical and electrical and piping systems found in large office buildings or hospitals.
• Principles and techniques of supervision.
• Computer maintenance management systems and computer applications.
• Industry best practices in regards to safety.
• Industry best practices including sustainable and environmentally friendly equipment.

Ability to:

• Forecast and supervise maintenance activities.
• Plan and organize.
• Plan, supervise, review and evaluate the work of others.
• Make decisions independently.
• Exercise leadership.
• Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Be flexible.
• Provide effective customer service.
• Estimate costs and monitor expenditures.
• Use computer software, i.e., Word, Excel, Outlook.

PR:lm-h 2/83
TT:tc Retyped 4/4/91
Old document: 0904h
New document: 9680.doc
CSC Date: 12/19/90
JC:pf Rev. 2/8/02
CSC Date: 3/27/02
CH:cs Revised 5/25/10
CSC Date: 6/16/10
RE:cs 8/1/13
CSC Date: 8/21/13


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)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • 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

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • 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.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

E-mail | Phone: (510) 272-6471 | 8am - 5pm M-F | Powered by JobAps