Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Bridge Tender

Recruitment #18-9616-01

Introduction

THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.  Applications will only be accepted on-line.

DESCRIPTION

ABOUT THE COUNTY

Alameda County, located on the east side of San Francisco Bay, is California’s seventh-largest county. The County employs 9,080 full-time employees and operates on an annual budget of $2.39 billion. Oakland, the County seat, is California’s eighth largest city. One and a half million people call Alameda County home and live in a variety of incorporated cities, unincorporated communities and rural areas. As a major urban county, Alameda provides a full range of services to its citizens. The County is a blend of culturally and ethnically diverse communities, and its mixture of cosmopolitan and suburban areas provides the perfect environment for families and their active lifestyles. The County offers extensive cultural resources, countless recreational opportunities and an array of fine public and private colleges and universities.

THE PUBLIC WORKS AGENCY

The mission of Public Works is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Alameda County by providing a safe, well-maintained, and lasting public works infrastructure through accessible, responsive and effective services.  Public services provided by the Alameda County Public Works Agency include flood and storm water pollution control, transportation planning and design, roadway and flood control maintenance and inspection, and construction and building inspections.

The goals of the Agency are to keep roads safe and well maintained, provide the highest level of flood protection, provide service levels that optimize infrastructure life cycles, minimize deferred maintenance, ensure that development and construction adhere to applicable State and County rules, optimize disaster preparedness, response and recover, ensure that the Agency’s operations and services minimize negative impacts on the environment, and sustain and advance County and Agency programs through a vital business and administrative support system.

For more information about the Alameda County Public Works Agency, please visit their website at www.acgov.org/pwa.

THE POSITION

The Alameda County Public Works Agency is currently seeking highly motivated individuals to join our team. Under general supervision from the Bridge and Pump Supervisor, Bridge Tender incumbents operate a single leaf or double leaf bascule bridge, or a vertical lift bridge to ensure the safe passage of water, rail, vehicle and pedestrian traffic with a minimum of delay; perform routine greasing, lubrication, and minor mechanical and electrical maintenance on bridge machinery and equipment; as required, assist bridge maintenance personnel in performing more complex maintenance on mechanical and electrical equipment; and perform related work as required.  
 
For a comprehensive description of duties and responsibilities, please review the Bridge Tender job description.  


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

To qualify for this exam, you must have achieved the following educational/experience/requirements: 

Experience:  The equivalent of one year of experience in any of the following areas: Manufacture, assembly, operation, installation, maintenance or repair of heavy industrial electro-mechanical equipment (such as electric motors, large cranes, or elevators, etc.).

 

License:  Possess and maintain a valid California Motor Vehicle Class C Driver’s License. Candidates must submit evidence from DMV showing current status of their license at the time of application and must have a clean driving record for the previous three-year period.  

Permit:  Must qualify for a Federal Communications Commission Restricted Radio-telephone Operator permit. 

Special Requirements:  Must have normal hearing and eyesight, including depth perception and freedom from color and night blindness. Must be able to climb stairs, ladders, and open steel bridge structures.  Must be available to work rotating shifts which may require working holidays and weekends. 

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

 

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

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.

The most suitably qualified candidates will posses the following core competencies:

Knowledge of: 

  • Fundamentals of electrical and mechanical maintenance methods, procedures, tools, and equipment.
  • Safety practices.
  • Applicable provisions of the California State Motor Vehicle Code.
  • Regulations governing the operation of drawbridges.
Ability to:

  • Work without close supervision.
  • Learn the operation of all county-operated drawbridges.
  • Learn the regulations governing the operation of drawbridges.
  • Operate and maintain heavy industrial electro-mechanical equipment.
  • Work harmoniously with the public.
  • Work in open steel bridge structures as heights up to 180 feet and in counterweight pit areas to 40 feet below the estuary water level.
  • Understand and communicate clearly in the English language, both written and oral.
  • Learn and use proper radio-telephone procedures.
  • Keep records and logs, prepare written and make oral reports.

EXAMINATION COMPONENTS

THE EXAMINATION WILL CONSIST OF the following steps: 1) A review of candidates' applications and supplemental questionnaire  to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.  2) A written test which will be pass/fail. Those candidates who pass the written test will move on to the next step in the examination process. 3) A structured panel interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate’s final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises. 

CANDIDATES MUST ATTAIN A QUALIFYING RATING ON EACH PORTION OF THIS EXAMINATION. 

***We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit.  Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.  Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,www.acgov.org/hrs.

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:

TENTATIVE SELECTION PLAN:

Deadline for Filing:  Friday, August 24, 2018 
Minimum Qualifications Review:  Friday, August 31, 2018
Written Exam:  Tuesday, September 18, 2018
**Structured Panel Interview:  Friday, October 5, 2018

**This may be a combined oral examination/hiring interview which, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED RECRUITMENT & SELECTION PLAN

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filingAlameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes. 

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website, www.acgov.org/hrs.

BENEFITS

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
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • 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.

 

Conclusion

All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add @acgov.organd alamedacountyHR@acgov.org as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the "My applications" button on the Current Job Openings page.

Please take the steps recommended above to insure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box alamedacountyHR@acgov.org are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

 

Debra Robinson, Human Resources Analyst III 
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda 
Debra.Robinson@acgov.org
510-272-6437



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