Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Building Equipment Maintenance Worker

Recruitment #19-9665-01



THIS IS A REOPENING OF AN EXISTING EXAMINATION. If you have previously applied or started an application for the Building Equipment Maintenance Worker, Examination #19-9665-01, read this entire bulletin. There are specific instructions on how to reapply for this position.


The scores and dispositions of candidates for this examination will be merged with previous exam participants. If you have previously submitted an application and choose to reapply, you new score/disposition will replace your current disposition.

Application and 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.


Applicants must submit a copy of their Class I and Class II Chloro-Fluoro-Carbon (CFC) certificate with the application by the last day of filing. The certificate can either be attached to the applicant’s online application (under the resume tab) or mailed.   

If you choose to upload the certificate to your online applications, do so under the resume tab (note, if your document is more than one page, scan all of the pages and save as one document and then upload that one document under the resume tab).  

If you choose to mail the certificate, mail to the attention of Alameda County Human Resource Services, Attention:  Irene Lu (BEMW CFC), 1405 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, California 94612. Please note, postmarks are not accepted.





Alameda County General Services Agency (GSA) delivers a host of logistical support services to County agencies and partners from maintenance of facilities and County fleet to energy and environmental management services, capital project management, procurement services, and clean commute and recycling programs. The GSA Community strives not only to provide these services but to also facilitate collaborative and innovative approaches in its efforts.


While the GSA Community largely focuses on support services for Alameda County departments and other public agencies, the work has a direct impact on the communities. GSA builds structures such as libraries and youth centers that transform communities, provides opportunities for local businesses, and works towards ensuring that County work practices minimize negative impacts to the environment. GSA employees take great pride in their work and strive to provide the highest-quality service.



Under general supervision, to do semi-skilled preventive and corrective maintenance and repair work on equipment in County buildings, and to do related work as required.

These positions are located in the Building Maintenance Department of the General Services Agency. Incumbents perform semi-skilled independent maintenance and repair work on plumbing, boilers, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration, electrical/electronic, and related equipment.

For more detailed information about the job classification, visit:  Building Equipment Maintenance Worker (#9665)


In addition to meeting the established minimum qualifications stated below, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a track record of success in the following areas:


  • Experience in the repair and maintenance of electrical and mechanical equipment.
  • Willingness to learn and apply procedures or methods of repair.
  • Commitment to exceptional customer service.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others to accomplish established work goals.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage time effectively to ensure that all tasks and assignments are completed in a timely manner.
  • Ability to accurately complete work and tasks while paying close attention to details.
  • Proven safety record with the ability to identify safety issues and take corrective action. 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates that any person who performs maintenance, service, or repair that could reasonably be expected to release class I (CFC) or class II (HCFC) substances from appliances into the atmosphere must possess a Chloro-Fluoro-Carbon (CFC) Certificate. This mandate is in place to ensure compliance with Section 608 of the Clean Air Act of 1990.  

For more information regarding CFC certificates and Technician Certification Programs, please click on the following EPA link:




Either I

The equivalent of two years in the class of Building Maintenance Laborer in the Alameda County classified service (non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts) assisting Stationary Engineers, Building Equipment Maintenance Workers, Electricians or Plumbers in the maintenance of electrical and mechanical equipment.



The equivalent of two years of recent, full-time paid experience in the maintenance of electrical and mechanical equipment.



Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.



Must possess a class I and II CFC (Chloro-Fluoro-Carbon) Certificate, mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency for technicians servicing all types of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.


Physical Characteristics:

May require heavy lifting, working from ladders or scaffolding, and working in confined areas.


Special Requirements:

Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance from Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.


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


The most suitably qualified candidate will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

• Common tools, materials, equipment and methods used in repair work in the plumbing trade and in electrical, heating,
  ventilating and refrigeration equipment maintenance and repair.
• General knowledge of electrical systems, plumbing, and basic welding techniques.

Ability to:

• Diagnose and repair problems with pumps.
• Repair HVAC equipment.
• Perform welding and other general machine shop work.
• Perform boiler, condensate, and cooling tower water testing.
• Fabricate, using materials such as sheet metal, round stock, angle and flat iron, pipe, expanded metal, screen, etc.
• Use a variety of basic hand tools; e.g., wrenches, screwdrivers, drills, grinders, pliers, test equipment, sheet metal,
  metal fabricating tools and other machine shop equipment.
• Follow general and detailed verbal and written instructions.
• Establish and maintain cooperative working relations with employees and the general public.
• Supervise and/or instruct inmates and/or other maintenance personnel as required.


1)  A review of the candidates' applications and supplemental questionnaires to verify possession of minimum qualifications.  Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process, the performance examination.
2)  The performance examination which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate’s final examination score.


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 many 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:



Deadline for Filing:

Thursday, October 29, 2020, at 5:00 PM

November 13, 2020

December 4, 2020

Review for Minimum Qualifications:

Friday, November 6, 2020


Performance Examination:

Week of December 7, 2020


**Updated 10/29/2020 (IL)
**Updated 11/13/2020 (IL)

Veterans’ Preference

Each applicant entitled to veterans’ preference as provided in the Alameda County Civil Service Rules who has served in the armed forces of the United States during a war or campaign as defined by Section 1897 of the Government Code of the State of California and who has been discharged or released under honorable conditions and wishes to claim such preference shall do so by presenting proof of his/her honorable discharge (DD214) from the armed forces of the United States, showing the dates of his/her military service. Each applicant entitled to Disabled Veterans’ points as provided in the Alameda County Civil Service Rules, who wishes to claim such preference shall additionally present proof of military-connected disability from the United States Veterans Administration.


U.S. military veterans (including applicants already employed by the County of Alameda) intending to claim preferential consideration pursuant to Alameda County Civil Service Rules must present proof of honorable discharge or release (DD Form 214) concurrent with this application but in no event later than the final step in the recruitment process (usually the oral interview.)

To claim veteran’s preference, proof must be presented during check in on the date of the applicant’s scheduled performance examination. Failure to submit proof by this date will forfeit the applicant's claim to veterans' preference in such examination.  

Candidates will be required to present a valid photo I.D. for admittance to each phase of the examination, i.e., driver's license, military I.D., Passport, or California Department of Motor Vehicle's I.D. card. 



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 statutes.  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 filing. Alameda 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



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.



All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add @acgov.org and 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 ensure 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.

Irene Lu | Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6469 | irene.lu@acgov.org


All Alameda County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law.  Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.  Employees are required to report to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.



Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.