City and County of San Francisco

Airport Electrician (#9240)

$47.70-$57.98 Hourly / $8,268.00-$10,049.00 Monthly / $99,216.00-$120,588.00 Yearly


Under direction, performs skilled electrician duties at the journeyman level in maintaining electrical facilities at the San Francisco International Airport, including a high and low-voltage electrical distribution system; collects data for electrical expansion projects; and performs related duties as required.

Requires responsibility for carrying out and explaining policy procedures, rules and regulations governing the operation and maintenance of electrical facilities at San Francisco International Airport; applying technical skill in analyzing and testing high voltage equipment and circuits to assure efficient and continual operation; making frequent contacts with tenants, contractors and others to advise them as to the availability and location of electrical equipment; preparing and maintaining ordinary operational records. Nature of the work requires occasional exposure to working conditions where serious injuries might occur.

Distinguishing Features

The 9240 Airport Electrician is distinguished from the 7345 Electrician by the maintenance and repair activities of high voltage (above 600 volts) power distribution systems.

Supervision Exercised


Examples of Important and Essential Duties

According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Maintains, operates arid adjusts electrical primary power substations ranging from 2,300 to 12,000 voltage, including circuit breakers, relays, batteries and controls.

2. Maintains high voltage power lines; locates and isolates faulty sections mid removes, installs and makes connections where necessary.

3. Installs watt-hour meter systems, connects potential transformers, current transformers, phase shifting transformers, test switches, reactive meters, demand meters arid watt-hour meters.

4. Maintains, operates and repairs the airfield runway lighting system, including taxiways, guidance sign system, airways code beacon, rotating beacon and hazard lights.

5. Maintains, operates and repairs electric motors arid control apparatus used in pumping drainage water and sewage.

6. Maintains, operates and repairs a high voltage light system.

7. Maintains, operates and adjusts standby engine generators used for emergency power; checks electrical failures for airport, tenants in the absence of tenant personnel in cases of emergency.

8. Collects data for engineer's planned expansion projects and meets with tenants and contractors and advises or availability of facilities for future expansion projects.

9. Inspects completed work for compliance with airport standards and requirements.

10. Performs related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must have technical knowledge of: electrical terms to understand the functions and workings of electrically controlled equipment.

Ability to: locate and correct any electrical trouble in the least possible time; handle and operate high voltage testing equipment and high voltage switchgear and transformers; ability to deal courteously, effectively and tactfully with representatives of other agencies and airport tenants.

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

Requires completion of a recognized electrician’s (Line worker or Inside Wireman) apprenticeship program.

Requires two (2) years of verifiable journey-level electrician experience in the installation, maintenance, and operation of high voltage (above 600 volts) – industrial power transmission and distribution systems.

License and Certification:
Requires possession of a valid California driver’s license.

Additional experience as a journey level electrician, performing installation, servicing, and repair to electrical systems, devices, and related components can be substituted for the five (5) year apprenticeship program, on a year for year basis.


Established: 1/12/1961

Amended: 7/2/2015

Promotive Lines;

To:   9241 Airport Electrician Supervisor

From:  Entrance Examination


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.

CLASS: 9240; EST: 1/12/1961; REV: 7/2/2015;