7309 Car And Auto Painter


Recruitment #CBT-7309-903800



The following information describes the civil service classification for which applications are being solicited.

Make sure you read the entire announcement before completing the application form.

The purpose of this announcement is to establish an eligible list in this classification.


Under general supervision, prepares and paints surfaces of cars, trucks and specialized equipment such as buses, light rail vehicles, fire apparatus and cable cars using spray guns, brushes and rollers.

The essential functions of this position include:

  1. Prepares and paints surfaces and related parts of specialized equipment as buses, rail vehicles, cable cars, trucks, automobiles, fire apparatus with various electric and air tools and chemical strippers in order to remove/change the existing finish. This includes coloring, sanding and polishing to remove graffiti from equipment.
  2. Fabricates and installs signs, vinyl lettering, stencils and decals to equipment and/or facilities.
  3. Paints surfaces of equipment with automotive paints, primers, sealers, varnish and various coatings using various types of spray guns, brushes, spray cans, and/or rollers, prepares mixes for matching paints. Restores body surface utilizing plastic body filler.
  4. Reports daily activities to supervisor by completing materials log including volatile organic compound (VOC) tracking report and other work logs in order to maintain accurate records.
  5. Moves heavy equipment and supplies such as 5-gallon containers, thinner drums, furniture, vehicles parts, scaffolding and ground ladders in order to perform the required assignment.
  6. Climbs on specialized vehicles (LRVs and fire apparatus) to height of 12 feet or more above ground utilizing ladders and staging and wearing safety harness in order to perform the assignment.
  7. Wears Personal Protective Equipment such as respirator, fresh air breathing machine, and battery powered (mobile) breathing machine in the performance of assignments as prescribed by safety and operational procedures.
  8. Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Completion of a recognized four (4) year painting apprenticeship program

Two (2) years of full-time verifiable journey-level work experience as a Car and Auto Painter within the last 6 years performing duties equivalent to that of a 7309 Car and Auto Painter with the City of County of San Francisco (which must have included preparing and painting surfaces of cars or buses using spray guns, rollers and brushes; fabricating and installing signs, decals and applying insignias to equipment; preparing, refinishing and painting furniture; moving heavy equipment such as scaffolding, thinner drums, and furniture.)

License and Certification
Possession of a valid class C driver license

A combination of six (6) years of verifiable training/experience as a Car and Auto Painter, of which two (2) years within the last six (6) years is journey-level experience equivalent to that of a 7309 Car and Auto Painter with the City and County of San Francisco, may substitute for the required education and experience.


Completion of the CA Division of Apprenticeship Standards recognized Car and Auto Painter apprenticeship program with the City and County of San Francisco as evidenced by issuance of a Certificate of Completion of the City’s apprenticeship program under the appropriate authority may substitute for the six (6) years combined work experience.

  1. Appointees must meet medical standards for this position to include being able to pass the respirator fit test.
  2. Some positions may require possession of a valid DMV Medical Examiner’s Certificate as a condition of assignment to such position(s). Some positions may require obtaining and maintaining a Commercial Class B driver license with appropriate endorsements as required by the DMV within six (6) months of notification.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying experience, education, and driver license at any point in the application, examination and/or departmental selection process. Written verification (proof) of qualifying experience must verify that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications stated on the examination announcement. Written verification must be submitted on employer’s official letterhead, specifying dates of employment, types of employment (part-time/full-time), job title(s), description of duties performed, and the verification must be signed by the employer. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules. Experience claimed in self-employment must be supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to the minimum qualifications of the position. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupations and total earnings must be submitted. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements.

Note: Make sure your application and any attachments to the application submitted at the time of filing are complete and accurate and include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment or inability to receive full credit for scoring purposes. Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not be used for scoring or considered to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

How To Apply

City and County of San Francisco employment applications for this position will be accepted through an online process only. Mailed, hand delivered, or faxed applications will not be accepted. Visit www.jobapscloud.com/sf to begin the application process.

  • Click and select 7309 Car and Auto Painter (CBT-7309-903800)
  • Click “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Click on either “I am a NEW USER” if you have not previously registered, or “I have REGISTERED PREVIOUSLY”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to file online applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco and in the lobby of SFMTA Human Resources office, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email. It is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up to date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses: (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Upon successful submittal of the application online, the applicant will receive a notification on the screen, as well as in the applicant’s email inbox, acknowledging the receipt of the application by the SFMTA – Merit Section. If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Maggie Lau, by telephone at 415.646.2446 between 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by email at maggie.lau@sfmta.com.

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying):
Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Written Multiple-Choice Examination: (Weight: 100%)
Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to a written multiple-choice examination that is designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include but not limited to: knowledge of the methods and techniques of car and auto painting; knowledge of painting materials; knowledge of safety procedures; ability to use tools, equipment, and materials; oral communication ability; written communication ability; and human relations ability.

This is a standardized examination, and therefore, test questions and test answers are not available for public inspection or review.

For your reference, a Multiple-Choice Test Preparation Manual is available on the DHR website: http://www.sfdhr.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=18426.

The certification rule used for the eligible list resulting from this selection process will be the Rule of Three (3) Scores. The hiring department may conduct additional selection processes to make final hiring decisions.

A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination will be twenty-four (24) months and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

To find Departments which use this classification, please see, https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/Forms-Documents/Position-Count-by-Job-Codes.pdf

Medical Examination:
Candidates who are being considered for appointment for positions may be required to pass a medical examination. Candidates who cannot meet the medical requirement will be placed under waiver until this requirement is met. The medical examination will be administered only to those applicants who are being considered for appointment.

Drug Testing:
Applicants for positions in this classification who are not currently employed by the City and County of San Francisco in a safety-sensitive position represented by (Local 1414), are required to pass pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. All employees in this classification may also be subject to drug and alcohol testing upon reasonable suspicion or after a work-related accident. Applicants with a positive result from a pre-employment drug test will be restricted from hire in safety-sensitive positions for six-months after the date of the positive test.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

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.


Reasonable Accommodation Request
Information on requesting reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

Veteran’s Preference
Information regarding requests for veteran’s preference can be found at: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#veteranspreference

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important employment information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained online at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20, or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobapscloud.com/sf.] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4. Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency ATTN: Human Resources Merit Section, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement. Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at http://sfgov.org/civilservice/rules.

Copies of Application Documents
Applicants are encouraged to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam records and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.

Right to Work
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.


Exam Type: Entrance
Issued: March 12, 2020; amended 3/24/2020; amended 8/24/2020
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: 903218


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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