7388 Utility Plumber

Posting for Information Purposes Only

Recruitment #CBT-7388-084550


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

Amended to Reflect Correct Exam Type - Reposted 8/31/2018 for Information Purposes Only

Announcement re-issued 8/13/2018 to reflect amendment in Selection Procedures.
Previous applicants do NOT need to reapply.

Who are we?
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)

Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees working in seven counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $900 million.

Our Mission: To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.
Our Vision: We are an innovative utility leader, recognized for excellent results in service, safety, stewardship, and inclusiveness.

We are an award-winning and industry-leading utilities organization committed to our customers, community interests, and the environment. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at www.sfwater.org.


Under general supervision, the 7388 Utility Plumber performs skilled plumbing work in the installation, maintenance and repair of water mains, pipes, meters, fire hydrants and hydrant leads. The position requires responsibility for carrying out and explaining existing policies and methods relative to installation and maintenance activities, and maintaining records and reports of repairs and services rendered.

Essential functions include: installing, repairing, replacing or relocating water services and mains using copper, cast iron, ductile iron, plastic or steel pipes, and bronze, copper or galvanized fittings; drilling and tapping water mains; locating and repairing underground and surface leaks on service pipes and water mains; making repairs under water pressure; installing, changing, removing and making field repairs to water meters; setting meters and meter boxes; removing meters and conducting flow and pressure tests; repairing gate valves; repacking glands; checking air valves when filling mains; caulking joints on new and old mains; supervising a small crew of semi-skilled and unskilled helpers in the performance of various maintenance activities or installations of new services; laying out work, ordering material and maintaining documentation of work hours, materials expended and description of completed assignments; supervising and assisting in the excavation and backfilling of trenches, the disinfection and flushing of mains and fittings, and the setting up and operating of various equipment; operating, inspecting and making repairs to high and low pressure gate valves; painting fire hydrants; rebuilding hydrant bodies, inspecting the installation and alteration of high pressure mains and hydrant leads; testing, inspecting and servicing building standpipes; inspecting, filling and making repairs to fire cisterns; making repairs and adjustments to high pressure recorders; inspecting, servicing, repairing and replacing defective parts of reservoirs and tanks; performing incidental maintenance or installation of inside plumbing when required. Performing other related duties as assigned.

Nature of Work: Involves considerable physical effort and dexterity in the use of the fingers, limbs and body including confined space entry; frequent exposure to physical and working conditions where moderately serious injuries may occur; working in inclement weather and disagreeable elements with possible health hazards.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Completion of the recognized program of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada -- City and County of San Francisco Utility Plumber Apprenticeship program in Class 7463/7464; AND
  2. Possession of a valid California driver license.  

Completion of a recognized five (5) year plumber’s apprenticeship program and three (3) years of journey-level experience working with water mains, pipes, hydrants and services for a water utility may be substituted for the completion of the City and County of San Francisco Utility Plumber Apprenticeship.

Additional journey-level experience working with water mains, pipes, hydrants and services for a water utility may substitute for the completion of a recognized plumber’s apprenticeship program on a year-for-year basis.


Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.


How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

·         Select the desired job announcement

·         Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information

·         Select 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 Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, 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).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included in the “Education” and “Training and Employment Record” sections of the City and County of San Francisco online application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications. Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will NOT be evaluated in lieu of the completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Danny Wan, by telephone at (415) 554-1648 or by email at dwan@sfwater.org


Verification (proof) of qualifying training and experience must be submitted by 5:00 pm on August 24, 2018:

1.      Copy of Plumber’s Apprenticeship Certificate (or proof of completion of Apprenticeship).

2.      Verification of qualifying work experience shall be on letterhead from employer, and MUST include job title(s), description of duties, dates of service and must be signed by an authorized representative of the employer. San Francisco City and County employees do not need to submit verification of their qualifying City employment, but must submit verification of any qualifying non-City experience. San Francisco City and County employees will not receive credit for experience obtained outside of their classification unless recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Rule 110.9.1.

3.      Copy of valid driver’s license.

Failure to submit verification documentation may result in rejection of application or ineligibility for employment.

Verification may be submitted via the following ways:

·         With online application during filing period by uploading through JobAps, OR

·         E-MAIL to jobs@sfwater.org with subject “7388 VERIFICATION”, OR

·         Fax to (415) 554-1662, ATTN: 7388 CBT Exam Verification.

Note: 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. 

Selection Procedures

Training and Experience Evaluation (Qualifying)
Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. During the application process, applicants will be required to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire. The purpose of the evaluation is to assist in evaluating applicants' training and experience for the Utility Plumber position. All candidates’ responses to the evaluation questionnaire are subject to verification.

Written Examination (Weight 80%)

Candidates deemed qualified and admitted to the examination process will be administered a written multiple-choice test designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: knowledge of utility plumbing, power tool practices, safety rules and regulations, standard safe water practices, mathematical ability, decision making ability and confined space entry.

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

Qualified candidates will be notified of the exact date, time and location of the examination.

Candidates will be sent a questionnaire via email. The questionnaire is designed to determine whether applicants possess the creditable work training experience for class 7388 Utility Plumber. Only those candidates who pass the written-multiple choice examination will be awarded the Skilled Labor Experience Credit (SLEC). All relevant experience, education and/or training must be described in the work experience and/or education sections of the application in order to be reviewed in the scoring process. Candidate responses on the questionnaire cannot be changed once submitted. Applicants who have not completed an approved apprenticeship program at the time of application will not receive any SLEC credit for purposes of rank on the eligible list.

Departments may administer additional selection procedures to make final hiring decisions. Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.


The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores.


The eligible list resulting from this examination 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 process will be of 12 months, and may be extended with the approval by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.


Conviction History

As a finalist 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 finalist. 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 applying 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 applying 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 selected as a finalist, 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.


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.jobaps.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 Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th 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.

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 at
http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

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.

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable
ADA Accommodation at:

Information regarding requests for
Veterans Preference
can be found at:

Medical Examination: Prior to appointment, candidates must successfully pass a medical examination to determine his/her ability to perform the essential functions of the job and/or the ability to meet the physical minimum requirements.

Drug Testing Requirement: 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 Plumbers, Local 38, 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.

Exam Type:  Entrance
Issued: July 6, 2018, re-issued & amended 8/13/18, amended and re-posted 8/31/2018 for information purposes only

Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: CBT 7388  084550
SFPUC/AL/415-554-0769/01118016 /01103265


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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