5207 - Associate Engineer (Electrical)

Recruitment #PEX-5207-090044


APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent-Exempt.   The General Services Agency Department of Public Works has an opening for an exempt appointment in San Francisco.  The position is excluded by the Charter from competitive civil service examination process.  The successful candidate shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.  This position has an anticipated duration of up to three (3) years.

JOB DESCRIPTION:    This position will support the Electrical Engineering Section in performing advanced and complex engineering work in the field and office related to planning, design and construction of wastewater collection system and drainage facilities projects. The position also involves a higher level of technical expertise and supervisory responsibility over professional and technical engineering staff, consultants and other related staff engaged in these projects. Major functions of this position involve applying engineering principles and practices to the electrical design, upgrades or improvements of various infrastructure projects concerning office buildings, HVAC systems, industrial pumping systems, building plumbing systems, AWSS systems, and the Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP).  

Examples of the duties of the 5207 Associate Engineer include, but are not limited to:

  1. Supervises and monitors the inspection of a wide variety of major and complex engineering projects; organizes and supervises the activities of field inspection staff; Supervises professional and technical engineering personnel, including consultants, in the preparation of engineering studies, reports, designs, calculations, cost estimates, specifications and contract documents;
  2. Prepares and supervises the preparation of documents, including advertisement for bids, instructions to bidders, detailed specifications and contract bonds; Reviews and analyzes bids for conformance with specifications and for approval of final awarding of bids; Negotiates contracts and contract modifications; and resolves claims and disputes; Reviews requests for proposals and bids to ensure that the work is accurate and completed in a timely and efficient manner; analyzes work load and budgets; assigns work for a group of engineers and technicians to meet project demands on specific engineering projects;
  3. Writes, reviews and/or makes presentations to staff, committees, boards, commissions, approval agencies and the general public.  

This position will interact with all City Departments and Agencies such as Public Works, Public Utilities Commission, Municipal Transportation Agency, and Office of Community Investment & Infrastructure. Other professional interactions include various general contractors, consultants, third party utilities (PG&E, AT&T, Comcast, Level 3, etc.), and the general public of the City of San Francisco.   

Minimum Qualifications

  • Three (3) years verifiable professional engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical, environmental, sanitary, or transportation (traffic)) work experience, which includes two (2) years experience equivalent to or higher than a 5204 Assistant Civil Engineer, 5222 Assistant Water Purification Engineer, 5228 Assistant Transportation Engineer, 5236 Assistant Electrical Engineer, or 5252 Assistant Mechanical Engineer; AND
  • Possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Professional Electrical Engineer in the State of California; AND
  • Possession and maintenance of current CADL

Working Conditions:  For some positions, the nature of the work may involve disagreeable working conditions such as working in sewers, confined spaces, exposure to inclement weather and various environmental elements, and with hazardous materials and dangerous gases and chemicals.  May be required to travel to remote areas and/or to work weekends, shifts and overtime. Some positions may be located outside San Francisco (e.g. Millbrae, Moccasin and Sunol).  


  • a.  A Master's Degree in Chemical, Sanitary, Transportation (Traffic), or Environmental Engineering disciplines only or a Grade Four Certificate in Water/Wastewater Treatment Operation (CA) may substitute for one year work experience in the chemical, environmental or transportation specialties.
  • b.      A Ph.D. in Chemical, Sanitary, Transportation (Traffic), or Environmental Engineering disciplines only may substitute for two years work experience in the chemical, environmental or transportation specialties.
  • c.      There is no substitution for the required two years work experience equivalent to an Assistant Engineer or higher.
  • d.      Some positions may require additional special engineering licensing and/or work experience in areas such as Construction Management, Structural, Corrosion, Fire Protection, Geo-technical, Environmental, Control Systems or Industrial Engineering.
  • e.    City and County of San Francisco employees having six (6) months experience as a 5203 Assistant Engineer or higher will be admitted to the exam process. Successful candidates will be placed under waiver on the resulting eligible list until the two-year requirement is met in full.  

Desirable Qualifications:

Knowledge of: ·       

  • The principles, practices and methods of construction management and electrical engineering (power, lighting, fire alarm, emergency distribution). 
  • Construction, maintenance and repair methods and procedures. 
  • Research techniques, report writing and statistical analysis.  

Ability to:

  • Prioritize, plan, assign and coordinate the activities of assigned staff to delegate work assignments.
  • Motivate staff; Guide performance to maximize and maintain positive and productive work flow.
  • Utilize resources such as staff, budget, contractors, etc. to resolve problems and accomplish project goals.
  • Interact tactfully and courteously with co-workers, staff, department heads, officials, agencies and the general public to promote and maintain a productive working relationship.
  • Handle difficult and sometimes hostile situations.
  • Make presentations to department heads, officials, consultants, committees, staff, clients and community groups;
  • Convey technical ideas and information in a clear and concise manner to be understood by listeners with varying ability to understand technical language.
  • Read, review, evaluate and interpret technical materials, research reports and scientific studies.
  • Organize written information in a logical sequence to prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, contracts and other documents to support project activity.
  • Use proper investigative and evaluative methods in solving difficult engineering problems in the field and office.

How To Apply

To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a cover letter, current resume, PE License and verification with the CCSF application.

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process.

Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process by registering an account. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. 

  • Click on “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Click on “I am a New User” or “I have Registered previously”
  • Follow instructions given on the screen  

Computer kiosks are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file on-line applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103. 

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how applicant meets the minimum qualifications must be included with their application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether the applicants meet the minimum qualifications.   Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Applicants will 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).

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. Important

Note:  All application materials, including photocopy of PE and verification of qualifying experience (see section on verification requirements), must be submitted by the final filing deadline.   Failure to submit verification will result in rejection of application.

Only the most qualified applicants will be interviewed. Mailed application materials must be postmarked no later than the final filing date.  Late, faxed or e-mailed applications an    d applications submitted to other offices will NOT be accepted.       

VERIFICATION OF EXPERIENCE AND LICENSE(S): All applicants must submit verification of their qualifying work experience at the time of application.  Verification of qualifying work experience must be signed by the employer or the employer’s authorized representative on the employer's business letterhead and must include the name of the applicant, job title(s), dates of employment, description of job duties performed.  City employees who qualify based solely on City employment or a combination of City employment and outside experience may submit performance evaluations as proof of qualifying City experience in lieu of other verification, but must verify outside qualifying experience as stated above.  Self-employment requires evidence of total earnings (copies of income tax returns or other official documents); occupation and duties performed which demonstrate that the applicant meets the qualification requirements.  Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain.  The applicant MUST submit a signed statement with the application explaining why verification cannot be obtained.  Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Failure to submit the required verification or request for waiver with the application may result in rejection of the application.  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.

Application materials may be submitted by:

  1. Uploading the documents through JobAps;       OR
  2. Scanning documents and sending as PDF attachments to Marlo.Thomas@sfdpw.org To ensure proper routing, include recruitment number in the subject line; 

Selection Plan

Application Screening: (Qualifying) Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the selection process.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the interview process. 

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact Marlo Thomas at (415) 554-4824 or via email:  marlo.thomas@sfdpw.org.

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 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 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.


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://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

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.

Issued:  September 25, 2018
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PEX-5207-090044
GSA for Public Works / mt / 554.6000


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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