7320 Apprentice Automotive Machinist 1


Recruitment #PEX-7320-104952


April 24 to May 28, 2020 (extended)

The qualified applicant pool resulting from this recruitment will be used to fill all Current Citywide vacancies in Class 7320 Apprentice Automotive Machinist 1.


APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent - Exempt. The Office of the City Administrator, Administrative Services, Fleet Management Division and other City departments have openings 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.

The Apprentice Automotive Machinist works under the immediate supervision of a qualified journey-level Automotive Machinist during the five year apprenticeship required by the trade. Through experience, on-the-job training and related instruction, the apprentice will become fully accomplished in the craft, and qualified for journey –level status. The apprentice is expected to complete satisfactorily, the on-the-job training and related instruction for each type of equipment, process, and procedure and to qualify for advancement to Apprentice Automotive Machinist 2.


  • Assists in maintenance, repair, overhaul, and service of heavy-duty and off-road vehicles and power-driven equipment using hand tools, power tools and machine tools such as lathes, drill presses, grinders, boring bars, valves refining tools and other machine tools.
  • Assists in the design, fabrication and welding of parts.
  • Assists with maintaining records of equipment mileage, service/repair logs, materials and parts logs, and equipment and parts orders.
  • Assists with responding to incoming emergency calls and may go to the site of the breakdown; may assist with towing vehicles.
  • Assists with inspecting, testing, and reviewing vehicles and equipment as part of the preventive maintenance program.
  • Assist with diagnosing malfunctions using test equipment, manufacturers’ specifications and repair manuals, and observation both in the shop and in the field in order to determine needed repairs.
  • Assists with ordering supplies, parts and materials necessary for the maintenance, repair and servicing of equipment and vehicles.
  • Drives City vehicles and operates equipment to assist with diagnosing malfunctions and to conduct final inspection of work completed. 

Nature of work requires some physical effort and considerable dexterity in the use of the fingers, limbs and body; continuous exposure to challenging physical working conditions, and inclement weather where minor injuries may occur.

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or licenses which are required for employment in the classification. 

  1. Applicants must be 18 years of age by the end of the selection process; AND
  2. Possess a High School Graduation Diploma, Graduation Equivalent Degree (G.E.D.), or California High School Proficiency Certificate; AND
  3. Completed one year (two semesters) of high school Algebra 1 or one semester of college Algebra with a passing grade. Proof of Algebra completion must be provided at the time your application is submitted; AND
  4. Applicant must successfully pass a written aptitude assessment; AND
  5. Must possess a valid CA Class C Driver’s License;
  6. Must successfully pass the City and County of San Francisco pre-employment drug and alcohol test.

Submission of a valid California Class C Driver's License AND a high school diploma, or General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.), or California High School Proficiency Certificate AND proof of Algebra completion are REQUIRED at the time of filing and must be electronically attached to the online application


1.  Proof of age indicating that you are 18 years of age or older. Copy of valid CA Driver’s License is acceptable.
2.  Proof of one (1) year of High School Algebra 1 or one (1) term of college Algebra with a passing cumulative grade of "C-" or better. (Your official transcripts MUST state "Algebra", or the like. If your algebra course was entitled "Integrated Math", "Math 90" or the like, your school must include a letter written on letterhead that states the course you took was the equivalent to Algebra 1).
3.  Requires obtaining a Class B Driver's license within two (2) years of appointment. Failure to obtain the appropriate driver's license within the specified time period may be cause for separation.


Candidates who are being considered for appointment for positions which may be required to pass a medical examination. Candidates who cannot meet the medical requirement will not be allowed to proceed. The medical examination will be administered only to those applicants who are being considered for appointment.

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.

SFMTA and Fleet Management Medical Examination/Drug Testing:
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. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and Fleet Management (Fleet) have determined that Class 7320 Apprentice Automotive Machinist I is a “safety-sensitive” position, under regulations issued by the Federal Transit Administration (49 CFR Part 655). Federal law requires that all transit employees who perform safety-sensitive functions be subject to random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, return-to-duty and follow-up drug and alcohol testing. All applicants for Safety-Sensitive positions shall undergo urine drug testing prior to employment and within 90 days prior to performing Safety-Sensitive functions for the first time. Receipt by the SFMTA/Fleet of a negative test result is required prior to the employee being placed on the payroll. A positive, adulterated, negative dilute or substituted test will result in a decision not to hire, and the applicant’s name will be removed from the list of eligibles for Safety-Sensitive positions. The SFMTA/Fleet  will not consider hiring any person who tested positive, adulterated, substituted or refused to submit to testing for a minimum of two years following the positive test.  In addition, each applicant who has worked for a Department of Transportation (DOT)-regulated employer(s) within the last two years will be required to sign a consent form, prior to appointment, authorizing SFMTA/Fleet to obtain information from his/her prior employers concerning his/her drug and alcohol test history. Each applicant will also be required to provide SFMTA/Fleet with information regarding whether, during the last two years, the applicant tested positive or refused to test on any pre-employment drug or alcohol test administered by an employer to which the applicant applied for, but did not obtain, safety-sensitive transportation work covered by DOT drug and alcohol testing rules. SFMTA/Fleet will not hire any applicant for a safety-sensitive position who fails to provide this information or fails to provide written consent for the release of information from prior employers.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Clearance:
Candidates for employment with the San Francisco Airport Commission are required to undergo a criminal history record check, including FBI fingerprints, and Security ThreatAssessment in order to determine eligibility for security clearance and may be required to undergo drug/alcohol screening. Per Civil Service Commission Rule Section 110.9.1, every applicant for an examination must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the examination announcement for the examination. Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination from employment with the Airport Commission.

Customs Clearance:
This position may require that the incumbent be qualified for unescorted access to the San Francisco International Airport U.S. Customs Security Area. An application for a U.S. Custom Access Seal may be submitted to Customs ONLY after employment has commenced. Employment in this position requires that the incumbent submit an application for, successfully acquire and maintain a Customs Access Seal. Per Civil Service Commission Rule 110.9.1, every applicant must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the examination announcement for this examination. Failure to acquire or maintain customs access, a requirement for this position, may be basis for termination from employment with the Airport Commission. Customs Access Seal requirements and procedures are located in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 19, Part 122, Sections 181 or 189.

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.

How To Apply

Late or incomplete submissions will NOT be accepted. Mailed, hand-delivered or faxed documents/applications will not be considered.

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs will only be 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 on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility or disqualification. If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst at (415) 554-6002 or maria.chan@sfdpw.org.

Selection Procedures

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications. Only those applicants who meet all of the minimum requirements and follow the application procedures exactly will be invited to participate in the selection process. 

Applicants are responsible for updating their email address or mailing address. Contact Information must be updated online at 
http://www.jobaps.com/sf by clicking on “Update My Contact Info” and logging into your account.

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.  Any new information concerning education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not be considered to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Requests for Reasonable Accommodations
Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: https://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities



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.


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:  April 24, 2020
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PEX-7320-104952
ADM/mpc/ (415) 554-6002


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.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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