5201 Junior Engineer (Mechanical)

Recruitment #CBT-5201-904149


Amended on 10/30/2020 to extend filing deadline to November 6, 2020. Applicants who have already applied to this recruitment do not need to reapply.

In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice.  As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

Under supervision, performs beginning-level engineering work in the field and the office following established engineering methods and procedures; assists professional engineers in tasks requiring advanced engineering skill and/or judgment; makes contacts with the public, contractors, and others on engineering matters; gathers, prepares, and maintains engineering data, records, and reports; applies engineering principles and practices to civil, mechanical, electrical, environmental, or transportation engineering problems; performs related duties as required. The Junior Engineer may direct the work of technical and/or clerical staff.

Examples of Major and Essential Duties:

1. Prepares or assists in preparing studies, calculations, designs, drawings, sketches, and plans using AutoCAD and other software tools.

2. Makes field inspections of existing structures and sites to determine necessity for future construction, repair, or maintenance; conducts preliminary field studies and surveys and collects data relative to the preparation of designs and drawings.

3. Makes regular field inspections of construction and repair projects in progress to ensure conformance with plans, specifications, and codes; checks and records work progress at various construction sites.

4. Prepares or assists in the preparation of reports, contract specifications, lists of materials, cost estimates, schedules, and progress payments.

5. Prepares or assists in the preparation of departmental reports and reports concerning field conditions, the progress of projects, the results of studies, and other matters.

6. Provides written and oral responses to a variety of inquiries from other agencies, contractors, and the general public.

7. May direct the activities of technical and/or clerical staff.

8. Prepares correspondence and minutes.

9. Performs specialized duties in the areas of civil, mechanical, electrical, transportation and/or environmental engineering.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree that is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) with a major in Aeronautical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Mechatronics Engineering. OR

2. Possession of a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree from a non-ABET accredited program with a major in Aeronautical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Mechatronics Engineering AND possession of a valid Engineer-in-Training certificate issued by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).

3. Possession of a Professional Engineer (PE) license in Mechanical Engineering from the California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists.


A) Candidates who are projected to graduate with one of the above degrees within six months of the filing deadline will be invited to take the examination, but will not be eligible to be hired until they have successfully met one of the above Minimum Qualifications. Candidates who are within six months of graduation from a non-ABET accredited program must already possess an EIT by the filing deadline in order to be invited to the examination.

Candidates who successfully pass the examination for this recruitment and are within six months of graduation will be placed on the eligible list under general waiver and will not be eligible to compete for positions until verification of graduation is received, reviewed and approved by the Department of Human Resources engineering analyst. Eligibles under general waiver are responsible for providing a diploma, transcript or notice from the school's Registrar verifying successful completion of the degree program. Once approved, the analyst will e-mail the candidate that their waiver has been removed and the candidate will be eligible to compete in future certifications for the remaining duration of the eligible list.

B) Most positions also require a valid California driver license.

Flexible Staffing

Promotional Opportunities under the Flexible Staffing Program:

Permanent incumbents in class 5201 Junior Engineer are eligible to advance to positions in the Assistant Engineer class after obtaining an Engineer-in-Training Certificate from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, completing one year of satisfactory service with a performance evaluation of competent and effective as a Junior Engineer within the same department, and with the approval of the Appointing Officer. Promotion to the Assistant Engineer class is not automatic.

Flexible Staffing lists will be established for class 5203 Assistant Engineer when the incumbent has met the following requirements:

  • permanent civil service appointment as a 5201;
  • completion of one year of satisfactory service as a 5201;
  • certification as an Engineer-in-Training; and
  • the department requests to flexibly promote an incumbent into an approved budgeted position.

Eligibility period of qualifying Permanent Civil Service 5201 Junior Engineer to be promoted through the Flexible Staffing Program from class 5201 to class 5203 Assistant Engineer will be within 5 years from the date of appointment to a PCS position in class 5201.

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 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.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a 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, Laurie Gee, by telephone at (415)557-4880, or by email at dhr-engineer@sfgov.org.

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

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.

Mechanical Engineering Written Examination: (Weight 100%):
Candidates will be administered a written multiple-choice exam to determine their relative knowledge, skill and ability level in one or more of the following job related areas as appropriate. These areas may include, but not be limited to: Knowledge of Computational Tools; Knowledge of Ethics and Professional Practice; Knowledge of Engineering Economics; Knowledge of Dynamics, Kinematics and Vibrations; Knowledge of Mechanics of Materials;. Knowledge of Material Properties and Processing; Knowledge of Fluid Mechanics; Knowledge of Thermodynamics; Knowledge of Heat Transfer; Knowledge of Measurements, Instrumentation and Controls; Knowledge of Mechanical Design and Analysis; and Ability to perform mathematical calculations.

This is a standardized written multiple-choice examination. In accordance with Civil Service Rule 111.11.4, inspection privileges do not apply to the questions and answers in this examination. This multiple-choice exam will be administered either on a computer or in a paper format. The type of format will depend on the size of the qualified applicant pool. Qualified candidates will be notified of the type of exam format in their exam appointment notification.

Your score will be valid and 'banked' for three years, starting from the date of the examination. This means that, during this three-year time period, you will not be required to re-take this test. If the selection process for a future announcement is held within one year of the date of this examination and it includes this exam your score will be automatically applied to that announcement. However, after one year, you have the option to either (a) apply your test score to the other announcement or (b) re-take the test. Re-testing is permitted no sooner than one year from the date of the examination and only in association with your eligibility for another announcement for which the test is used. Please note that, should you re-test, your re-test score would become your official score since it is the most recent.

Note: A passing score must be achieved on all examination components in order to be placed on the Eligible List. The hiring department may administer additional position-specific procedures to make final hiring decisions.

Candidates scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.

Date(s) of Examination:

Those applicants meeting the Minimum Qualifications will be notified of the exact date, time and place to report to the examination.

Eligible List/Score Report:

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 process will be of 6 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 .


The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Ten Scores. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

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.


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:

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.

Exam Type: E
Issued: October 26,2020, Amended 
October 30,2020
Carol Isen
Acting Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: 904149


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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