7372 Stationary Engineer, Sewage Plant

Recruitment #CBT-7372-098761

Introduction

This is a Citywide exam which means that multiple departments across the City will have the opportunity to hire candidates resulting from this recruitment.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as this announcement may close anytime after 5:00 p.m. on January 8, 2020.

Position Description
Under general supervision, incumbents in this journey-level position function as plant operators and/or plant mechanics and are responsible for operating and maintaining a wide variety of complex machinery and equipment in a sewage treatment plant. Positions may be located at the San Francisco International Airport, North Point, Southeast or Oceanside plants, Treasure Island, and in Moccasin, California, approximately 140 miles from San Francisco.

The essential functions of this classification include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Makes regular visual, audio, olfactory and tactile inspections and/or manual tests of all plant machinery and equipment, including auxiliary equipment, in an assigned area or pumping station, maintaining logs and records of required maintenance, completed maintenance, equipment and work order history by taking periodic readings of gauges and meters to ensure that sewage plant is working safely, efficiently and properly; and to provide an accurate record of maintenance, preventive maintenance, equipment, and work order history.
  • Performs a variety of manual tasks requiring the handling of equipment exposed to raw sewage; collects and performs simple assessments of raw sewage and chemical samples on prescribed schedule at specific locations by making chemical and physical assessments to assess the efficiency of the treatment processes and to ensure compliance with the NPDES Permit (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System, Permit).
  • Operates, inspects, maintains, overhauls and makes major and minor repairs to wide variety of pumping, heating, ventilating, process machinery and equipment in a wastewater treatment plant or pumping station, including pumps, bar racks, grit collectors, conveyors and washers, chlorinators, evaporators and storage tanks, sludge collectors, drive units, deodorizing equipment and a wide variety of metering and recording devices to assure the safety and efficiency of equipment and facilities; includes lubricating and greasing machinery and equipment; cleaning and maintaining machinery, equipment and facility to ensure safety and equipment reliability.
  • Inspects sewage pipe lines, tanks and gates to check for the condition of equipment, for infiltration and blockage of debris and build-up of mineral deposits, etc., by draining tanks, by monitoring pressure and flow indicators and by visual inspection to determine any problem areas to ensure proper operation.
  • Operates, inspects and maintains solids treatment and flocculating chemical systems by monitoring and adjusting flow indicators or controllers, by visual inspection and by analysis of samples to ensure optimum treatment.
  • Operates, inspects and maintains disinfection and dechlorination systems by performing tests and analyzing sample to determine proper chemical dosages to ensure that effluent or final discharge meets Regional and State pollution control requirement.
  • May assist in training and in supervising work of apprentices or other trainees by oral instruction and hands-on demonstration in the operation and maintenance of sewage treatment processes to ensure competent performance of required skills by apprentices and other trainees.

Nature of Work
Physical effort in the operation, maintenance and repair of plant machinery and equipment; driving vehicles; working in somewhat dirty, disagreeable and hazardous conditions, including the handling of raw sewage, confined space entry, and entry into tight crawl spaces; requires physical stamina to stand, stoop, lift, bend and climb ladders. Employee may be required to work rotating shifts, nights, weekends, and holidays, including up to 12-hour shifts.

Minimum Qualifications

Verification: Applicants are required to attach verification documentation when submitting their application. For more information, see How To Apply in the next section.

  1. Four (4) years of verifiable journey-level Stationary Engineer, Plant Operator and/or Plant Mechanic experience in the operation, maintenance, and repair of a variety of mechanical and electrical pumping, heating, air-conditioning, ventilating, and related plant machinery of wastewater treatment plant; government establishment; hospital; industrial, production, or commercial building; OR
  2. Completion of a recognized four-year Stationary Engineer Apprenticeship Program; OR
  3. Graduation from a recognized four-year Maritime Academy with a degree in Engineering or Technology; OR
  4. Possession of at least a 3rd Assistant Marine Engineer's License of any unrestricted horsepower (experience as an Oiler or Firetender will not be accepted as qualifying); OR
  5. Possession of an FAA Airframe or Power Plant Certificate AND four (4) years of verifiable experience in an Airframe or Powerplant mechanic or maintenance technician capacity that utilizes the certificate; AND
  6. Possession of a valid driver's license.

Notes on Qualifying Experience and Education

  1. In addition to the above Minimum Qualifications, all positions in the Operations Division at the PUC will require at least a Grade Level I Wastewater Treatment Operator Certificate or an Operator-in-Training Certificate issued by the State of California Water Resources Control Board, https://www.waterboards.ca.gov, upon appointment to a position.
  2. If an operator is hired with an OIT (Operator-in-Training) Certificate, upon expiration of the OIT Certificate, the Operator must have a California Grade I Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate; within two (2) years of obtaining a California Grade I Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate, the Operator is required to obtain a California Grade II Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate. If an Operator is hired with a California Grade I Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate, within two (2) years of appointment, the Operator is required to obtain a California Grade II Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate.
  3. Employees assigned to positions at the Maintenance Section of the PUC who do not fulfill the requirement in Note 2 above, will be required to obtain a California Water Environment Association Grade I Mechanical Technology Certificate within two (2) years of hire.
  4. Failure to meet the requirements set forth in either Note 2 or Note 3 may be the basis for termination or dismissal from employment.
  5. Passing the exam to obtain a California Grade III Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate within six (6) years of appointment is highly encouraged.
  6. Upon appointment to employment, and then on an annual basis, employees will be required to pass a State-mandated Respirator Medical Examination and be clean-shaven as required for use, and at least annually for respirator and self-contained breathing apparatus fitting.
  7. For Operator positions, candidates are required to obtain six educational points as defined by State of California Water Resources Control Board. For details, please see attached link (Sections: 3685 – 3687). http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/operator_certification/docs/ocr_clean.pdf

    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 Department of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103, or the Airport Commission Human Resources office at 710 N. McDonnell Road, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94128.

    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).

    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, disqualification or may lead to lower scores. If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Eric Louie, by telephone at 650-821-2032, or by email at eric.j.louie@flysfo.com.

    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.

    Verification

    Applicants are required to attach verification documentation when submitting their application. Applicants must verify the following:

    • Verification of qualifying journey level experience as described in minimum qualification;
    • Verification of completion of stationary engineer apprenticeship program;
    • A copy of certificate or license supporting minimum qualification;
    • A copy of current and valid driver's license.

    Verification of experience must be on employers' business letterhead and must show the name of the applicant, job title(s), duties (specifically the duties that meet the minimum qualifications), dates of service, and must be signed by the employer or the employer's authorized representative. All statements made on the application or subsequent documents required under this examination are subject to verification. City and County employees may receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. City employees who meet all the qualifications based solely on employment with the City and County of San Francisco do not need to provide verification of qualifying experience. However, City employees whose qualifying experience is based on outside employment must submit verification of such an employment.

    Verification can be submitted via the following ways:

    • Email to eric.j.louie@flysfo.com, include Subject Line: 7372 Verification - LAST NAME, FIRST Name
    • Online, by uploading the document through JobAps with your online application. To attach/submit verification when applying:
    1. Select the "Other" tab (in between "Work" and "Resume")
    2. Choose "upload attachment" as your method of submission
    3. Click on "Upload Attachments"
    4. In pop-up window, enter short description of file
    5. Choose file
    6. Click "Upload"
    7. If you have more than one file to upload, repeat steps 1-6 for each succeeding file.

    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. 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.

    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.

    Sewage Plant Stationary Engineer Written Examination (Weight: 80%)
    Candidates will be tested to determine their relative knowledge, skills, and abilities in job-related areas which may include but are not limited to: Knowledge of boilers; Knowledge of Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Systems; Knowledge of Pumps and Compressors; Knowledge of Equipment Control Devices; Knowledge of Shop Practices and Safety Requirements; Knowledge of Sewage Treatment Processes; and Communications Skills. This is a standardized examination and, therefore, test questions and answers are not available for public inspection or review. Scores attained on the Sewage Plant Stationary Engineer Written Examination 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 take the Sewage Plant Stationary Written Examination. The Sewage Plant Stationary Engineer Written Examination may be used for other classes; therefore your test score may be applied to one or more of these classes if you choose to apply to future recruitments. If the selection process for the future announcement is held within one year of the date of this examination and it includes the Written Examination, 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 Sewage Plant Stationary Engineer. 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 Sewage Plant Stationary Engineer Written Examination is used. Please note that, should you re-test, your re-test score would become your official score since it is the most recent. The department may administer additional selection procedures to make final hiring decisions. This is a standardized examination and, therefore, test questions and answers are not available for public inspection or review.

    Skilled Labor Experience Credit (SLEC) (Weight: 20%)
    Candidates will be sent a questionnaire via email. The questionnaire is designed to determine whether applicants possess the creditable work training experience for class 7372 Stationary Eng, Sewage Plant. 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. Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director. Qualified candidates will be notified of the exact date, time and location of the examination.

    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 Threat Assessment 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
    Candidates for employment with the San Francisco Airport Commission are required to be qualified for unescorted access to the San Francisco International Airport U.S. Customs Security Area. An application for a U.S. Customs 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.

    Medical Examination
    Candidates for employment with the San Francisco Airport Commission 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.

    Certification Rule
    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.

    Eligible List
    A confidential eligible list with names of candidates who have passed the civil service examination process will be created and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established so interested parties can view the ranks, final scores, and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of candidates 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 that 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 six months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

    To see which departments use this classification, click here.

     

    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.

    Conclusion

    Reasonable Accommodation Request
    Applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation for this examination can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation here.

    Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams
    Information regarding seniority credit can be found here.

    Veterans Preference
    Information regarding requests for veteran’s preference can be found here.

    Terms of the Announcement
    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 here.

    Copies of Application Documents
    Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record 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.

    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 here or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

    Exam Type: Combined Promotive & Entrance
    Issued: 12/23/19
    Micki Callahan
    Human Resources Director
    Department of Human Resources
    Recruitment ID #: CBT-7372-098761
    AIR/EL/650-821-2032

     

    Benefits

    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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