6246 Senior Plumbing Inspector

Recruitment #PBT-6246-084585


Announcement re-opened on 7/13/2020 because of changes to Selection Procedures.

Position Description
Under general supervision, the Senior Plumbing Inspector provides first-level supervision to a group of Plumbing Inspectors in the inspection of plumbing installations in commercial buildings, residential buildings, public buildings and other structures to assure compliance with plumbing codes and ordinances; physically performs inspections or investigations as required; provides written and oral reports as required; provides training to journey-level Plumbing Inspectors; responsible for explaining and enforcing existing plumbing codes to departmental staff, construction professionals and the general public; and performs related duties as required.

Essential Duties and Functions Include:
- Supervises the inspection of all plumbing, fire sprinkler systems, low pressure boiler and gas installation, plan check, maintenance and repair work to assure compliance with existing plumbing and mechanical codes, laws and ordinances. Inspections are performed in an urban setting with large high-rise buildings (75 feet or more), ballparks, hotels, auditoriums and other similarly large commercial buildings as well as residential dwellings.

- Supervises and trains Plumbing Inspectors by introducing them to departmental procedures and working alongside them in the field and in the office to ensure that their inspections and reports are accurate and timely.
- Issues infraction citations for plumbing code violations.

- Drives a car to inspection sites, meetings, hearings, emergency activities and other related events.

- Testifies as an expert witness in court litigation involving plumbing and mechanical code violations.

- Authorizes abatement orders or emergency orders for correction to be issued; makes inspections, prepares reports and testifies in court on abatement proceedings.

- Issues reports and conducts follow-up inspections leading to the correction of violations or abatement proceedings.

- Conducts statistical surveys and provides data regarding code enforcement as required.

- Attends meetings, hearings, educational conferences, community activities and other related events as a representative of the Department of Building Inspection.

- Conducts special investigations and/or inspections of complex projects.

- Performs related duties as required.

Working Conditions: These positions require the ability to work in inclement weather; in some cases to work evenings, weekends and holidays; and possible exposure to hazardous conditions found in and around damaged buildings, structures or construction sites.  Also required is the ability to move into and out of buildings, tunnels, ditches and other related areas; to climb or crawl into and out of spaces which must be inspected; and to use ladders, scaffolds and other special equipment.  These positions require the operation of a motor vehicle in order to visit inspection sites and to respond in case of emergencies.

Minimum Qualifications

1) Two (2) years experience in Plumbing Inspection field at a level equivalent to job code 6242 Plumbing Inspector for the City and County of San Francisco, in an urban jurisdiction performing complex inspections of high rise buildings, large commercial structures such as hotels, auditoriums, ballparks or other similar structures, and residential dwellings; AND

2) Possession of a valid driver's license. Incumbents may be required to provide own car and must maintain a valid driver's license.


Possession of the UPC Residential and Commercial Plumbing Inspector Certification, issued by the International Association of Plumbing Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), is required within one (1) year of appointment.  Inspectors must maintain the certification as a condition of continued employment.


Desirable Qualification:

Experience supervising and training inspectors to use our latest technology , especially but not limited to phones, tablets, desktop computer programs related to inspections, reports and complaints

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, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

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, Kat Leblanc, by telephone at 415-557-4850, or by email at Katsuina.leblanc@sfgov.org.


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.



Oral Examination (Weight – 100%): Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in an oral interview examination that is designed to determine their relative knowledge, skill and ability levels in job related areas, including, but not limited to: Knowledge of plumbing system design and installation practices; ability to  deal effectively and courteously with property owners, contractors and the general public; ability to supervise the work of subordinate employees; and ability to effectively apply knowledge of the plumbing codes and construction procedures to inspection practices.


Requests for an alternate test date may be considered in limited circumstances and must be submitted to the analyst listed in this announcement within five (5) calendar days of the announcement of the test date.

A passing score must be achieved on the Oral Exam to rank on the eligible list.

Certification Rule: The certification rule for the ranked eligible lists resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.
Eligible List: 


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 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list/score report resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/Forms-Documents/Position-Count-by-Job-Codes.pdf.


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.


Terms of 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.  Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule.  Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director.  Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.


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: 


Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams:  
Information regarding seniority credit can be found at: 


Exam Type:  CPE 
Issued:  03/09/2020
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: 084585
DBI/ KL/ 415-557-4850



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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