7328 Operating Engineer, Universal

Recruitment #TEX-7328-904370


Job announcement closing date extended to expand candidate pool. Applicants that already applied need not reapply.

Appointment Type: This Temporary Exempt (TEX) Category 18 position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer. The duration of this appointment shall not exceed 9 months.

Position Description: Under general supervision, the Operating Engineer, Universal operates heavy construction equipment in conjunction with the maintenance and construction of roads, streets, and underground utilities and performs servicing on equipment.

Essential Functions: The essential functions of this job include, but are not limited to operating backhoes, loaders, cranes, motor graders, bulldozers, rollers, pavers, milling machines, forklifts, extended boom forklifts, tractors and tub grinders; and performing related duties and responsibilities as required. Operating Engineers also perform maintenance tasks such as greasing, cleaning and inspecting equipment; and may be required to calculate loads using equipment load charts. This position may require the ability to wear appropriate forms of safety protection equipment such as ear protectors, eye goggles and respirators and safety vests.

Nature of work: This position requires sustained physical effort frequently under adverse weather conditions and/or disagreeable working conditions, being exposed to hazardous materials, raw sewage, loud noises; and may include working weekends, nights, holidays and/or temporarily outside the San Francisco city limits.

Examples of Essential Duties: This position may require the ability to: (1) Operates backhoes, loaders, cranes, forklifts, and extended forklifts to hoist machinery, construction materials, chemicals, vegetation, etc. in connection with various construction and maintenance projects. (2) Operates motor graders, bulldozers, rollers, planers, pavers, milling machines, and tub grinders in connection with construction and maintenance projects. (3) Services and makes minor repairs to heavy equipment; tasks include lubrication of equipment, changing oil and oil filter, etc. (4) Operates backhoes, loaders and bulldozers to trench and excavate areas and remove debris; or to load and backfill materials in connection with sewer and street repair, mudslide prevention, dam maintenance and other projects, and heater, planer in excavating and making street repairs. Operates milling machines, pavers, and rollers in connection with asphalt paving. (5) Operates tractors with agricultural attachments such as rototillers and rotary mowers to clear areas for weed and fire control. (6) Operates an air compressor to operate pneumatic tools and other construction equipment. (7) Prepares and maintains routine records of equipment operations. Wear appropriate forms of safety protection equipment such as ear protectors, eye goggles and respirators and safety vests.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience and Training:
Three (3) years of verifiable operating engineer experience. At least one (1) year of this experience must have been in operating a backhoe.

License and Certification:
Possession of a Class B Driver’s License and a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

For crane operation, must have a valid certificate of competency issued in accordance with Cal/OSHA by an accredited certifying agency for the type of cranes operated by City Departments.

Note 1: Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Note 2: One year full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.

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

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.

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 analyst, Matthan Churchill, by telephone at 415-554-6065, or by email at matthan.churchill@sfgov.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 most closely meet the needs of the hiring department will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.

Medical Examination: Prior to appointment, candidates 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.

Drug Testing Requirement: 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 Operating Engineers, Local 3, 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.

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: March 4, 2021
Carol Isen
Acting Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: TEX-7328-904370
DPW/MC 415.554.6065


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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