Recruitment #1908-6410-001


The City of Tucson hereby announces the July 2019 Engineer Promotional Examination. This examination will establish a two-year Civil Service Promotional List. Candidates placed on the Promotional List must have at least one year of service remaining as of the date they are eligible for promotion in order to be selected from the List

General Description

A Fire Engineer performs highly specialized work involving the chauffeuring of fire apparatus; pump operations; hydraulic calculations; aerial operations; and certain preventive maintenance procedures. The position requires the ability to function as a Fire Fighter and to assume command in the absence of a Captain.

Essential Functions

Maintains the readiness of tools and emergency equipment by performing daily vehicle maintenance and inspections, ensuring tools and equipment are in proper working order, calculating hydraulic pressures and aerial positioning, performing drills with apparatus and equipment, and maintaining logs and records.

Provides emergency care of patients by providing medical assistance in dangerous and contagious disease environments, lifting heavy items off of victims, and participating in monthly and yearly classes for Emergency Medical Technician and Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation certification. Responds to emergencies by transporting personnel and equipment safely to and from emergency scenes, assisting in firefighting operations, and performing rescues.

Performs public relations by conducting public education classes at schools, giving station tours and safety demonstrations, and providing public assistance.

Conducts fire prevention inspections of buildings for fire hazards, and inspects fire protection equipment.

Performs related duties by cleaning the station, recruiting and training personnel, maintaining physical fitness, inspecting and testing fire hydrants, and complying with all procedures as outlined in department manuals and by management.

May be required to respond to and mitigate hazardous materials incidents by identifying and isolating hazardous materials releases, stopping leaks, minimizing exposure to the public, and returning the scene to a safe condition.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: High School Diploma or G.E.D.

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years as a TFD Fire Fighter as of October 4, 2019

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

Special Job Requirements

Uniformed members of Tucson Fire Department

Completed two years (24 months) of continuous service as a Fire Fighter with the Tucson Fire Department as of October 4, 2019. Continuous service is computed from your most recent hire/rehire date

TFD Fire Engineer Certification

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation Certification

Arizona Fire Fighter I and II Certification

Emergency Medical Technician Certification

HazMat First Responder Certification

Selection Plan

Written Exam

The written exam will be held on October 15, 2019 at Fire Central, Training Room

The examination processes for this recruitment will be used to assess the applicant's knowledge, skills and abilities as they pertain to the essential functions of the Engineer position. All examination materials will be based on the information and methods presented during the 2019 Fire Engineer Certification program and will include pertinent information from the Emergency Operations Manual (EOM), Administrative Manual (Manual of Ops), Equipment and Procedures Manual, TFD’s Memorandums and Daily Bulletins, Arizona Driver’s License Manual, TFD Apparatus Reference Manual (Log Book) and Local 479 Labor Agreement.

The challenge period is October 16-18, 21-22, 2019 at Fire-HR.

Performance Assessment

The performance exams will be held October 28 - November 1, 2019 at the Public Safety Academy (10001 S. Wilmot).

Each of the following components will account as noted for the Performance Assessment total:
- Pumping Operations (35%)
- Aerial Operations (35%)
- Roadeo/Road course with hydrant spotting (30%)

ONLY those candidates who attain a minimum of 80% of the raw points available on each of the three components will pass the Performance Assessment.


Candidates without a formal degree will receive one point for every credit successfully completed at an accredited University, College, or Junior College, as shown on the institutions transcript, up to a maximum of 60 points. Candidates with an Associate's degree or greater will receive 70 points. Official/unofficial transcripts, or copies of transcripts, will be accepted as verification of education.

All applicants are responsible for submitting online the educational documents no later than 1159PM on October 4, 2019 in order to receive credit and the points associated with their education. Applicants having trouble uploading their documents, please contact Fire-HR immediately PRIOR to the closing date. Applicants who fail to submit such documents by 1159PM on the closing date of October 4, 2019 will receive zero points for their education. No exceptions will be made. Fire-HR contact information: JoAnn Acosta 520-837-7008, Cynthia Serrano 520-837-7020 or Antigone Ibrahim 520-837-7052; fax 520-791-2617 or email.


Based upon total months of continuous commissioned service with the Tucson Fire Department; computed from the academy start date. Seniority will be limited to 60 months calculated through September 1, 2October 4, 2019.


Evaluation components of this promotional exam will be scored in the following manner:

Written Exam: All raw scores will be standardized within the candidate pool completing this evaluation and will account for 30% of the final score for those placed on the promotional list.

Performance Assessment: All raw scores will be standardized within the candidate pool completing this evaluation and will account for 60% of the final score for those placed on the promotional list. ONLY those candidates who attain a minimum of 80% of the raw points available on each of the three components will pass the Performance Assessment.

Education: All raw scores will be standardized within the candidate pool completing this evaluation and will account for 5% of the final score for those placed on the promotional list.

Seniority: All raw scores will be standardized within the candidate pool completing this evaluation and will account for 5% of the final score for those placed on the promotional list.



Candidates will be ranked on the Civil Service Promotional List based on scores achieved throughout this promotional examination. Only top scoring candidates will be placed on the Fire Engineer Promotional List. Final scores shall be based upon the completion and passing of all components of the process and be computed in accordance with the weights and procedures outlined in this job posting, and statistical techniques and procedures established by the HR Director. In the event a tie exists, "seniority in rank" is used first and then "seniority on the department," if needed, and will be the tie breaking mechanism.  

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for this position and submit a proper and complete online application will receive a formal email invitation on October 7 by 1700 to attend the written examination.  

The final Promotional List will be compiled by Fire-HR no later than 1700 on November 8, 2019.


Scores will not be released until the testing process is complete and the promotional list is established on November 8, 2019.

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call (520) 837-7008 at least 48 hours prior to the examination.

Eligible candidates who will be on active military duty during any of the examination dates are encouraged to contact Fire Human Resources at the numbers listed above at the time of application or as soon as possible thereafter.

Communications throughout this process will be sent via email exclusively so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification. All email inquiries should be directed to JoAnn Acosta, Cynthia Serrano or Antigone Ibrahim at

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

NFPA Physical

Hep A Vaccine (follow City of Tucson protocol)

Hep B Vaccine (follow City of Tucson protocol)


TB Skin Test

Non-NIDA Drug Test

Physical Abilities Test

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.