Monday, July 27, 2015

Building Equipment Maintenance Worker

Recruitment #13-9665-01

Introduction

The General Services Agency is seeking to fill the position of Building Equipment Maintenance Worker. In order to be accepted into this examination, all candidates must possess a Class I and II Chloro-Fluorocarbon Certificate, mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency for technicians servicing all types of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. Applications will not be accepted from individuals who do not possess the required certificate. Additionally, due to work locations, Building Maintenance Equipment Workers must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance. Building Equipment Maintenance Workers must be available to work all locations and all shifts.  Applications and supplemental questionnaires for this recruitment will only be accepted on line.

DESCRIPTION

Under general supervision, to do semi-skilled preventive and corrective maintenance and repair work on equipment in County buildings, and to do related work as required.


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

These positions are located in the Building Maintenance Department of the General Services Agency. Incumbents perform semi-skilled independent maintenance and repair work on plumbing, boilers, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration, electrical/electronic, and related equipment. This class is distinguished from the Stationary Engineer in that the latter is the journey-level class and may train, instruct, or direct other maintenance personnel, including the Building Equipment Maintenance Worker.

The Ideal Candidate:

In addition to meeting the established minimum requirements, the ideal candidate will possess the following critical attributes.
• Demonstrated experience in the repair and maintenance of electrical and mechanical equipment.
• Willingness to learn and apply procedures or methods of repair.
• Commitment to exceptional customer service.
• Ability to work cooperatively with others to accomplish established work goals.
• Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage time effectively to ensure that all tasks and assignments are completed in a timely manner.
• Ability to accurately complete work and tasks while paying close attention to all details.
• Proven safety record with the ability to identify safety issues and take corrective action.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.


1. Operate, test, install, and perform corrective and preventive maintenance on mechanical equipment and systems; plumbing systems and components; electrical, electronic, alarm and computer controlled systems; emergency generators and components.

2. Operate and perform preventive and corrective maintenance on heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration systems and related equipment in accordance with operations, safety, and regulatory requirements.

3. Assist Stationary Engineers, Electricians, or Plumbers in general repairs.

4. May assist in fabrication installation and repair of various metal/sheet-metal objects and perform general machine shop work using proper techniques, a wide variety of tools, equipment, and measuring devices.

5. May operate and maintain low pressure boilers and related equipment, in accordance with operations, safety, and regulatory requirements.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Either I

The equivalent of two years in the class of Building Maintenance Laborer in the Alameda County classified service (non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts) assisting Stationary Engineers, Building Equipment Maintenance Workers, Electricians or Plumbers in the maintenance of electrical and mechanical equipment.

Or II
Experience:

The equivalent of two years of recent, full-time paid experience in the maintenance of electrical and mechanical equipment.

License:

Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

Certificate:

Must possess a class I and II CFC (Chloro-Fluoro-Carbon) Certificate, mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency for technicians servicing all types of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.

Physical Characteristics:

May require heavy lifting, working from ladders or scaffolding, and working in confined areas.

Special Requirements:

Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance from Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Common tools, materials, equipment and methods used in repair work in the plumbing trade and in electrical, heating, ventilating and refrigeration equipment maintenance and repair.
• General knowledge of electrical systems, plumbing, and basic welding techniques.

Ability to:

• Diagnose and repair problems with pumps.
• Repair HVAC equipment.
• Perform welding and other general machine shop work.
• Perform boiler, condensate, and cooling tower water testing.
• Fabricate, using materials such as sheet metal, round stock, angle and flat iron, pipe, expanded metal, screen, etc.
• Use a variety of basic hand tools; e.g., wrenches, screwdrivers, drills, grinders, pliers, test equipment, sheet metal, metal fabricating tools and other machine shop equipment.
• Follow general and detailed verbal and written instructions.
• Establish and maintain cooperative working relations with employees and the general public.
• Supervise and/or instruct inmates and/or other maintenance personnel as required.

EXAMINATION COMPONENTS

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit.  Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.  Other recruitments many be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the "What You Need To Know" section of our website:  www.acgov.org/hrs.

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED EXAMINATION STEPS

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance.  The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency.

Tentative Selection Plan

The Tentative Selection schedule is as follows:
• Application and Supplemental Questionnaire will only be accepted on-line.  The deadline to submit application and supplemental questionnaire is Monday, March 25, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
• Minimum qualification and supplemental questionnaire review to be completed by April 8, 2013
• Screening notices and written examination invitations to be issued on April 11, 2013
• Written examination to be conducted on April 22, 2013
• Oral examination invitations to be issued on April 26, 2013
• Oral examination to be conducted on May 7 – May 8, 2013

Type of Exam:  THIS IS A NEW OPEN ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.

 The Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate qualified individuals with mental and physical disabilities, and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and Alameda County Resolution No. R-83-773.  To request an accommodation due to a disability during this or other phases of the selection process, please contact the Human Resource Services Department at (510) 272-6472 before the final filing deadline. Alameda County Human Resources Services will require documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a permanent disability pursuant to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's statute of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, as amended, and/or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) Act.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website, www.acgov.org/hrs

**WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED RECRUITMENT & SELECTION PLAN.

CLASS SPEC HISTORY

JE:kb
8/1977
Revised 11/1977
BG:jc
Revised 6/98
Old document: 9665h
New document: Jobspecs/9665
ys/3/01
CSC Date: 7/8/98
CH:cs Revised 7/12/10
CSC Date: 7/28/10

BENEFITS

ABOUT THE COUNTY

Alameda County, located on the east side of San Francisco Bay, is California’s seventh-largest county.  The County employs 9,080 full-time employees and operates on an annual budget of $2.39 billion.  Oakland, the County seat, is California’s eighth largest city.  One and a half million people call Alameda County home and live in a variety of incorporated cities, unincorporated communities and rural areas.  As a major urban county, Alameda provides a full range of services to its citizens.  The County is a blend of culturally and ethnically diverse communities, and its mixture of cosmopolitan and suburban areas provides the perfect environment for families and their active lifestyles.  The County offers extensive cultural resources, countless recreational opportunities and an array of fine public and private colleges and universities.

 

BENEFITS FOR NON-MANAGEMENT POSITIONS

MEDICAL PLANS

The County offers HMO and PPO medical plans.  The County has two contributions structures, 1) County contributes 100% of the lowest cost HMO; or 2) County contributes 90% of the HMO plans and 90% of the lowest cost HMO towards the PPO.  The County contribution can be prorated based on the number of work hours up to 50% of the standard hours in a pay period.  If an eligible employee waives all medical coverage through the County, a monthly stipend may be provided.

DENTAL PLANS

The County offers two Dental Plans: PPO and Dental Maintenance Option (DMO). The County contributes 100% of the family coverage for both plans as long as the employee works at least 50% of the standard hours in a pay period. The PPO option plan design is 100% Preventative, 80% Basic Care, 80% Major Care with a $45 per individual deductible and annual maximum up to  $1,450 per year.  The DMO option has an orthodontic benefit for children as well as adults.

VISION BENEFIT

The County offers two Voluntary Vision Plans through Vision Service Plan (VSP) for eligible employees.  The two plans consist of a low option and a high option that offer annual eye exams and coverage for various frames and lenses.  The Voluntary Vision Plan is 100% employee paid and is available for employees and their dependents.  In addition, an annual eye exam is covered for participants in the HMO Medical Plans with corresponding co-pay. 

A Vision Reimbursement Plan is available for some union bargaining units who have a provision in their Memorandum of Understanding that after six months of continuous service, Vision Reimbursement for eye lenses or contacts is provided up to a set dollar amount. This vision reimbursement benefit is available to employees only.

COUNTY ALLOWANCE DOLLARS

The County provides up to $300 of flex dollars annually, dependent upon the eligible employee's represented or unrepresented classification.  These flex dollars can be used to pay for medical premiums.  The unused portion of these flex dollars are deposited into a Health Flexible Spending Account for the employee, which can be used for unreimbursed medical expenses. 

HEALTH FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT

Employees may opt to salary contribute on a pre-tax basis up to $5,000 for eligible out of pocket medical, dental and vision expenses such as: prescription co-pays, office visit co-pays, prescription eye glasses or contact lenses.

DEPENDENT CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

For employees who have either children under age 13 or dependents (parent, sibling or in-law incapable of self-care) that are dependent upon the employee for care can salary contribute on a pre-tax basis up to $5,000 annually. These pre-tax dollars can be used to pay for day care expenses provided by a licensed facility.

LIFE INSURANCE

The County pays for a Basic Life Insurance policy of $9,000 up to $20,000 for an employee based on the affiliation with their appropriate union.

COMMUTER BENEFITS

For the 2011 Plan Year, an employee can set aside up to $230 a month in pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified work-related parking and commuting to and from work transit fees.

HOLIDAYS

Most employees are provided 11 paid holidays plus four floating holidays dependent upon the union bargaining unit.

VACATION AND SICK LEAVE WITH PAY

Vacation accrual ranges from two weeks to five weeks depending upon years of service and the union bargaining unit to which the position is assigned. Sick leave accruals are based on the union bargaining unit and are defined in the corresponding Memorandum of Understanding.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)

The County has an EAP available for employees, spouses/domestic partners and eligible dependents.  This program provides services such as: counseling, financial consulting, child and elder care consulting and some legal counseling.

DISABILITY or INCOME REPLACEMENT

Two voluntary plans are offered: Short-term Disability and Long-term Disability can be purchased through a payroll deduction or with accrued vacation hours depending upon the union bargaining unit.

LONG TERM CARE

This voluntary benefit extends care for yourself and/or your spouse and/or your parents who experience a serious accident, chronic illness or frailties of old age. Places where care can be provided are: in one’s home, at a nursing home, at an assisted living facility or adult day care center.

 RETIREMENT

The County retirement program is a Defined Benefit plan governed under the provisions of the California Government Code and  is commonly referred to as a 1937 Act retirement system. County retirement is based upon several factors including but not limited to one’s age upon entrance into the retirement system, the year entrance occurred, contributions made into the retirement system, compensation and years of service. Specific questions regarding the County’s retirement system should be directed to the Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association.   

DEFERRED COMPENSATION

The County offers a Deferred Compensation program where an eligible employee can voluntarily contribute on a pre-tax and/or after-tax basis, a minimum of $20 per pay period up to the total annual contribution limit.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

VETERAN’S PREFERENCE
Those claiming additional preference points as a VETERAN must submit a copy of the DD214 form on the day of the oral examination. Those claiming additional preference points as a DISABLED VETERAN must submit a copy of the DD214 form and a letter from the Department of Veteran Affairs confirming eligibility for additional points on the day of the oral examination.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION
The Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate qualified individuals with mental and physical disabilities, and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disability Act (ADA) of 1990, and Alameda County Resolution No. R-83-773.  To request reasonable accommodation, you must notify the Human Resource Representative listed on this bulletin as soon as possible and before the last day to file, in order to make the necessary arrangements during each step of the examination process.                                                               (510) 272-3703 (TDD)

DISASTER SERVICE WORKER
All government employees are disaster service workers as defined by California Government Code Section 3100.  In addition to everyday duties, employees have the added responsibility of helping throughout any disaster.

DMV EMPLOYER PULL NOTICE PROGRAM
All county employees who drive on county business are required to enroll in the California Department of Motor Vehicles Employer Pull Notice Program in an effort to promote driver safety.  Employees’ driver record reports will be released to the County Safety Officer in Risk Management to ensure that employees have valid driver’s licenses and are eligible to drive on county business.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION
An applicant’s previous employment may be investigated.  Results of this investigation may be cause for disqualification.  Also, all convictions will be reviewed and may result in a request for additional information or termination of employment.  A conviction record will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from employment.  Each case will be given individual consideration, based on job-relatedness.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION
All prospective county employees must pass a medical examination before beginning employment.  For positions which require a commercial driver’s license and the performance of functions defined as “safety sensitive,” Federal law and County policy requires that the examination include a drug screening process.  Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of this examination.

Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Women, ethnic and racial minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Applicants will be considered without regard to their race, color, religion, sex national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other non-job-related factor.

 

Conclusion

All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add @acgov.org and alamedacountyHR@acgov.org as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the 'My applications' button on the Current Job Openings page.

Please take the steps recommended above to insure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box alamedacountyHR@acgov.org are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the bulletin for the recruitment for which you have applied.

CHERI M. HARRAWAY, Human Resources Analyst II
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda
510-208-9593
cheri.harraway@acgov.org       www.acgov.org/hrs