Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Stationary Engineer, General Services Agency

Recruitment #14-9670-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Supplemental Questionnaire:  A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application.  Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.



Alameda County's General Services Agency delivers a host of support services to County departments and agencies. These services fall into several major categories: Technical — architectural, engineering, energy and hazardous materials management; Building Maintenance — building maintenance and repairs, janitorial services and minor remodeling and alterations; Construction — new facilities and major remodeling; Procurement — purchasing and contract administration; Fleet Services; Childcare Planning; Human Resources, Payroll, Information Systems and Parking Administration.  The mission of the GSA is to provide high quality, cost effective, and timely support services for County departments and other public agencies, so they can better serve the public and business community.


The Stationary Engineer, General Services Agency reports to a Supervisor, Buildings and Plant Maintenance and, under general supervision, maintains and repairs building and facilities systems and equipment, including but not limited to, electric systems, steam systems, water and sewage systems, electronic alarm and building operations systems of office buildings, detention facilities and other public buildings.  Positions in this class are at the journey level.


Positions in this class are at the journey level. Incumbents report to a Supervisor, Buildings and Plant Maintenance . A Stationary Engineer is not required to do extensive supervision or job planning, such as is required of positions in the higher class of Supervisor, Buildings and Plant Maintenance, but must be able to perform assigned repair, maintenance or installation jobs with general supervision.


The ideal candidate for the position of Stationary Engineer, GSA will have significant relevant technical experience and demonstrated ability to provide exceptional customer service.  In addition to meeting the stated minimum qualifications, the successful candidate will have the following critical attributes:

  • A strong record of successful experience in the maintenance and repair of building and facilities systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to increase knowledge and skill in the maintenance and repair of buildings and facilities and put new knowledge to practical use on the job.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others to get the job done.
  • Commitment to exceptional customer service.
  • Takes immediate action to identify and solve problems and is willing to go beyond job requirements to achieve a goal. 
  • Effectively manages time by appropriately prioritizing work; preparing and scheduling maintenance and repair jobs; and staying focused until the job is complete.
  • Proven safety record as demonstrated by the ability to identify safety issues and take corrective action.
  • Maintains a high level of performance on the job while under pressure and can remain flexible and positive in the face of conflicting work demands, changing needs and customer demand.

    To view the recruitment brochure, please click here.


    For more information about the General Services Agency, please visit their website at http://www.acgov.org/gsa






    The equivalent of one year in the class of Building Equipment Maintenance Worker, Automatic Guided Vehicle Technician in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)

    OR II

    The equivalent of four years of full-time experience as a stationary or operating engineer responsible for the operation of steam boilers and related equipment, two years of which included experience maintaining and repairing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, refrigeration, HVAC and control systems.


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


    Possession of a universal CFC (Chloro-Fluoro-Carbon) Certificate, mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency for servicing 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.

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


    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:

    • Theory and operation of boilers, steam equipment and condensate return systems.
    • The operation of building HVAC and control systems.
    • Plumbing systems and general plumbing repairs.
    • Electrical systems and general electrical system repairs.
    • General mechanical theory and practices.
    • Safety practices applicable to electrical and mechanical maintenance.

    Ability to: 

    • Repair HVAC equipment.
    • Perform welding, brazing, soldering and other general machine shop work.
    • 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.
    • Work from blueprints, electrical schematics and sketches.
    • Keep proper records pertaining to work schedules, log of shift operations and inventory.
    • Establish and maintain cooperative working relations with employees and the general public.
    • Perform difficult mechanical and utility repair work.
    • Direct the work of and/or instruct inmates and/or other maintenance personnel as required.
    • Respond independently in emergency situations and work under minimal supervision on weekend or evening shifts.
    • Keep simple paper and electronic records
    • Use basic computer software, i.e., Word, Excel, Outlook


    THE EXAMINATION WILL CONSIST OF the following steps:

     1) A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process. 2) A performance test which will be pass/fail, only candidates who receive a passing score will move on to the next exam process. 3) An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises. CANDIDATES MUST ATTAIN A QUALIFYING RATING ON EACH PORTION OF THIS EXAMINATION.






    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.

    Selection Plan

    Applicants will be informed via e-mail 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:



    Deadline for Filing:

    Review of Minimum Qualifications:

    Performance Exam:

    Oral Exam:

    Departmental Interview:


    *Type of Exam: New Open Assembled Exam

    5:00 pm, Tuesday, September 09, 2014

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

     September 29 & 30, 2014

    Friday, October 17, 2014

    To be determined


    Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues.  To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing.  Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statues.


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



    Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

    For your Health & Welfare Benefits

    • Medical – HMO & PPO Insurance
    • Dental – PPO & DHMO Insurance  
    • Vision
    • Basic Life Insurance 
    • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage) 
    • County Allowance
    • Health Flexible Spending Account
    • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
    • Accident, Critical Illness & Hospital Indemnity
    • Long Term Care Insurance
    • Employee Assistance Program

    For your Financial Future

    • Short-term Disability Insurance
    • Long-Term Disability Insurance
    • Retirement Plan – (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
    • Deferred Compensation Plan

    For your Work/Life Balance

    • 11 paid holidays
    • Vacation and sick leave accrual
    • Vacation purchase program
    • Management Paid Leave**
    • Group Auto/Home
    • Commuter Benefits Program
    • Guaranteed Ride Home
    • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
    • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
    • Child Care Resources
    • 1st United Services Credit Union 

    *Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

    ** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


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    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 job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.


    Alicia Baptista

    Departmental Personnel Officer

    General Services Agency

    510- 208-9721


    Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer