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7318 Electronic Maintenance Technician - SFMTA Only

Recruitment #CBT-7318-059904



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The following information describes the civil service classification for which applications are being solicited.
Make sure you read the entire announcement before completing the application form.

The purpose of this examination announcement is to establish an eligible list for this classification.

Under general supervision, an Electronic Maintenance Technician performs either independently or with others highly skilled journey-level technical work in the maintenance, testing, troubleshooting and repair of a wide variety of electronic and electromechanical equipment.  Essential functions of the class include: troubleshooting and performing preventive and corrective maintenance on wired and wireless communication systems, analog and digital electronic equipment; performing the mechanical aspects of:  preventive and corrective maintenance, troubleshooting, and repairs of equipment; performing hardware and software design and fabrication of equipment including Supervising Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), process-control, automated-test and embedded computers, train control systems, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), wired and wireless communication systems, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems, process-control systems, transit vehicle electronic equipment, fare collection electronic equipment, and high-voltage equipment; providing technical and engineering support in evaluating electronic equipment/systems; interacting with peers, subordinates, supervisors and representatives from other divisions/departments, vendors and/or the public; training staff and others in the proper use, maintenance, and repair of equipment; preparing various written records and reports; keeping abreast of job-related developments in the field of electronics; and operating a motor vehicle to respond to service requests at various equipment locations.  Performs other related duties as required.

Nature of Work:  May require considerable physical effort to perform mechanical tasks in confined spaces, and on top of, under, inside and around large transit vehicles.  May require walking track-side and on uneven surfaces in close proximity to trains that are operating at a speed up to 50 mph.  May be exposed to high-voltage wires and other potentially hazardous working conditions including working in inclement weather.  Requires normal color vision and hearing, and the ability to lift up to 60 pounds.  May be assigned to work any shift including nights, weekends, holidays and may be required to work overtime (in accordance with Local 6 MOU).


1.  Three (3) years of full-time verifiable journey-level industrial electronic or journey-level electrical experience which must have included installation, calibration, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, and modification of electronic systems and related electrical components and sub-systems to the electronic component level (such as: resistor, capacitor and integrated circuit); AND

2.  Associate Degree in Electronics from an accredited college or university; OR Satisfactory completion of an equivalent certificate program in electronics from a recognized trade, or technical institution; OR

Satisfactory completion of coursework in Electronics (at least 24 semester units or equivalent quarter units) from an accredited college or university; OR

Satisfactory completion of a military training program in Electronics; AND

3.  Possession of a valid driver license (to be presented at the time of appointment).


  • All qualifying experience and education/training must be clearly noted on the employment application.  This includes: type of employment experience (specifically indicating electronic component level experience); dates of employment experience (including full-time/part-time/hours); type of education/training (including major/degree received, units/quarters completed, type of certification, total hours completed, etc.)     
  • Positions assigned to the Motive Power Unit require that two (2) of the three (3) years of qualifying experience must have been gained working with electrical utility power control components.  Applicants must clearly indicate this experience on their applications to be considered for positions assigned to the Motive Power Unit.   Applicants who wish to be considered and who qualify for positions at Motive Power must indicate this by writing Motive Power in the upper right-hand corner of the applications in the space next to specialty.
  • Some positions will require employees to obtain a Federal Communications Commission Radio Telephone License or equivalent within six months of appointment.
  • Some positions require a Class B Commercial Driver License.  Employees appointed to these positions may be required to obtain the Class B Driver License within six months from the appointment date.



San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency employment applications for this position will be accepted through an on-line process only. Mailed, hand delivered or faxed applications will not be accepted. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process.


Click and select 7318 Electronic Maintenance Technician (CBT-7318-059904)

Click on “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information

Click on “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or on “I have REGISTERED PREVIOUSLY”

Follow instructions given on the screen.


Computer kiosks 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 Department of Human Resources, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco and in the lobby of SFMTA Human Resources office, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, San Francisco.


Applicants may be contacted by e-mail. It is their responsibility to ensure that their registered e-mail 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, @sfmta.com).


Upon successful submittal of the application online, the applicant will receive a notification on the screen, as well as in the applicant’s e-mail inbox, acknowledging the receipt of the application by the SFMTA - Merit Section. If you are having difficulty submitting your application online, please contact us at 415.701.5013 between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.



All applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying work experience, a copy of their valid degree/certificate/diploma/transcripts (or equivalent) and valid driver license at any point in the application and/or departmental selection process.


Written Multiple-Choice Standardized Examination: (Weight: 100%)


Qualified candidates will be tested to determine their relative knowledge, skills and abilities in job-related areas, which may include, but not limited to:  knowledge of electronic systems, equipment and components; knowledge of computer systems; knowledge of wired and wireless communication systems, data communication systems and networking systems; knowledge of safety procedures; knowledge of schematics; and ability to troubleshoot electronic systems.


The certification rule used for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be the Rule of Three Scores. In addition to the above selection procedure, the department may utilize additional selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.



Applicants are responsible for notifying the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency – Merit Unit of any changes to contact information, such as e-mail address or mailing address.  This information should be submitted to the SFMTA-Merit Unit, One South Van Ness Avenue - 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94103.  Contact Information can also be updated online at http://www.jobaps.com/sf by clicking on “Update My Contact Info” and logging into your account.  If updating contact information online, applicants must contact the analyst at (415) 701-5013 immediately to inform them of the change.  Failure to do so may result in the loss of eligibility.


Medical Examination/Drug Testing:

Candidates who are being considered for appointment for positions which may be required to obtain and maintain a Class A/B driver license will be required to pass a medical examination.  Candidates who cannot meet the medical requirement will be placed under waiver until this requirement is met.  The medical examination will be administered only to those applicants who are being considered for appointment.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has determined that Class 7318 Electronic Maintenance Technician is a “safety-sensitive” position, under regulations issued by the Federal Transit Administration (49 CFR Part 655).  Federal law requires that all transit employees who perform safety-sensitive functions be subject to random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, return-to-duty and follow-up drug and alcohol testing.  All applicants for Safety-Sensitive positions shall undergo urine drug testing prior to employment and within 90 days prior to performing Safety-Sensitive functions for the first time.  Receipt by the SFMTA of a negative test result is required prior to the employee being placed on the payroll.  A positive, adulterated, negative dilute or substituted test will result in a decision not to hire, and the applicant’s name will be removed from the list of eligibles for Safety-Sensitive positions.  The SFMTA will not consider hiring any person who tested positive, adulterated, substituted or refused to submit to testing for a minimum of two years following the positive test. 

In addition, each applicant who has worked for a Department of Transportation (DOT)-regulated employer(s) within the last two years will be required to sign a consent form, prior to appointment, authorizing SFMTA to obtain information from his/her prior employers concerning his/her drug and alcohol test history.  Each applicant will also be required to provide SFMTA with information regarding whether, during the last two years, the applicant tested positive or refused to test on any pre-employment drug or alcohol test administered by an employer to which the applicant applied for, but did not obtain, safety-sensitive transportation work covered by DOT drug and alcohol testing rules.  SFMTA will not hire any applicant for a safety-sensitive position who fails to provide this information or fails to provide written consent for the release of information from prior employers.


Make sure your application and any attachments to the application submitted at the time of filing are complete and accurate and include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment or inability to receive full credit for scoring purposes. Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not be used for scoring or considered to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications.


Qualified applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must contact the Agency by phone at (415) 701-5013 or, if hearing impaired at (415) 701-5043 (TTY) or in writing to the SFMTA Human Resources Merit Unit, 1 South Van Ness, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Specify Class 7318). 


Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams:


Reasonable Accommodation Request:

Information on requesting reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities


Veteran’s Preference:

Information regarding requests for veteran’s preference can be found at:



General Information concerning San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Employment Policies and Procedures:

Employment Information for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency can be obtained at http://www.sfmta.com/cms/aopp/important.htm, or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor. This information, including information regarding appeals of the terms of this announcement, is part of the terms of all announcements.


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 http://www.sfdhr.org .


Copies of Application Documents:

Applicants are encouraged to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam records and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.


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.


Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply

An Equal Opportunity Employer


COMBINED PROMOTIVE AND ENTRANCE                                                        

Edward D. Reiskin

Director of Transportation

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Announcement No. 059904

MTA/LD: (415) 701-5013

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.


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, typically a 7.5% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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