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7457 Sign Worker (MTA only)

Recruitment #CBT-7457-059804


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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 at the SFMTA.





Under supervision, a Sign Worker fabricates, installs, repairs, inspects and maintains a variety of signs. Essential duties of the class include:  transporting equipment such as signs, poles, ladders, tools and safety equipment to job sites using a maintenance or bucket truck; reading and interpreting written and technical instructions related to fabricating and installing signs; fabricating, cutting and drilling signs; cutting lettering and symbols; laying out signs; preparing signs for installation in/on buildings, on streets, viaducts, parking garages and/or various other locations; installing and maintaining bike racks; breaking cement; digging holes; using and pouring cement; using power tools such as: cement breakers, power drills, core drills, electric band saws, rivet-guns, drill presses, and impact wrenches; using hand tools such as: saws, wrenches, ratchets and sockets, center punches, hammers, screwdrivers, sledge-hammers, levels, tape measures, shovels and trowels; using cement mason tools; installing into the ground and repairing poles or posts using tools such as: tamping-bars, chipping bars, pole-straighteners and post-hole diggers; attaching signs to poles, posts or other structures using tools such as: banding tools, band-its and brackets; ensuring that all installations meet safety codes; using computer and plotter for fabricating signs;  removing graffiti and posted materials from signs using chemical solutions; applying and/or removing architectural graphics on/from spaces, in and around buildings; and maintaining records and filling out forms detailing work orders and emergency assignments using laptop and/or handheld computer. Performs other duties as required. 


Nature of work: involves physical effort and manual dexterity in the use of fingers, limbs, and body; working independently; interacting with the public; working from heights such as ladders or lift bucket trucks while carrying tools and heavy materials; working under hazardous conditions including working in congested, busy traffic areas, and inclement weather. Employees are required to lift and carry objects weighing up to ninety-eight (98) pounds. Employees may be required to work weekends, overtime, and rotating schedules. 



1.      One (1) year of verifiable experience in the operation of power tools such as: power drills, electric band saws and cement breakers; AND


2.      Possession of a current valid driver license.



Positions at San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) require the ability to lift and carry heavy objects and bags of concrete mix weighing up to ninety-eight (98) lbs.  This ability will be evaluated during the probationary period.  Failure to meet this qualification may result in dismissal or termination from employment. 



City and County of San Francisco 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 7457 Sign Worker (CBT-7457-059804)

           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 415.701.5046 between 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.



All applicants, including employees of the City and County of San Francisco, must submit verification (proof) of all work experience and valid driver license needed to qualify.  This required verification must be submitted by the filing deadline (postmark not accepted).


Verification can be submitted by one of the following methods:


  • fax to (415) 581-5120, ATTN: CBT-7457-059804; or
  • attach to the online application in the “Other” tab; or
  • hand-deliver to 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor (closed 12pm – 1pm, closes at 5pm); or
  • mail to 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor; ATTN: Sign Worker CBT-7457-059804; San Francisco, CA 94103.

Verification of Driver License:  All applicants, including SFMTA employees, must submit verification of a valid driver license.  A copy of the driver license must be submitted.


Verification of Experience:  All applicants, including SFMTA employees, must submit verification of qualifying work experience. Verification of work experience must be on the employer’s letterhead; must show the name of the applicant; job title(s) and duties performed; dates of employment; types of employment (part-time/full-time); and must be signed by the employer.  City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed or assigned unless sufficient and credible documentation is provided to verify performance of other duties.  Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules.


Applicants who cannot obtain the required verification of employment may request a waiver of the verification requirement.  The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining the reason for the request, the name(s) of the employer(s) with whom qualifying experience was obtained, job title(s), duties performed, and the dates of employment.  Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain.  Waiver requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


Failure to submit the verification of work experience or a request for waiver of verification and copy of valid driver license, by the filing deadline (postmark not accepted) may result in disqualification of the application.



Each applicant is required to submit a Supplemental Application.  The Supplemental Application will be used to evaluate training and experience of the candidates participating in this examination and determine their scores and ranks.  False or incorrect information may result in disqualification from the examination process.  Failure to submit the Supplemental Application may result in disqualification from the selection process.



Training and Experience Evaluation:   (Weight: 100%)

The information provided by the candidates on the supplemental application will be used to rate and evaluate a candidate’s job related knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant to class 7457 Sign Worker.  Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final scores.



The certification rule used for the eligible list resulting from this selection process will be the Rule of Three Scores.  The hiring department may conduct additional selection processes to make final hiring decisions.



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 SFMTA by phone at 415.701.5046 or 415.701.5043 (TTY); or in writing to: SFMTA Human Resources, Merit Section, 1 South Van Ness, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.  For further information, contact 415.701.5046.


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’ Preference:

Information regarding requests for veterans 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 www.jobaps.com/sf.


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


Exam Type:  Entrance

Issued: January 30, 2013

Edward D. Reiskin

Director of Transportation

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Recruitment ID Number: 059804

MTA/RK: 415.701.5046


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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