5218 Structural Engineer

Recruitment #REG-5218-057078


5218 Structural Engineer


Under general direction, performs difficult and responsible professional structural engineering work in the field and office. Essential functions of the class include: performs structural engineering analysis and design for new structures or modifications to existing structures, code review work, and engineering research; prepares and reviews structural plans, designs, specifications, cost estimates and reports for all types of new construction, alteration work, and complex structures; verifies contract drawings to ensure engineering design sufficiency, conformance to specifications, and established drafting standards, nomenclature and drawing symbols; conducts field investigations on land slides, structural failures, potential hazards, complex structural problems and prepares recommendations; interprets and coordinates existing engineering policies and methods with other departments and contractors; visits project sites during construction to verify compliance with design documents; attends progress and design coordination meetings; makes regular responsible contacts with professional engineering personnel and contractors; responds to inquiries related to structural design and analysis, and requests for information from the general public, contractors and other agencies; supervises professional and technical staff engaged in engineering work; and performs related duties as required.


Minimum Qualifications


  1. Six (6) years of verifiable professional engineering experience in engineering design, estimating, specification preparation and building construction or inspection, including at least two (2) years of experience supervising other engineers; AND
  2. Possession of a valid California License as a Registered Structural Engineer.


    a.  Most positions require a valid California driver’s license.

    b.  Some positions require use of own vehicle. 

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process by registering an account.

• Click and select the desired job announcement
• Click on “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
• Click on “I am a New User”
• Follow instructions given on the screen

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst Titus Whitehead at 557-4943.

Computer kiosks are located in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, for use by the public. The hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you wish to provide supporting documentation, please include a Document Cover Sheet to assist in identifying the class for which you are applying when submitting verification documents using any method below other than method #1 below. The Cover Sheet may be found at http://www.jobaps.com/sf - Select “Choose a Help Topic” then “Print a Document Cover Sheet” - or you may access the Cover Sheet here: http://www.jobaps.com/SF/sup/doccover.pdf

Applicants may submit any required verifications by:

  1. Upload the documents through jobaps – you may upload documents by clicking the “Review” tab once you have filled out the online application, then click “Edit”; OR 
  2. Scan the documents and send as an attachment to DHR-Engineer@sfgov.org OR 
  3. Send the documents via U.S. postal mail to:
    Department of Human Resources
    1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103; OR 
  4. Hand deliver the documents to the Department of Human Resources OR
  5. Fax  the information to (415) 551-8935, ATTN: 5218 Structural Engineer

Selection Procedures

The names of all candidates meeting the Minimum Qualifications will be placed on an employment register for referral to hiring departments according to specialty areas and disciplines that were indicated on the supplemental application. Candidates’ scores and ranks on the register will be determined by an evaluation of the supplemental application.

Departments will contact applicants whose experience/skills match department needs and will conduct further selection processes to make final hiring decisions. Applicants selected for hire by a department will be placed on an eligible list for permanent appointment to that department. The eligibility period for successful candidates will be twelve (12) months.

Candidates may request an extension of eligibility prior to their eligibility period expiring. Eligibility extensions can be granted for an additional twelve (12) months. Scores and Ranks will remain the same. To request an eligibility extension, contact Titus Whitehead at: titus.whitehead@sfgov.org .

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.


Certification: The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of List (ROL). No refusals will be allowed. The hiring department may conduct additional selection processes to make final hiring decisions.

Copies of Application Documents: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#copies

Eligible List: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#eligiblelists

The score and rank of a candidate will be finalized when the list in which the candidate becomes eligible is adopted. The names of new eligibles will be merged with existing eligible names on a continuous basis. The eligibility period for successful candidates will be twelve (12) months.

Employment, Character and Background Investigation:

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20

Driver’s License requirement: Most positions require a valid California’s driver’s license.

Physical Examination: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#physical

Reasonable Accommodation Request:

Qualified applicants with disabilities who need assistance in this process must contact the Department of Human Resources by phone at (415) 557-4943 (voice) or, if hearing impaired, (415) 557-4810 (TDD), or in writing (specify Class 5218) at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Right to Work: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification

Safety Sensitive Positions Requirements:

Terms of Announcement: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#announcementsdefinitions

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Clearance:

Verification of Experience: Applicants must submit verification of qualifying work experience only if and when requested. For more information on verification, please visit the following link:

Veteran’s Preference: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#veteranspreference


Micki Callahan
Director of Human Resources
Department of Human Resources
Amended and Re-Issued: November 19, 2010 to reflect streamlined recruitment, selection, and register process
Announcement No.: REG-5218-057078

Base Announcement No.: 5218POOL
DHR-RAS3/tlw/(415) 557-4943


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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