7373 Senior Stationary Engineer, Sewage Plant

Recruitment #CBT-7373-901881

Introduction

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Under general direction, incumbents in class 7373 Senior Stationary Engineer are responsible for supervising and instructing workers in the safe operation, maintenance and repair of plant machinery and equipment in an assigned area of a sewage treatment plant, or several sewage pumping stations; personally participates in operation and/or maintenance and repair activities on plant machinery and equipment; and performs related duties as required. The Senior Stationary Engineer may be required to serve as an acting chief stationary engineer.

The essential functions of the Senior Stationary Engineer position include: operating a wide variety of sewage treatment plant unit processes; utilizing DCS/SCADA system and other systems or software programs; supervising and training subordinates operating, maintaining, overhauling, and repairing a wide variety of pumping, heating, ventilating, process machinery and equipment in a wastewater treatment plant or pumping station; checking plant log entries and sample collection activities of subordinates; making required entries in plant and preparing summary of the plant log on the completion of assigned shift; maintaining, overhauling, and repairing a wide variety of pumping, heating, ventilating, process machinery and equipment in a large wastewater treatment plant or pumping station; supervising maintenance crews in major and minor repairs to all treatment plant and pumping station machinery and equipment; inspecting all plant machinery and equipment; preparing routine records and reports; requests for materials, supplies, and equipment; supervising and/or personally conducting chemical tests; assuming responsibility for safety of work environment and crew and members; evaluating subordinate’s performance; ensuring the safety and security of Wastewater personnel and facilities and maximizing emergency response capabilities; promoting strong customer service and ethic; effectively communicating all internal and external personnel by telephone, email, field visits etc.; and conducting research, experimentation, and/or analysis for the development and improvement of any chemical, mechanical, physical, biological, electrical, or instrumentation processes for use in plant operation.

Nature of work involves: physical effort in the operation, maintenance and repair of plant machinery and equipment; driving vehicles; working in somewhat dirty, disagreeable and hazardous conditions, including the handling of raw sewage, confined space entry, and entry into tight crawl spaces; requires physical stamina to stand, stoop, lift, bend and climb ladders. Employee may be required to work rotating shifts, nights, weekends, and holidays, including up to 12-hour shifts.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Five (5) years of verifiable journey-level stationary engineer experience in the operation or maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant; OR
  2. Completion of a recognized four-year Stationary Engineer, Sewage Plant Apprenticeship Program, plus one (1) year of experience as a journey level stationary engineer in a Wastewater treatment plant; AND EITHER
  3. Possession of a current Grade III or higher California Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate at the time of appointment; OR
  4. Possession of Grade III or higher California Water Environment Mechanical Technology Certificate at the time of appointment to a position in the Maintenance Division of PUC Water Pollution Control; AND
  5. Possession of a valid driver's license.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Verification substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications for this class MUST be submitted by the filing deadline. Please see "VERIFICATION" section below.  

NOTES:

  1. Applicants who do not possess a Grade III Wastewater Treatment Certificate but possess a Grade III or higher Mechanical Technologist Certificate, would qualify for positions located at the SFPUC, Wastewater Enterprise Division, Maintenance Section only.
  2. Applicants who are in possession of a Current Grade II California Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate or a current Grade II Mechanical Technologist Certificate will be allowed to participate in the examination provided they meet all other requirements; however, if successful in the examination, such candidates will be under waiver for appointment until they obtain the required certificate as designated above.
  3. Stationary Engineers appointed to the San Francisco International Airport will be subject to T.S.A. required security clearance.
  4. Upon appointment to a position in Class 7373, and then on an annual basis, employees will be required to take and pass a State-mandated Respirator Medical Examination, and be clean-shaven for respirator and self-contained breathing apparatus fitting. Employees may be required to pass CPR training annually, First-Aid training tri-annually, and confined space entry training, annually.
  5. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Clearance: Candidates for employment with the San Francisco Airport Commission are required to provide a complete employment history for the past ten (10) years and an explanation of all gaps in employment during that period. The past ten (10) years of the candidate's employment will be verified. In addition, candidates will be required to undergo a criminal history check, including FBI fingerprints, in order to determine eligibility for security clearance and may be required to undergo drug/alcohol screening. Per Civil Service Commission Rule Section 110.9.1, every applicant for an examination must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the examination announcement for the examination. Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination from employment with the Airport Commission.
  6. OUT OF STATE CANDIDATES: Applicants with Wastewater Certificates from other States must contact the following the California State Water Resources Control Board about requirements for obtaining a California Certificate through a reciprocity agreement with other States.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  1. Possession of a current Grade IV or higher Wastewater Treatment Certificate issued by the State of California is desirable for certain positions.
  2. Possession of a Grade IV California Water Environment Mechanical Technology Certificate (or higher) is desirable for certain positions with the SFPUC.
  3. Relevant coursework or certificate in fields such as Engineering, Chemistry, Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning, Control Systems, Elevators, Building Maintenance, Machining (millwork, lathe, CNC), 2D/3D drawing or modeling.
  4. Relevant business education with certification or degree in fields such as Finance, Business, Management, Business Systems, Microsoft Office, technical training.
  5. Verifiable experience with fiberglass, epoxy, or carbon fiber repair is desirable.
  6. Additional verifiable supervision experience is desirable.  

VERIFICATION: All applicants must submit the following verification no later than April 6, 2017.

  • A copy of current and valid driver's license; and
  • Employment verification to support minimum qualification #1 or #2; and
  • A copy of certification to support minimum qualification #2, #3 or #4.

Verification of journey level experience must be on employers’ business letterhead and must show the name of the applicant, job title(s), duties (specifically the duties that meet the minimum qualifications), dates of service, and must be signed by the employer or the employer’s authorized representative. All statements made on the application or subsequent documents required under this examination are subject to verification. City and County employees may receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. City employees who meet all the qualifications based solely on employment with the City and County of San Francisco do not need to provide verification of qualifying experience. However, City employees whose qualifying experience is based on outside employment must submit verification of such an employment.

VERIFICATION CAN BE SUBMITTED VIA THE FOLLOWING WAYS:

  • Email to jobs@sfwater.org, Subject Line: 7373 Verification
  • Fax to 415.554.1687, Attention: 7373 Verification
  • Online, by uploading the document through JobAps with your online application

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers 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 Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email 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, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included in the “Education” and “Training and Employment Record” sections of the City and County of San Francisco online application by the filing deadline. A resume does NOT substitute for this section of the City application and will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Melissa Biascan, by telephone at (415) 554-1641, or by email at mbiascan@sfwater.org.

Selection Procedures

Supplemental Application: Applicants are required to complete a Supplemental Application as part of the application process. The purpose of the Supplemental Application is to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. It is essential that an applicant provide complete information in identifying and describing their experience. The Supplemental Application will be used with the official application form to evaluate if an applicant meets the minimum qualifications. 

BASIC SUPERVISORY EXAM (Weight 50%)

Candidates will be administered a written multiple-choice examination that is designed to measure basic knowledge of various supervisory practices and procedures (e.g. directing, counseling, guiding, evaluating, motivating, disciplining, developing and training subordinates, delegation, etc.) as well as customer service and reading comprehension.

This is a standardized examination and, therefore, test questions and test answers are not available for public inspection or review.

Qualified candidates will be notified of the exact date, time and location of the examination. The examination is administered via computer or in paper format. Qualified candidates will be notified of the particular format to be used in their test appointment notification.

The score you achieve on this examination shall be valid and 'banked' for three years, starting from the date of the examination. This means that, during this three-year time period, you will not be required to take this test again should you apply and be found eligible for a future announcement for which this particular test is used. Please note this test is used for other supervisory classes therefore your test score may be applied to one or more of these classes if you choose to apply to future recruitments. If the test for this future announcement is held within one year of the date of this examination, your score will be automatically applied to that announcement. However, after one year, you have the option to either (a) apply your test score to the other announcement or (b) re-take the test. Re-testing is permitted no sooner than one year from the date of the examination and only in association with your eligibility for another announcement for which this test is used. Please note that, should you re-test, your re-test score would become your official score since it is the most recent.

SEWAGE PLANT STATIONARY ENGINEER WRITTEN EXAMINATION: (WEIGHT 30%)

Candidates will be tested to determine their relative knowledge, skills, and abilities in job-related areas which may include but are not limited to: Knowledge of boilers; Knowledge of Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Systems; Knowledge of Pumps and Compressors; Knowledge of Equipment Control Devices; Knowledge of Shop Practices and Safety Requirements; Knowledge of Sewage Treatment Processes; and Communications Skills.

Qualified candidates will be notified of the exact date, time and location of the examination.

This is a standardized examination and, therefore, test questions and answers are not available for public inspection or review. Scores attained on the Sewage Plant Stationary Engineer Written Examination will be valid and 'banked' for three years, starting from the date of the examination. This means that, during this three-year time period, you will not be required to take the Sewage Plant Stationary Written Examination.

The Sewage Plant Stationary Engineer Written Examination may be used for other classes; therefore your test score may be applied to one or more of these classes if you choose to apply to future recruitments. If the selection process for the future announcement is held within one year of the date of this examination and it includes the Written Examination, your score will be automatically applied to that announcement. However, after one year, you have the option to either (a) apply your test score to the other announcement or (b) re-take the Sewage Plant Stationary Engineer. Re-testing is permitted no sooner than one year from the date of the examination and only in association with your eligibility for another announcement for which the Sewage Plant Stationary Engineer Written Examination is used. Please note that, should you re-test, your re-test score would become your official score since it is the most recent. The department may administer additional selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

SENIOR STATIONARY ENGINEER WRITTEN EXERCISE: (WEIGHT 20%)

Candidates will be tested to measure to determine their knowledge, skills, and abilities in job-related areas which may include but are not limited to: Knowledge of Sewage Plant Operation Requirements; knowledge of maintenance and repair requirements; knowledge of safety practices and procedures; and written communication ability.

Qualified candidates will be notified of the exact date, time and location of the examination. Requests for an alternate test date may be considered in limited circumstances and must be submitted to the analyst listed in this announcement within five (5) calendar days of the announcement of the test date.

A passing score must be achieved on the written examination and written exercise in order to be placed on the eligible list.

Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director. 

CERTIFICATION RULE: The certification rule for the ranked eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Five Scores.

ELIGIBLE LIST: The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.
The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

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.

Conclusion

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights

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. [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4. Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement. Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at http://sfgov.org/civilservice/rules.  

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

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.

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:
http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:
http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#veteranspreference  

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: Information regarding seniority credit can be found at:
http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#senioritycredit  

DRUG TESTING REQUIREMENT: Applicants for positions in this classification who are not currently employed by the City and County of San Francisco in a safety-sensitive position represented by (include the specific union name), are required to pass pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. All employees in this classification may also be subject to drug and alcohol testing upon reasonable suspicion or after a work-related accident. Applicants with a positive result from a pre-employment drug test will be restricted from hire in safety-sensitive positions for six-months after the date of the positive test.

Exam Type: CPE
Issued: March 9, 2017
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: 901881
PUC/ MB / 415.554.1641
 

Benefits

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, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.

 



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