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Job classification

Overtime eligibility Covered (Non-Z) - Nonexempt
Labor agreement Plumbers, Local 38
Effective dateAugust 17, 2012

Current compensation plan

Effective: Jan 06, 2024

See Historic and future compensation information for this class

Step: Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Rate /hr: $56.1500 $58.9625 $61.9125 $64.9750 $68.2625
Rate /biweekly: $4,492.00 $4,717.00 $4,953.00 $5,198.00 $5,461.00
Rate /year: $116,792 $122,642 $128,778 $135,148 $141,986

Additional notes: Appointments to this job class enter at Step 5.

Job description




Business Unit: COMMN


Under supervision, performs highly skilled, journey-level steamfitter duties in altering, maintaining, repairing, inspecting and installing steam heat and steam power installations and other equipment such as pumps, compressors, boilers and steam power lines; and performs related duties as required. Nature of work involves some physical effort and manual dexterity in the use of the fingers, limbs and body.


According to Civil Service Commission Rule 9, the duties specified below are representative of the duties assigned to this class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Alters, maintains, repairs, inspects and installs the following: all piping fixtures, pumps and/or appurtenances; all steam or hot water boilers of any type; pipefitting and any related piping systems including fixtures and/or appurtenances associated with steam plants and/or steam systems; hot water heating systems connected with high or low pressure steam plants including all piping, fitting and fixtures and/or appurtenances of every description; all control systems including but not limited to pneumatic, electric, electronic, DDC and related systems; HVAC systems and all piping fixtures and/or appurtenances of every description associated with it and related equipment; all types of piping fixtures and/or appurtenances related to all refrigeration systems; chillers, all chilled water systems; cooling systems; and all CFC certification requirements; cooling towers; all process piping; chemical treatment systems; air compressors; expansion tanks; and oil and gas fired equipment.

2. Cuts, threads and grooves steel pipe; cuts, bevels, fits up and tack welds steel pipe; solders and brazes copper & brass pipe and fittings.

3. Installs, replaces and repairs pipe covering/insulation.

4. Makes rough sketches and prepares material list using figure 4 or isometric drawings.

5. Keeps records of time spent and work completed.

6. Uses trade related hand, power and pneumatic tools to alter, maintain, repair, inspect and install steam heat and steam power installations and other equipment.

7. Operates motor and utility vehicles such as forklift, scissors lift, high ranger and/or other specialized equipment to move materials to and out of work sites.

8. Lifts and moves heavy objects, up to 100 lbs. including equipment, machinery parts and heavy tools to appropriate work areas.

9. Communicates with a variety of individuals including supervisors, tenants, and general public regarding steamfitting operations and procedures.

10. Performs other related duties as required.

Job Related and Essential Qualifications:

Knowledge of:

Methods and procedures used to alter, maintain, repair, inspect and install steam heat, steam power installations, pumps, compressors, boilers, pneumatic controls, HVAC systems, refrigeration systems; high temperature hot water heating systems and steam power lines, and combustion control systems including welding; applicable safety codes, rules and regulations relating to practices and procedures governing the safe operation of high and low pressure boilers and safety controls.


Business Unit: COMMN

Ability to:

Write clearly, concisely and effectively; complete work orders, sketches and drawings; use trade related hand, power and pneumatic tools; communicate orally to exchange spoken information in a clear, concise, organized, effective and relevant manner; promote and maintain harmonious working relationship with coworkers, other departmental staff and the public; read blueprints and understand construction drawings; move and lift up to 100 lbs.; drive utility vehicles.

Experience and Training:

Completion of a five year accredited steamfitters' apprenticeship program and two (2) years verifiable experience as a journey-level steamfitter as it relates to Uniform Building codes and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (A.S.M.E.) or a combination of apprenticeship and journey level experience totaling seven years.

License/Certificate: Possession of a valid driver license. Some positions may require valid certification of Chloroflourocarbon (C.F.C. - type I and II) as required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This certification must be obtained within one year of appointment.

Special Requirements: Nature of work involves some physical effort and manual dexterity in the use of the fingers, limbs and body. Safety rules and regulations are a primary consideration in the nature of the work that is performed within this job code. Duties may require working at heights; working on confined spaces; possible exposure to hazardous materials, infectious waste, asbestos and other health hazards.

Effective date: 2/23/61

Amended: 1/28/00

Reason for amendment: To accurately reflect the current tasks, knowledge, skills and abilities defined in the most recent job code.

Standard information

Disaster service work

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.

Historic and future compensation

Effective (Sched) Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Jan 06, 2024 (Y) $56.1500 $58.9625 $61.9125 $64.9750 $68.2625
Jul 01, 2023 (X) $54.9125 $57.6625 $60.5500 $63.5500 $66.7625
Jul 01, 2022 (W) $53.0500 $55.7125 $58.5000 $61.4000 $64.5000
Jan 08, 2022 (V) $49.9250 $52.4375 $55.0625 $57.7875 $60.7000
Jul 01, 2021 (U) $49.6750 $52.1750 $54.7875 $57.5000 $60.4000
Dec 26, 2020 (T) $47.9875 $50.4000 $52.9250 $55.5500 $58.3500
Jul 01, 2020 (S) $46.5875 $48.9375 $51.3875 $53.9375 $56.6500

Historic compensation data is provided in hourly pay.

Sources: San Francisco Open Data Portal: Compensation plan table