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Electrical Line Worker - Power Enterprise - SFPUC (7338)

Recruitment: RTF0117816-01115722

Published: November 02, 2023


Monica Guzman -

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Department: Public Utilities Commission
Job class: 7338-Electrical Line Worker
Salary range: $134,446.00 - $134,446.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Class Based Test
Rule: Rule of 3 What does this mean?
List type: Combined Promotive and Entrance


  • Application Filing Deadline: November 10, 2023 (Updated)
  • Analyst Name:  Monica Guzman,
  • Annual Salary: $131,482 per year

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees operating across eight counties serving more than 2.7 million customers in the San Francisco Bay Area – 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

Our Mission: To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.

Our Vision: We are an innovative utility leader, recognized for excellent results in service, safety, stewardship, and inclusiveness.

We are an award-winning and industry-leading utilities organization committed to our customers, community interests, and the environment. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at

We are proud of our infrastructure and programs, but most importantly, we value our highly qualified and dedicated workforce which ensures that this vision becomes a reality.

To learn more about working at the SFPUC, visit our career site at

Role description

Under general supervision, performs skilled line work in the installation, maintenance and repair of overhead and underground lines for police and fire alarm signal, traffic control, and communication systems, Street Lighting, distribution lines of systems under 600 volts; and performs related duties as required.

Requires responsibility for: carrying out existing methods and procedures involving line construction, maintenance and repair activities; keeping routine records of work time and materials used. Nature of work involves considerable physical effort and dexterity in the use of fingers, limbs and body; frequent exposure to natural elements and working conditions where serious accidents or injuries may occur.

Essential Functions:

1.       Installs, repairs, and maintains high tension overhead transmission systems under 600 volts, related feeder lines, towers and poles; performs such maintenance activities when lines are energized as well as de-energized.

2.       Installs and maintains underground cables and feeders and related auxiliary equipment.

3.       Installs and maintains air raid sirens, fire alarm boxes, telephone systems, traffic signals, block and warning signals and street lighting circuits; maintains alarm bells and telegraphic equipment in fire stations; trouble shoots, locates and repairs circuits in the communications systems.

4.       Tests, inspects, repairs, and replaces traffic signal, street lighting circuits, fire alarm and police call boxes; patrols and inspects overhead lines and circuits to identify faulty or worn parts relative to necessary replacement and repair.

5.       Operates power auger to dig pole holes; sets, plumbs and anchors poles; repairs and replaces cross-arms and related hardware and strings transmission/communication lines and wires. Operates bucket trucks in the installation and maintenance of traffic signals, street lighting and overhead line construction.

6.       Splices and makes repairs to aluminum and copper conductors; cleans and paints transmission, siren and radio towers and power line poles; patrols and inspects transmission/communication lines and removes trees or other obstructions on line right-of-way.

7.       Overhauls and replaces switches, circuit breakers and fuses; cleans and washes insulators with special "hot line" equipment.

8.       May perform general electrical maintenance work on domestic and other type of wire facilities and equipment.

9.       May be tasked to “Lead a crew of Line Helpers or Laborers” at times depending on the job and departmental need.

 Nature of the work:

Position(s) may involve considerable physical effort and dexterity in the use of fingers, limbs and body and frequent exposure to all weather conditions and working conditions where serious accidents or injuries may occur. Shift work and overtime may be required. Climbing of wood poles, towers, and other supporting structure, and working in elevated positions is required. Employees must be proficient in the safe use and operation of digger derrick equipment, cable installation machinery and aerial lifts. Employees in this job Class are subject to stand-by, pre-arranged and call-out duty.

How to qualify


Completion of a State Certified electrical line apprenticeship program; OR


Specialty A: Three (3) years of verifiable work experience as a journey-level line worker working with pole and tower distribution systems between 120V and 600V, with the construction, installation, maintenance and repair of overhead and underground electrical power distribution systems; OR

Specialty B: Three (3) years of verifiable work experience as a journey-level line worker working with pole systems, construction, installation, maintenance and repair of overhead lines, communication systems and underground communication systems.

Substitution: For Specialty B: Completion of a Lineman college program with a minimum of 500 hours of which at least 375 hours must be field training that includes pole climbing can substitute for one (1) year of the required work experience.

License/Certifications:  Possession of a valid California driver's license.

Special Conditions: All SFPUC positions: Possession of a Class A or B driver's license must be obtained within the first six (6) months of employment.

Safety Sensitive Position Requirements: The City and County of San Francisco’s Substance Abuse Policy, in compliance with the Department of Transportation Omnibus Transportation Employer Testing Act of 1991 employing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations, requires drug and alcohol testing for employees in “safety-sensitive” positions. This Class 7338, Electrical Line Worker position qualifies as “safety-sensitive” as defined by the FMCSA and FTA regulations. The selected applicants for “safety-sensitive” positions will be required to pass a Pre-Employment drug test prior to appointment and shall be subject to Random, Post-Accident, Reasonable Suspicion, Return-To-Duty, and Follow-Up testing during employment. Prior to appointment to an FMCSA “safety-sensitive” position, each applicant who has participated in a DOT drug and alcohol testing program within the immediately preceding three (3) years will be required to sign a consent form authorizing the City to contact his/her prior employers concerning his/her drug and alcohol test history.

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


Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application, examination and/or departmental selection process. 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. For more information on verification, please visit the following link:

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline 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.

One year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2000 hours. (2000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40-hour work week.) Any overtime hours that you work above forty (40) hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.


Only candidates who demonstrate via the application that they meet the minimum qualifications will advance in the selection process.

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying):

Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application at a later time. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Performance Examination (Pass/Fail)

Candidates will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the use of a bucket truck in order to attach an overhead connection to a street light pole, hand an arm, and a luminaire. Additionally, candidates will be required to demonstrate proficiency in climbing poles. Candidates will only be allowed one attempt for each task. Failure to successfully complete these tasks will disqualify the candidate from participation in the remainder of the examination. (Candidates should dress appropriately and bring a hard hat, gloves and protective glasses to the examination).

Candidates must pass the Performance Examination in order to continue to the Oral Examination process.  Note: The Oral Examination will be administered on the same date as the Performance Evaluation.

Oral Examination (Weight – 100%)

Candidates will be tested to determine their relative knowledge, abilities and skills in job-related areas. Those areas to be tested may include but not limited to knowledge of electrical theory and practice as applied to field maintenance and repair problems of low voltage transmission and distribution lines; ability to install, repair, replace and maintain equipment; knowledge of safety requirements and procedures; knowledge of tools and techniques necessary to work on energized lines. A written exercise may be administered as part of the process.

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

Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

A passing score must be achieved on the Performance and Oral Examination in order to continue in the selection process and be placed on the eligible list.

Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score. Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.

The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

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

What else should I know?

Eligible List/Score Report

Eligible List Duration: The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be 6 months and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director. 

Certification Rule:
The certification rule for the ranked eligible lists resulting from this examination will be Rule of 3 Scores. The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process 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.

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The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

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] 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

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:

Exam Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Monica Guzman, by email at

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.