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Steamfitter - Citywide (7348) - 128320

Recruitment: RTF0128319-01115518

Published: January 09, 2023


Carol Robert -

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Department: San Francisco International Airport
Job class: 7348-Steamfitter
Salary range: $116,792.00 - $141,986.00
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: Entrance


•    Application Opening: Friday, January 6, 2023
•    Application Deadline: Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as this announcement may close at anytime after Friday, January 20, 2023. 
•    Compensation Range: $134,160.00 Annually (Appointments to this job class enter at Step 5)
•    Recruitment ID: 128320 (RTF0128319)


San Francisco is a vibrant and dynamic city, on the forefront of economic growth & innovation, urban development, arts & entertainment, as well as social issues & change. This rich tapestry of culture and ideas is sustained by our City's commitment to heighten the quality of life for the diverse population of San Franciscans and residents of the greater Bay Area. Our employees play an important role not only in making our City what it is today, but also in shaping the future of San Francisco. 

Role description

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.

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.

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.

How to qualify

Education and Experience:
Completion of a five year accredited steamfitters' apprenticeship program and two (2) years verifiable experience as a journey-level steamfitter as 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 (7) years.

License and Certification: 
Possession of a valid driver license.


  1. 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.
  2. Some departments may require possession of Pressure Vessel Welding Certification, which must be obtained within one year of appointment.

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

One year full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

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.

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.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

Selection Procedures:
After application submission, candidates deemed qualified must complete all subsequent steps to advance in this selection process, which includes the following:

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ): Candidates will be required to complete a MQSQ as part of the employment application. This MQSQ is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications (MQ) for this position. The MQSQ will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.”

Oral/Performance Examination (Weight: 100%)
Candidates will be invited to participate in an oral/performance exam to determine their relative knowledge, skills, and abilities in job-related areas for 7348 classification which may include, but are not limited to 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; 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.

Date of Oral/performance Examination
Only those applicants who are meet the minimum qualifications will be notified of the exact date, time and place to report to the oral/performance examination.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through all the steps in the selection procedure. Candidates must achieve a passing score on the oral/performance examination in order to be ranked in the eligible list score report

What else should I know?

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Clearance:
Candidates for employment with the San Francisco Airport Commission are required to undergo a criminal history record check, including FBI fingerprints, and Security Threat Assessment 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.

Customs Clearance:
This position requires that the incumbent be qualified for unescorted access to the San Francisco International Airport U.S. Customs Security Area. An application for a U.S. Custom Access Seal may be submitted to Customs ONLY after employment has commenced.  Employment in this position requires that the incumbent submit an application for, successfully acquire and maintain a Customs Access Seal. Per Civil Service Commission Rule 110.9.1, every applicant must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the examination announcement for this examination. Failure to acquire or maintain customs access, a requirement for this position, may be basis for termination from employment with the Airport Commission. Customs Access Seal requirements and procedures are located in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 19, Part 122, Sections 181 or 189.

Medical Examination:
Prior to appointment, candidates must successfully pass a medical examination to determine his/her ability to perform the essential functions of the job and/or the ability to meet the physical minimum requirements.

Eligible List/Score Report:
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.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

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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

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



Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit and begin the application process. 

• Select the “I’m Interested” button and follow instructions on the screen. 

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment 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 (,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

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.

Exam Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Carolina Robert at

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

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.