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Automotive Machinist - City and County of San Francisco - Multiple Departments (7313) – (123484)

Recruitment: RTF0123481-01036507

Published: February 13, 2023

Accepting applications until: February 21, 2023


Sean Sexton -

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Department: Citywide
Job class: 7313-Automotive Machinist
Salary range: $117,338.00 - $117,338.00
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



The filing period has been extended for additional recruitment.

  • Application Opening: February 3, 2023 (Amended: 2/13/2023)
  • Application Deadline: February 21, 2023
  • Compensation Range: $111,956 (annually)
  • Recruitment ID: #123484

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 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 general supervision, the Automotive Machinist performs skilled machinist work in the maintenance, repair, rebuild, overhaul and service of heavy-duty and off-road vehicles and/or power-driven equipment, such as diesel trucks and buses, firefighting vehicles, compressors, alternators, generators, air compressors, air dryers, graders, backhoes, tractors, gas/diesel engines, automatic transmissions, differentials, small engines (lawn mowers, etc.), wheel chair lifts and electric motors (on carts, etc.).

Examples of Important and Essential Duties:

  • Maintains, repairs, rebuilds, overhauls and services heavy-duty and off-road vehicles and/or power-driven equipment using hand tools, precision measuring tools (micrometers, dial bore gauges, calipers, etc.), power tools and machine tools such as lathes, drill presses, grinders, CNC boring and honing equipment, valve refacing machines, seat and guide machines, surfacers and other machine tools.
  • Diagnoses malfunctions using test equipment, manufacturers’ specifications and repair manuals and observation in the shop and in the field to determine needed repairs.
  • Designs, fabricates and welds parts (MIG, TIG, ARC welding); magnafluxing metals.
  • Drives city vehicles and/or operates equipment to diagnose malfunctions and to conduct final inspection of work completed.
  • Inspects, tests and reviews vehicles and/or equipment as part of the preventive maintenance program.
  • Maintains records of equipment mileage, service/repair logs, materials and parts logs, equipment and parts orders.
  • Assists with ordering supplies, parts and materials necessary for the maintenance, repair and servicing of equipment and vehicles.
  • Responds to incoming emergency calls and may go to the site of the breakdown; may tow vehicles.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Nature of Work: involves some physical effort and considerable dexterity in the use of the fingers, limbs and body; wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); continuous exposure to physical and working conditions where minor injuries may occur. May be required to work nights, weekends and/or holidays

How to qualify


High school diploma or equivalent (GED or High School Proficiency Examination).

A combination of journey-level experience and/or apprenticeship training as an automotive machinist or heavy-duty mechanic totaling six (6) years in which the major duties were disassembling, repairing, overhauling and installing mechanical, electrical and hydraulic assemblies in heavy duty and off-road vehicles and power-driven equipment. To be considered qualifying, this experience must include the use of machine tools such as valve re-facers, hydraulic and drill presses, lathes and grinders.*

License and Certification:
Possession of at least a Class C (or III) driver license at the time of application; ability to obtain a Class B (or II) driver license and Medical Certificate at the time of appointment.
Positions at some city departments require that the candidate must be able to obtain a Class A (or I) driver license with Medical Certificate within six months of the time of appointment. Failure to maintain the required license may be cause for termination.

Completion of a CA Division of Apprenticeship Standards recognized Automotive Machinist apprenticeship program as evidenced by issuance of a Certificate of Completion of the  apprenticeship program under the appropriate authority will substitute for the six (6) years combined work experience. Applicants who are anticipated to complete such an apprenticeship program within the 12 months following the filing deadline will be admitted to the examination and will be placed under “general waiver” until the Certificate of Completion is issued.

*A. Experience solely as a passenger car mechanic, aircraft or stationary engine mechanic is not qualifying.
 B. Experience in a machine shop that does not involve all the duties listed is not qualifying.
 C. Applicants should clearly indicate the types of machine tools they have used in the work experience section on their application.
 D. Candidates who successfully pass the examination for this recruitment and are anticipated to complete an approved CA Division of Apprenticeship Standards recognized Automotive Machinist apprenticeship program within 12 months following the filing deadline will be placed on the eligible list under “general waiver” and will not be eligible to compete for positions until presentation of their Certificate of Completion. Once presented, the analyst will remove the waiver and the candidate will be eligible to compete in future certifications for the remaining duration of the eligible list.
 E. One-year full-time employment is considered 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 fulltime employment.

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

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.

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.


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.

Written Examination (Weight 100%):
Candidates deemed to meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in a written multiple-choice examination designed to measure their relative knowledge, skills and abilities in job-related areas, which may include, but are not limited to: knowledge of heavy duty mechanics; skill with hand, power and machinist tools; troubleshooting skills; ability to use electrical testing equipment; ability to read and use specifications and repair manuals; and knowledge of safety procedures. A passing score must be achieved on the written exam in order to continue in the selection process. This is a standardized examination, and, therefore, test questions and test answers are not available for public inspection or review.

Any scores attained on the written examination component 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 any test components for which you have already attained a score. If the selection process for the future announcement is held within one year of the date of this examination and it includes this written examination component, your score for the corresponding test component 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 component. 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 test component is used. Please note that, should you re-test, your re-test score would become your official score since it is the most recent.

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 12 months and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

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What else should I know?

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

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 the Machinists, Local 1414, 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.

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 may require 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.

SFMTA Medical Examination/Drug Testing:
Candidates who are being considered for appointment for positions may be required to pass a medical examination. Candidates who cannot meet the medical requirement will be placed under waiver until this requirement is met. The medical examination will be administered only to those applicants who are being considered for appointment.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has determined that Class 7313 Automotive Machinist is a “safety-sensitive” position, under regulations issued by the Federal Transit Administration (49 CFR Part 655). Federal law requires that all transit employees who perform safety-sensitive functions be subject to random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, return-to-duty and follow-up drug and alcohol testing. All applicants for Safety-Sensitive positions shall undergo urine drug testing prior to employment and within 90 days prior to performing Safety-Sensitive functions for the first time. Receipt by the SFMTA of a negative test result is required prior to the employee being placed on the payroll. A positive, adulterated, negative dilute or substituted test will result in a decision not to hire, and the applicant’s name will be removed from the list of eligibles for Safety-Sensitive positions. The SFMTA will not consider hiring any person who tested positive, adulterated, substituted or refused to submit to testing for a minimum of two years following the positive test.

In addition, each applicant who has worked for a Department of Transportation (DOT)-regulated employer(s) within the last two years will be required to sign a consent form, prior to appointment, authorizing SFMTA to obtain information from their prior employers concerning their drug and alcohol test history. Each applicant will also be required to provide SFMTA with information regarding whether, during the last two years, the applicant tested positive or refused to test on any pre-employment drug or alcohol test administered by an employer to which the applicant applied for, but did not obtain, safety-sensitive transportation work covered by DOT drug and alcohol testing rules. SFMTA will not hire any applicant for a safety-sensitive position who fails to provide this information or fails to provide written consent for the release of information from prior employers.

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 "Apply Now" button or “I’m Interested” button and follow instructions on the screen.

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,,,,,,,,,,,,, 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.

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

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