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Senior Power Generation Technician (CBT-7484-U00012)

Recruitment: REF23528H

Published: March 09, 2023

Accepting applications until: March 26, 2023


Michelle Chee -

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Department: Citywide
Job class: 7484-Senior Power Generation Technician
Salary range: $125,060.00 - $152,048.00
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 Opening: March 9, 2023
•    Application Deadline: March 26, 2023
•    Analyst Name: Michelle Chee
•    Location: Moccasin, CA
•    Annual Salary: $125,060 - $152,048

•    List ID: CBT-7484-U00012

THIS POSITION IS LOCATED IN MOCCASIN, CA (approx. 140 miles east of San Francisco)

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.  We value our highly qualified and dedicated workforce which ensures that this vision becomes a reality. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at

Role description

Under general supervision, plans, assigns, directs and reviews the work of technicians on an assigned shift or at an assigned location; develops procedures and training materials and provides technical assistance to supervisory staff as operational changes are introduced; operates hydro-power generation, switching and water regulation equipment and facilities to ensure adequate city water supplies while producing electrical power in the most effective and cost efficient manner; and performs related duties as required.

Classification Notes
This is the lead and/or specialist level in this class series. Incumbents may coordinate activities during an assigned shift or at a remote location or provide technical expertise to the 7488 Power Generation Supervisor in a variety of operating and administrative areas. Responsibilities also include performing the full range of technician duties on a regular basis. This class is distinguished from 7488 Power Generation Supervisor in that the latter has supervisory responsibility for operations and maintenance staff, activities and multiple facilities at a remote site. It is further distinguished from 7488 Power Generation Supervisor in that the latter is the second supervisory level in this series, responsible for all power generation and transmission operations in multiple locations on a 7 day per week, 24 hour basis.

Essential Duties

  • Plans, assigns, directs, and reviews the work of a shift or crew of Power Generation Technicians
  • Assists in the selection of staff, instructs technicians in work procedures; provides input into the performance evaluation process; counsels employees and carries out discipline as required
  • Develops procedures and operational guidelines for power generation, switching, safety clearances and other unit functions
  • Authorizes safety clearances and equipment shutdowns and start-ups; coordinates planned maintenance and emergency operations to ensure continued power generation and dispatch within established safety and operational guidelines
  • Directs the review of or personally reviews system operational status, including checking alarms, meters, gauges and computer status screens; may physically inspect equipment which may be malfunctioning; attempts to correct or determine the cause and notifies appropriate maintenance personnel
  • Reviews pre-established schedules and real time indicators and directs the adjustment of or adjusts equipment operation accordingly to meet operational parameters; coordinates the operation of remote facilities to integrate their activities within those of the primary generation facility
  • Ensures that water levels at multiple facilities are maintained within acceptable parameters; communicates with field staff to operate valves to raise and lower storage level appropriately
  • Directs technicians to contact or personally contacts other power generation agencies to purchase or sell power, depending upon operational needs; assesses prices and delivery routes to maximize economic return within established guidelines
  • Assists maintenance personnel in the installation, maintenance and/or repair of equipment; may independently perform minor maintenance or adjustments as required
  • Maintains logs and records regarding work performed and operational actions taken; compiles periodic and special reports regarding work performed
  • Drives a motor vehicle and uses a variety of standard office equipment, including multiple computer terminals, in the performance of the work.

How to qualify

1. Five (5) years of experience in operating hydro-electric generation and related transmission equipment, which has included real-time scheduling, buying and selling of electrical power and the remote operation of multiple generation and/or transmission sites;
2. Possession of a valid driver license (California issued by time of hire)


  • Newly hired 7484 employees are required to become North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) certified by the completion of their probationary periods in order to fulfill the federal mandate established by the WECC Compliance Office.
  • Physical Demands: strength and mobility to work in a typical plant operations setting, including operating hand and power tools; driving to various work sites; stamina to perform sustained physical labor; including standing, walking, climbing and working in confined or awkward spaces; strength to lift and maneuver materials and equipment weighing up to 100 pounds with proper equipment; vision to read printed material, VDT screen and determine fine color differences; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone.
  • Must be able to work off-hours, holidays, weekend shifts and be available for emergency call back as required.

Verification of Education and Experience:
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 during the recruitment process. 

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.
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.

What else should I know?

How To Apply
Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process.

  • Select the “Apply Now” 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 Type: 
Combined, Promotive and Entrance
Certification Rule: Rule of Three (3)
Eligible List Duration: Twelve (12) months.
The duration of the eligible list may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director. 

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

  1. Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ) completed online (Qualifying)
  2. Training & Experience (T&E) Evaluation (100%)

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ): (Weight: Qualifying) Candidates will be required to complete a MQSQ as part of the application process.  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.

Training and Experience Evaluation (Weight: 100%):
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be sent a Training and Experience Evaluation via electronic mail after the closing of this filing period. The Training and Experience Evaluation is designed to measure the knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas required for the position.  Applicants will be given a deadline to return the Training and Experience Evaluation. Those who do not respond by the established deadline will not be eligible to continue in the examination process and will not be added to eligibility list resulting from this process. All applicants’ responses to the Training and Experience Evaluation are subject to verification.

A passing score on the Training and Experience Evaluation must be achieved in order to be placed/ranked on the Eligible List. Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score.

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

Score Report/Eligible List
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. 

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

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. 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

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Michelle Chee by email at

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

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.