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Utility Plumber Supervisor II - Citywide - (7284) (U00008)

Recruitment: REF16634M

Published: March 13, 2023

Accepting applications until: April 03, 2023


David Jung -

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Department: Citywide
Job class: 7284-Utility Plumber Supervisor II
Salary range: $136,838.00 - $166,296.00
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: 03/13/2023
  • Application Filing Deadline: 04/03/2023
  • Annual Salary: $136,838 - $166,296
  • Recruitment ID: Eligible List ID – U00008, RTF Code ID - REF16634M


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.

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.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

We are committed to providing a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and belonging environment for the City and County of San Francisco, where all employees and prospective employees experience fairness, dignity, and respect. Our mission is to use fair and equitable practices to hire, develop, support, and retain a highly-qualified workforce. The resources support and expand on the Mayor’s Executive Directive 18-02, "Ensuring a Diverse, Fair, and Inclusive City Workplace." To learn more about working at the SFPUC, visit our career site at

Role description


The Water Enterprise manages our complex regional water supply system featuring reservoirs, tunnels, pipelines, and treatment plants. We serve 2.7 million Bay Area residential, commercial, and industrial customers with high-quality, great tasting water every day. Our protected watersheds in Tuolumne, Alameda, and San Mateo counties ensure that we deliver safe, reliable water throughout our service area. We are proud to operate one of the most environmentally sustainable systems in the country.


The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s City Distribution Division (CDD) is responsible for directing approximately 322 employees in the operation and maintenance of the 4 active water distribution systems within the City and County of San Francisco. These activities include, but are not limited to: operating and maintaining 20 pump stations (7 hydro-pneumatic stations), 10 reservoirs, 8 storage tanks, 20 regulators as well as other ancillary appurtenances and equipment; installing, repairing and maintaining 1,281 miles of water distribution mains including 181,000 service connections and meters and five water systems (2 permitted potable at CDD and Treasure Island/Yerba Buena Island, Auxiliary, Recycled, and Groundwater);  engineering and designing new main and feeder extensions; managing the flora and fauna on over 1,000 acres of city owned property and rights-of-ways; and responding to all two-alarm or greater fires to assist the Fire Department in maintaining adequate water volume and consistent pressure while fighting fires.


The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Water Supply and Treatment Division (WSTD) is one of the three largest operating divisions in the Water Enterprise and a key part of the third largest municipal utility in California, serving 2.7 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the Bay Area, we manage a complex water supply system stretching from the Tesla Treatment Facility in San Joaquin County to the City, featuring a series of reservoirs, tunnels, pipelines, and treatment systems. Two unique features of this system stand out: the drinking water provided is among the purest in the world; and the system for delivering that water is almost entirely gravity fed, requiring almost no fossil fuel consumption to move water from the mountains to your tap. WSTD is responsible for managing the storage, transmission, and treatment of potable water to San Franciscans and 27 water agencies in three Bay Area counties – San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda.

Position Summary

The Utility Plumber Supervisor II, under general supervision, supervises several utility foremen in organizing, planning and directing the activities of skilled and semi-skilled workers engaged in performing a wide variety of maintenance operations on water supply and distribution lines and facilities, including overall care and maintenance of watershed and reservoir properties, structures, buildings and facilities. The 7284 Utility Plumber Supervisor II is the second-level supervisor in the Utility Plumber series.

The essential functions of the Utility Plumber Supervisor II may include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervises a wide variety of maintenance operations on water supply and distribution lines and facilities, including reservoirs, buildings and structures, equipment, dams, pipe lines, fire trails, fences, tunnels, shafts, ditches, flumes and aqueducts.
  • Plans deployment of personnel and equipment to best advantage on the basis of work orders received; assigns work crews and craftsmen, through a number of foremen, to particular tasks; assigns helpers and laborers to various crews; assigns available equipment to various projects depending upon requirements and priority of need.
  • Instructs foremen as to the manner in which each particular project is to be carried out; visits projects and inspects progress and quality of work; checks on locations where other utilities are likely to interfere with department's facilities to assure proper clearance in order to avoid possible accident and damage; visits other construction jobs to give contractors specific locations of department's facilities.
  • Investigates complaints of leaks, reports of encroachments and various nuisances; takes necessary action to remedy situations.
  • Confers with superiors on matters of policy and planning for fixture maintenance projects; recommends certain projects deemed necessary based on personal knowledge and field observations.
  • Assists in the development and advancement of subordinates, through training and effective use of employee development program.
  • Class 7284 Utility Plumber Supervisor II performs other related duties as required.

How to qualify

If you are interested in this job, we are looking for people that have the following minimum qualifications:


Completion of the recognized program of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada -- City and County of San Francisco Utility Plumber Apprenticeship program in Class 7463/7464. AND


Six (6) years of journey-level experience working with water mains, pipes, hydrants and services for a water utility, of which three (3) years must have been in a supervisory capacity, supervising activities of subordinates working with water mains, pipes, hydrants and services for a water utility. AND

License and Certification:

Possession of a current Grade III Water Distribution Operator Certificate (WDO) issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board. AND

Possession of a valid California driver license.


  • Completion of a recognized five (5) year apprenticeship program in plumbing, utility plumbing or pipe welding and three (3) additional years of journey-level experience working with water mains, pipes, hydrants and services for a water utility may be substituted for the completion of the City and County of San Francisco Utility Plumber Apprenticeship.
  • Additional experience as described above may be substituted for the required apprenticeship on a year-for-year basis.


Upon appointment to Class 7284, employees will be required to:

  • Pass a state mandated respirator medical examination (to be renewed annually) and be clean-shaven for wearing respiratory protection equipment. AND
  • Obtain a minimum of a Grade IV Water Distribution Operator Certification within eighteen (18) months of appointment (provided that the test will be given twice a year by the State of California).

Applicants must meet the 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. 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.

What else should I know?


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.

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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.

Supplemental Questionnaire Examination (Weight 100%)

The Supplemental Questionnaire is an exam and contents will be evaluated and scored. The purpose of the Supplemental Questionnaire Exam is to evaluate the experience, knowledge, skills and abilities that candidates possess in job-related areas which have been identified as critical for this position. These may include but are not limited to: knowledge of the construction, operation, and maintenance of waterworks systems; knowledge of the locations of mains and control valves and fittings in the distribution system; knowledge of system locations and facilities, both in the outlying watersheds and local distribution districts; knowledge of industrial safety fundamentals practiced in waterworks construction, operation, and maintenance; ability to efficiently organize and direct foremen and groups of workers in a wide variety of maintenance projects and operations; ability and skill to communicate with the general public and obtain compliance with rules; ability and skill with procedures concerning emergency shutdowns.

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.

Additional Information

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 twelve months and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director. To find Departments which use this classification, please see

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:

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.