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Welder - Citywide (7390) - T00077

Recruitment: REF26605J

Published: June 01, 2023

Accepting applications until: June 15, 2023


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Department: Citywide
Job class: 7390-Welder
Salary range: $94,458.00 - $114,790.00
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



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.

Application Opening:  June 1, 2023  

Application Deadline:  June 15, 2023

Compensation:  $111,982 Yearly (This compensation will change effective July 1, 2023.)  7390-Welder | City and County of San Francisco (

Recruitment ID:  T00077/REF26605J

Role description

Under general supervision, performs a variety of welding functions (adopted by the American Welding Society AWS D1.1) in connection with the repair and maintenance of facilities, street and subway railway tracks, transit vehicles and related equipment by use of oxyacetylene,  electric arc, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, metal inert gas (MIG), and/or tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding methods.  Essential functions of the class may vary based on assignment and include:  welding street railway track parts, switches, mates, frogs, wheel flanges; welding, brazing, burning and bending steel, rails, bolts, grip dies and steel plates; repairing broken and worn parts of various types of equipment including other allied equipment for cable cars, street cars, light rail vehicles, trolley coaches, gas, hybrid and diesel buses, metal panels, shop equipment, and maintenance vehicles; cutting plates for channel work on cable lines; building up, correcting, laying out and fabricating jigs and dies; scraping, filing, chipping and grinding metal parts after completion of necessary welding operations and completing various daily task sheets, work related documents and basic data entry.  Performs other related duties as required.  

Essential Duties:

1. Welds, brazes and burns broken and worn parts and repairs various types of equipment at various locations throughout the city.
2. Welds street railway track parts, switches, mates and frogs at various locations throughout the city.
3. Makes repairs to other allied equipment for cable cars, street cars, trolley coaches, gas and diesel buses.
4. Lays out and fabricates piping systems, tanks, street repair and earth moving equipment parts.
5. Burns rails and bolts and grip dies.
6. Cuts plates for channel work on cable lines at various locations throughout the city.
7. Welds wheel flanges, repairs metal panels and other allied equipment.
8. Builds up, corrects, lays out and fabricates jigs and dies.
9. Makes all necessary welding repairs to shop equipment and maintenance vehicles, including fire apparatus frames, bumpers, motor blocks, gears and housing; aerial ladders, bodies and component parts, and attachments.
10. Scrapes, files, chips and grinds metal parts after completion of necessary welding operations.
11. Completes various daily tasks sheets and work related documents when necessary.
12. Performs other duties as required.

Nature of work: Requires considerable physical effort and dexterity in the use of fingers, limbs and body; continuous exposure to potentially hazardous working conditions where serious injuries may occur despite provision of safety measures.  Performs duties in unpredictable working conditions:  in confined spaces, in outdoor environments, in inclement weather, etc.  Employees may be required to work any shift, rotating shifts, weekends and holidays. 

How to qualify

1. Three (3) years of experience as a journey-level welder using oxyacetylene and electric arc welding methods; AND

2. Possession of a valid driver license at the time of appointment. 

Substitution:  Completion of a recognized training program in the field of welding from an accredited junior or community college, trade school, military or technical institution may be substituted for one year of the required journey-level experience. Applicants qualifying under this provision must submit a certificate demonstrating completion of the training program.

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

Special Conditions:

1. Some positions may require one (1) year of MIG (metal inert gas) /TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding experience in addition to the minimum qualifications listed above.

2. Some positions may require possession of a valid DMV Medical Examiner’s Certificate as a condition of assignment to such position(s).

3. Incumbents must maintain driver license throughout the course of employment.

The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position(s) to be filled.  They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this class code.


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.

Written Multiple-Choice Examination: (Weight: 100%)

Candidates deemed eligible and admitted to the examination process will be administered a written multiple-choice test designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include but not limited to: knowledge of methods, procedures, practices and processes in welding; knowledge of basic safety practices; ability to use and operate hand tools and other welding equipment; and human relations ability.

This is a standardized examination and, therefore, test questions and test answers are not available for public inspection or review. For your reference, a Multiple-Choice Test Preparation Manual is available on the DHR Website

What else should I know?

Eligible List/Score Report

A confidential eligible list of qualifying candidates will be created and used for certification purposes only. A 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 selection 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.

Certification Rule

The certification rule for this selection process will be Rule of Three Scores.

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 . 

Medical Examination/Drug Testing:

Candidates who are being considered for appointment 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 7390 Welder 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.

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

•     Type "7390" into the "Search by class or keyword" field

•     Click the link to open the job ad

•     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.

 HR Analyst Information:  If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact Larry Dominguez at LD | CBT-7390-T00077 (REF26605J)


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.