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TPV - Chief Stationary Engineer - San Francisco Public Library (7205) - 136481

Recruitment: RTF0136480-01107841

Published: January 09, 2024


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Department: Public Library
Job class: 7205-Chief Stationary Engineer
Salary range: $154,596.00 - $154,596.00
Role type: Temporary Provisional Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
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Application Opening – Tuesday, January 09, 2024
Application Deadline – This recruitment may close at any time, but not earlier than 5:00pm on Wednesday, January 24, 2024.
Compensation:  $154,596 Annually 
Recruitment ID: RTF0136480-01107841

Appointment Type: Temporary Provisional (TPV), limited to no more than 3 years in duration. This temporary position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process, is considered "at will" and shall serve at the discretion of the Department Head. This position will be subject to the Permanent Civil Service examination process. Successful participation in the Permanent Civil Service examination and selection through an open competitive process is needed in order to be considered for the permanent appointment.

San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse communities. The library system includes the architecturally significant Main Library in the city’s Civic Center, 27 neighborhood branch libraries, two administrative buildings and four bookmobiles. With a collection of more than 3.7 million items, and circulation exceeding 11 million each year, SFPL serves more than 6 million visitors annually. The library system has extraordinary political and fiscal support that mandates an annual funding allocation from the city’s property tax revenues, resulting in a budget of $171.2 million in FY 22. With a strong budget, SFPL has approximately 900 employees committed to outstanding public service.

San Francisco Public Library must build a culture, space, and workplace that is accessible and welcoming to all current and future employees, and to actively build an environment in which all people, regardless of background, identity, or ability, can be equal participants. In this way, our staff at all organizational levels can reflect the communities we serve. A safe, equitable workplace is an actively anti-racist workplace. Creating an inclusive workplace means aligning with the lived realities of people of color. Learn more about SFPL Racial Equity Commitment.

Role description

Under general direction, the Chief Stationary Engineer is responsible for the operation and maintenance of pumping, heating and ventilating plant machinery and equipment at the Library facilities located throughout the city of San Francisco; plans, assigns and directs the activities of subordinate personnel engaged in plant maintenance and operation activities; and performs related duties as required.

Requires responsibility for: The development, interpretation, coordination and enforcement of methods and procedures relative to the operation and maintenance of the library facilities; making regular contacts with other departmental personnel, outside organizations and the general public in connection with plant maintenance and operation activities; preparing, checking and reviewing important and detailed operational records and reports. Supervision includes local administrative control and work assignments of craft personnel on extended or temporary assignments. Craft general foremen will supervise their respective workmen in those matters pertaining to craft or trade techniques or methods.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops, directs and reviews preventative maintenance programs for all plant mechanical, electrical and auxiliary machinery and equipment; supervises the operation, maintenance and repair of pumping systems, heating equipment, standby Cummins diesel generators and automatic transfer switches, large York chiller plant, wide variety of AC package units and heat pumps, computer server room, and San Francisco History Room HVAC system (which houses and protects irreplaceable artifacts)
  • Prepares work schedules and assigns duties to subordinate personnel; inspects and reviews maintenance and operation activities to assure conformance with instructions and existing standards.
  • Requisitions supplies, materials and parts necessary to maintenance and operation activities and assures that sufficient supplies are readily available; prepares specifications and estimates for equipment, supplies and the installation and repair of machinery and equipment.
  • May exercise work direction of various skilled craftsmen assigned to certain maintenance and repair activities in and about plants; prepares and supervises the preparation of plant operating reports and records.
  • Assists in the development and advancement of subordinates through training and effective use of employee development program.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications:

Six (6) years of journey level Stationary Engineer experience in the maintenance repair and operation of a wide variety of mechanical and electrical pumping, heating, air conditioning, ventilating and related plant machinery and equipment found in a government establishment, water treatment plant, hospital, or industrial, production or commercial building, of which two (2) years of must have been in a supervisory capacity.

License and Certification:

A driver's license issued by the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles; AND

Possession of a Universal Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) Certificate issued by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency for working with heating and ventilating equipment or other refrigeration equipment using CFCs and HCFCs.

Verification: 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

Verification of qualifying experience, when requested, must be documented on the employer's business letterhead and must include the name of the applicant, job title(s), dates of employment, description of job duties performed, and signature of the employer or the employer’s authorized representative. Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted. Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain. The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining why verification cannot be obtained. Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Failure to provide the required verification, or request for waiver when requested may result in rejection of the 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.

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

Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether candidate meets the minimum qualifications. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility and disqualification. 

Selection Procedures: The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate the qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the oral/performance interview. 

What else should I know?

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 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.

Human Resources Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please send your inquires to Christian Molina, Human Resources Analyst at 

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.