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Track Maintenance Worker - SF Municipal Transportation Agency - (7540)

Recruitment: REF30687W

Published: September 18, 2023


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Department: Municipal Transportation Agency
Job class: 7540-Track Maintenance Worker
Salary range: $78,780.00 - $95,810.00
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


This is a Class-Based SFMTA Test conducted in accordance with CSC Rule 410.

The SFMTA, a department of the City and County of San Francisco, oversees Muni (the historic Municipal Railway), parking and traffic, bicycling, walking and taxis. Over one million people get around San Francisco and rely on us to ensure safe and reliable travel.

Our Vision: Excellent transportation choices for San Francisco.
Our Mission: We connect San Francisco through a safe, equitable, and sustainable transportation system. 

Application Opening:  September 18, 2023
Application Closing:  September 29, 2023
Compensation Range:  $75,894 -$92,326
Recruitment ID:  T00090/REF30687W

Role description

Under general supervision, a Track Maintenance Worker performs the installation, maintenance and repair of cable car and light rail vehicle railway tracks and related equipment.

Essential duties include: Operating mechanical equipment in the installation and replacement of tracks; operating power tools, pneumatic and hand tools in connection with the fabrication and fitting of track components; maintaining pulleys, brackets, bumper bars, gypsys, depression beams, rails, turntables and its related trackway components; removing and replacing bolts and breaking down and rebuilding pulleys and depression beams; cleaning cable car pits and channel areas; cleaning and maintaining trackway, including removal of debris and vegetation; assisting Cable Splicers and other related maintenance staff; acting as flag person; driving department vehicle for inspections and rail repairs; using a computer for data entry, email, payroll documents, and reports; excavating and preparing the area for the installation of ties and other rail components; and pouring concrete and laying cold asphalt. Incumbents may be required to perform other related duties as required. May include duties as assigned.

Nature of Work: Requires exerting considerable physical effort, working in confined spaces, lifting and carrying heavy equipment and tools; working in adverse weather conditions such as rain and cold; dirt and dust; and in hazardous traffic conditions.  Incumbent may be required to wear a respirator; and work rotating shifts, holidays and weekends. 

How to qualify

Experience: One (1) year of verifiable full-time construction experience which MUST have included using two of the following tools: jackhammers, metal cutoff saws, vibratory plate compactors and/or 9 inch or larger grinders (experience as a carpenter, electrician or plumber will NOT be considered as qualifying) 

License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license 

Ability: Need to be able to lift and carry tools and equipment weighing up to 95 pounds, for a distance of approximately 5 to 12 feet (the probationary period will be used to evaluate this requirement). 

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. 

Note: Some positions may require possession of a valid DMV medical examiner’s certificate issued by an SFMTA designated provider as a condition of assignment to such position(s).

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  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?

Exam Process: 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) (Weight - Qualifying): 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 standard track and cable car track maintenance methods, skill with track maintenance tools and equipment, knowledge of concrete and asphalt laying materials, knowledge of safety procedures and human relations ability.

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 Director of Transportation or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list/score report resulting from this examination process will be 12 months and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director. 

Terms of Announcement: 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 Careers at City and County of San Francisco (] 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 

SFMTA-Specific Conditions of Employment: 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 7540 Track Maintenance Worker 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:

How to Apply: Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit Careers at City and County of San Francisco ( 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. 

Exam Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding the Exam Process, please contact the exam 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.