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Operating Engineer, Universal - Multiple Units - Public Works (7328) (141429)

Recruitment: RTF0141428-01136736

Published: January 18, 2024


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Department: Public Works
Job class: 7328-Operating Engineer, Universal
Salary range: $107,276.00 - $130,390.00
Role type: Temporary Provisional Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
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Specific information regarding this recruitment process is listed below.

Application Opening: Friday, November 17, 2023
Application Deadline: This is a continuous recruitment. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time, but no earlier than Friday, December 1, 2023.
Compensation Range: $104,910 - $127,530 Annually
Recruitment ID: RTF0141428-01136736

Appointment Type: Temporary Provisional (TPV). This is not a permanent appointment. A provisional appointee must participate and be successful in a Civil Service examination for this classification and be selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for permanent appointment. Provisional appointments may not exceed three (3) years.

San Francisco Public Works (Public Works) has a far-reaching portfolio with a $453 million annual operating budget, an active capital portfolio that exceeds $3 billion and a workforce of 1,700-plus employees. The department operates around the clock, touching every neighborhood in San Francisco. The staff designs and manages the construction of civic buildings and streets; cleans and greens the right of way; maintains civic buildings; manages multi-million-dollar bond programs; trains people for jobs; keeps the right of way free of hazards; paves the roads; repairs bridges and public stairways; expands accessibility; and works at the forefront addressing some of San Francisco’s biggest challenges. With a mission to enhance the quality of life in San Francisco for residents, visitors and business owners, Public Works is committed to providing outstanding public service through an equity lens.

The Bureau of Urban Forestry
We oversee the median maintenance, tree planting, and maintenance of 124,000-plus City-owned trees through the voter-backed  StreetTreeSF program. San Francisco Public Works is developing StreetTreeSF into an efficient and cost-effective system to routinely and proactively maintain street trees, ensuring that all public trees are inspected and pruned on a regular basis. In addition, crews repair sidewalks and build curb ramps to advance safety and accessibility.

The Bureau of Street and Sewer Repair
Oversees paving and street repair work, sewer repair, patch paving and pothole fixes; installation of traffic control devices (speed humps, raised crosswalks, speed tables); installation/modification to catch basins, manholes and culverts; grinding and paving for installation of ADA curb ramps; ongoing sand clearing from Great Highway roadway and promenade – all with the goal of creating a safer and more resilient city.

Please visit the “About Us” section of our website at to learn more about the department’s core values, Racial Equity Initiative, leadership team, history, budget and more.

Public Works currently has vacancies for the position of Operating Engineer (7328) within our Urban Forestry and Street and Sewer Repair Divisions.

Role description

Under supervision, the Operating Engineer, Universal will safely operate heavy construction equipment (such as Backhoes, Loaders, Cranes, Motor Graders, Bulldozers, Rollers, Pavers, Milling Machines, Forklifts, Extended Boom Forklifts, Tractors and Tub Grinders) in conjunction with the maintenance and construction of roads, streets, and underground utilities. You will also perform maintenance and repair servicing (greasing, cleaning and Inspecting) of the equipment.

Important and Essential Duties:
As an Operating Engineer, your duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Safely operate Backhoes, Loaders, Cranes, Forklifts, and Extended Forklifts to hoist machinery, construction materials, chemicals, vegetation, etc. in connection with various construction and maintenance projects.
  • Operate Motor Graders, Bulldozers, Rollers, Planers, Pavers, Milling Machines, and Tub Grinders in connection with construction and maintenance projects.
  • Service and perform minor repairs to heavy equipment to include the lubrication of equipment, changing oil and oil filters and more.
  • Operate Backhoes, Loaders and Bulldozers to trench, excavate areas and remove debris.
  • Load and backfill materials in connection with sewer and street repair, mudslide prevention, dam maintenance and other projects. 
  • Operate Heater-Planer in excavating and making street repairs.
  • Operate Milling Machines, Pavers, and Rollers in connection with Asphalt paving.
  • Operate Tractors with agricultural attachments such as Rototillers and Rotary Mowers to clear areas for weed and fire control.
  • Operate an Air Compressor to use pneumatic tools and other construction equipment.
  • Calculate loads using equipment load charts.
  • Prepare and maintain routine records of equipment operations.

Working Conditions:
This position requires sustained physical effort frequently under adverse weather conditions and/or disagreeable working conditions, being exposed to hazardous materials, raw sewage, loud noises; and may include working weekends, nights, holidays and/or temporarily outside the San Francisco city limits.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications:

Three (3) years of verifiable operating engineer experience. At least one (1) year of this experience must have been in operating a Backhoe.

License and Certification:
Possession of a Class B Driver’s License and a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

A copy of the license and certificate must be submitted at the time of appointment.

For crane operation, must have a valid certificate of competency issued in accordance with Cal/OSHA by an accredited certifying agency for the type of cranes operated by City Departments.

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 may be required to complete an 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.

SAFETY SENSITIVE POSITION REQUIREMENTS: Safety Sensitive Position Requirements: The City and County of San Francisco’s Substance Abuse Policy, in compliance with the Department of Transportation Omnibus Transportation Employer Testing Act of 1991 employing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations, requires drug and alcohol testing for employees in “safety-sensitive” positions. This 7328 Operating Engineer, Universal position qualifies as “safety-sensitive” as defined by the FMCSA and FTA regulations. The selected applicants for “safety-sensitive” positions will be required to pass a Pre-Employment drug test prior to appointment and shall be subject to Random, Post-Accident, Reasonable Suspicion, Return-To-Duty, and Follow-Up testing during employment. Prior to appointment to an FMCSA “safety-sensitive” position, each applicant who has participated in a DOT drug and alcohol testing program within the immediately preceding three (3) years will be required to sign a consent form authorizing the City to contact his/her prior employers concerning his/her drug and alcohol test history.

Medical Examination
Prior to appointment, candidates must successfully pass a medical examination to determine his/her ability to perform the essential functions of the job and/or the ability to meet the physical minimum requirements. 

What else should I know?

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

Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices to and for all.

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.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the Analyst, Eric Chan, 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.