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Electrical Line Worker (Specialty B) - Department of Technology (7338)

Recruitment: RTF0145474-01121885

Published: May 21, 2024


Carol Wong -

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Department: Technology
Job class: 7338-Electrical Line Worker
Salary range: $134,446.00 - $134,446.00
Role type: Temporary Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


IMPORTANT: Your application MUST include responses to the supplemental questionnaire:

Applicants must complete the supplemental questionnaire prior to starting the online application process.  Application will not be reviewed without completed supplemental questionnaire.


Why Work for the Department of Technology (DT)? DT is the centralized technology services provider in the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF). We deliver technology infrastructure and services to approximately 33,000 employees! With an annual operating budget of over $140M and approximately 260 employees, DT provides a host of services that range from Public Safety radio and wiring and Network services to Enterprise Support and the Cloud.

Benefits of Working for CCSF:  In addition to challenging and rewarding work, the City provides a generous suite of benefits to its employees.

  • Job security, pension, and robust retirement options
  • Competitive pay with consistent bi-yearly or yearly increases
  • Hybrid Work with a minimum of 20% of time spent in our office in San Francisco, California for all IT related roles
  • Generous paid time off, family leave, and more!
  • Diverse work environment in a diverse city
  • Union protections and representation
  • Career development and growth — move between departments, learn on the job, or take subsidized/reimbursed classes!

PEOPLE-CENTERED SOLUTIONS — have a powerful, meaningful effect on the community each day with people at the heart of every solution!

CLOSING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE — bring the benefits of the internet to low-income and marginalized residents!

SHINE A LIGHT ON WHAT MATTERS — join an award-winning production team at SFGovTV to help residents watch legislators or learn more about what makes this City great!

DRIVE INNOVATION — deliver new, cutting-edge technology to residents and city partners to help San Francisco serve its residents!

Role description

The Public Safety Division at DT is an overhead and underground construction shop who maintains critical systems and infrastructure throughout San Francisco such as Police and Fire Emergency communications, Municipal Fire Alarm System and 800 megahertz radio systems.

Under general direction, performs skilled line work in the installation, maintenance, and repair of underground and overhead fiber-optic communications cable and low voltage wiring for various departments of the City and County of San Francisco, including SFMTA traffic control systems, Public Works, PUC, and emergency systems for Police, Fire, and Department of Public Health; as well as distribution systems under 600 volts, and any job required duties as needed.

Essential Duties:

  • Installs underground and overhead cables and feeders related to fiber optic communications and low voltage electrical construction.
  • Engages in all aspects of UG and OH construction including trenching, conduit, junction box and vault installation, cable and wire pulling, operates power auger to dig holes, sets, plumbs, and anchors poles.
  • Ability to operate and problem solve in small works groups of peers and Line Helpers
  • Installs, repairs, and maintains high tension overhead transmissions systems under 600 volts, related feeder lines, towers, and poles; performs such maintenance when lines are energized or de-energized.
  • Installs and maintains air raid sirens, police and fire alarm call boxes, traffic signal systems, block and warning signals and lighting circuits; maintains alarm bells and telegraphic equipment in fire stations; trouble shoots, locates, and repairs circuits in all related City-wide communications systems.
  • Splices and makes repairs to aluminum and copper conductors; cleans and paints transmission towers and power line poles, patrols and inspects communication and transmission lines, overhauls and replaces switches, breakers, and fuses, and cleans and washes insulators with special “hot line” equipment.
  • May perform general electrical maintenance work on domestic and other types of wire facilities and equipment.

Job Type:
The Department of Technology is seeking to fill three (3) Temporary Exempt - Full Time position.  These positions are excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer. The anticipated duration of the position is up to thirty-six (36) months and will not result in an eligible list or permanent civil service hiring.  

Work Location:
Incumbent will conduct the majority of work at the Department of Technology, 200 Paul Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124 and will be required to travel to other sites throughout the City and County of San Francisco.

Nature of Work:
Candidate must be willing to work a 40-hour week, that may include weekends, as determined by the department, including mandatory rotations at Swing Shift (3pm-11pm) and Graveyard Shift (11pm-7am). 

The incumbent must be a resident of the State of California or be willing to relocate within 4 weeks of beginning employment with the City and County of San Francisco.

The City and County of San Francisco does not sponsor visas. If you have an F1 student visa, the City will not sponsor the “optional practical training” requirement. All applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are legally able to work in the United States without visa sponsorship by the employer.

How to qualify


Completion of a State Certified electrical line apprenticeship program; OR


Specialty B: Three (3) years of verifiable work experience as a journey-level line worker working with pole systems, construction, installation, maintenance and repair of overhead lines, communication systems and underground communication systems.

License and Certification:

Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.


For Specialty B: Completion of a Lineman college program with a minimum of 500 hours of which at least 375 hours must be field training that includes pole climbing can substitute for one (1) year of the required work experience.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Possession of a valid Class A or Class B California Driver’s License.
  • Possession of a valid Pole Climbing Certificate.


1. MEDICAL EXAMINATION: Prior to appointment, eligible candidates may be required to successfully pass a medical examination to determine his/her ability to perform the essential function of this job.

2. MEDICAL TESTING: Prior to appointment, eligible candidates must successfully pass the TB testing Process.

3.  Prospective and current employees may be subject to DRUG AND/OR ALCOHOL TESTING in accordance with Federal rules and regulations.

4. SECURITY CLEARANCES AND BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS: Positions in this classification may require that successful candidates who become eligible for appointment may be required to go through a background investigation to determine the candidate’s suitability for employment in this classification. Factors considered in the investigation may include employment history, use of illegal/controlled substances. Reasons for rejection based on this investigation may include, but not limited to: applicable convictions, repeated or serious violations of the law, inability to accept supervision, inability to follow rules and regulations, falsification of application materials and/or other relevant factors. Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination.

Verification: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application and/or departmental selection process. Written verification (proof) of qualifying experience must verify that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications stated on the announcement. Written verification must be submitted on employer’s official letterhead, specifying name of employee, dates of employment, types of employment (part-time/full-time), job title(s), description of duties performed, and the verification must be signed by the employer. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules. Experience claimed in self-employment must be supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to the minimum qualifications of the position. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupations and total earnings must be submitted. 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. 

What else should I know?

Compensation: $134,446 (annually) / $64.6375 (hourly)

How to Apply:

  • Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time but not earlier than May 28, 2024. This position is open until filled.
    • Your application MUST include a resume.  To upload, please attach using the "additional attachments" function.
    • In additional to submitting your application, you MUST submit this supplemental questionnaire:

You may contact Carol Wong via email at with questions regarding this opportunity.

Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered. Mailed, hand delivered or faxed documents/applications will not be accepted.

Right to Work:

All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States. 

Helpful Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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.

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.