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Maintenance Machinist (7332) - Citywide (148209)

Recruitment: RTF0148146-01109693

Published: June 04, 2024


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Department: Port
Job class: 7332-Maintenance Machinist
Salary range: $103,116.00 - $125,112.00
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



The City and County of San Francisco has Maintenance Machinist vacancies at various departments Citywide.

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 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. 

Specific information regarding this recruitment process is listed below:

  • Application Opening: May 31, 2024
  • Application Deadline: Apply Immediately. Application filing will be open at least through Monday, June 24, 2024, and will close any time thereafter.
  • Compensation Range: $103,116 - $125112 Annually (Appointments to this job class enter at Step 5)
  • Recruitment ID: CBT-7332-148209 

Role description

This position performs preventive, routine and emergency maintenance and repair of a variety of heavy and light industrial and marine equipment, related systems and components. The incumbent will operate precision equipment and respond to trouble calls associated with the Port's ferry terminal systems, boats, sewer pumps and other Port related equipment. The nature of this work requires sustained physical effort frequently under adverse weather conditions and/or working in confined spaces. The incumbent may be required to work alternative shifts in order to do tide-dependent work.

Essential Functions:

According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

  1. Sets up and operates a variety of machine tools, stationary as well as portable manual machine tools and Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machine tools such as mills, lathes, drills, saws etc.
  2. Rebuilds, refinishes, modifies, and/or fabricates replacement parts for pumps, generators, cranes, parking meters, transit vehicles/railway coaches and railway cars, fire alarm boxes, compressors, dredges, pipes lines, barges, ferry terminals and their components.
  3. Maintains and repairs a variety of instruments and mechanical equipment, including valves, castings, and various metal parts.
  4. Diagnoses, installs, inspects and tests machinery, parts and equipment.
  5. Reads and interprets schematic drawings, blueprints, and plans.
  6. Prepares and maintains records and forms documenting work performed.
  7. Dismantles and assembles light and heavy machines and/or equipment.
  8. Manufactures/fabricates parts based on samples.
  9. May include additional duties as assigned.

Nature of Work: Some positions may involve exposure to adverse physical and working condition and lifting objects weighing in excess of 70 pounds. Incumbents will be required to work varying hours and/or shifts, including weekends, evening and holidays in a 24 hour/7 days-a week operation.

How to qualify


  • Completion of a recognized four (4) year Machinist's apprenticeship program and two (2) years of fulltime verifiable experience as a journey- level Maintenance Machinist performing duties equivalent to Job Code 7332 Maintenance Machinist (with primary responsibility in maintenance/repair and machine tool operations) OR
  •  A combination of trade-related training (certificate program or military training program) and fulltime verifiable experience as a journey-level Maintenance Machinist performing duties equivalent to Job Code 7332 Maintenance Machinist (with primary responsibility in maintenance/repair and machine tool operations) totaling six (6) years AND

License: Possession and maintenance of a valid Class C driver license at the time of appointment.


Completion of a CA Division of Apprenticeship Standards recognized Maintenance Machinist apprenticeship program evidenced by issuance of a Certificate of Completion of the apprenticeship program under the appropriate authority will substitute for the six (6) years combined work experience.

Applicants who are anticipated to complete such an apprenticeship program within the 12 months following the filing deadline will be admitted to the examination and will be placed under “general waiver” until the Certificate of Completion is issued.

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.


A.  For positions at the Port of San Francisco, the journey-level Maintenance Machinist experience indicated under minimum qualifications #1 and #2 MUST have been in the maintenance and operation of diesel engine. Applicants who are interested in being considered for the positions at the Port, please list such job duties and equipment in the "Experience" Section of the application.

B.  For positions at the Water Department - Water Supply and Treatment Division, the journey-level Maintenance Machinist experience indicated under minimum qualifications #1 and #2 MUST have been in the maintenance and operation of valves 24” or greater, valve operators, and centrifugal pumps. Applicants who are interested in being considered for the positions at the Water Supply and Treatment Division should list such job duties and equipment in the "Experience" Section of the application.

C.  Trade-related training refers to programs such as machine tool technology program.

D.  Experience solely as a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist, Numerical Control (NC) Machinist or Machine Operator (without Manual Maintenance Machinist experience) will not be considered as qualifying.

E.  Candidates who successfully pass the examination for this recruitment and are anticipated to complete an approved CA Division of Apprenticeship Standards recognized Maintenance Machinist apprenticeship program within 12 months following the filing deadline will be placed on the eligible list under “general waiver” and will not be eligible to compete for positions until presentation of their Certificate of Completion. Once presented, the analyst will remove the waiver and the candidate will be eligible to compete in future certifications for the remaining duration of the eligible list.

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


Please make sure it is clear in your application exactly how you meet the minimum qualifications. Every application is reviewed to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications as listed in the job ad. Please review our articles on Employment Application and Minimum Qualifications and Verification of Experience and/or Education for considerations taken when reviewing applications.

Note: Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores. 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.

What else should I know?

Selection Procedure(General Exam Process Information) 

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 (Weight: Qualifying): Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire prior to being placed on the eligible list. Failure to complete the questionnaire may result in disqualification from the selection process.

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 machining methods and principles, knowledge of basic shop math, knowledge of safety rules, knowledge of materials, and ability to read/modify schematic drawings, blueprints etc.

This is a standardized examination and, therefore, test questions and test answers are not available for public inspection or review.

Eligible List/Score Report: 

A confidential eligible list/score report 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/score report, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list/score report shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list/score report 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 Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission. 

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

Certification Rule: 

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores, pending approval from the union for an expanded certification rule. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

How to apply:

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit and begin the application process. 

Our e-mail communications may come from more than one department so please make sure your email is set to accept messages from all of us at 

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment therefore, it is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the Analyst if they update their email address. 

Applicants will get a confirmation email acknowledging the receipt of their online application for each filed announcement. It's essential to keep this email for records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

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

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

Exam Analyst Information: If you have any questions regarding the Exam Process, please contact the exam analyst Vitra Thai at CBT | 7332-148209 | Entrance

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.

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.