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Inspector, Weights & Measures - Access to City Employment (ACE) (6220)

Recruitment: REF3274M

Published: July 13, 2022


Porsche Bunton -
John Weber -
Leorah Dang -
Danielle Anderson -

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Department: Access to City Employment
Job class: 6220-Inspector Of Weights And Measures
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


The Access to City Employment Program (ACE) seeks to hire qualified individuals with a disability into permanent entry-level jobs outside the normal civil service selection process. To be hired through the ACE Program, individuals must meet the minimum qualifications of the job and provide a Certification of Disability from the California Department of Rehabilitation or a Veterans Preference Letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Role description

Definition: Under general supervision, tests devices used for commercial weighing, metering and measuring; inspects declared weights and volumes of packaged goods and commodity containers for conformity with state regulations and standards; and performs related duties as required. Requires responsibility for: carrying out, interpreting and enforcing policies and procedures relative to inspectional activities; regularly contacting employees, merchants, businessmen and other personnel in explaining and interpreting applicable laws, policies, rules and regulations; the maintenance of records and the preparation of reports on inspectional activities.

Distinguishing Features: The 6220 Inspector of Weights and Measures is distinguished from the 6222 Deputy Sealer of Weights and Measures because the latter typically supervises a team of 6220 Inspector of Weights and Measures employees engaged in testing devices for commercial weighing, metering and measuring, inspecting declared weights and volumes of packaged goods and commodity containers for conformity with state regulations and standards. The 6220 Inspector of Weights and Measures inspects and tests weighing and measuring devices, petroleum products, and packaged commodities for labeled content and retail price verification inspections.

Supervision Exercised: None.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties: 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. Conducts field investigations of complaints concerning illegal weights and measures practices reported by the general public or other agencies; evaluates evident violations and discusses appropriate action with superiors; prepares and issues Notice of Proposed Action reports and participates in subsequent hearings. 2. Reviews laboratory analyses of gasoline and motor oils for compliance with state specifications and to identify substitutions, dilution, adulteration and similar illegal practices; makes volumetric and weight tests of packages of food; confers with representatives of private firms concerning test findings; assists in establishing control weights for field tests of various products. 3. Inspects and tests apothecary balances, analytical balances; inspects fuel delivery truck meters; inspects mechanical fabric measuring devices; makes field tests of a wide variety of measuring and weighing devices. 4. Consults with the general public on matters concerned with weights and measures enforcement; interprets actions taken by other inspectors and the steps necessary for approval of weights and measures devices. 5. Inspects pre-packaged meats and frozen foods for net weight and proper labeling; checks tare weights and shrinkage allowances; determines probable cause of underweight packaging in order to recommend appropriate remedial or legal action. 6. Explains probable causes of underweight packaging to store personnel and requires appropriate methods of determining tare weight and establishing shrinkage allowances schedules; advises business owners on standardization procedures and controls to assure conformity with net weight requirements. 7. Investigates complaints of inaccurate net weights, labeling and advertising; issues warnings, Notice of Violation, or Notice of Proposed Action reports to business owner; makes covert "buys" for evidence as necessary. 8. Makes routine and special investigations of industrial scales; assists in the design and calibration of new testing equipment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of: weighing and measuring devices refers to the construction, maintenance, and operations of scales, meters, standards of weights and measures, and other devices used in field work in the market place; State and local laws pertaining to weights and measures as described in the Business and Professions Code and the California Administrative Code. Ability to: inspect weighing and measuring devices to inspect and test weighing and measuring devices for accuracy within established tolerance limits and for compliance with specification and requirements; use proper investigative techniques to gather facts, analyze situations to note precise measures and quantities accurately and expediently, take appropriate enforcement actions; verbally communicate effectively with staff personnel, merchants, owners, and employees of business establishments, the general public, and others; express ideas clearly in a written format with correct grammatical form for daily inspection reports, investigative reports, notices of violation and citations; relate effectively to merchants, managers, and employees of business establishments and the general public, including the ability to suggest changes, handle complaints, turn down requests, and to deal with escalated and stressful situations; and lift and carry heavy weights.

How to qualify

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement. Education: Experience: License and Certification: Possession of any two (2) of the required three (3) valid County Weights and Measures Inspector Licenses issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture: 1) Weight Verification License; 2) Measurement Verification License; 3) Transaction and Product Verification License; AND Possession of a valid California Driver License.

What else should I know?

Notes: Amended: 5/21/2015 Promotive Lines: From: Original Entrance Exam To: 6222 Deputy Sealer of Weights and Measures

Conviction History: As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as: Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code. Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City. If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers: All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

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.