San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)

Stationary Engineer, Water Treatment Plant

Onsite - San Francisco, CA
$125K - $125K Annually
Application Deadline: 6/2/24

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)

Stationary Engineer, Water Treatment Plant (7341) (U00020)

Compensation Range: $129,558

Appointment Type: Permanent Civil Service (PCS), Full Time


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 the diverse population of 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.


We are the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees operating across eight counties serving more than 2.7 million customers in the San Francisco Bay Area – 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.


To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.


We are an innovative utility leader, recognized for excellent results in service, safety, stewardship, and inclusiveness.

More About SFPUC: 

We are an award-winning and industry-leading utilities organization committed to our customers, community interests, and the environment. We are proud of our infrastructure and programs, but most importantly, we value our highly qualified and dedicated workforce which ensures that this vision becomes a reality. As you explore career opportunities with us, download our career guide and learn about what you can expect during the hiring process. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: 

The City’s Department of Human Resources (DHR) is committed to providing a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and belonging environment for the City and County of San Francisco , where all employees and prospective employees experience fairness, dignity, and respect. DHR’s mission is to use fair and equitable practices to hire, develop, support, and retain a highly-qualified workforce. The resources support and expand on the Mayor’s Executive Directive 18-02, “Ensuring a Diverse, Fair, and Inclusive City Workplace.”

Job Description

The Water Treatment Plant Stationary Engineer operates, maintains, and repairs a wide variety of complex machinery and equipment in a water treatment plant, water distribution system, and/or related facility. The ideal candidate will possess knowledge of the operation and maintenance requirements for a wide variety of water treatment plant/distribution system facilities machinery and equipment, and the tools and equipment necessary for their proper operation, maintenance, and repair. The candidate will have the ability to comprehend orders and communicate clearly in person, by telephone and by radio, will be able to read and comprehend procedures, policies, plan drawings, gauges, meters, populate and maintain records and logs, and develop write-ups for log entries, memos, and related job reports.

The essential job functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

•  Operates a water treatment and distributions facility in a safe and efficient manner without direct supervision; carries out and explains established plant operations, methods and procedures; operates and maintains a wide variety of chemical feed equipment, pumping, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration and process machinery and equipment in a large, complex facility to ensure the safe and efficient functioning of the facility and equipment; operates Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and/or Computerized Building Management Systems. 

•  Repairs automatic and manually controlled water treatment and distribution and equipment including pumps, motors, chemical feeders and filters; may also be responsible for operating a water treatment and distribution facility in a safe and efficient manner without direct supervision.

•  Inspects and tests machinery and equipment including fire prevention equipment for safe, efficient and proper operation by visual and audio inspection during walk-through and by monitoring machinery as needed during an assigned shift.

•  Makes entries and keeps records on shift operation by taking and entering meter and gauge readings, water and laboratory analysis readings and temperatures accurately in writing on operating log sheets to ensure a file of preventive maintenance and equipment history; also updates records accordingly.

•  Receives, records, and stores large amounts of treatment chemicals and may handle hazardous materials and waste such as, ozone, fluoride, caustic soda and chlorine in confined or enclosed areas, and must be capable of safely and properly handling chemical spills; also may include handling and treatment of hazardous materials and waste.

•  Communicates verbally and in writing with supervisor(s), craft, and support personnel.

•  May be responsible for ID batches, keys, 2-way radios and security (in the absence of Security Personnel) to ensure the security of plant and buildings and grounds, including public safety.

•  Performs related duties as required for Class 7341 – Stationary Engineer, Water Distribution.


Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirements by the Job Ad final closing date unless otherwise noted. If you are interested in this job, we are looking for people that have the following minimum qualifications:  


•  Completion of a state or federally recognized four-year Stationary Engineer apprenticeship program.

License and Certification:

•  Possession of a current valid Grade II (or higher) Water Treatment Operator Certificate issued by the State of California. 

•  Possession of a current valid Class C Driver’s License.


Any of the following may substitute for the required education:

•  Four (4) years journey-level Operator and/or Stationary Engineer experience in the maintenance, repair and operation of a variety of mechanical and electrical pumping and related plant machinery of a water or wastewater treatment plant.

•  Four (4) years journey-level experience as a Marine Engineer performing duties in the areas of maintenance, repair and operation of a variety of mechanical and electrical pumping and related machinery.

•  Graduation from a recognized four-year Maritime Academy with a degree in Engineering or Technology.


Positions located at the City Distribution Division will require incumbents to obtain and successfully maintain a Grade III Water Distribution Operator Certificate issued by the State of California within 18 months from the date of hire.

Positions located at the Water Supply and Treatment Division will require incumbents to obtain and successfully maintain a Grade III Water Treatment Operator Certificate issued by the State of California within 18 months from the date of hire.

Work reporting locations for positions with the Water Supply and Treatment Division will be in San Bruno or Sunol. Work reporting location for positions with the City Distribution Division will be in San Francisco.

Some physical effort and use of all senses is required in the operation, repair and maintenance of machinery and equipment including kneeling, crouching, stooping, squatting crawling, climbing, working in various lift equipment and use of fixed and portable ladders up to 75 feet, walking long distances and lifting up to 50 pounds in the performance of important and essential duties. This also includes exposure to working conditions where the performance of duties requires working in confined spaces, damp environments, outdoors in inclement weather, and with chemicals.

DRUG TESTING REQUIREMENT: Applicants for positions in this classification who are not currently employed by the City and County of San Francisco in a safety-sensitive position represented by Local 39 are required to pass pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. All employees in this classification may also be subject to drug and alcohol testing upon reasonable suspicion or after a work-related accident. Applicants with a positive result from a pre-employment drug test will be restricted from hire in safety-sensitive positions for six-months after the date of the positive test.

Upon appointment to Class 7341, employees may be required to take a state mandated respirator and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) medical examination, (renewed annually) and be clean shaven prior to starting each shift for respirator and SCBA use. Employees may be required to pass CPR training annually and first aid training tri-annually.


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 will be required to complete a MQSQ, which 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.

Supplemental Questionnaire Examination (Weight 100%)

The Supplemental Questionnaire is an exam and contents will be evaluated and scored. The Supplemental Questionnaire Exam is to evaluate the experience, knowledge, skills and abilities that candidates possess in job-related areas which have been identified as critical for this position and include, but are not limited to: water treatment and water distribution systems operations, heating ventilating and air-conditioning systems, pumps and compressors, equipment control devices, shop practices and safety requirements, and communications skills.

Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score. Candidate scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director. The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions. Candidates scores on this examination may also be applied to other announcements involving other job titles, when directed by the Human Resources Director.


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

[REQUIRED] 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 are having trouble with the application, please visit Smart Recruiter’s FAQs or email It is suggested you use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge web browser to submit the application.  

Additional Information

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. 

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.

Verification of required work experience typically must be on the employer’s letterhead and must include the applicant’s name, job title, description of job duties, dates of employment, hours per week, and signature of the employer, supervisor, or appropriate representative. 

Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. CCSF employees will not receive credit for experience obtained outside of their classification unless recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Rule 110.9.1/111A.11.2.

Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license, and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted.

Verification of required valid licensure/certification typically must be a photocopy of the license/certificate including the name of the issuing agency as well as the name of the license/certificate holder, license/certificate number, and expiration date.

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 Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission. 

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

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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 at

Please note: 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.