Under immediate supervision, the maintenance machinist helper performs semi-skilled work in connection with the operation, maintenance and repair of a wide variety of machines, equipment, metal castings and parts. Under direction of the maintenance machinist or shop supervisor, the helper is responsible for cleaning the shop area, preparing materials to be used in repair work, lubricating and replacing worn or damaged parts on machinery and follows instructions necessary to complete assignments and performing other related duties as assigned.
1. One (1) year of fulltime verifiable mechanical maintenance experience as a Machinist Helper or experience in a comparable position working in a shop setting involving the operation and maintenance of machinery. Examples are: an automotive machine shop helper, sheet metal shop helper or blacksmith helper; OR
2. An equivalent combination of training or coursework in a shop trade or craft totaling a minimum of 200 hours. Training or coursework may be gained from an apprenticeship program, an accredited high school, a trade school or through the military; AND
3. Possession of a current valid Class C driver license.
HOW TO APPLY:
City and County of San Francisco employment applications for this position will be accepted through an on-line process only. Mailed, hand delivered or faxed applications will not be accepted. Visit to begin the application process.
• Click and select 7434 Maintenance Machinist Helper (PBT-7434-064329)
• Click on “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
• Click on “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or on “I have REGISTERED PREVIOUSLY”
• Follow instructions given on the screen.
Computer kiosks are available for the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to file online applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco and in the lobby of SFMTA Human Resources office, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, San Francisco.
Applicants may be contacted by e-mail. It is their responsibility to ensure that their registered e-mail address is accurate and kept up-to-date.
Upon successful submittal of the application online, the applicant will receive a notification on the screen, as well as in the applicant’s e-mail inbox, acknowledging the receipt of the application by the SFMTA - Merit Section. If you are having difficulty submitting your application online, please contact us at 415.701.5046 or 415.701.4441 between 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by e-mail at .
Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying experience, training and driver license at any point in the application, examination and/or departmental selection process. Written verification (proof) of qualifying experience must verify that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications stated on the examination 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
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.
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 tools, knowledge of safety rules, and human relations ability
This is a standardized examination and, therefore, test questions and test answers are not available for public inspection or review.
For your reference, a Multiple-Choice Test Preparation Manual is available on the DHR
The certification rule used for the eligible list resulting from this selection process will be the Rule of Three Scores. The hiring department may conduct additional selection processes to make final hiring decisions.
The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Director of Transportation or the Civil Service Commission.
The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Director of Transportation.
Upon approval of the Director of Transportation (see Civil Service Rule 411A.27.5), the eligible list resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see Search that document by title or job code to see which departments use the classification.
Make sure your application and any attachments to the application submitted at the time of filing are complete and accurate and include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment or inability to receive full credit for scoring purposes. Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not be used for scoring or considered to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications.
Qualified applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must contact the SFMTA by phone at 415.701.5046, 415.701.4441 or 415.701.5043 (TTY); or in writing to: SFMTA Human Resources, Merit Section, 1 South Van Ness, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103. For further information, contact 415.701.5046 or 415.701.4441.
Medical Examination/Drug Testing:
Candidates who are being considered for appointment for positions which may be required to pass a medical examination. Candidates who cannot meet the medical requirement will be placed under waiver until this requirement is met. The medical examination will be administered only to those applicants who are being considered for appointment.
Reasonable Accommodation Request:
Information on requesting reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities can be found
Information regarding requests for veterans preference can be found at:
Position Based Testing:
General Information concerning San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Employment Policies and Procedures:
Employment Information for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency can be obtained at or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6thFloor. This information, including information regarding appeals of the terms of this announcement, is part of the terms of all announcements.
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. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at
The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 411A.36.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis” for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reasons(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date. 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