Stationary Engineer, Public Works Agency

County of Alameda - Oakland, CA3.9

Full-time | Commission$45 an hour
THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

This position requires that all candidates possess and maintain a valid California Motor Vehicle Class C Driver's License. Candidates must submit evidence from the DMV showing current status of their license at the time of application and must have a clean driving record for the previous three-year period.

Please attach a scanned copy of your current DMV printout to your online application under the Resume Tab. Online DMV printouts are not acceptable. The RESUME tab can only attach one file. If you have multiple documents, please save all documents in one file and attach it once under the RESUME tab.

Applications and attachments must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.

The mission of Public Works is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Alameda County by providing a safe, well-maintained, and lasting public works infrastructure through accessible, responsive and effective services. Public services provided by the Alameda County Public Works Agency include flood and storm water pollution control, transportation planning and design, roadway and flood control maintenance and inspection, and construction and building inspections.

The goals of the Agency are to keep roads safe and well maintained, provide the highest level of flood protection, provide service levels that optimize infrastructure life cycles, minimize deferred maintenance, ensure that development and construction adhere to applicable State and County rules, optimize disaster preparedness, response and recover, ensure that the Agency’s operations and services minimize negative impacts on the environment, and sustain and advance County and Agency programs through a vital business and administrative support system.

For more information about the Alameda County Public Works Agency, please visit their website at

Alameda County Public Works Agency seeks dynamic individuals to fill our positions of Stationary Engineer, PWA; to maintain and repair County owned and operated drawbridges, storm water lift stations and associated equipment and facilities, including but not limited to mechanical systems, electrical systems, water discharge systems and building operations systems and to perform related duties as required.

Either I

The equivalent of three years full-time experience in the class of Building Equipment Maintenance Worker or an equivalent or higher level class in the Alameda County classified service (non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts) performing related work.


The equivalent of four years full-time experience in the operation, maintenance, repair and installation of heavy industrial electrical, mechanical, plumbing, control systems, engines and pumps.

License (required for all patterns):
Possess and maintain a valid California Motor Vehicle Class C Driver's License. Candidates must submit evidence from the DMV showing current status of their license at the time of application and must have a clean driving record for the previous three-year period.

Special Requirements:
  • Must have normal hearing and eyesight, including depth perception and freedom from color and night blindness.
  • Must comply with County and Cal OSHA policies, procedures, and guidelines (such as Respiratory Protection).
Working Conditions:
  • Work in all weather, around heavy traffic, and large construction machinery.
  • Work underground and inside confined space areas.
  • Work in open steel structures at heights up to 180 feet and pit areas 40 feet below estuary level.
  • Subject to be on-call 24 hours in order to respond to emergency situations and must actively participate in the program. This will require being on standby duty.
  • Work around potentially hazardous movable working equipment.
  • Subject to climbing, working from heights, bending, stooping, and lifting of heavy objects.
NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.
NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:
  • Methods, tools and equipment used in the skilled trades necessary for the maintenance and repair of all phases of bridge and storm water lift station equipment, electrical installations and machinery.
  • Safety practices applicable to electrical and mechanical maintenance, marine traffic, and when performing work upon road and waterways.
  • Regulations governing the operation of drawbridges and storm water lift stations.
  • Regulations governing the operation of storm water lift stations.
  • Mechanical systems including engines, gear drives, pumps, heat exchangers, etc.
  • The operation of HVAC and control system.
  • Provisions of the National Electrical Code.
  • Plumbing systems and general plumbing repairs.
  • Electrical systems and general electrical system repairs.
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) maintenance, troubleshooting and repair.
  • Cathodic protection systems.
  • Computer systems usage and common applications, such as MS Outlook, Word, and Excel, internet searches, etc.
Ability to:
  • Learn the detailed operation of storm water lift stations and bridge machinery, electrical systems and pertinent maintenance methods.
  • Read electrical and mechanical blueprints and schematics.
  • Respond and act quickly, judiciously, and independently in emergency situations; and work under minimal supervision.
  • Utilize and operate various machine and basic hand tools and equipment.
  • Climb stairs, ladders and open structures; work in open steel structures at heights up to 180 feet and to 60 feet below the water level.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Diagnose and repair problems with storm water lift stations.
  • Perform welding, brazing, soldering and other general machine shop work
  • Fabricate, using material such as sheet metal, round stock, angle and flat iron, pipe and expanded metal screen.
  • Follow general and detailed verbal and written instructions.
  • Keep proper records pertaining to work schedules, log and shift operations and inventory items.
  • Use basic computer software, MS Office-Word, Excel, Outlook.

The examination will consist of the following steps:
A review of candidates’ application to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
A written component that will be qualifying only.
A performance component that will be qualifying only.
An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of candidate’s final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.