Facility Repair Worker

Careers in Government
November 9, 2023
San Jose, CA
Job Type


The City of San José, the Capital of Silicon Valley, is one of the nation's best managed cities and one of the top ten cities in which to live, work, and do business. Moreover, San José is the center of cultural, government and economic activity for the region. The employees of the City of San José have embraced the following values: Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Collaboration, Respect and Celebration. The City's Department of Public Works (DPW) is seeking an individual whose values align with the values of the City's employees

The Public Works Department is responsible for delivering capital improvement projects for a wide variety of City facilities and infrastructure, maintaining City facilities and fleet assets, facilitating and regulating development activities, and providing animal care and services. The Department is committed to high-quality service, partnering with the community, and providing an excellent environment in which to work.

Salary range for this classification is $70,179.20 - $85,300.80 annually. Actual salary shall be determined by the final candidates' qualifications and experience.

The Department of Public Works is seeking to fill a vacant Facility Repair Worker position at City Hall.

Under general supervision, this Facility Repair Worker will perform a wide variety of semi-skilled work in the repair of buildings and equipment at City Hall.

This Facility Repair Worker position will be stationed at San Jose City Hall. City Hall is an 18 story high-rise structure which adds maintenance and operational challenges. In addition to the typical duties of a Facility Repair Worker, the successful candidate will maintain the potable/reclaimed water systems, learn how to maintain pressure variances in the systems, operate and maintain a large water feature/fountain on site, and work in high locations utilizing a scissor-lift and Reachmaster® 138 ft. boom lift. City Hall houses the upper management of most of the city departments, as well as the Mayor and City Council Offices, so the ability to work in a politically sensitive environment is essential.

Other duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Proactive maintenance of roofs and roof water drainage systems.
  • Ability to install and modify office space cubicles, including ergonomic adjustments.
  • Skilled at painting techniques and proper cleanup for small and larger surfaces, including graffiti removal.
  • Drywall repair.
  • Experienced in maintaining and repairing various plumbing fixtures and resolving plumbing issues (clogs, drainage, flushometer repair, piping work, mixing valve repairs, sink and faucet repairs).
  • Monthly inspections of fire sprinkler systems and pumps.
  • Flooring repair, including carpet and tile work.
  • Familiarity with fire control panels.
  • Experience in motors, pumps, and other architectural water feature infrastructure.
  • Knowledge of fundamental provisions of various codes related to the maintenance and repair of facilities.
  • Knowledge and experience related to door and lock repair and replacement work, which include electronic access control door hardware and door operators.
  • Ability to draw sketches and plans for assigned projects, estimate the materials needed, and record keeping.
  • Maintain all work order details, status updates, labor applied, and contractor costs in City's work order database.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Any combination of training and experience equivalent to completion of eighth grade and three (3) years of experience in the construction, repair and maintenance of buildings to include semi-skilled carpentry, plumbing, painting and electrical work.

Physical Requirements

The following is a general statement for the classification. Individual positions may have additional or different physical/environmental elements.

Possess ability to:

  • Move between/within work areas, including but not limited to sitting, standing, and walking on various surfaces, turning, bending, grasping, bending/turning backwards, and making repetitive hand movements;
  • Maintain strength, stamina, and mobility to perform medium to heavy physical work;
  • Lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects averaging a weight of 60 pounds.
  • Maintain professional demeanor during interactions with staff, customers and the public.

The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.

  • Communication Skills - communicates and listens effectively and responds in a timely, effective, positive and respectful manner; written reports and correspondence are accurate, complete, current; well-organized, legible, concise, neat, and in proper grammatical form; can professionally communicate with all levels of staff including Directors and members of the City Council and City Manager's Office.
  • Computer Skills - experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel , work order database system.
  • Customer Service - demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently in a timely, accurate, respectful, and friendly manner
  • Job Expertise - demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills - develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills

Additional qualifications include:

  • Knowledge of general materials, methods, tools and equipment used in the repair and maintenance of buildings and equipment at City facilities, including semi-skilled carpentry, electrical, painting and plumbing work.
  • Knowledge of safety practices and procedures necessary in building and equipment maintenance work.
  • Ability to use power tools and equipment safely.
  • Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to keep simple records and prepare routine reports.
  • Ability to set priorities for completion of projects.
  • Ability to work harmoniously and effectively with other employees and with the public.
  • Knowledge of the fundamental provisions of various codes pertaining to the maintenance and repair of buildings involved in this type of work.
  • Ability to draw sketches and plans for assigned projects, estimate the materials required and record the time and materials used.

Selection Process:

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to all the job specific questions. You must answer all questions to be considered or your application may be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration. Only those candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Addit ional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews.

If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Sara Mirra at sara.mirra@sanjoseca.gov.

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