City of SunnyvaleSunnyvale 94086
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Senior Maintenance Worker

City of Sunnyvale
Full Time 456 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, United States


Regular Full-Time Employment Opportunity

Under general direction, performs skilled manual tasks in the maintenance of streets, street lights, and supporting facilities; operates motorized equipment; leads small field crews; does related work as required. Members of this classification will normally be assigned to a street, lighting or concrete crew.


Employees in this class must have the demonstrated ability to operate, on a production basis, moving equipment such as front-end loaders, backhoes, rollers, spreader boxes, paint stripers, cranes, and personnel lift trucks. Senior Maintenance Workers will perform some of the duties of the higher-rated Heavy Equipment Operator and some of the duties of the lower-rated Maintenance Worker II. They are distinguished from the higher classification of Heavy Equipment Operator in that their duties involve less leading of crews and less proficiency in equipment operation, and from the lower classification of Maintenance Worker II by the fact that they occasionally lead small crews and are expected to operate equipment such as backhoes, sweepers, and loaders which is not expected of Maintenance Worker II's.

Essential Job Functions

(May include, but are not limited to, the following):

  • Incumbents will perform essential functions listed below related to the specific crew to which they have been assigned.
  • Services and makes running adjustments to equipment used in the performance of assigned tasks.
  • Operates equipment such as air compressors and jackhammers; and motor vehicles such as trucks, loaders, oilers, paint stripers, backhoes, fork lifts, and other similar maintenance or construction equipment.
  • Performs a variety of skilled tasks related to repair and maintenance of City streets, including pavement, traffic signs, and other structures.
  • Repairs and maintains street lighting systems by performing such tasks as bulb replacement and other minor repairs or adjustments.
  • Works with concrete and asphalt materials.
  • Operates cutting and welding equipment, and thermo-plastic equipment.
  • Interprets maps and plans.
  • Leads small crews.


  • May operate street sweeper.
  • Provide information to Public Works Supervisor regarding performance of subordinates.
  • Performs other duties, as required.


Position requires sitting, standing, walking on level, uneven and slippery surfaces, reaching twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, stooping, squatting, crouching, grasping and making repetitive hand movements in the performance of daily duties.  The position also requires both near and far vision when operating assigned equipment.  Acute hearing is required in both the field and the office.  The ability to lift, carry and push tools, equipment and supplies weighing up to 70 pounds, such as a jackhammer, is also required.  Additionally, the incumbent in this outdoor position works in all weather conditions, including wet, heat and cold.  The incumbent may be exposed to fumes, dust chemicals, and air contaminants.  The nature of the work may also require the incumbent to climb ladders, use power and noise producing tools and equipment, drive motorized vehicles and work in heavy traffic conditions.  Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.

The base salary for this classification includes pay for potentially hazardous duties as listed in the essential job functions.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience 

The minimum qualifications for education and experience can be met in the following way:

Graduation from high school or tested equivalent AND three years of construction or maintenance experience equivalent to the type of work performed by a municipal public works department.

Knowledge of: 
Principles and practices of worker safety;

Skill in:
Operating and using equipment and tools employed by the division to which assigned including, but not limited to, frond-end loaders, backhoes, rollers, spreader boxes, paint striping machines, and related equipment.

Ability to:
Provide technical and functional supervision over assigned staff;effectively train staff.


Possession and continued maintenance of a valid California Class B Commercial Driver's License with a Tanker endorsement and a safe driving record.


California Class A Commercial Driver's License with a Tanker endorsement.

Application and Selection Process

The position opens on September 26, 2023, and the final filing date is October 17, 2023, at 5:00 pm.(Postmarks or faxes are not accepted).

Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience, or skills relevant to this position. Electronic applications may be submitted online through the City's employment page at and click on 'City jobs'. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the application materials, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the oral examination process scheduled for Monday, October 30, 2023. The final selection interview is tentatively scheduled for the week of November 6, 2023. (The examination process may be changed as deemed necessary by the Director of Human Resources).
Candidates receiving a passing score on the examination will be placed on an eligibility list for up to one year, in accordance with the City's Civil Service Rules and Administrative Policies. Any candidate selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a background history check as well as a medical exam(s) administered by a City-selected physician(s) before hire. Prior to starting work, all newly hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions that are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing.  

A valid California Class B driver's license and a safe driving record is required for this position at the time of appointment. Should you move forward to be hired for this position, you will be required to turn in a current copy of your DMV driving record.

Any successful candidate selected by the hiring department will be required to submit proof of education (i.e., original copy of the diploma or college/university transcripts).

Positions in this job classification are represented by the Sunnyvale Employees Association (SEA).

The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.
The City of Sunnyvale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Sunnyvale not to discriminate against all qualified applicants or employees on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion (including religious dress or grooming practice), religious creed, color, sex (includes gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, pregnancy, childbirth, medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, breastfeeding or medical conditions related to breastfeeding), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality), ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, military and veteran status, marital status, family relationship, age, medical condition, genetic characteristics and/or genetic information, and physical or mental disability. Applicants needing special accommodations for testing should submit a request to the Department of Human Resources at time of application.