CITY OF SACRAMENTO: Machinist - Sacramento, CA

Employer: City of Sacramento

Job Description:
The City of Sacramento requires all newly appointed employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Candidates seeking an accommodation from this requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


The ideal candidate should be knowledgeable of industry standard methods as well as practices of machining, mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, tools and equipment used in the machine shop and field equipment used in maintenance and repair. This candidate will have a strong aptitude for mechanical and construction theory and practices as well as work well with others. They will have experience in a lead capacity including experience instructing and directing a work group. They will take direction well from their immediate supervisor and others assigned to supervise them. The ideal candidate will have the ability to produce precision parts and perform journey-level skilled machine work under the direct supervision of the Machinist supervisor. Experience with gas welding and electric welding steel is preferred. Must be able to follow oral and written instructions, be comfortable with working on scaffolding and ladders and in confined spaces; such as sewer and storm wet wells. This would also include entry for work into sewer pipes and valve vaults.

The Ideal candidate must be able to recognize and deal with hazardous situations, lift, and handle heavy equipment and materials, rebuild, and repair a variety of mechanical equipment, have skill in the care and use of machine tools, welding tools, and various hand and power construction related tools.

Performs highly skilled work in the set up and operation of a variety of machine tools to produce and repair precision parts, instruments, and tools. This includes fabricating, modifying, and repairing mechanical instruments and industrial machines in the machine shop and field. Incumbents must employ knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.


The class of Machinist performs journey-level maintenance Machinist duties under general supervision and is distinguished from the next lower class of Machinist Helper in that the latter performs semi-skilled work under close supervision.


General supervision is provided by a Machinist Supervisor, a higher-level administrator, or a division manager. Responsibilities may include functional supervision of Machinist Helper and/or other lower-level staff.
Depending upon the assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Perform precise repair, maintenance, and installation work on a variety of waterworks and City facilities.
Set up and operate a variety of stationary and portable machine tools such as metal lathes, mills, drill presses, grinders, and other machine shop equipment in manufacturing, fabricating, and repairing machinery and equipment such as large industrial pumps, compressors, hydraulic equipment, motors, valves, chlorinators, clarifiers, gauges, chemical feeders, engines, hoists, and blowers.
Utilize troubleshooting equipment and procedures for vibration monitoring of rotating machinery.
Cut and shape metal to precise dimensions within close tolerances.
Sharpen and repair machine shop tools.
May assist with training and directing work of new and lower-level staff; make certain proper safety precautions are followed.
Install, dismantle, maintain, inspect, and repair equipment used with water, gas, oil, chemical, heating, and sewage systems.
Observe and listen to operating machines or equipment to diagnose malfunctions and determine need for adjustment or repairs.
Work from sketches, drawings, blueprints, and written or verbal instructions; prepares scaled sketches of work to be performed and/or documented.
Perform acetylene, tungsten inert gas, metal inert gas, and electric arc welding and cutting operations.
Maintain and manufacture parts for mechanical systems of water treatment, drainage, and wastewater facilities.
Maintain HVAC systems and air dryers.
Install pipe-lines, valves, chemical feeders, screens, gates, tanks, and bases.
Make concrete forms; mix and pour concrete for installation or repair of equipment or facilities.
Operate machinery to load and unload trucks carrying hazardous materials; work on operating systems containing hazardous materials.
Drive and operate trucks and trailers, dump trucks, and cranes with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) under 26,000 pounds.
Perform load planning and load rigging functions.
Write reports and maintain records of projects and maintenance.
Write and complete corrective and preventative maintenance work orders, including any root cause analysis results related to equipment failures.
Coordinate with internal and external staff to ensure proper facility operations.
Respond to emergencies on an on-call or standby basis as required.
Performs other or related duties as assigned.

Knowledge of:

Standard practices, materials, tools, and methods of the Machinists' trade.
Mechanics, shop mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.
Occupational hazards and safety requirements of the trade.
Qualities, adaptabilities, and uses of a variety of metals and alloys.
Welding techniques and practices.
Modern predictive maintenance tooling and asset management procedures.
Ability to:
Perform a wide range of machinist and mechanical repair and maintenance activities, using standard methods and equipment.
Interpret and work from sketches, plans, blueprints, and worn or broken parts.
Do precision work within close tolerances.
Diagnose and troubleshoot problems in operating machinery.
Work in confined spaces, on temporary scaffolding, on high structures, and in sewage wet pits.
Recognize and deal with hazardous situations.
Read and write the English language at a level necessary for efficient job performance.
Estimate labor and materials for proposed work and keep complete and accurate records.
Use computerized maintenance management software (CMMS).
Work in high pressure situations.
Work effectively with others.
Skill in:
Setting up and operating a variety of machine tools and equipment.
The care and maintenance of machine tools and equipment.
Diagnoses of problems in machinery.
The repair of a variety of machinery, equipment, and facilities.
Use of standard hand, electric, and pneumatic tools of the mechanical trades.
Oral and written communications.



Two years of experience equivalent to a journey-level Machinist with the City of Sacramento.


Five years of experience equivalent to a Machinist Helper with the City of Sacramento.


Driver License:

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Loss of the Class C license is cause for discipline.


Possession of a Water Distribution Operator Grade II Certification issued by the State of California is highly desirable.

Respiratory Protective Equipment:

Work in this class requires wearing respiratory protective equipment at times. When assigned to such work, facial hair must be shaven when it interferes with the safe fitting of respiratory protective equipment.

Residency Requirement:

Employees in this classification must reside within thirty-five (35) air miles from the freeway interchange at W-X Streets, 29th - 30th Streets within one year following appointment.


Employees must complete twelve (12) months of probation at a satisfactory performance level prior to gaining permanent status.

Please note, the City of Sacramento's preferred method of communication with applicants is via e-mail. As such, please ensure you verify the e-mail address on your application, and check your e-mail frequently, including your spam and junk folders. All e-mail notifications can also be accessed through the applicant inbox.

1. Application: (Pass/Fail) – All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application to the Employment Office by the final filing deadline;

Employment applications must be submitted online; paper applications will not be accepted.
Employment applications will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified:
If applicants do not list current and past job-related experience in the duties area of the "Work Experience" section. Note: Qualifying experience is based on full-time experience (40 hours per week). Qualifying experience is calculated to the full-time equivalent (pro-rated if less than 40 hours/week).
If "see resume" is noted in the "Work Experience" section; a resume will not substitute for the information required in the "Work Experience" section.
Position/job titles will not be considered in determining eligibility for meeting the minimum qualifications for this position.
If you’re requesting Veteran’s credit, a copy of your DD214 must be submitted online with your application, or sent to the Employment Office by email/fax or mailed by the final filing deadline. Information regarding the use of Veteran’s credit can be found in the Civil Service Board rules under rule 4.9C.
Applicants are responsible for attaching a copy of their DD214 to each position for which they apply.
2.Screening Committee: (Pass/Fail)– Human Resources will evaluate employment applications for the minimum qualifications stated on the job announcement.

3. Screening For Most Qualified: (Pass/Fail) – In the event of a large candidate pool, each candidate's Work Experience section of the application will be evaluated and rated. Only those candidates determined to be the most qualified will proceed to the next step in the selection process. A resume will not substitute for the information required in the Work Experience section of the application.

4. Performance Test: (Weighted 100%) – Qualified candidates will be notified by email of the test date, time, and location approximately one to two weeks prior to the test. The performance test will be job related and may include, but not limited to, the knowledge and abilities as outlined above.
TEST EXEMPTION - If you have previously taken the Machinist exam within the past year of the final filing date of this posting, you may be considered exempt from taking the Machinist Exam.
The City of Sacramento’s Human Resources Department will verify applicant’s eligibility at the time of the final filing deadline of this job posting.

5. Eligibility- Candidates who pass the performance test will be placed on an eligible list. The hiring department may contact those on the eligible list for an interview at any time during the life of the one-year list. Candidate’s eligibility expires year from the date of notification of a passing score for the Machinist examination. Candidates can take the examination at any time to maintain eligibility.
If you are currently on an active eligible list for the Machinist classification, it is unnecessary to retake the examination.
The eligible list is effective one year from the date of passing the examination for the Machinist.
If you are hired from the eligible list you will no longer have active status on the eligible list per Civil Service Board Rule, 5.7(i). Applicants interested in maintaining their eligibility will need to take and pass the exam after their hire date.
6.Conditional Hire: Upon receipt of a conditional offer, the selected candidate must complete and pass LiveScan/fingerprinting; and provide proof of receiving a complete COVID-19 vaccination. If applicable, candidates may also need to pass a pre-employment medical exam, controlled substance and/or alcohol test, and possess any required licensure or certification prior to receiving a start date from the Department. Failure to meet these prerequisites will be grounds for withdrawal of your conditional offer of employment.

For questions concerning this job announcement and the application process:
Please visit for a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to the application process.
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Send an email to [email protected];
Call the Human Resources Department at (916) 808-5726

Contact Person:
Phone: (916) 808-5726
Email: [email protected]
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Application Method: Apply Online
Base Pay: $58,581.10 - $97,188.92 /YR

Posted on May 17, 2023

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