San Jose

Maintenance Assistant - Department of Transportation

South Bay
Until filled
$42,224.00-$53,872.00 Annually


1404 Mabury Road San Jose, 95133


DOT is accepting applications for the position of full-time benefited Maintenance Assistant. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be required to pass a written exam and a practical exam.
Under immediate supervision, the Maintenance Assistant performs unskilled work in the maintenance and repair of streets, pavements, sewers, landscaping, traffic signs, and traffic signals. Duties include digging holes, trenches, and ditches. It also includes operating a wide range of hand, mechanical, and power tools, as well as a variety of light and heavy vehicles, trucks, and equipment relevant to work performed, ensuring compliance with safe working practices.
Maintenance crews provide services seven days a week. Individuals in this classification may be required to work alternate work shifts, including grave and swing, weekends, holidays, overtime, and on-call.
More information on the typical duties can be found in the Class Specifications for Maintenance Assistant.
Benefits Information 
Maintenance Assistants are represented by the OE#3 bargaining unit.

Ideal Candidate

Minimum Qualifications
EDUCATION: Completion of high school or equivalent (General Education Development [GED] Test or California Proficiency Certificate)
LICENCES/CERTIFICATES: Possession of a valid State of California driver’s license; as a condition of employment in some designated positions, possession of a valid State of California Class A or B driver's license with applicable endorsements may be required
EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.
The ideal candidate will possess the most desirable combination of training, skills, and experience, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:
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
COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills and displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts
COMPUTER SKILLS: Experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel
TEAMWORK AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills
CONSTRUCTIVE ENERGIES: A demonstration of energy and drive that comes from within, and a willingness to approach all aspects of work with a generally positive attitude; possessing the inclination to take appropriate action rather than waiting to be told what to do; examples of Constructive Energies include but are not limited to: enthusiasm, honesty, integrity, empathy, dedication, reliable, proactive, respectful, confidence, ethical, and a willingness to help others
Selection Process
The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the job-specific questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will include the following:
WRITTEN & PRACTICAL EXAMS: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to take the written and practical exams. The written multiple choice exam will assess candidates' ability to follow oral instructions; ability to read and understand written instructions; and knowledge of tools and equipment and safe work practices. The written and practical exams are tentatively scheduled for Saturday, January 26, 2019 and Sunday, January 27, 2019. 
INTERVIEW: Applicants who successfully pass the practical exam will be invited to interview. The interviews are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, February 5, 2019 and Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
Please ensure you are available on all the above dates.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to perform the essential physical functions of this position will be determined by a post-offer medical examination conducted by the City of San José Employee Health Services.
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.
You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process.

  • Are you available to work a flexible schedule that includes weekends, holidays, evenings, and nights?
  •  Have you previously taken the Maintenance Assistant written test and passed? What month and year did you pass the test?

Submission of a resume is optional. However, submission of a resume in lieu of completing the education and work experience sections on the application or failing to answer all the questions will constitute an incomplete application and it will be withheld from further consideration.
RESOURCES: If you need assistance with the online application system, please contact Human Resources (either by phone or in person). If you do not have access to a computer or the internet, there are computers for your use in the lobby of Human Resources.
City of San José - Human Resources
200 East Santa Clara Street
4th Floor, Tower
San Jose, CA 95113
Monday - Friday (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
(408) 535-1285
If you have questions about the selection or hiring processes, please contact Diana Reyes at