Building Mechanic II

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Building Maintenance
  • Salary: $73,612.72 - $89,453.96 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

The County of Sonoma's General Services Department seeks experienced Building Mechanics.

Starting salary up to $42.86/hour ($89,453/year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month*

Individuals with significant Commercial HVAC Building Control experience are highly
encouraged to apply!

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $565 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
The County of Sonoma General Services Department operates numerous buildings on various campuses. These campuses encompass the County Administration Center, which includes the Main Adult Detention Facility, the Airport Complex, the Veterans' Memorial Buildings, and the Chanate and Los Guilicos Campuses. In general, these facilities were constructed during the 1950's and 1960's and require extensive work to maintain and operate.

The Building Mechanic II position requires thorough knowledge of two or more building maintenance or engineering trade areas, and will be responsible for the upkeep of County buildings and equipment, performing tasks such as painting, construction, maintenance, remodeling, and repairs.

The ideal candidates for Building Mechanic II positions will be able to perform journey-level work in two or more of the following areas: plumbing, electrical, HVAC, refrigeration, central mechanical plant operations and service, boilers, electronic systems with an emphasis on low voltage controls, building automation or security electronics, and roof leak detection and repair. Additionally, they will possess:

  • A background in performing service and experience troubleshooting issues
  • Knowledge of the occupational hazards of various trades
  • Strong customer service skills, as well as strong written and oral communication skills, to provide support to system users
  • The ability to innovate to drive tasks to completion utilizing safe work practices
  • An aptitude for effectively managing work priorities and meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment
Note: This position will be required to have access to Sheriff's Office and/or Probation Department facilities and/or view data or work with information systems for these departments. This requires that a more extensive "Security Clearance" will be performed after hire. Successful completion of the probationary period will be contingent upon passing the security clearance, which includes a Live Scan fingerprint based check of California Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) criminal records. If you are offered a position which requires a security clearance, the job offer letter will clearly specify this as a condition of the probationary period.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. This recruitment is being conducted to fill two Building Mechanic positions in the General Services Department. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help vacancies as they occur during the active status of this list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.


Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education, experience, and training which would lead to possession of the required knowledge and abilities. Normally, completion of an approved apprenticeship program or journey level experience in at least two building trades OR one year experience equivalent to a Building Mechanic I with the County of Sonoma AND journey-level experience in at least two building trades would provide such an opportunity. The ability to read and write English and perform basic arithmetic calculations is required at a level sufficient to perform the duties of the position.
License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.
Special Qualifications: In addition to successfully completing a pre-employment medical screening, incumbents of this class must be able to use a respirator and pass a respirator fit test annually. A certificate of successful completion of hazardous materials training on asbestos and lead paint is required within six months of appointment to this class.
Background Requirement: Incumbents in this class are subject to assignment to work in detention facilities. Candidates certified must be willing to undergo an in-depth background investigation, including a check of: employment history, drug and alcohol use, criminal history, DMV records, and fingerprints. Candidates convicted of a felony or under current formal probation supervision may be subject to disqualification.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: system, theory, and procedure for installation, operation, maintenance, and repair in two or more of the following areas: electrical, HVAC, refrigeration, electronic, plumbing, painting, and carpentry, including Uniform Mechanical, Electrical, Building, Fire, and Life Safety Codes; and effective use of tools, equipment, and materials used in building trades; procedures, materials, and tools used in remodeling buildings and building furniture; occupational hazards and safety precautions of the building and mechanical trades, including using highly toxic paints.
Ability to: inspect systems and buildings to detect existing or potential problems; read and understand blueprints and circuit diagrams; analyze situations and develop an effective course of action; lead and train other employees; perform arithmetic calculations as required by the job; maintain records and prepare reports; read, understand, maintain and follow MSDS sheets and instructions. Learn the operation and routine maintenance of computerized instrumentation and plant operational equipment. Establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers, employees of other departments and agencies, and the public. Mix and match paints and varnishes; apply paint to a wide variety of surfaces; make estimates of time and material required on widely varied assignments; keep simple records and prepare simple reports. Demonstrate physical strength, agility and endurance; lift up to 50 lbs.; stoop, lift and stand for extended periods of time; paint overhead for extended periods of time; work in heat and cold and various outdoor exposures; and safely climb up and down ladders and scaffoldings.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.


Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (Weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

For positions that are required to have access to Sheriff's Office or Probation Department facilities, a more extensive "Security Clearance" will be performed after hire. Successful completion of the probationary period may be contingent upon passing the security clearance, which may include completion and review of a Personal History Statement packet, Live Scan fingerprint based criminal history checks, warrant checks, written reference checks, etc.* If you are offered a position which requires a security clearance, the job offer letter will clearly specify this as a condition of the probationary period.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - These positions will be assigned to one or more facilities with a COVID-19 vaccine mandate pursuant to the California Department of Public Health. Employees working in applicable facilities must be fully updated or vaccinated but not yet booster-eligible from COVID-19. Documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (including booster, when eligible) will be required.


Applications are accepted online at . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

HR Analyst: AK
HR Technician: RR

Closing Date:Continuous

Job Address

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