Materials Testing Technician


contact information

Jessica Pua

job description


The Standards Division/General Services Department is accepting applications for  full- time Civil Service Exempt Materials Testing Technician positions that will be hired as the need arises.

Duties and Responsibilities:

A Materials Testing Technician collects samples and performs routine to difficult standardized physical and chemical tests, in the field or laboratory, on soils, aggregates, steel, asphalt concrete, Portland concrete, construction materials, inspects pipe fabrication, performs nuclear gauge compaction tests, and submits findings in oral or written reports and takes corrective actions when required in routine cases.

Specific tasks to be performed by these positions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Performs materials testing at various work sites
  • Samples and performs testing on soils or other construction materials
  • Performs basic construction monitoring work involving field observation of excavations, trenching, grading and demolition work
  • Prepare a daily activity report
  • Assist with non-destructive ultrasonic shop inspection in fabricator or job sites 


  • Successful completion of any combination of two courses in engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, mathematics, or computer science from a recognized college or university. Note: The names of qualifying courses, school(s), and completion dates must be listed in Box#34 (Special Courses Required) on the application.
  • A valid California Driver License.

Work Schedule and Assignments:

These positions are based at the Standards Division testing facilities near Elysian Park. Field work will be performed for Public Works, Airports, Harbor projects and the City’s Pavement Preservation Program. Employees may be assigned other duties or work projects depending on the City’s needs or for training purposes. Incumbents must be able to drive small trucks with equipment and materials to and from the work sites, and may be required to work outdoor in inclement weather conditions.

5/40 Schedule. Overtime and night work may be required.

Salary: The current starting hourly pay is $25.69

How to apply

Selection Process: All interested candidates must complete a City employment application. Optional materials may include a resume and cover letter.

All application materials must be submitted no later than December 6, 2021, 4:00 PM:

Email to

Subject line: Exempt Materials Testing Technician

Official school transcripts showing the completion of the required courses may be required prior to the start of employment. The selected candidates will be subject to a physical exam by the City’s Medical Services as well a background review, including fingerprints.

This is an exempt, at-will position. The individual appointed to this position will not accrue any civil service tenure, contractual employment rights, or due process rights. The incumbent may be removed, without any finding of cause, by the hiring authority.