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Published on: 8/28/2013 4:42 PM

Weights & Measures Inspector III/II/I (NO CURRENT OPENINGS)

*The Effective Wage includes the County contribution to the Public Employees Retirement System for the 2% at 55 Plan; and also includes the payment by the County of the employee’s regular contribution of approximately 7%. The 7% contribution can be refunded to an employee who resigns prior to retirement.

The Position

Weights and Measures Inspectors perform a variety of inspections and tests in the enforcement of weights and measures laws and regulations. All inspectors must pass certification tests administered by the State of California in various specialty areas as described below.


Application Requirements

Please indicate possession of your State Licenses in Weights and Measures on your application for Level II and Level III.

Possession of a valid California driver’s license and an acceptable driving record to qualify for a County driver’s permit.

Knowledge of: Laws, policies, procedures and techniques of weights and measures inspection testing; principles, mechanics and care of weighing and measuring devices.

Ability to: Work independently under general supervision; deal effectively with co-workers, industry personnel, other agencies and the general public; obtain necessary licensesas required by areas of assignment; communicate effectively orally and in writing; qualify for a county driving permit; lift objects weighing up to fifty pounds; operate and maintain various types of equipment; obtain a Class I operator’s license (some positions)

Specific qualifications for each level are as follows:

Level I: Sufficient education and experience to qualify for current State of California license examinations.

Level II: Possession of at least two State of California licenses. Please indicate what licenses you possess.

Level III: Possession of all three State of California licenses or a Deputy Sealer License. Please indicate what licenses you possess.

Minimum  Qualifications To Qualify For State Of California Certificate Examinations

Either A : Possession of one or more valid statewide specific category licenses as a County Weights and Measures Inspector of County Agricultural Inspector/Biologist and permanently employed as a County Weights and Measures Inspector or County Agricultural Inspector/Biologist.

Or B : Education equivalent to graduation from college with major work in chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, or other job related majors such as law enforcement, commerce, and marketing. (Registration in a recognized college as a senior majoring in one of these fields will admit applicants to the examination, but a certificate will not be issued until graduation.)

Or C: Experience in one or more of the following may be substituted for up to two years of the required college education on a year-for-year basis. Enforcement of weights and measures or agricultural laws; the inspection, maintenance, repair or installation of weighing or measuring instruments or equipment; consumer protection agency; law enforcement or investigation work in a federal, state or local jurisdiction; responsible quality control or quantity control work in the production of consumer commodities. This experience must have been at a level comparable to county weights and measures inspector or agricultural inspector/biologist. (Please note that a minimum of two years of college is required.) (Applicants with a college major other than those listed must have a minimum of 15 semester units of job related courses and at least two years of qualifying experience.) APPLICANTS MUST INDICATE ON THE APPLICATION OR ON AN ATTACHMENT THE COURSES AND UNITS COMPLETED IN JOB RELATED COURSES. THE NUMBER OF SEMESTER UNITS COMPLETED MUST BE INCLUDED ON THE APPLICATION.

Or D: Possession of an Associate in Science Degree in Measurement Science with a Weights and Measures Option granted by a California Community College.

One year of experience in the enforcement of weights and measures laws or in the inspection, maintenance, repair or installation or weighing or measuring instruments or equipment. This experience must have been at a level comparable to County Weights and Measures Inspector.

Persons who have attained the Associate in Science Degree as stated above will be permitted to apply for and take the examination, but must provide evidence of one year of the required experience before a certificate will be issued.


The examination will include one or more of the following parts: application appraisal, application review, written examination, oral examination.

As a condition of employment, each employee in this class must sign a payroll deduction authorization form providing for deduction of union membership dues or a service fee.

The County of Santa Clara must verify the identity and employment authorization of all new employees to comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform & Control Act. This verification is required only after an offer of employment has been made.