Department of General Services

Exam Code: EX-2088

Examination Plans Included:


Final Filing Date: Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Classification Details

DIRECT CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISOR I: $7,675.00 - $9,610.00 per Month

View the DIRECT CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISOR I classification specification.

Application Instructions

Upcoming Filing Cutoff Dates:

  • 6/6/2025

Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) must be received or postmarked by the filing date indicated above. Applications postmarked, personally delivered or received via interoffice mail after the filing date will be processed in the next group.

Who Should Apply:

The information below will help you determine which classification(s) is(are) appropriate for you. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as stated on this bulletin to compete in this examination.

Open and Open, Non-Promotional Examination(s):


For all Classifications, once you have participated in any of the following examinations, you may not recompete for 12 months:

Exam Code(s):


For DIRECT CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISOR I, once you have participated in any of the following examinations, you may not recompete for 12 months:

Exam Code(s):

  • EX-02088

How To Apply:

Submit an Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) to apply for this examination.

Electronic applications can be submitted through your account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov.

You may apply by mail to:

  • Department of General Services
    Recruitment and Examination Services Unit
    P.O. Box 989052
    West Sacramento, CA 95798-9052

Indicate the Examination Code and Classification(s) on your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678).

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

  • Department of General Services
    Recruitment and Examination Services Unit
    707 3rd Street
    West Sacramento, CA 95605, CA 95605
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Indicate the Examination Code and Classification(s) on your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678). All applicants must provide proof of identification. Accepted forms of identification are: 1) a photo identification card or 2) two forms of signed identification.

*Visitors to the Department of General Services must be escorted at all times.  Applicants must use the telephone provided in the Lobby to contact the Office of Human Resources at (916) 376-5400 OR email DGSExams@dgs.ca.gov to set up an appointment to drop off their application.

Do not submit applications to the California Department of Human Resources.

Applications with an original or electronic signature will be accepted.

Dates printed on mobile barcodes or equivalent mobile print technology shall not be considered postmarks and, as such, are not acceptable proof of the date an application was filed.

Applications MUST include “to” and “from” dates (month/day/year), time base, civil service class title(s), and range (if applicable) for all work experience. College course information MUST include title, number of semester or quarter units, name of institution, completion dates, and degree (if applicable). Applications received without this information may have delays in processing and/or may be rejected.

Special Testing Arrangements:

If you require assistance or alternative testing arrangements due to a disability, indicate on your application that you need reasonable accommodation. You will be contacted by a representative of the testing department to make the necessary arrangements. If you have not been contacted by the time you receive notification of testing, please contact the testing department listed in the Contact section of this bulletin.

If you are unable to submit your application or complete the test due to a disability, please contact the testing department listed in the Contact section of this bulletin.

Minimum Qualifications

All applicants must meet the education and/or experience requirements as stated on this exam bulletin to be accepted to the examination.


Either I

Two years of experience performing duties equivalent to Supervisor of Building Trades or Restoration Supervisor I in California state service.


Five years' experience either:

1. As a California licensed general building or engineering contractor, supervising construction or alteration of major buildings, such as schools, hospitals or other large buildings; or

2. As a fulltime construction superintendent on such buildings. (Experience in California state service applied toward these requirements must include at least two years in a class at a salary level at least equivalent to Supervisor of Building Trades.) and

Education: Completion of the equivalent of 60 semester units of college courses with major work in architecture, engineering, or a related field.  (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

Applicants possessing the required license/certificate at the time of application must show the number, title, and expiration date on their Examination Application (Std. Form 678).

Applicants using education to meet the minimum qualifications MUST provide a copy of their diploma, unofficial transcript, statement and/or evaluation from an accredited U.S. college/university with their Examination Application (Std. Form 678).

Position Description



Under the general direction of a Direct Construction Supervisor II, the Direct Construction Supervisor I is responsible for the supervision and coordination of all direct construction projects in a geographical area; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Responsible for the supervision, inspection and coordination of work performed by State employees, casual workers, or outside contractors in connection with alteration or construction projects; reviews plans, specifications and estimates; assigns and checks work; instructs supervisors and craftspersons; assists in the preparation of purchase requests and contracts; makes decisions relating to construction methods; coordinates the placement and number of employees hired for various projects; does layout work and assumes responsibility for accuracy of measurements; approves suitability of construction equipment and quality of materials and workmanship; performs construction calculations; prepares and maintains daily diaries, cost accounts, time cards, travel expense claims, travel logs, progress reports, and progress payment estimates; prepares correspondence and reports, and keeps abreast of construction trends.

Special Personal Characteristics

Tact, keenness of observation, and physical stamina.

For information regarding position location(s), please refer to the Eligible List Information section.

Examination Information

This examination consists of the following component(s):

Component OrderComponent TypeComponent DuePercentage of Final Score
1Supplemental ReportWith Application100%

Components that are due with your application will be scored and will count toward your final examination result. Failure to submit these items may result in disqualification or elimination from the examination.

A final score of 70% must be attained to be placed on the eligible list.

Complete and submit the following items with your application. These will be scored and count toward your final examination result. Failure to submit these items will result in disqualification from the examination.

In addition to evaluating the applicant's relative knowledge, skill and ability as demonstrated by quality and breadth of education/experience, emphasis in each test component will be on measuring competitively, relative to job demands, each applicant's:

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Materials, methods, and processes required in the construction of wood, steel frame, masonry and concrete buildings; work of the various building trades; various codes and safety orders applicable to building construction; construction contracting practices, including estimating, division of work, scheduling and organizing construction work; plumbing, heating and ventilating, and electrical work; principles of effective supervision; the Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; the supervisor's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Ability to: Read and understand construction plans and specifications; calculate material quantities; direct the work of others; and prepare clear and comprehensive reports and correspondence.

Eligible List Information

A Servicewide Open eligible list for the DIRECT CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISOR I Classification will be established for:

  • Department of General Services

The names of successful competitors will be merged onto the eligible list(s) in order of final score regardless of test date. Eligibility expires 24 months after it is established. Applicants must then retake the examination to reestablish eligibility.

Resulting Eligibility List(s) will be used to fill vacancies throughout the State of California.

Veterans' Preference will be granted for this examination. Veterans' Preference is an assistance program for veterans, veteran widows and widowers, and spouses of 100% disabled veterans who seek employment with the state. Veterans' Preference is also extended to currently serving military members nearing their retirement or separation date.

You are not eligible for Veteran's Preference if you are:

  • A veteran who has been dishonorably discharged or released.
  • A veteran, widow or widower of a veteran, or spouse of a 100 percent disabled veteran who currently has permanent civil service status. (Permanent civil service status is the status of an employee who is lawfully retained in his/her position after completion of the applicable probationary period. This does not include limited term).

Veterans' Preference is codified in Government Code Sections 18973 – 18979.

Veteran status is verified by the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR). Directions to apply for Veterans' Preference are on the Veterans' Preference Application (Std. Form 1093), which is available at www.CalCareers.ca.gov, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Career Credits are not granted for examination(s) administered on an Open basis or a Promotional basis.


Here is a list of suggested resources to have available prior to taking the exam.

To streamline the examination process, please create a CalCareer Account with CalHR. A CalCareer Account is a one stop shop for taking civil service examinations, applying for state jobs, and provides storage and organization for your documents and communications stemming from job opportunities, all in a paperless format. To sign up for a CalCareer Account, or log in to your existing account, Click here.

Employment History: Employment dates, job titles, organization names and addresses, names of supervisors or persons who can verify your job responsibilities, and phone numbers of persons listed above.

Education: School names and addresses, degrees earned, dates attended, courses taken (verifiable on a transcript), persons or office who can verify education, and phone numbers of persons or offices listed above.

Training: Class titles, certifications received, names of persons who can verify your training, and phone numbers of persons listed above.

Cut-Off Date: 1st Friday of Every Month

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.  Check back periodically as cut-off dates are subject to change or can be cancelled at any time.  Such changes or cancellations will be in accordance with civil service laws and rules. Additionally, applications may be processed on a flow basis prior to the cut-off date to meet the hiring needs of the Department.

Testing Departments

  • Department of General Services

Contact Information

Questions regarding this examination should be directed to:

Department of General Services
Department of General Services - OHR
P.O. Box 989052
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9052
Phone: (916) 376-5400

California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice). TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

Drug Free Statement

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free State work place. Any applicant for State employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective, because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing civil service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

General Information

Examination and/or Employment Application (STD 678) forms are available at the California Department of Human Resources, local offices of the Employment Development Department, and through your CalCareer Account (www.CalCareers.ca.gov).

If you meet the requirements stated on this examination bulletin, you may take this examination, which is competitive. Possession of the entrance requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination described in this bulletin will be rated against a predetermined job-related rating, and all applicants who pass will be ranked according to their scores.

Department of General Services reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service laws and rules and all applicants will be notified.

General Qualifications: Applicants must possess essential personal qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, the ability to work cooperatively with others, and a state of health consistent with the ability to perform the assigned duties of the class. A medical examination may be required. In open examinations, investigation may be made of employment records and personal history and fingerprinting may be required.

Eligible Lists: Eligible lists established by competitive examination, regardless of date, must be used in the following order: 1) sub-divisional promotional, 2) departmental promotional, 3) multi-departmental promotional, 4) service-wide promotional, 5) departmental open, 6) open. When there are two lists of the same kind, the older must be used first. Eligible lists will expire in one to four years unless otherwise stated on the bulletin.

High School Equivalence: Equivalence to completion of the 12th grade may be demonstrated in any one of the following ways: 1) passing the General Education Development (GED) Test; 2) completion of 12 semester units of college-level work; 3) certification from the State Department of Education, a local school board, or high school authorities that the competitor is considered to have education equivalent to graduation from high school; or 4) for clerical and accounting classes, substitution of business college work in place of high school on a year-for-year basis.

Accepted applicants must provide proof of identification at each in-person test session. Acceptable identification consists of a photo identification card or two forms of signed identification.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Your CalCareer Account)
By Mail
In Person (see bulletin for details)
Alternate Application Process

While we recommend that you utilize your CalCareer Account to take advantage of all the tools available, you may choose to apply for this examination without using your account. In this case, print and complete the Exam Application Package Checklist and include it if you submit a hard copy application.

Exam Application Package Checklist

Blank Application Form (STD678)

Accommodation Request (STD679)