County of Alameda

Auto Body and Fender Worker (#9415)

Bargaining Unit: BTC - Crafts and Trades (002)
$49.77-$49.77 Hourly / $3,981.60-$3,981.60 BiWeekly /
$8,626.80-$8,626.80 Monthly / $103,521.60-$103,521.60 Yearly

Under general supervision, performs body and fender repair work on County fleet vehicles of all types, including passenger and patrol cars, buses, vans, trucks, and heavy road working equipment, and to do related work as required.


This is a journey-level class located in the Motor Vehicle Department of the General Services Agency. The primary function of the class is the restoration of damaged vehicles. Basic automotive mechanical ability is required to adjust alternators, wire automotive electrical systems, and to replace radiators and hoses. However, incumbents should have a working knowledge of the use of tools, materials and methods of automotive body and fender repair work. Incumbents of this position work under the Heavy Equipment Shop Supervisor, Niles Division, from whom technical guidance is available.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Restores damaged vehicle bodies to original form by pulling, bumping, hammering, and shrinking metal with pulleys, hammers and dollies, and gas welding torch; grinds damaged area to remove paint to raw metal, and builds up small holes and dings on restored vehicle parts with application of body filler to smooth out repaired area.

2. Prepares repaired vehicle body parts for painting by smoothing out body filler with cheese sander, sanding with various grits of sandpaper, and masking off unaffected areas of the vehicle.

3. Forms adhesive base for paint by spraying primer coat, applying and buffing machines rubbing compound to primed area, cleaning area with wax and grease remover, and blowing off any excess residue with air gun.

4. Paints repaired portions of damaged vehicles by applying four coats of progressively thinner acrylic enamel, drys under heat lamps, sands and buffs painted portions of vehicles.

5. Removes and replaces electrical parts, radiators, and hoses associated with body and fender work; installs glass and tests for water leaks; and straightens and aligns automobile and truck frames, hoods, bumpers and chrome.

6. Operates gas and electrical welding equipment in the repair of bodies, frames, and radiators on a variety of automotive equipment; maintains and stores other equipment utilized in the trade.

7. Analyzes damage to determine direction of impact which aids in the reshaping of damaged vehicle body parts back to original form; cost estimates the material and labor involved in repairing the damaged portions of a vehicle to ascertain the cost efficiency of repair over replacement.

8. Orders paints, auto fender and body parts, tools, and equipment utilized in fender and body work.

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Experience and Training:

The equivalent of three years of recent paid journey-level experience in the repair of automobile bodies and fenders.

Some acceptable combination of education and experience.

Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

· The care and use of tools and materials necessary to automotive body and fender repair work.
· Methods, equipment, and material used in oxyacetylene welding.
· Cost of material and labor applied to body and fender work.

Ability to:

· Determine the body repairs needed for a wide variety of damaged mobile equipment.
· Straighten and align automobile and truck bodies and frames.
· Skillfully use tools, materials, and equipment of the trade.
· Read, interpret and work from plans, drawings, and specifications.
· Carry out oral and written directions.
· Read and write at a level appropriate to the class.

Old document: 0876h
New document: Jobspecs/9415
CSC Date: 12/18/78


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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