County of Alameda

Auto Mechanic (#9420)

$37.76-$37.76 Hourly / $3,020.80-$3,020.80 BiWeekly /
$6,545.07-$6,545.07 Monthly / $78,540.80-$78,540.80 Yearly


DESCRIPTION
DEFINITION

Under general supervision, to provide preventive maintenance and to diagnose mechanical failure in passenger vehicles, vans, light-duty trucks (up to 1-ton rating) and motorcycles; to complete major overhauling and repair work; to design and install special equipment in vehicles; to conduct comprehensive vehicle inspections ensuring that vehicles are in safe working condition; and to do related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

This position is located in the Public Works Agency and the Motor Vehicle Division of the General Services Agency. Auto Mechanics are assigned complex diagnostic work and perform maintenance and repair work on automatic and standard transmissions and may be required to design mountings for and to install push bars, cages and other equipment. Auto Mechanics are required to work with minimal supervision and are distinguished from the class of Auto Mechanic Supervisor in that the latter has full supervisorial responsibilities.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
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. Identifies source of mechanical and electrical failures; overhauls and repairs engines, automatic and standard transmissions, clutch and brake systems, starting and charging systems, fuel, oil, and water pumps, ignition and other electrical systems; emission control and computerized control systems and other major components of automobiles.

2. Designs, fabricates and installs necessary brackets or mountings, security cages, shelving or other accessories using welding equipment. May remove standard generators and alternators and reinstall heavy-duty generators and alternators,

3. Designs and fabricates mounting for and installs special equipment, such as sirens, guns and lights, making necessary electrical modifications.

4. Tunes up engines, removes, inspects and replaces sparkplugs; takes compression tests; and adjusts timing and valves. Inspects, cleans, overhauls, and, if necessary, replaces carburetors and fuel injection systems. Repairs or replaces brake systems, turns rotors and drums. Repairs and replaces exhaust systems; such as mufflers, tailpipes, catalytic converters and other parts.

5. Checks work on chassis dynamometer to determine whether work is satisfactory, and/or in compliance with state mandated standards; or diagnoses problem and makes necessary repairs on a variety of electronically controlled systems.

6. Makes minor repairs on shop equipment.

7. Accesses computer to retrieve vehicle maintenance history data, work orders and online repair manuals.

8. Maintains computer records to document amount of time spent on each vehicle and of work performed.

9. Performs emergency servicing of vehicles in the field.

10. May operate a County tow truck.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Training

Completion of an accredited apprenticeship in the auto mechanics trade, or an AA degree in Automotive Technology

AND

Experience

The equivalent of three years of journey-level experience in the maintenance and repair of passenger vehicles vans, light-duty trucks and motorcycles.

License 

Possess and maintain a valid California Motor Vehicle Class C Driver’s License. Candidates must submit evidence from the DMV showing current status of their license at the time of application and must have a clean driving record for the previous three-year period.

Possess a valid State of California Smog Check Technician license currently applicable to the Alameda County geographic area.

Certification

Must possess the following Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications and maintain said certifications throughout employment:

• A1-Engine Repair
• A3-Manual Drive Train and Axles
• A4-Suspension and Steering
• A5-Brakes
• A6-Electrical/Electronic Systems
• A7-Heating and Air Conditioning
• A8-Engine Performance
• L1-Advanced Engine Performance Specialist

State of California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) Training may substitute as follows:

• Electrical/Electronic Systems Training may substitute for A6-Electrical/Electronic Systems
• Engine Performance Systems Training may substitute for A8-Engine Performance
• Advanced Engine Performance/Emission Systems Training may substitute for L1-Advanced Engine Performance Specialist

The following ASE certifications are desirable:

• A2-Automatic Transmission
• A9-Light Vehicle Diesel Engines

Special Requirements:

Auto mechanics must provide their own hand tools.


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


KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
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:

• Basic safety practices and procedures including the use of safety equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
• Methods, tools and equipment used in the maintenance and repair of passenger vehicles, vans, light-duty trucks and motorcycles.
• Late model automobile engines, including ignition, electrical, emission control and electronic or computerized systems.
• Fuel, oil, and water pumps.
• Differentials and drive systems.
• Clutch, braking and suspension systems.
• All other major functioning parts of automobiles, vans, light-duty trucks and motorcycles.
• Operation and repair of automatic and standard transmissions.
• Emission control system and testing devices.
• On-board computer diagnostic equipment.
• Current automotive industry maintenance and repair standards.

Ability to:

• Use tools and equipment skillfully and safely in making complex automotive and motorcycle repairs.
• Diagnose causes of mechanical and electrical failure in passenger vehicles, vans, light-duty trucks and motorcycles.
• Design and fabricate special installations.
• Read and understand manufacturers’ specification and repair manuals, including those produced on electronic media (CD-ROM’s, DVD’s or internet).
• Follow written and oral instructions.
• Use fleet management systems and online repair manuals.
• Use current smog testing equipment.
• Perform work safely.
• Operate a tow truck.
• Work collaboratively.
• Provide excellent customer service.

CLASS SPEC HISTORY
Old document: JD:nw
Revised: 2/71
Retyped: 3/85
New doc: 9420.doc
ys/4/01
CSC Date: 3/3/99
BG:po Revised 4/4/06
CSC Date: 8/2/2006
SG:po revised 3/4/08
CSC Date: 4/9/2008
CH:cs Revised 10/8/12
CSC Date: 11/14/12
MH:cs Revised 2/25/15
CSC Date: 5/27/15

BENEFITS

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

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • 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.