County of Alameda

Lead Heavy Equipment Mechanic (#9475)

Bargaining Unit: BTC - Crafts and Trades (002)
$59.54-$59.54 Hourly / $4,763.20-$4,763.20 BiWeekly /
$10,320.27-$10,320.27 Monthly / $123,843.20-$123,843.20 Yearly

Under the general direction of the Public Works Fleet Supervisor, the Lead Heavy Equipment Mechanics lead, direct and oversee Heavy Equipment Mechanics and Helpers involved with the maintenance and repair of passenger vehicles, gasoline and diesel-powered heavy equipment, trucks and buses; and perform related work as required.


This is the lead-level class in the Heavy Equipment Mechanic series. This class is distinguished from the next higher position of Public Works Fleet Supervisor in that the latter has first-line supervisory responsibility for the activities conducted at the Agency’s Heavy Equipment Repair facilities. The Lead Heavy Equipment Mechanic is distinguished from the next lower class of Heavy Equipment Mechanic in that Heavy Equipment Mechanics do not have responsibility of assigning and reviewing the work of others. Incumbents in this classification are generally self-directed, providing lead direction to Heavy Equipment mechanic staff, as well as quality control support and other direct assistance to the Public Works Fleet Supervisor. Incumbents mentor and advise Heavy Equipment Mechanics and Helpers, and assist them with issues and problems they may experience with the work they are performing. Incumbents will perform direct labor tasks approximately 50% of the time, with a focus on the most difficult or complex maintenance or repair problems.


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. Leads and directs Heavy Equipment Mechanics and Helpers working at the Agency’s Heavy Equipment Repair Facility in Dublin (HERB). May occasionally provide lead direction to Heavy Equipment Mechanic staff working at the Turner Court Maintenance Facility in Hayward.

2. Prioritizes shop workload; assists with the coordination of scheduled and unscheduled work requests; assigns work to Heavy Equipment Mechanic staff; monitors work-in progress and reviews work when completed. Insures that all needed repairs are addressed.

3. Opens work orders when vehicles and equipment arrive at the repair facility. Provides repair and maintenance instructions in written and verbal format. Assists Heavy Equipment Mechanic staff with required recordkeeping.

4. Performs regular and frequent quality control inspections on repair and maintenance work, to make sure that all needed repairs are completed, and to insure that the finished product will be safe and reliable.

5. Oversees Heavy Equipment Mechanic staff schedules including: starting, break, lunch, travel and road test time.

6. May order parts and materials for repair work in progress; regularly coordinates with parts room staff to expedite needed parts.

7. Assists with the preparation of preventive maintenance schedules; coordinates scheduling requirements with operating departments.

8. Makes recommendations to the Public Works Fleet Supervisor regarding day-to-day technical and personnel issues.

9. Inspects, services, maintains, and repairs a variety of automobiles, trucks, and miscellaneous construction and support equipment. This includes street sweepers, graders, tractors, mowers, backhoes, generators, pumps, trailers, and paving equipment.

10. Inspects, services, maintains, and repairs gasoline, diesel and alternatively fueled engines and fuel system components; performs advanced diagnosis of electronic engine controls and emission control systems.

11. Inspects, maintains and repairs hybrid and battery electric vehicles, and related components such as electric motors, motor controllers and batteries.

12. Inspects, maintains and repairs aerial devices, personnel lifts and cranes.

13. Inspects, diagnoses, maintains and repairs power train components such as transmissions, transfer cases, transaxles, tracks, track drives and differentials.

14. Inspects, diagnoses, maintains and repairs hydraulic and pneumatic systems and related components.

15. Inspects, diagnoses, repairs and overhauls pneumatic and hydraulic brake systems and components; performs related machine work as required.

16. Inspects and repairs electrical circuits, diagnoses complex electrical problems, installs warning lighting and communications equipment.

17. Inspects, diagnoses, maintains and repairs steering and suspension systems and related components.

18. Undertakes welding and fabrication projects; makes minor and major modifications to vehicles and equipment to improve functionality. Fabricates and modifies parts using machine tools and/or welding equipment.

19. May repair or replace tires on light and heavy vehicles and equipment.

20. May pick up and deliver vehicles and equipment to/from County and vendor facilities. May transport vehicles and equipment using a “low-boy” trailer or tow truck. Picks up parts and supplies as necessary.

21. Monitors the cleanliness and safety of the shop facility. Assists in the resolution of safety deficiencies.

22. May operate a field service truck; may make temporary or permanent repairs to equipment in the field. May fuel equipment on site.

23. Utilizes a fleet management software application to enter labor hours and work order comments, and to review vehicle and equipment repair histories.

24. Keeps computerized and paper records relative to work assignments, such as work orders, time cards, and parts requisitions.

25. Utilizes service manuals as well as on-line technical resources, service literature and diagnostic software.

26. Observes and complies with hazardous waste and material handling and disposal procedures and regulations as set forth by local, state and federal environmental and health agencies. Insures that Heavy Equipment Mechanic staff observe and comply with the same.

27. Observes and complies with all applicable safety regulations, rules, policies and procedures. Insures that Heavy Equipment Mechanic staff observe and comply with the same.


Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency certificate, such as the General Educational Development Certificate (State of California).

And Either I

The equivalent of two years of full-time experience in the class of Heavy Equipment Mechanic in the Alameda County classified service.


Education and Training (one of the following):

1. Completion of a recognized apprenticeship in the Heavy Equipment/Truck repair trade, including but not limited to the programs offered by various union organizations such as the International Union of Operating Engineers, as well as by educational institutions and major heavy equipment and truck manufacturers. The program will include a minimum of 8,000 hours of classroom and on-the-job training. A certificate of completion is required.

2. Possession of an Associate of Arts Degree in Automotive, Diesel, or Industrial Technology.


The equivalent of four years of full-time, paid, journey-level experience in the repair of heavy construction, farm, similar equipment, at least one year of which was in a lead capacity. (An additional two years of journey-level experience may be substituted for the education requirement.)


An additional two years of journey-level experience may be substituted for the education requirement.

Welding and metal fabrication experience is highly desirable.

Licenses and Certifications:

• Possession of a valid State of California Class “A” Commercial Driver’s permit with no moving violations for the past eighteen (18) months.
• Acquisition and maintenance of a valid State of California Class “A” Commercial Driver’s License with al endorsements, (except Hazardous Materials) within 120 days of employment.
• Candidate must submit evidence from DMV showing either their State of California Class “A” Commercial Driver’s permit or current status of their State of California Class “A” Commercial Driver’s License with all endorsements (except Hazardous Materials) at the time of application.
• Acquisition of an OSHA-recognized Forklift Operator Certificate within 180 days of employment.
• Possession of a current National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Medium/Heavy Truck Technician Certification (may be obtained within 12 months of appointment). Certification must be kept current at all times.
• National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Automobile Technician Certification is highly desirable, but not required.

Special Requirements:

• Federal law and County policy requires that positions in the class of Lead Heavy Equipment Mechanic are subject to post-offer/pre-placement/pre-duty, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, random, return-to-duty and follow-up drug and alcohol testing.
• Possession of a set of common automotive hand tools typically used in the maintenance and repair of automotive and heavy equipment. This will include, but not be limited to: screwdrivers, “Torx” drivers, hex keys, various types of pliers, wire cutter/stripper, standard and metric combination wrenches from 5/16” – 1-1/4” (8mm – 32mm), ¼”,3/8” and ½” drive standard and metric socket sets, ½” drive standard and metric impact socket sets, pneumatic tools (such as impact wrenches and air ratchets), brake service tools, file set, air blow gun, inspection mirror, magnetic pickup tool, hacksaw, hammers, scrapers, picks, punches, chisels and pry bars. Incumbents will provide their own tool storage in the form of a lockable”roll-around” tool cabinet.

Working Conditions:

• Incumbents are subject to 24-hour call out and must actively participate in the program.
• Work is performed primarily indoors in a shop environment. Incumbents may occasionally be required to work outdoors, in all weather conditions.
• Work involves exposure to machinery and equipment, traffic hazards, fumes, dusts, grease, allergens, chemical irritants, toxic or caustic substances, high temperatures, hot surfaces, electrical hazards, unpleasant odors, and high noise levels.
• Incumbents may be required to work on uneven surfaces, to climb ladders, and work from heights. The work requires standing for long periods, walking, bending, stooping, squatting, lifting and pushing heavy objects, and working overhead.

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:

• Typical work flow processes and work management techniques used in the operation of a heavy equipment repair facility.
• Methods, tools, equipment and materials commonly used in the maintenance and repair of heavy equipment, trucks and passenger vehicles.
• State and Federal Regulations pertaining to motor vehicle fleets.
• Safety and environmental practices and procedures used and observed in a heavy equipment repair facility.
• Hydraulic and compressed air brakes and controls, diesel and gasoline engines, transmission, differentials, clutch assemblies, steering and suspension systems, ignition and electrical systems, hydraulic systems, fuel and cooling systems, air conditioning systems, and other components and systems found in modern vehicles and heavy equipment.
• Welding and metal fabrication methods and equipment.
• Automotive and heavy equipment nomenclature.

Ability to:

• Lead, direct, mentor and assist Heavy Equipment Mechanics and Helpers.
• Plan, coordinate and oversee maintenance and repair activities.
• Work closely with staff from operating departments in order to coordinate and schedule repair work.
• Utilize the hand tools listed in the “Special Requirements” section above, as well as common power tools and specialty tools used in the maintenance and repair of automotive and heavy equipment. This will include, but not limited to: impact wrenches, air ratchets, power drills, grinders and sanders, drill presses, tap and die sets, hydraulic and air brake service tools, torque wrenches, pullers, presses and bushing drivers.
• Operate shop equipment and machine tools such as pedestal grinders, power hacksaws, drill presses, brake lathes, battery and charging systems testers, emission analyzers, welding equipment, and other common automotive shop equipment.
• Utilize personal computer (PC) systems.
• Utilize diagnostic tools and other equipment to quickly and accurately diagnose mechanical, electrical and electronic failures in vehicles and equipment. This will include, but not be limited to: battery testers, multi-meters, scan tools, and PC)-based diagnostic applications.
• Maintain computerized and paper records, while providing concise written descriptions of work performed.
• Read and interpret service manuals and other technical information.
• Work effectively with others.
• Lift and carry weights of up to 45 pounds.
• Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include standing for extended periods of time and operating assigned equipment and vehicles.
• Communicate with others, and to follow verbal and written directions.
• Make sound decisions.

Revised 3/18/98
Old document: 9475h.doc
New document: Jobspecs/9475
CSC Date: 5/13/98
IC:cs Revised 8/9/16
CSC Date: 8/31/16


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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