Los Angeles Community College District

Automotive Mechanic (#5770)

$29.91-$36.46 hourly / $5,184.68-$6,319.12 monthly / $62,216.16-$75,829.44 annual


Performs journey-level work in the all-around diagnosis, overhaul, maintenance, and repair of various types of gasoline-, diesel-, and electric-powered automotive equipment.

Typical Duties

Overhauls a variety of gasoline, diesel, and electric-powered automotive equipment, such as automobiles, light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks, vans, scooters, motorized farm and garden equipment, utility vehicles, power sweepers, man lifts, and forklifts.

Diagnoses causes of equipment malfunction.

Performs repair work on internal combustion engines such as grinding valves, installing piston rings and pistons; fitting bearings and bushings; aligning rods, including dismantling and reassembling engine components.

Adjusts and repairs other components of automotive equipment such as clutches, transmissions, single and multiple speed differentials, hydraulic loading and accessory systems and controls, mechanical vacuum boosters, hydraulic and air brake systems, suspension systems, steering assemblies, and carburetion, ignition and electrical systems including voltage regulators, generators, and alternators.

Performs maintenance work on automotive equipment such as tune-ups, oil changes, balancing wheels and tires, and inspecting and repairing mufflers and smog control devices.

Troubleshoots vehicle computers and computerized sensors and replaces faulty components and parts as needed.

Safely operates shop equipment such as hand-set grinders, drill and hydraulic presses, hydraulic lifts, engine analyzers, valve and seat refacers, welding equipment, and electrical system testing equipment.

Performs electric and oxygen acetylene welding.

Matches tires on dual wheels.

Orders and stocks parts and supplies needed for repairs.

Maintains equipment usage, inspection, smog certification, and service and repair records.

Maintains an inventory of supplies and tools for assigned area/projects.

Estimates costs for parts and equipment.

Makes recommendations regarding repair by outside contractors.

Test drives vehicles on the road.

Maintains shop area, supplies, and tools in a safe, clean, and orderly condition.

May perform repair of heavy-duty off road vehicles.

May perform repair and maintenance on auxiliary equipment such as sprayers, plows, seed planters, and other related equipment.

May assign, review the work of, and provide training to assigned lower-level staff.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

An Automotive Mechanic repairs, overhauls, and maintains light-, medium-, and heavy-duty automotive equipment including motorized farm and garden equipment.

A Power Equipment Mechanic repairs, overhauls, and maintain s a variety of light-duty power equipment and performs minor repairs and maintenance on automotive equipment.


General supervision is received from a General Foreman or Director of College Facilities. Work direction may be provided to Maintenance Assistants.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Types, models, and operation of automotive equipment

Principles and theories related to automotive mechanics and electrical wiring systems

Tools, diagnostic instruments, materials, and parts involved in the repair and maintenance of automotive equipment

Gasoline and diesel internal combustion engines

Hydraulic and power take-off accessory systems

Preventive maintenance requirements for automotive equipment

Electric and oxygen acetylene welding

Safety precautions, practices, and procedures of the trade

Basic recordkeeping procedures

Basic operations of computer equipment

Skill in:

Use of tools and instruments of the trade

Ability to:

Diagnose and repair electric, electronic, and mechanical malfunctions of a wide range of automotive equipment

Adjust and operate automotive shop equipment

Use and read precision instruments such as micrometers, dial indicators, and oscilloscopes

Read and use manuals and specifications related to automotive equipment

Work independently

Work effectively and cooperatively with District staff, students, and outside service contractors

Keep accurate records

Road test vehicles

Learn the characteristics of new equipment and update technical skills to adapt to changing technology

Learn general and specialized software applications

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND completion of a recognized apprenticeship program of at least four years' duration or its equivalent in automotive equipment repair AND one year of recent, full-time, paid, journey-level experience in all-around automotive repair of complete power train, electric, and hydraulic systems including work on automobiles, heavy-duty trucks, buses, or off road equipment.


B. Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND five years of full-time paid experience in all-around automotive repair of complete power train, electric, and hydraulic systems including work on automobiles, heavy-duty trucks, buses, or off-the-road equipment. One year of the required experience must have been recent and at the journey-level.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to lift and move items weighing up to fifty pounds.


A valid Class "C" California driver's license.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.


CLASS: 5770; EST: ; REV: 5/23/2018;