Los Angeles Community College District

Power Equipment Mechanic (#5775)

$28.57-$35.40 hourly / $4,952.46-$6,135.24 monthly / $59,429.52-$73,622.88 annual


Performs journey-level work in the diagnosis, overhaul, maintenance, and repair of light-duty power equipment and performs minor repairs and maintenance on automotive equipment.

Typical Duties

Performs the following duties on power equipment such as sweepers, air compressors, mowers, edgers, chainsaws, blowers, trimmers, generators, trash compactors and sprayers: Removes and replaces pistons; adjusts bearings; grinds valves; fits piston rings; tunes motors; repairs magnetos; repairs, fabricates and replaces bushing units; cleans, adjusts and repairs carburetors; and overhauls, repairs, cleans, and adjusts clutch and differential assemblies.

Performs the following duties on automotive equipment:

Performs minor tune-ups; adjusts carburetors; adjusts brakes; changes tires and balances wheels; checks and dispenses fuel, oil, water, brake fluid and antifreeze; tests, recharges, and changes batteries; performs oxygen-acetylene and electric welding.

Diagnoses causes of equipment malfunction.

Orders supplies, parts, and tools needed for repairs.

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

Maintains equipment service and repair records.

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

Makes recommendations regarding equipment replacement and repair by outside vendors.

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

May perform minor maintenance on tractors.

May fabricate and modify parts of equipment.

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

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

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

An Automotive Mechanic repairs, overhauls, and maintains light-, medium-, and heavy-duty automotive equipment including motorized farm and garden 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 and models and operation of power and automotive equipment

Operating principles and performance characteristics of small engines and generators

Basic principles of automotive mechanics and electrical wiring systems

Shop mathematics applicable to vehicle maintenance

Basic oxygen-acetylene and electric welding

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

Safety precautions, practices, and procedures of the trade

Basic recordkeeping procedures

Basic operations of computer equipment

Skill in:

The use of hand tools, power tools, and test instruments of the trade

Ability to:

Diagnose and repair electric, electronic, and mechanical malfunctions in a wide range of light-duty power equipment

Use hoist or other equipment to assist lifting

Diagnose and make minor repairs on automotive equipment

Read and interpret service and supply manuals

Work independently

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

Keep accurate records

Learn general and specialized software applications

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

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND three years of recent, full-time, paid experience in the service and repair of light-duty power equipment. Experience in the repair and maintenance of automotive equipment is desirable.

Physical Requirements:

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


A valid Class ā€œCā€ California driver's license may be required for some positions.

Travel to locations throughout the District may be required for some positions.

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: 5775; EST: ; REV: 6/13/2018;