Placer Employment Opportunities

Equipment Service Worker - II

Recruitment #2021-11602-01


Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin.  Placer is a great place to live, work, play and learn.  For more information about Placer County, please visit


There is one current vacancy for Equipment Service Worker - II in the Department of Public Works in Auburn. Please note that the eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill future vacancies as they occur in both Auburn and Tahoe.

The eligible list created by this recruitment may be used in the future to fill additional extra help and permanent positions. Extra Help/Temporary positions are limited to 999 hours per fiscal year (960 for CalPERS retired annuitants).


Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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For more information regarding the benefits Placer County has to offer, please visit Placer County's Human Resources website.


To fuel, clean and wash, inspect and safety check County-owned fleet cars, light trucks and motorized equipment; to provide semi-skilled repair service to County-owned light trucks and motorized equipment; to work directly for a line department with a large fleet, to monitor and maintain assigned fleet; and to provide automotive and heavy equipment parts and supplies to Fleet Services and Road Division automotive and equipment maintenance personnel.


This is the full journey level class within the Equipment Service Worker series.  This class is distinguished from the Equipment Service Worker I by the full range of duties assigned.  Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit.  Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level.


Receives general supervision from a Supervising Automotive Mechanic, Supervising Equipment Mechanic (Auburn), Senior Road District Supervisor (Tahoe), or assigned supervisor.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Fuel and re-fuel vehicles and equipment; clean windshields and check and replace wiper blades; clean interiors, and wash and wax exteriors as needed; check and refill oil and other fluids; inspect tires and repair or replace as needed.
  • Check brakes and install brake pads, front wheel rotors, brake shoes and belts; inspect and install shock absorbers; repair or replace car locks, windows, window cranks, rear and side view mirrors, headlights, spotlights, tail and signal lights and replace fuses and connectors. 
  • Document work completed and supplies used; make out work orders for repair or service to be done by skilled automotive and equipment mechanics; test drive vehicles to determine driving condition; operate towing equipment as needed; order fuel and other supplies from vendors.
  • When assigned to the central garage, issue automotive and heavy equipment parts and supplies to users on a routine basis, as well as upon request for as-needed items. 
    Purchase parts and supplies; maintain adequate physical inventory; and maintain inventory records. 
  • When assigned to the central garage update open purchase orders; maintain and use catalogs and vendor order books; review and post invoices as received; work with vendors to expedite special and/or urgent orders.
  • Receive incoming parts and supplies; determine location for and physically stock received items in warehouse and yard; drive to various locations to pick up items or deliver items for contracted repair; purge and dispose of obsolete items.
  • When working for a line department, coordinate vehicle repairs with county garage; prepare mileage reports; maintain vehicle records; review monthly billing report; supervise part-time staff and assigned trustees; perform minor vehicle repairs; maintain list of assigned vehicles and inventory; install special equipment including light bars, spot lights, prisoner partitions and equipment stands.
  • Perform other minor facility and ground maintenance tasks as needed; assist other staff as needed.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees, supply vendors and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

Experience and Training

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Two years of responsible experience performing duties similar to those of an Equipment Service Worker I in Placer County.

Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

Required License or Certificate:

  • Some positions may require possession of a valid Class B driver's license.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
  • When assigned to storekeeper duties: possession of license to purchase Freon.


Knowledge of:

  • Tools and equipment used in routine maintenance and repair of cars and light trucks.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Arithmetic and basic mathematical calculations.
  • Fleet Services Division (Auburn) or Roads Division (Tahoe) operations, policies, and procedures.
  • County purchasing and procurement policies and procedures.
  • Automotive and heavy equipment parts and supplies.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand operations and observe safety rules.
  • Intermittently analyze problem equipment; identify and locate equipment; interpret work orders; remember equipment location; and explain jobs to others.
  • Intermittently, sit while studying or preparing reports; bend, squat, climb, kneel and twist when performing installation of equipment; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation; regularly lift very heavy weight.
  • Operate forklift, hydraulic lift, hand cart, hand tools and light truck, flatbed truck or tow truck.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively, and determine proper course of action.
  • Prepare purchase orders and related documents; obtain information through interviews and dialogue; process multiple supply orders; and work effectively with interruptions.
  • Use a computer, calculator, two-way radio and telephone.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Independently identify mechanical, hydraulic and electrical problems in light vehicles and perform minor mechanical and automotive repairs.
  • Independently read and understand technical reports and instructions and schematic drawings and diagrams.
  • Independently obtain information through interviews and dialogue; simultaneously process multiple supply requests; and work effectively with interruption.
  • Independently prepare purchase orders and related documents; forecast immediate and long-term supply and equipment needs.


Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training, and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula. Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.

Specific position(s) within this classification designated as Safety Sensitive may require applicants to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Clearinghouse and to provide consent for Placer County to conduct a full query of their records within the Clearinghouse prior to an offer of employment.


The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey level) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please click here.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, ancestry, religion (including creed and belief), national origin, citizenship, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over),  marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), political orientation, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.

Selection Plan

Tentative Recruitment Timeline (Subject to Change):

Week of 8/2/21     Minimum Qualifications Screening
Week of 8/2/21     Training and Experience Rating
Week of 8/9/21     Establish Eligible List

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Beth LaChapelle, Administrative Technician, at or (530) 889-4607.

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