Placer Employment Opportunities

Equipment Service Worker - I


Recruitment #2023-11601-01


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


The eligible list created by this recruitment may be used to fill future County-wide vacancies for permanent positions.


Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees, including:

  • Holidays: 14 paid holidays per year, 2 of which are floating holidays*
  • Vacation leave: 10 days/year with ability to accrue 25 days/year
  • Sick leave: 12 days/year*
  • Cafeteria plan: 6% of employee’s salary will be contributed towards employee to use towards 401(k), dependent care, medical co-insurance, or cash
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance available for employees and dependents
  • $50,000 life insurance policy at no cost to employee
  • CalPERS retirement plans
  • Retiree medical insurance
  • Deferred compensation
  • Education allowance: up to $1,200 per year
  • Bilingual incentive: incumbents may be eligible for bilingual incentive pay depending upon operational needs and certification of proficiency.

*Amounts will be prorated for part-time employees and employees hired after the first of the year.

The information above represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire about the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department. For a detailed listing of benefits, please click here to view General benefits.

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 entry-level class in the Equipment Service Worker series.  This class is distinguished from the journey by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series.  Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgment on matters allocated to the journey level.  Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.  Employees work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks.


Receives immediate 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.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Perform routine maintenance of shop and office areas.


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: No experience is required.

Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

Required License or Certificate:
Possession of a valid Class C California driver's license.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


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.

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.


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.


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), reproductive health decision making, 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.


For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Lindsay Baer, Administrative Technician, at or (530) 886-4667.

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