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$32.93-$42.00 hourly / $5,708.00-$7,280.00 monthly / $68,494.40-$87,360.00 yearly


Under direction; to diagnose and make the most complex mechanical repairs to automobiles and trucks; to operate computerized diagnostic equipment; to perform preventative maintenance; and to do other work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is the advanced journey level automotive mechanic class responsible for diagnosing and repairing a wide variety of mechanical problems as well as highly specialized and technical areas such as Compressed Natural Gas, and other alternative fuel conversion and repairs.  This class is distinguished from the next lower class of Automotive Service Mechanic by the assignments of diagnosing the more complicated drivability problems, performing the maintenance, repair, and inspection of the Compressed Natural Gas fueling station,  and serving as a lead worker to other Automotive Mechanics. This class is distinguished from the next higher class of Fleet Services Manager in that the latter is responsible for managing the fleet operations service center and staff.

Typical Tasks

Conducts drivability tests to diagnose defects in passenger vehicles, light trucks, vans and Sheriff's cars; determines the type of repair required and makes the repair; checks warranty records, advises and consults with the supervisor, then refers repairs under warranty to the dealers; operates computerized engine diagnostic and exhaust emission analysis and related equipment; diagnoses and determines the appropriate repair for fuel injection systems, computerized feedback emission control systems, heating, air conditioning, brake, steering and suspension systems; customizes, fabricates and modifies Sheriff's vehicles; performs major tune-ups including adjusting timing, idle speed and other controls; performs compression and cylinder balance tests; replaces spark plugs, ignition wires and distributor parts; services, inspects and repairs tires, wheel and brake systems and distributor-less ignition systems; removes and replaces a variety of automotive components including engines and transmissions; may conduct complete smog inspections; attends courses to keep abreast of technical changes and to learn to use new computerized equipment; may serve as a lead to assign and evaluate the work of technical and other staff; maintains records of work performed and materials used; inputs, accesses and analyzes data using a computer; may provide vacation or other temporary relief for other classes as required.

Employment Standards


  • Working knowledge of the techniques and procedures to diagnose mechanical and operating problems in automotive equipment;
  • Working knowledge of preventive maintenance inspection techniques;
  • Working knowledge of the methods, tools, equipment, computerized testing equipment and parts used in repairing and overhauling automotive equipment;
  • Working knowledge of the theory, care and operation of internal combustion engines and mechanical components for repairing and maintaining automobiles and trucks;
  • Working knowledge of safe working practices.

Ability to:

  • Diagnose the cause of mechanical failure, complex drivability problems, and safety problems in automotive equipment and determine appropriate repairs needed;
  • Perform skilled repair work on automotive equipment;
  • Operate complex computerized diagnostic equipment;
  • Perform preventative maintenance on automobiles and trucks;
  • Use hand and power tools safely and skillfully;
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions and plans;
  • Keep records;
  • Safely lift objects weighing 50 pounds;
  • Fabricate using welding equipment;
  • Work cooperatively with others and provide positive customer service;
  • Learn to input, access and analyze data using a computer and adapt to technical changes.

Training and Experience:

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

  • Two years of experience as an automotive mechanic.


  • Two years of experience comparable to an Automotive Service Technician in Santa Cruz County.


  • Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver's License.
  • Possess and maintain a complete set of mechanics' hand tools.
  • Possession of a valid Smog Technician license from the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) for the State of California.



PREVIOUS CLASS TITLES: Automotive Mechanic, Senior Automotive Technician
Bargaining Unit: 41
EEOC Job Category: 07
Occupational Grouping: 37
Workers' Comp Code: 0399
Analyst: GLD/JML/TC
Revised Date(s): 05/01,1/09

CLASS: MM5; EST: 10/1/1989; REV: 1/1/2009;