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Recruitment #22-MP5-01



THE JOB: Under direction, assign and supervise the work of mechanics and other staff performing a variety of tasks connected with the repair and maintenance of trucks and heavy construction equipment; perform skilled work in repairing heavy equipment; and perform other duties as required. The current vacancy is at the BUENA VISTA LANDFILL. The list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies during the life of the eligible list.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Two years of experience performing duties comparable to those of a Heavy Equipment Mechanic II in the County of Santa Cruz.


License Requirements: Possession of a valid California class C driver license; and within six months from hire, possession of a valid class A driver license with Tank Endorsement. A Hazardous Materials endorsement is required for some positions.

Special Working Conditions: Exposure to: variable temperatures and weather conditions; cramped work spaces; heights, such as on ladders and equipment; high levels of noise; electrical hazards; dust and silica dust; allergens, such as poison oak and stinging insects; unpleasant odors; the possibility of experiencing burns, bodily injury, exposure to non-ionizing radiation, and contact with toxic substances or chemical irritants; and, for some assigned tasks, possible exposure to needles or blood which could possibly result in chronic disease or death.

Other Special Requirements: Alcohol and drug tests will be administered to all candidates prior to final selection for positions requiring class A or B driver licenses upon entry and to employees in positions requiring these licenses, as mandated by Department of Transportation federal regulations. In addition, all candidates must provide specific employment history for up to the past ten years for all jobs they have held which required operation of a commercial motor vehicle. Incumbents must provide the required tools upon employment.

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of methods, tools and equipment used in repairing and overhauling construction equipment, light and heavy trucks, and automobiles; the methods, tools and equipment used to perform preventative maintenance and servicing of construction equipment, light and heavy trucks and automobiles; the theory and operation of internal combustion gasoline and diesel engines and drive train components; preventative maintenance inspection techniques; safety practices to be observed when servicing, maintaining and repairing mechanical equipment. Some knowledge of principles of supervision and training.

Ability to: Assign and supervise the work of staff performing a variety of activities connected with the repair and maintenance of heavy equipment, trucks, and automobiles; train subordinates in proper safety and work procedures; diagnose the cause of mechanical failure in construction equipment, light and heavy trucks and automobiles and determine appropriate repairs required; perform skilled repair work on a wide variety of gasoline and diesel powered construction equipment, light and heavy trucks and automobiles; improvise and make repairs under field conditions; recognize mechanical equipment defects or malfunctions upon inspection; use hand and power tools; read and understand technical manuals and written instructions, directions, and procedures; maintain records and prepare reports; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with others; lift items weighing up to 75 pounds; perform tasks requiring strength, such as two people positioning 100-pound equipment blades, carrying equipment parts, climbing onto equipment, and mounting tires onto trucks and construction equipment; drive vehicles, such as automobiles, pick-up trucks, dump trucks, tractors, graders, compactors, bulldozers, loaders, tanker trucks, scrapers, and other light and heavy construction equipment; hear and distinguish various sounds, such as the voices of co-workers in noisy environments and the sounds of operating equipment; distinguish colors, such as color-coded wires and the colors of fluids; distinguish temperatures of equipment to avoid burns; use impact tools, such as tire guns and sledgehammers, which cause body vibration; perform tasks, which require manual dexterity such as gas and electrical welding, assembling small parts, and pouring liquids into receptacles; and wear welding gloves.



ANNUAL LEAVE - 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years of service.  Available for vacation and/or sick leave.

HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE – 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.

MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans.  For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.

DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.

VISION PLAN - County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.

RETIREMENT - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years.  County participates in Social Security. 

LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $20,000 term policy.  Employee may purchase additional life insurance.

DISABILITY INSURANCE - Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions.

DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”

H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium may elect this pre-tax program.

HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) - Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.

OTHER - Other pay and benefit items apply to certain positions or assignments, such as Bilingual Pay and Night Shift Differential.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental questionnaire. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

 HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date. 

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

Some positions may require Fingerprinting and/or Background Investigation.


Note: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

An Equal Opportunity Employer


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