City and County of San Francisco

Pre-Apprentice Automotive Mechanic (#9940)

$21.88-$21.88 Hourly / $3,792.00-$3,792.00 Monthly / $45,500.00-$45,500.00 Yearly


Under immediate supervision, the 9940 Pre-Apprentice Automotive Mechanic performs semi-skilled trainee work designed to introduce career options and role models in connection with the operation, maintenance and repair of automotive vehicles. As part of a Pre-Apprenticeship program, incumbents learn about the work environment, required skilled mechanical work, and real-life experience to help them find employment as an apprentice and eventually as a journey mechanic. Positions allocated to the 9940 Pre-Apprentice Automotive Mechanic job code function as trainees.

Distinguishing Features

The 9940 Pre-Apprentice Automotive Mechanic is distinguished from 7383 Apprentice Automotive Mechanic 1, 7384 Apprentice Automotive Mechanic 2, and journey level 7381 Automotive Mechanic in that the former is a component of a preparatory program that grooms individuals who want to begin an apprenticeship for Automotive Mechanic.

Supervision Exercised


Examples of Important and Essential Duties

According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Observes and assists repairs and overhauls of a variety of mechanical equipment.

2. Observes and assists the maintenance, removal, repair, overhaul installation and tuning of engines.

3. Observes and assists the maintenance, repair, overhaul, adjustment, installation and calibration of automotive, diesel, hybrid and alternative fuel vehicle fuel systems.

4. Observes and assists the maintenance and installation of lighting circuits and auxiliary actuating circuits.

5. Observes and assists the maintenance, repair, overhaul and adjustment of vehicle brake systems, vehicle cooling systems, vehicle chassis, wheel suspension, and articulated bus suspension systems.

6. Observes and assists the operation of shop equipment and machine tools.

7. Observes and assists the troubleshooting of equipment problems.

8. Observes and assists on a road call.

9. Observes and assists the completion of paper and electronic forms and records on work performed, time and parts used.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

Ability and Skill to: use computerized interface equipment to perform basic key pad and/or data entry; climb ladders; wear required safety equipment, such as a respirator or dust mask; wear specialized clothing such as mechanic coveralls, safety vest, etc.; walk or stand for extended periods of time; lift objects or tools weighing up to 50 pounds and carry them for moderate distances; listen to and understand verbal instructions, and ask questions whenever instructions are not clear; read and understand written instructions; speak clearly and understandably and to express ideas in a clear and effective manner when disseminating information; interact courteously with co-workers, supervisors, and other department personnel.

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

High school diploma or equivalent (G.E.D or High School Proficiency Examination) within three (3) months of appointment.


License and Certification:
Possession of a valid California driver license within three (3) months of appointment.




Must be 18 years of age at the time of appointment.

May require exposure to disagreeable weather conditions and hazardous work situations; handling hazardous materials and waste; occasional lifting heavy objects weighing up to 50 pounds and carrying them for moderate distances; wearing required safety equipment, such as a respirator or dust mask; wearing specialized clothing such as mechanic coveralls, safety vest, etc.; walking or standing for extended periods of time. Some positions may require the use of a computer.


To: 7383 Apprentice Automotive Mechanic 1

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

CLASS: 9940; EST: 3/28/2018;