Under general supervision, independently diagnosis, make mechanical and electrical repairs to light and heavy equipment and vehicles.
This is a journey level equipment mechanic class performing a wide variety of diagnostic and mechanical repairs to County equipment in the shop, and in the field.
Supervision Received and Exercised
Supervision is provided by a Fleet Services Supervisor; may receive consultation and/or advice from other Equipment Mechanics.
No supervision is exercised over others
This class specification represents the core area of
responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the
needs of the department.
computers, analyzers and a variety of hand and power tools, inspects,
diagnoses, road tests, and performs a variety of mechanical and electrical
repairs to County vehicles, trucks and heavy construction equipment such as:
engines by tuning, overhauling and/or replacing components;
overhauling and/or replacing standard or automatic transmission parts including
clutches and drive shafts;
front and rear axles including all gears and bearings;
fuel system components including carburetors, fuel pumps, filters, hoses, and
brakes by overhauling or replacing brake shoes, springs, hardware, wheel
cylinders and related parts in disc and air brake systems, brake drums and
suspension in steering systems, aligning front and rear suspensions;
electrical systems and installing new wiring;
repairing, installing, and maintaining emergency/specialty equipment installed
on County vehicles;
heating and air conditioning systems.
major repairs to other types of County equipment such as chainsaws, mobile
and/or portable generators, tank sprayers, etc.
scheduled preventative maintenance and comprehensive safety inspections on
County vehicles; performs smog inspections and associated tune-ups.
field service calls, sometimes in adverse conditions.
guidance and consultation to other workers and conducts training for Equipment
Service Workers, etc.
work orders, procures repair parts, interacts with vendors, etc.
other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Laws, regulations, policies and procedures consistent with automotive and heavy equipment
Theory and operation of vehicular engines; air conditioning and heating systems; emission
control systems and standards; and fuel, cooling, electrical, drivetrain, clutch and brake
Operation, diagnosis, and repair of light and heavy equipment.
Proper and safe use and maintenance of hand and power tools used for complex vehicle
and heavy equipment maintenance.
Preventative maintenance, repair parts, supplies and equipment of vehicles and heavy
Proper welding techniques
Safety practices used in mechanical repair.
Customer service techniques for dealing with customers.
Standard office procedures, practices, equipment, personal computers, and software.
Skill and/or Ability to:
Identify and analyze mechanical and electrical problems in vehicles and heavy equipment and
Analyze, and properly adjust engine emissions control equipment.
Diagnose and repair faulty components.
Use original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and other diagnostic equipment.
Use hydraulic, vacuum hydraulic and air brake systems.
Read and understand manuals, diagnostic charts, specifications and measuring tools.
Use special equipment, gages, meters, and tools used in the equipment repair trade.
Improvise and make repairs under adverse field conditions.
Follow safe working procedures.
Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Demonstrate tact and diplomacy.
Follow oral and written instructions and prepare simple reports;
Recognize conditions which adversely affect vehicle safety, such as defects in the brakes, tires
and steering systems.
Safely drive vehicles and operate other equipment that has been serviced/repaired.
Understand, interpret and apply applicable laws, regulations and policies and use good
Establish good relationships with the public and internal customers.
Maintain accurate records and document actions taken.
Perform a variety of technical and specialized tasks and functions in an independent,
competent and timely manner.
Use modern office equipment to include computers and related software applications.
Operate and maintain a variety of hand and power tools properly and safely.
Education and Experience
School Diploma, GED, or equivalent;AND
years of full-time paid experience in performing engine repairs on vehicles
and/or heavy equipment.
Note:Possession of an
Associate’s degree or higher with a major in automotive repair or an
apprenticeship program in automotive repair is desired.
Applicants are required to possess a valid California Driver’s License, Class C. A valid
Class A California Driver’s Licenses may be required depending on the assignment within 6
months of appointment.
Note: The driver’s license must be kept current while employed in this class.
and Dexterity:This class typically
requires employees to perform the following:(1) balancing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, crawling, fingering,
grasping, and repetitive motion; (2)climbing and working safely on laddersand step ladders with a total weight that
does not exceed the weight capacity of the ladder; and (3) standing or walking
for extended periods of time on uneven surfaces.
Carrying, Pushing and Pulling – Heavy work: This class typically requires
employees to perform the following: exerting up to 100 pounds of force
occasionally with assistance, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and
/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
·Vision:This class requires employees to have close
visual acuity, with or without correction, to prepare and analyze data and
figures, view a computer terminal, read, and to distinguish
between normal and off shade colors and to read gauges and meters in dimly
lighted areas etc.Employees are
also required to have depth perception and good eye-to-hand coordination in
order to operate a motor vehicle and to operate a variety of hand and power
·Hearing/Talking:This class requires employees to perceive the
nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction, and have
the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication.Employees in this class are also required to
be able to communicate to express or exchange ideas.Detailed or important instructions must
occasionally be conveyed to others accurately, loudly, and/or quickly.
·Other:This class typically requires employees to have sufficient sense of smell, and touch to observe
equipment functions for normal and abnormal occurrences.
Work:Employees in this class will often
be working outdoors and thus may be subject to exposure to intense noises,
fumes, odors, pollens, dust, inadequate lighting, and to unpleasant field
conditions including rainy, windy, cold, or hot weather; may be exposed to
insects, rodents, snakes, bees, wasps, spiders, ants, etc.
in an Industrial Area:Employees in this
class will often be working in an industrial area and thus will be subject to
exposure to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, toxic agents, fuel,
oil, gases, smoke, fumes, odors, dust, and vibrations; employees may be subject
to injuries when working with hand and power tools and equipment.
Hazards:Employees in this class will be
required to operate a vehicle and thus may be subject to traffic hazards while
Checks, Reference Checks and Physicals: The County may conduct a background
check, a reference check and a physical on candidates prior to appointment to a
position within this class.
Travel:Incumbents are be required to
travel independently, for example, to test drive vehicles that have been
repaired/serviced, to shuttle vehicles to vendor repair locations, to pick up
repair parts, etc.
of Work:Incumbents may be required to work
weekends, holidays, irregular hours, on-call, and after normal business hours.
and Alcohol Testing:Candidates applying
for positions in this class are subject to, drug and alcohol testing as
required under the Federal Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of
1991.Testing of incumbents includes
post-accident, as well as random and reasonable suspicion testing as required