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Master Fleet Mechanic III

Recruitment #181108-003713-001


Health, vision, dental, and life insurance; annual and sick leave; paid holidays; pension and tax-deferred compensation (457) plans; and more.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing a variety of complex maintenance and/or specialized repair tasks. Work is of more than average difficulty and is performed on automotive, construction, and/or special vehicles and equipment that are gasoline, diesel, and/or propane powered, to include fire apparatus. Employees assist in providing training to lower-level mechanics when performing more difficult tasks in an on-the-job training capacity, as well as checking the work of others for accuracy, completeness, and other purposes of quality control. Under general supervision, employees exercise reasonable initiative and independent judgment in completing assigned tasks and adhering to established rules and practices of safety, as well as in training others in the proper use of maintenance and repair tools and testing equipment. Some positions require that the incumbent work nights, holidays, and weekends. Work is reviewed through observation while in progress, operational road testing, and/or inspections upon completion.

Examples of Duties

Performs a variety of complex maintenance and/or specialized repair tasks on automotive, construction, fire, and special vehicles and equipment.

Repairs and replaces mounted boom assemblies and related components; repairs structural members including bumpers, and replaces engine and body mounts; fabricates specialized equipment; performs major repairs to power steering pumps, valves and steering gear assemblies; performs major repairs to suspension systems including repairs to brackets necessary for attaching the suspension to the frame and parts necessary for attaching the suspension to the axle.

Operates front-end and alignment equipment and replaces parts and makes adjustments; removes and replaces clutch assemblies and flywheels; performs major repairs to automatic and standard transmissions; performs repairs to differential systems; repairs wiring harnesses requiring under dash work or extensive technical expertise because of placement and types of wiring involved; performs major engine tune-ups including those involving use of computerized checking systems and interpretation of printouts; performs major repairs to gasoline and/or propane fuel systems; repairs, adjusts, removes, and replaces gasoline and/or diesel engine short blocks or any components of the block including accessory changeover; performs major repairs to air conditioning systems; diagnoses and performs major repairs to hydraulic and pneumatic systems and components.

Diagnoses and evaluates vehicle problems and either repairs or makes recommendations as to appropriate repair requirements; operates a variety of motor vehicles.

Operates sophisticated computerized and electronic analytical equipment.

Accurately records time and information on work performed in the Fleet Management Information System.

Participates in the training of lower-level mechanics in the performance of maintenance and repair tasks; gives instructions and assistance, and checks work for quality control; prepares records of work performed.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: standard methods, practices, tools, and equipment used in the maintenance and repair of diverse gasoline, diesel, and/or propane powered vehicles and equipment; mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic principles as applied to maintenance and repairs of automotive, construction, and special vehicles and equipment.

Working knowledge of: occupational hazards and safety precautions relating to vehicle and equipment maintenance and repair; safe methods used for hoisting and relocating heavy mechanisms.

Some knowledge of: operation and use of diverse automotive, construction, and special vehicles and equipment.

Ability to: perform complex maintenance and/or specialized mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic repairs; use and interpret wiring diagrams, blueprints, and technical publications; operate testing equipment to detect vehicle and equipment malfunctions and to identify repair requirements; perform tasks requiring physical strength and endurance; understand and follow oral and written instructions, and prepare simple reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; inspect work of others and train lower-level mechanics.

Skill in: use and care of tools, machinery, and testing equipment utilized in complex maintenance, and/or specialized repair of automotive, construction, and special vehicles and equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school or vocational school and one (1) year of experience in performing technical maintenance and major repair work on automotive, construction, and special vehicles and equipment that are gasoline, diesel, and/or propane powered including six (6) months of experience in performing complex maintenance and/or specialized repair, and certification by National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (NIASE) in all eight (8) of the automobile areas or five (5) of the heavy-duty truck areas (gasoline or diesel engines, and the other four (4)); or, current employment as a Fleet Mechanic III, certification in all eight (8) (NIASE) automobile areas or five (5) of the heavy-duty truck areas (gasoline or diesel engines, and the other four (4)), and a rating of excellent or outstanding on the latest performance evaluation.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license required; a valid Florida Commercial driver’s license might be required.


During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.


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