Tampa Skyline
Tampa Skyline
Tampa Skyline

Fleet Mechanic III

Number of Vacancies: 1

Recruitment #240416-003723-001


This is skilled work in performing complex maintenance and/or specialized repairs to diverse vehicles and equipment.  Bargaining unit position.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing a variety of complex maintenance and/or specialized repair tasks in a repair shop or in the field. 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 night, holidays, and/or weekends. Work is reviewed through observation while in progress, and operational road testing and/or inspection upon completion.

Examples of Duties

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

Repairs and replaces mounted boom assemblies and related components; repairs structural members including bumpers and replaces engine and body mounts; 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 alignment equipment and replaces parts and makes adjustments where required; removes and replaces clutch assemblies and flywheels; performs major repairs to automatic and standard transmissions where required; 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.

Operates a variety of motor vehicles and equipment in order to diagnose and evaluate vehicle/equipment problems and either repairs or makes recommendations as to appropriate repair requirements; prepares estimates of accident damage on all types of motor vehicles; repairs motor vehicle bodies to include painting and prep work; cleans vehicles to maintain appearance.

Uses precision measuring equipment (veneer calibers, vibration analyzers, micrometers, etc.); fabricates specialized equipment; operates machine shop equipment (e.g., lathe, milling machine, drill press, table saw, band saw), and cutting torches and welders (oxygen, acetylene, and electric); fits and installs hydraulic and pneumatic valves, compressors, and steam turbines; cuts and threads pipes to facilitate installation or repairs.

Interprets electrical circuit drawings.

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

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, solid waste, 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; operate a variety of motor vehicles.

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 experience in performing complex maintenance and/or specialized repair.

Licenses or Certifications

Certification by National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (NIASE) in four (4) or more of the automobile or heavy-truck areas. Truck Line and Heavy Equipment must obtain certifications in Medium-Heavy Truck Certification Tests (T1 – T8). Sedan Line must obtain certifications in Automobile & Light Truck Certification Tests (A1 - A9) OR the ability to obtain NIASE certifications within six (6) months of employment.

Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license; a valid Florida commercial driver’s license class “B” is required for Truck Line and Heavy equipment or the ability to obtain within six (6) months of employment.


Evaluation of education and experience. Drug testing is included in all pre-employment processing.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. 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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