Equipment Mechanic I/II

Recruitment #18-A30-001


Are you a skilled automotive and heavy equipment repair mechanic?  The City of Ventura is accepting applications for an Equipment Mechanic I/II vacancy on the innovative Fleet Services team in the Public Works Department. To be considered for this rewarding career opportunity, apply online at as soon as possible as this recruitment may close at any time!

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Under general supervision, performs complete mechanical repairs, maintenance, installation of equipment and servicing of automotive, emergency and construction equipment maintained by the City’s Fleet facility.

Incumbent may be required to work stand-by on rotational basis and report to work on a callback basis as needed within a designated time frame. Standby assignment is at the discretion of the Division Head.


This job classification is flexibly staffed and the position may be filled at either level depending on the qualifications of the incumbent and the staffing needs of the City. An eligibility list is being established to fill the current vacancy as well as future part-time or full-time related vacancies.


Equipment Mechanic I is the entry-level class in the equipment mechanic series. Under general supervision, incumbents perform entry to journey-level work with the less complex repair work and assisting the Equipment Mechanic II with the more complex repairs at an increasing skill level. Under this training concept, incumbents are expected to advance to the Equipment Mechanic II level.

Equipment Mechanic II is the journey-level class in the equipment mechanic series. Under limited supervision, work is performed at the full journey level and is characterized by responsibility for independently performing more complex repairs. May provide lead technical assistance to an Equipment Mechanic I on a project basis. Positions are flexibly staffed and normally filled by advancement from Equipment Mechanic I. When filled from the outside, the job requires the journey level skills described above.


  • Takes pride in providing services to City of Ventura residents.
  • Has a strong work ethic and can work independently with little instruction.
  • Is energetic, organized and works quickly to get the job done.
  • Is a team player who works collaboratively with others.
  • Has a current ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certificate.
  • Has a current CARB Diesel Emission Tester certificate.
  • Has a current OSHA Forklift Operator certificate.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Equipment Mechanic I: Maintains motor vehicles and heavy equipment in proper working order by performing inspections, repairs and electronic diagnostics of brakes, steering, engines, transmissions, suspension, tires, cranes, manlifts, hydraulics systems and related mechanical systems. Performs preventive and corrective maintenance, crane, BIT, emission, accident, quality assurance and other industry inspections.  Promotes shop safety.

Electronic diagnostics of less complex problems and performs such work as overhauling hydraulic systems and repairing electrical/electronic systems; performs minor body work and painting; welding and fabrication; responds to emergency calls and makes necessary field repairs; maintains and repairs shop tools and equipment and maintains all in clean, working condition; keeps records of work.

Rebuild engines; repair transmissions, differentials, starters, and fuel pumps; disassemble motors of autos, trucks, and heavy equipment such as tractors, loaders, graders, rollers, back hoes, pavers, and high lifts.

Electronic diagnostics, inspection, and repairs to engines, differentials, clutches, automatic and standard transmissions, transfer cases, suspension systems, complex hydraulic and electrical systems, and hybrid systems. Performs engine tune-ups and smog certifications. Performs complete and partial engine overhauls on gasoline and diesel engines.

Electronic diagnostics, inspection, and repairs to vacuum, hydraulic, and air brake systems. Electronic diagnostics, inspections, and repairs to electrical systems and components such as, but not limited to, alternators, starters, lights, and switches, gas and diesel fuel systems. Installs communications and emergency lighting equipment on City vehicles.

Performs basic machine shop and welding, and fabrication incidental to mechanical repairs. Installs accessories on new police, fire and public works vehicles.

Maintains records of repairs performed; prepares requisitions for needed parts and materials.

Performs field or shop inspections of heavy and light duty equipment to determine repair needs and/or estimates costs of repairs. Conducts preventive maintenance and field repairs of disabled equipment in the field, when necessary.

Performs related work as required.

In addition, the Equipment Mechanic II: Electronic diagnostics, inspection and repairs to more complex equipment problems; disassembles and overhauls motors; repairs transmissions, differentials, fuel pumps, steering gear, starters, and universal joints; fabricates and alters special construction equipment; maintains complex equipment components such as fire apparatus and sewer machines, generators, pumps, and motors; may maintain inventory and stock of spare parts; trains and provides occasional project oversight to Equipment Mechanic I staff.


License: Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license and an acceptable driving record are required. Within six months of employment, incumbent is required to obtain and, thereafter, maintain the following license:

1)     California Class A license with tanker endorsement.

2)     According to the Department of Transportation, drug testing is required.

Certificates:  Depending on assignment, a California Emission Tester Certification may be required.

Required within six months of employment:  OSHA Forklift Operator certification and OSHA Compliance Fleet Tire Service certification.

The following current certifications are desirable:

  • ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification
  • CARB Diesel Emission Tester certification
  • Fire Apparatus Emergency Vehicle Technician I and II certifications issued by the Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification Commission
  • Law Enforcement Vehicle Installation Technician certification issued by the Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification Commission


Environment: works indoors and outdoors in maintenance yard/garage environment. Required to drive motorized vehicles/equipment to various locations. Physical Abilities: hearing and speaking sufficient to exchange information in person or on the telephone; vision within normal range with or without correction; ability to sense odors; sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, lying down, twisting, balancing, reaching, steering, neck mobility, ability to lift, carry, push, pull up to 50 lbs. Manipulates and uses hands, fingers, and wrists to handle, feel, grasp or operate tools, parts, controls, and equipment. Hazards: exposure to heights, confined spaces, noise, dust, fumes from oil, gas, diesel fuel, diesel smoke, and cleaning solvents.


Equipment Mechanic I


A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to the completion of high school, supplemented by course work in auto, truck, and/or construction mechanics, and two years of recent experience performing preventive maintenance and routine repairs on motor vehicles or heavy equipment. Employees must be able to provide a complete set of basic automotive tools.

Equipment Mechanic II

A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to the completion of high school, supplemented by course work in auto, truck, and/or construction mechanics; and three years recent experience as a mechanic in automotive and heavy equipment repair are required (one year experience performing duties comparable to those of an Equipment Mechanic I with the City of Ventura plus two years additional experience). Employees must be able to provide a complete set of basic automotive tools.


Employment Information:  Right to Work:  Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying legal right to work in the United States.  Background Check:  A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination will be conducted.  A drug screening may be required for some positions.  Applicants for positions using City vehicles will be required to submit a DMV report.  Probationary Period:  Twelve months.

Deferred Compensation: $442 per year will be matched in a Section 457 Plan.

Medical/Dental Insurance: Up to $691 monthly toward a selection of plans.  Medical insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.  Dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire. 

Vision Insurance:  City paid coverage provided for employees and their dependents. Vision insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.

Optional Benefits: $469 monthly, which may be applied toward medical insurance premiums.  Cash-out option is not available. 

Life Insurance: City paid term life insurance equal to the employee’s annual salary, and dependent life insurance of $2,000 per dependent.

Disability Insurance:  City paid short-term and long-term disability coverage. 

Retirement:  Tier I - 2% @ 55/Single Highest Year of Compensation for Classic CalPERS members who worked for the City prior to December 31, 2012 and are returning to City employment.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier II - 2% @ 60/3-Year Final Compensation Period for Classic CalPERS members with less than a six-month break in service from another CalPERS or CalPERS'-reciprocal agency.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier III - 2% at 62/3-Year Final Compensation Period for New CalPERS members.  Employees make a 6.25% member contribution, and are subject to compensation limits per Government Code Section 7522.10.  Additional details regarding the City’s retirement plan will be provided to candidates during the job offer process.

Social Security: CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security retirement so there is no payroll deduction. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your Social Security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or

Medicare:  Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

Annual Leave: 3 weeks per year, increasing to 5 weeks after 15 years service, for vacation and sick leave. Employees may use vacation after successful completion of probation.

Personal Leave:  27 hours per calendar year. 

Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year.

Tuition Reimbursement: $2,500 per year for tuition and books for courses taken at accredited institution and after completion of probationary period.

Direct Deposit:  Paychecks are automatically deposited to employee accounts. 

Flexible Workweek:  A 9/80 workweek is available for some positions

Wellness Program:  A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach-walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

Selection Plan

Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is online and you are highly encouraged to apply at If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.

Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at

Department Selection Interview
A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being in March 2019, date to be determined.



The City of Ventura is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military and veteran status.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail: