Senior Equipment Mechanic

Recruitment #18-A33-001


Are you a natural leader with proven advanced journey-level heavy equipment and automotive repair experience?   The City of Ventura is accepting applications for a Senior Equipment Mechanic 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, leads fleet staff and performs complete mechanical repair, installation of equipment and servicing of automotive, emergency and construction vehicles and equipment maintained by the City.  Assists in the operation of the City’s Fleet facility; supervises and performs repair, overhaul and maintenance work on vehicles and equipment; leads the work of Equipment Mechanic I/II staff, provides technical advice and training to subordinate personnel; and supervises fleet maintenance activities in the absence of the Fleet Services Supervisor.

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.


The Senior Equipment Mechanic job class functions at the advanced journey level of performance. This job class performs the full range of duties and provides lead supervision to entry and journey level mechanics. This position is distinguished from the Fleet Services Supervisor position by the latter's overall responsibility for the supervision, administration, and operation of the Fleet Services section.


  • Is a natural leader who uses positive coaching techniques to build teamwork and foster a productive work unit
  • Has a "can-do" attitude with excellent customer service skills
  • 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 able to make sound decisions by quickly identifying and resolving problems
  • Is a team player who works collaboratively with others
  • Has a current Qualified Brake Inspector certificate
  • Has a current OSHA Forklift Operator certificate
  • Has an current OSHA Compliance Fleet Tire Service certificate
  • Has a current CARB Diesel Emission Tester certificate


Duties may include, but are not limited, to the following:

Inspects, diagnoses and repairs mechanical defects, includes complete overhauls of gasoline and diesel engines, clutches, standard and automatic transmissions, differentials, transfer cases, suspension systems, brake systems (hydraulic, air, electric and air), and complex electrical, fuel, hydraulic systems, telematics and electronic diagnostics.

Performs skilled welding, fabrication and basic machine shop work incidental to mechanical repairs.

Leads, trains and assists journey level mechanics and semi-skilled technicians.

Assists Fleet Services Supervisor in the day-to-day supervision of fleet activities; assists in evaluation of Fleet personnel, assigns work, prepares repair orders, maintains gasoline and diesel smog programs, maintains records and prepares reports using computer maintenance management system and standard office computer software; prepares requisitions for needed parts or materials. Performs quality assurance inspections and promotes shop safety.

Assists Fleet Services Supervisor with the acquisition and disposal of vehicles and equipment.  Coordinates commercial vendor repairs and warranty, and the onsite parts supplier.  Ensures fleet shop equipment and systems are operating and manages shop supplies and equipment inventory.

Performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of: standard procedures, methods, tools, equipment and materials used in the repair and maintenance of automotive, heavy truck, construction equipment, and other mechanical equipment; occupational hazards and proper safety precautions in the workplace; operation and application of a variety of automatic tools and equipment; Federal, State and local agency regulations pertaining to vehicle and heavy equipment maintenance repair and all associated records and paperwork; basic leadership and training techniques.

Ability to: explain to and assist equipment mechanics and subordinate personnel with troubleshooting, testing and repair procedures; prepare efficient repair schedules; operate mechanical testing and repair devices; diagnose mechanical defects in automotive, emergency and construction equipment; read and interpret blueprints, specifications, manufacturer’s catalogs and fleet management data systems; keep current on changes to automotive, emergency and construction equipment;  read mechanical diagrams, follow and articulate written and oral instructions effectively; direct the work of subordinates and establish and maintain effective working relationships with other City employees and with vendors.


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 licenses:

1) California Class A license with the tanker endorsement.

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

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

Required within six months of employment:  Qualified Brake Inspector per 49 CFR Part 396.25; OSHA Forklift Operator certification; and, OSHA Compliance Fleet Tire Service certification.


1)     ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification

2)     CARB Diesel Emission Tester certification

3)     Fire Apparatus Emergency Vehicle Technician I and II certifications issued by the Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification Commission

4)     Law Enforcement Vehicle Installation Technician certification issued by the Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification Commission

5)     Basic Commercial Tire Service certification issued by the Tire Industry Association


Environment: works 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; sitting, standing, walking, bending, squatting, kneeling, twisting, balancing, ability to lift, carry, push, pull up to 40 lbs. Uses hands and fingers to handle, feel, grasp or operate tools, parts, controls, and equipment. capability to perform detailed work on multiple concurrent tasks; and under intensive deadlines. Hazards: exposure to noise, dust, fumes from oil, gas, diesel fuel, diesel smoke, and cleaning solvents.


A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to high school graduation and five years as a journey mechanic, including heavy equipment as well as automotive repairs.


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 held in December 2018, 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: