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Vehicle and Equipment Mechanic

Effective: 07/01/08
Range: G-65
Respirator Class: 1

Definition

Perform a variety of mechanical repairs and servicing tasks to automobiles, light and heavy trucks, sewer cleaning and construction equipment, and other vehicles and equipment; fabricate and modify parts and equipment. 

Distinguishing Characteristics

The use of respiratory equipment (including self-contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A.)) may be required for this position. Therefore, the Vehicle and Equipment Mechanic will be required to be free of facial hair that would interfere with the use of a respirator at all times to comply with the District's respiratory program and Cal/OSHA standards.

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Receive general supervision from the Vehicle and Equipment Maintenance Supervisor.
  • May exercise technical supervision over lower level vehicle and equipment maintenance positions.

Examples of Essential Duties

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

  • Overhaul engines, fuel and electrical systems, power transmission equipment, and steering suspension systems of automobiles, heavy and llght trucks, and sewer cleaning equipment.
  • Inspect, maintain, diagnose, and repair brakes and suspension systems, ignitions, clutches, hydraulic and other mechanical systems. 
  • Inspect, maintain, diagnose, and repair automotive, light and heavy trucks and equipment and mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic construction equipment.
  • Fabricate and modify parts and equipment.
  • Make road service calls.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Examples of Non-Essential Duties

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

  • Prepare stock orders; maintain stock room.
  • Prepare repair orders and daily reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Modern automotive and heavy-duty truck and equipment maintenance methods including the proper use of general repair tools and equipment. 
  • Mechanics of a variety of equipment used in sewer construction, repair, and cleaning.
  • Principles and practices of safe welding.
  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis analyze problems with equipment, interpret manuals, and know how to repair equipment.
  • On a continuous basis walk around shop and to various work areas, stand and bend to repair vehicles, perform simple and power grasping, pushing and pulling, fine manipulation, and lift or carry weight of 75 pounds or less. May be required to communicate via radio/cellular phone and hear radio dispatch signal.
  • Disassemble, clean, repair, adjust, install, and perform routine preventive maintenance on fuel pumps, starter motors, distributors, generators, brakes, and similar truck and automotive systems.
  • Assist in the major repair, testing, adjustment, and overhaul of automotive and construction equipment.
  • Use hand and power tools and testing instruments.
  • Modify and fabricate rough parts and perform routine welding.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Learn and observe all appropriate safety precautions as required by the District including, but not limited to, Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders, the District's Respiratory Protection Program, and District Safety Directives.
  • Work shift, on-call, weekends, and holidays as assigned.

Special Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to wear respiratory protection equipment for dust protection and while painting and using certain chemicals and solvents.

Experience and Education

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:

  • Four years of experience in repair and servicing of automotive, heavy truck, and/or construction equipment such as would be obtained in the completion of a recognized apprenticeship in automotive or heavy equipment mechanics.

Education:

  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Possession of a valid California Class A Driver's License. Must meet all written, physical, testing, and notification requirements established by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Newly hired or promoted employees must meet this requirement prior to successful completion of probationary status.
  • Possession of valid special endorsement to Class A California Driver's License to operate heavy construction equipment or tank combination/bulk liquid loads, as required.

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