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FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt
May, 2005


Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Under general supervision of the Fleet Manager, performs a variety of skilled duties involved in performing minor and major repairs to and maintaining automobiles, trucks, buses, tractors, motor sweepers, mowers and other heavy and light equipment; inspects, diagnoses, overhauls, repairs, and adjusts engines, transmissions, and related vehicle systems and components; services and performs preventive maintenance duties on a variety of vehicles and equipment; and maintains a variety of records including City vehicle repair and inventory documents.

This is the full journey level class within the Equipment Mechanic series. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. The Equipment Mechanic is responsible for independently diagnosing, servicing and performing mechanical repairs to automotive and heavy power driven equipment including performing field repairs. This classification is distinguished from the next higher classification of Senior Equipment Mechanic in that the latter is responsible for performance of the more difficult and complex activities of the work unit and has lead responsibilities.

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Performs skilled mechanic duties including troubleshooting and repairing automobiles, trucks, buses, tractors, motor sweepers, mowers and other heavy and light equipment.
  2. Performs preventative maintenance inspections including tune-ups, frame and chassis lubes, oil and filter changes, inspections of vehicle or equipment drive trains, tires, body, engines, chassis components, and hydraulic systems.
  3. Performs B.I.T. inspections on all 3-axle class A and B vehicles.
  4. Overhauls engines, transmissions, clutch assemblies, differentials, carburetors, fuel injection systems, hydraulic valves and pumps, transfer pump assemblies and generators.
  5. Removes, repairs and reinstalls external engine components such as belts, alternators, water pumps, power steering pumps, radiators, injection pumps, vacuum pumps and miscellaneous filters.
  6. Performs diagnosis, repair and installation of vehicle electrical systems to include batteries, charging systems, aftermarket components, lighting systems, computer system components and switches such as relays, remote switching systems and solenoids; troubleshoots and repairs complex electrical circuits as necessary.
  7. Installs emergency equipment in new city vehicles including light bars, horns, alarms, computer mounts, spot lights, and related equipment.
  8. Removes, repairs and installs chassis or frame components to include shocks, struts, spindles, bushings, brake assemblies such as drums, rotors, wheel and master cylinders, fuel tanks and steering components.
  9. Performs diagnosis, repair and installation of vehicle hydraulic systems to include pumps, valves, hoses, cylinders, tanks and filter systems.
  10. Performs fabrication and gas welding duties from free hand to pattern type components.
  11. Maintains vehicle maintenance and repair records and accurate inventory control records to include transit system bus documents in accordance with California Highway Patrol vehicle codes and to also assist with California Highway Patrol vehicle inspections.
  12. Performs routine shop maintenance and clean-up.
  13. Performs related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
Operations, services, and activities of a fleet maintenance and repair program. Methods, materials, equipment and tools used in vehicle and public works equipment maintenance and repair. Operation and care of internal combustion engines and their components. Operating and repair characteristics of hydraulic systems. Methods and techniques of performing diagnostic troubleshooting services. Principles and methods of preventive maintenance. Methods, materials, practices and tools of equipment repair. Methods and techniques of welding. Basic principles of record keeping. Shop mathematics. Occupational hazards and standard safety procedures. Basic office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications.

Ability to:
Perform a variety of mechanic work in diagnosing, troubleshooting, and repairing vehicles, equipment and components. Inspect automotive, emergency and public works equipment to locate mechanical defects, to diagnose mechanical, electrical and hydraulic problems and to determine corrective procedures. Perform repair work on diesel engines and hydraulic systems. Perform a variety of welding work. Estimate time and materials needed for work. Maintain a variety of shop and repair records and logs. Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner. Understand and carry out oral and written directions. Operate office equipment including computers and supporting software applications.. Safely and effectively operate a variety of power and hand tools used in heavy and light equipment repair. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

Two years of journey level experience in vehicle and equipment maintenance and repair. License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate driver’s license. Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Class A driver’s license within one year of employment. Possession of Automotive Service Excellence (A.S.E.) certifications are desirable.

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Shop environment; occasional field environment with some travel from site to site; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, gases, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; exposure to hazardous traffic conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a mechanic shop environment; walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time; frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, and twist; push, pull, lift, and/or carry moderate to heavy amounts of weights; operate assigned equipment and vehicles; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Human Resources Division   
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Brentwood, CA 94513  
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