Equipment Mechanic I Job at Salinas, Monterey County, California

Equipment Mechanic I

City of Salinas , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Entry Level


$4,043.00 - $5,159.00 Monthly

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of Salinas invites interested applicants to apply for Equipment Mechanic I. This recruitment may close at any time. Qualified candidates will be invited to test on an on-going basis.

Special Instructions: All interested applicants must upload proof of high school completion or GED at time of application. Applications will be considered incomplete without the required document.


To perform minor to moderately complex mechanical repair to automotive, diesel, and other motorized equipment, and to perform routine maintenance and service to a variety of City equipment and vehicles.


This is the entry level in the Equipment Mechanic class series.  Positions in this class perform mechanical repair work of a routine moderately complex nature, working under the guidance and training of more experienced mechanics.  Generally, mechanics in this class are not familiar with the full range of City owned equipment and vehicles, but are able to perform skilled mechanical work on automobiles and other motorized equipment.


Receives immediate supervision from higher-level personnel progressing to general supervision with experience and training.  No supervision is exercised over others.


Essential Job Functions


Assist with inspecting, diagnosing, and locating mechanical difficulties on City automobiles, trucks, and a variety of diesel and gasoline powered maintenance and construction equipment.  Repair and adjust engines, clutches, and other mechanically moving equipment parts.  Tune up engines, replace ignition parts, clean and adjust carburetors.  Perform maintenance and repair on a variety of brake systems.  Replace or repair faulty mechanical parts and equipment including wheel bearings, clutches, oil seals, shock absorbers, exhaust systems, steering mechanisms, and equipment accessories.  Maintain work, time and material records.  Inspect automotive and power equipment for gas, oil, water, air battery water and other fluids, and add these supplies as needed. Lubricate all types of automobiles, trucks, light to heavy motorized and non-motorized equipment; change oil, filters, spark plugs, tail pipes, and mufflers; service transmissions and differentials. Inspect, rotate, replace and repair tires.  Clean and wash equipment; steam clean motors and chassis. Keep records of dates and odometer reading on services performed, and amounts of supplies used.  Perform emergency roadside mechanical services on City vehicles and equipment.  Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications


Knowledge of:

Tools, equipment, parts and procedures used in the overhaul, repair, and adjustment of gas and diesel-powered equipment.  Operation and care of internal combustion and fluid powered vehicles and equipment.  Safe work practices.

Ability to:

Perform minor and moderately complex mechanical work on variety of motorized equipment and vehicles.  Use a variety of tools and equipment with skill. Maintain legible and accurate shop and repair records.  Understand and safely carry out oral and written directions.  Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others.

Skills to: Operate and use a variety of power and hand tools.  Perform a variety of routine to moderately complex mechanical repairs safely and accurately.

License or Certificate: Possession of a valid California Driver's License.  Obtain California Class B Driver’s License within six (6) months of hire.

Education and Experience: An example of the education and experience which most likely demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties would be any combination equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade, and two years of journey level experience in automotive and equipment repair or one year of the same experience following completion of an accredited mechanic apprenticeship program.


Supplemental Information



Physical mobility and stamina to stand and walk for long periods of time, and to walk over uneven surfaces. Physical agility to push/pull, squat, twist, turn, bend, climb, stoop and reach overhead.  Physical strength to lift up to 50 pounds, and up to 90 pounds with assistance.  Manual dexterity sufficient to use hand and power tools.  Hearing and speaking ability sufficient to converse over the telephone, two-way radio and in person often over the noise of machinery and traffic, to detect and describe noises in machinery.  Vision sufficient to read fine printed materials on labels, manuals, diagrams, to work with color-coded wires with no color deficiencies, and to drive. Detect odors.  Mental acuity to collect and interpret data, evaluate, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, make valid judgments and decisions


Willingness and ability to work outdoors in a service bay, and occasionally in emergency situations, work under adverse weather conditions such as at night, in heavy traffic, in heat, cold and rain; wear a uniform and appropriate safety equipment; and attend workshops and classes during work and non-work as required.  Work in and around potentially hazardous materials including various petroleum products, grease, motor oil, brake fluid, antifreeze, and freon.

SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants' qualifications will be evaluated based on the information providedon the employment application. The exam process may consist of an application appraisal, oral interview, and/or written exam. The City reserves the right to use alternate testing procedures if deemed necessary. CITY COMMUNICATION REGARDING THE SELECTION PROCESS WILL BE VIA EMAIL. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THE E-MAIL ON YOUR APPLICATION. Finalist interview/assessment will be held with the City of Salinas.

The City of Salinas does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor. The City of Salinas makes reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with a disability. Individuals requiring any accommodation in order to participate in the testing process must inform the HumanResources Director in writing no later than the final filing date stated in this job announcement. Requests for accommodation should include an explanation of the type and extent of accommodations needed to participate in the selection process and/or to perform the duties of the job for which they have applied. EEO Utilization Report is available for candidate review upon request.

SALARY STEPS: Appointments are normally made at the first step. Consideration is given for increaseto the second step after successful completion of a six-month probationary period. (Employeesappointed at a higher step will be eligible for consideration for the next step after one year, providing they successfully complete a six-month probationary period.)

Recruitment Contact:
Maria Avila


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