Shop and Equipment Supervisor Job at San Rafael, Marin County, California

Shop and Equipment Supervisor

City of San Rafael , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Mid Level


$74,832.00 - $90,960.00 Annually

Application Deadline 

Until Filled

No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of San Rafael is seeking a full-time Shop and Equipment Supervisor in the Public Works Department.  Under general supervision, this position supervises preventive maintenance, outfitting, and skilled repair of City fleet and police vehicles and light to heavy-duty trucks and equipment. 

The Shop and Equipment Supervisor is a first full supervisory level in charge of personnel and activities associated with maintaining the City’s fleet of automotive, light, and heavy trucks and equipment.  This position is a working supervisor, participating in the work of the unit as needed.  The position is guided by established policies and procedures, principles of the trade, and supervisory personnel.


  • Supervises the repair and maintenance of City vehicles and equipment and equipping of new police vehicles and construction equipment.
  • Discusses malfunctions or outfitting requirements with users.
  • Plans, sets priorities, and assigns work to equipment shop personnel in accordance with overall City priorities and maintenance schedules.
  • Provides instruction and direction to less experienced personnel on complex repairs.
  • Ensures safe working practices and conditions in the equipment shop.
  • Determines cost effectiveness of in-house work versus contracting out specific tasks.
  • Reviews feasibility of returning damaged vehicles to service and recommends retirement or scrapping of vehicles.
  • Obtains estimates and oversees performance of contract work.
  • Approves and processes contract invoices to submit for payment.
  • Evaluates employees and documents disciplinary problems under direction.
  • Participates in interviews and related employee selection procedures.
  • Identifies needs for and recommends training for employees.
  • Estimates annual material and equipment needs to assist in budgeting.
  • Orders and maintains inventory of common stock items.
  • Maintains records and prepares reports.
  • Road tests, inspects, troubleshoots and repairs automobiles, trucks and equipment.
  • Handles all vehicle accidents to equipment with insurance and body shops for collection of payment.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of principles and practices of supervision.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, methods and materials used in the maintenance, repair and overhaul of gasoline and diesel-powered automobiles, light trucks, and heavy trucks and equipment.
  • Knowledge of use, adjustment, and care of test equipment and had and power tools common to the trade.
  • Knowledge of mathematical calculations required in mechanical work.
  • Knowledge of safe working practices and shop conditions.
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, assign, and review work.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and determine causes of malfunctions in automotive and construction equipment.
  • Ability to repair and perform preventive maintenance and overhauls on automotive and heavy truck systems and equipment, including hydraulic and pneumatic apparatus, special braking systems, and power drives.
  • Ability to keep accurate records and reports.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with equipment users, subordinates, and other City personnel.
  • Ability to read and interpret repair manuals, parts manuals, and schematic diagrams.
  • Ability to order, store and inventory parts and equipment.


  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.
  • Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. 
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


  • Must possess a valid California Class “B” driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record. 
  • Must be willing to work underground in confined places, in and near bacterially contaminated liquids, and in exposure to unpleasant and potentially hazardous conditions.
  • Must be willing to work overtime and on call as needed for emergency repairs.
  • Incumbents assigned to this job classification are subject to Department of Transportation’s Drug and Alcohol Regulations.


A typical way of gaining the knowledge, skill and ability outlined above is:

  • Graduation from high school or equivalent
  • Completion of an apprenticeship or other training and education leading to journey-level status as a heavy equipment mechanic, AND
  • Three (3) years of experience in the repair and maintenance of automotive light, and heavy trucks and equipment, including one (1) year in a lead or supervisory capacity.


The physical demands described here are the 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 functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee will encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions.  The employee occasionally works in indoor conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.


City of San Rafael application is required.  Resumes do not substitute for the City application.  Candidates should detail related education and experience on the application since this information will be used to determine who will be invited to participate in the next phase of the examination process.  The examination process may include any or all of the following:  Application appraisal, oral board examination, and written examination.  The passing point for the oral and/or written examination final score will be 70%.  Prior to appointment, candidate must pass a background check, DMV check, credit check, pre-employment physical, and fingerprinting.  To file an application, go to  Follow this link to submit your application:

Reasonable Accommodation:  The City of San Rafael will make reasonable accommodations in the exam process to accommodate disabled applicants.  If you have a disability for which you require an accommodation, please contact us at 415-4

Job PDF: 

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Ideal Candidate 

The ideal candidate must have strong customer service and interpersonal skills to be able to work well with the small Garage Team.  The Supervisor is entrusted to maintain quality and provide excellent customer serice in order to ensure our first responders and employers are empowered to serve the residents of San Rafael with a safe, reliable and operable fleet.


The City of San Rafael offers an attractive compensation and benefits program.  The salary range for this position is $74,832 - $90,960 Annually DOQ/DOE and a competitive benefits program including: 

  • Retirement:  The City is a part of the Marin County Employee Retirement Association (MCERA) plan, which offers reciprocity between agencies in CalPERS (this is part of the 37 Act County System);  
    • Classic Employees - 2% @ at 55 formula, single highest year of compensation;
    • PEPRA employees - hired after 1/1/13 or with 6-month break in service are eligible for a 2% at 62 formula, highest 3-year average compensation.
  • Health Insurance:  Full flex cafeteria plan which can be applied to a health plan or converted to cash (Employee Only - $758.18; Employee+1 - $1,434.17; Employee+Family - $1,571.56; Waive Coverage $300.00)
  • Life and Long-Term Disability Insurance:  $5,000 basic and long-term disability is two-thirds of the salary up to $1,000 per month
  • Dental Insurance:  Fully paid premiums
  • Vision Insurance:  Fully paid employee premium
  • Deferred Comp:  Participation is voluntary.  City contributes 1%.
  • Annual Leave:  Vacation 10 days (1-3 years of service/6.25 hours earned per month); 12 days per year; 11 holidays, 2 days personal leave per fiscal year and 2 floating holidays
  • Bilingual Pay:  Eligible to receive $150 per month for certified fluency.
  • And more...... 


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