Light Equipment Mechanic

City of Santa Cruz , California

Job Information 


Parks and Recreation

Mid Level


$3,780.00 - $5,863.00 Monthly

Application Deadline 


09/17/2020 05:14 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The above salary represents the regular salary for this position.  However, as a result of the financial impact to the City from the coronavirus pandemic, a 10% salary reduction and corresponding furlough is in effect through June 25, 2021 and will be re-evaluated prior to that date.

Under general supervision, the Light Equipment Mechanic performs major mechanical repair and overhaul on gasoline, electric and diesel powered light vehicles and equipment and performs other work as needed. 

The current opening is in the Parks and Recreation Department; however, the eligibility list established from this recruitment may be used to fill other Light Equipment Mechanic vacancies during the life of the list. The eligibility list established from this recruitment is valid for up to one year from the date established unless the list is extended or abolished by the Human Resource Director.

Recruitment #21-011

Selection Timeline: (The following process may be changed as deemed necessary by the Human Resources Director.)

  • Recruitment will close without notice once 60 applications have been received or in three weeks (Thursday 09/17/20), whichever comes first, and the job posting will no longer appear on the City's website. 
  • All application materials must be received by the Human Resources Department by 5:00 pm. To apply, submit:
  1. Application - online application only. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of filling out the application form completely.  Click the Apply button to begin the online process.
  2. Response to supplemental questions - will be a primary tool in the evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Any work experience described here must also be included in your employment history on the main application. 
  • Week of 09/21 and 09/28/20 - Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications for this position.  Once all applications have been reviewed applicants will be notified of their status in the recruitment.  The examination process may include an interview, written exam, and/or performance exam. 


Typical Duties

(May include, but are not limited to the following)

  • Diagnose problems and repair a variety of light equipment such as tractors, large and small mowers, and similar vehicles including hydraulic/electrical system repairs and maintenance.
  • Fabricate special vehicle structures as needed by welding, machining, and joining material.
  • Overhaul and/or rebuild gasoline, diesel and electrically powered engines, transmissions, ignition systems, steering systems and related.
  • Maintain a variety of records relative to work progress and completion.
  • Prepare reports and recommendations to supervisors relative to findings regarding pieces of equipment.
  • Request ordering of parts and supplies necessary to the completion of work assignments.
  • Participate in the department preventative maintenance program on vehicles and equipment.
  • Make minor vehicle body repairs and paint as necessary.
  • May road test various vehicle and equipment after work is completed and prior to return to user to insure that all work has been properly done.
  • Oversee and coordinate the work of other personnel as required.
  • May be required to operate a variety of heavy and light equipment.
  • Responsible for the lead of assigned personnel as required.
  • Perform rotary- and reel-type mower blade sharpening, repair, and adjustment.
  • Performs welding to adapt or fabricate parts and equipment.
  • Makes emergency repairs as needed.
  • Safely and effectively operate a variety of diagnostic equipment and power and hand tools used in heavy and light equipment repair.
  • Performs other related duties that may be reasonably expected as part of this classification.

Position requires sitting, walking on level and slippery uneven surfaces, reaching, twisting, kneeling, bending, stooping, crouching, climbing, balancing and making repetitive hand and foot movement in the performance of daily duties. The position also requires talking, hearing, and both near and far vision including the ability to distinguish colors and perceive depth. The need for finger dexterity and to grasp, lift, carry, pull and push tools, equipment and supplies weighing up to 65 pounds, or heavier utilizing proper equipment, is also required. The incumbent in this position works indoors and outdoors, may be subjected to vibration and may work in environments with constant noise. The incumbent may work in all weather conditions, including inclement weather. The incumbent may use chemicals such as solvents, lubricants, grease and oils which may expose the employee to fumes, dust, air and skin contaminants; the work may necessitate wearing protective gear such as latex gloves. The incumbent may work with and around pesticides in the course of servicing application equipment. The nature of the work may also require the incumbent to use power and noise producing tools and equipment and drive motorized vehicles. The incumbent may work around machinery with moving parts or around moving vehicles or objects.  Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.


Minimum Qualifications


The minimum qualifications for Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities are the following:

Education and Experience
  • High School diploma or equivalent; and
  • Three years mechanic experience repairing and servicing gasoline, diesel or electric powered vehicles and equipment; one year which includes welding and/or fabrication.

Position Specific Assignment-Golf Course:
  • Some experience with reel-type mower sharpening and adjustment.
Licenses and Certificates
  • Possession and continued maintenance of a valid California Class C driver's license.

  • Motor vehicle nomenclature with special emphasis on equipment and all of its systems.
  • Fundamental knowledge of mechanical tools, parts and support equipment including their proper identification and application.
  • Safe mechanical work practices.
  • Methods, materials, practices and tools of equipment repair; methods and techniques of welding;
  • Principles of inventory and parts acquisition.
  • Methods and techniques for record keeping.
  • Basic methods and techniques of welding.
For positions assigned to the Golf Course, all of the above plus:
  • Methods, materials and practices related to reel and rotary type mower blade maintenance.
  • Perform repair work on diesel and gasoline engines.
  • Perform a variety of welding work.
  • Follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Safely operate mechanical and servicing equipment.
  • Perform journey-level machinist work and operate related equipment.
  • Estimate time and materials needed for work.
  • Keep records and logs.
  • Organize, prioritize and follow-up on work assignments.
  • Work independently and as part of a team.
  • Make sound decisions within established guidelines.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Willingness to perform on-call duty assignment and call-back work as required.
  • Willingness to work weekends and holidays as required.


Career Ladder


  • Resource Recovery Supervisor or Garage Service Supervisor
  • Lead Equipment Mechanic
  • Equipment Mechanic II
  • Light Equipment Mechanic
  • Equipment Mechanic I


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