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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5704

Class Designation: Civil Service

September 1995

Representation Unit: Torrance Municipal Employees
(AFSCME Local 1117)


Equipment Attendant


Under supervision, lubricates, fuels and cleans various types of vehicles, construction and maintenance equipment; performs routine preventative and maintenance work; assists with mechanical repair work; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from Mechanic in that the incumbent is not responsible for performing unassisted, skilled mechanical repair work on vehicles or equipment. Equipment Attendant is supervised by and receives work assignments from Fleet Services Supervision. Equipment Attendant may receive work direction from Mechanic and Senior Mechanic.

Examples Of Job Duties

  • Oils, fuels, lubricates and checks fluid levels on vehicles and equipment in accordance with manufactures specifications;
  • Replaces, repairs and balances tires and tubes;
  • Inspects and adjusts air and hydraulic brake systems;
  • Checks, repairs or replaces lights, mirrors, wiper blades, oil, air and fuel filters, and other vehicle parts requiring routine maintenance;
  • Performs simple mechanical work such as replacing spark plugs, water and fuel pumps, and changing valve cover gaskets;
  • Assists Mechanics in more complex service and repair of vehicles and equipment;
  • Performs road repairs such as exchanging service vehicles, changing flat tires, replacing damaged mirrors, lights, etc.;
  • Enters repair orders and keeps records of work completed in automated system;
  • Steam cleans, washes and polishes vehicles and equipment;
  • Services vehicle cash box, sweeps and cleans vehicle interior and shop floors.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of

  • Application and uses of oils, greases and other lubricants;
  • General operating features of busses, automobiles, trucks and equipment;
  • Steam cleaning methods and steam cleaning apparatus;
  • Use of basic hand and power tools used in the maintenance of vehicles and equipment;
  • Safety rules and precautions related to the use of tools, vehicles and equipment.
  • Ability to

  • Perform routine mechanical repairs and assist Mechanics in more complex repairs and service;
  • Safely operate vehicles and equipment, including busses and trucks;
  • Repair, change and balance tires;
  • Read, understand and work from lubrication charts, maintenance and specification manuals;
  • Follow oral and written instructions;
  • Complete work orders and maintenance records of service performed;
  • Communicate and work effectively with co-workers.
  • Education

    No specific minimum, however, vocational training in the overall repair of vehicles is desirable.


    Two years of experience in lubrication, tire repair, general vehicle and equipment maintenance or repair.

    Special Requirements

    A valid Class B California driver's license within six weeks of hire date.