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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5516

Class Designation: Civil Service

July 1998
(Revised)

Representation Unit: Torrance Municipal Employees
(AFSCME Local 1117)

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Mechanic

Definition

Under general supervision, performs skilled mechanical work in the diagnosis, maintenance and repair of automobiles, light duty trucks, motorcycles and light field equipment; and performs related work as required.

Reporting Relationships

The Mechanic is supervised by the Fleet Services Manager and Fleet Services Supervisor.

Examples of Job Duties

  • Diagnoses problems and determines the extent of repairs or adjustments needed for automobiles, light duty vehicles, motorcycles and equipment such as mowers and chain saws.
  • Maintains, adjusts, repairs, rebuilds and overhauls operating systems including, but not limited to, electrical, charging, starting, fuel, ignition, cooling, air conditioning, heating, suspension, braking and steering systems.
  • Maintains, adjusts, repairs, rebuilds and overhauls components including, but not limited to, engines, transmissions, drive shafts, differentials, radiators and bodies.
  • Operates computer aided diagnostic equipment, vehicle testing and/or operating equipment.
  • Repairs and replaces bodies, housings, brackets and accessories using machining tools and equipment.
  • Keeps and enters repair orders and keeps maintenance records of time spent, materials and parts used and type of work performed in an automated system.
  • Organizes, cleans and maintains a safe work shop area.
  • May assist Senior Mechanics in repair of heavy duty vehicles and equipment.
  • May drive vehicles into and out of service bays and perform road tests.
  • Qualifications

    Knowledge of

  • Diagnosis and repair of computer controlled vehicles;
  • Methods, tools, materials, equipment and procedures used in the diagnosis and maintenance of systems and components for automobiles, light duty vehicles and equipment;
  • Operating principles of gasoline and diesel engines and fuel injection systems;
  • Mechanical, electrical, electronic and hydraulic systems;
  • Overhaul procedures related to transmissions, brakes and rear axles;
  • Techniques and procedures of mechanical tune-up, emission control devices, general repair and maintenance practices;
  • Safety rules and precautions related to the use of tools, vehicles and equipment.
  • Ability to

  • Use computer aided diagnostic equipment requiring the use of some independent judgment to diagnose and determine cause of mechanical problems;
  • Read and interpret diagnostic codes, maintenance manuals, electrical diagrams, vehicle emission control standards and related specification manuals;
  • Diagnose and make appropriate adjustments and/or repairs to systems and components of automobiles, light duty vehicles and equipment;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of tools and equipment such as valve machining equipment, brake lathe, engine analyzer, battery, starter, cooling system and voltage testers;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers;
  • Prepare work orders and keep records of service performed using automated tracking and inventory system;
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Experience/Education/Training

    Three years of experience in the repair and maintenance of automobiles and/or power equipment, at least one of which must include experience at the journey level.
    Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive automotive technology program or degree may be substituted for two years of the required experience. The program or degree must cover systems such as electrical, computer controlled vehicles, emission, drive-train, cooling, fuel and ignition systems.
    Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certificates are desirable.

    Special Requirements

    A valid California driver's license of the appropriate class. Must provide own mechanic hand tools, up to one inch, to perform job duties.

    Career Ladder Information

    Experienced gained in this classification may serve to meet the qualification guidelines for the classification of Senior Mechanic.