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Automotive Mechanic Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Repairs, overhauls, and maintains vehicles/farm equipment. This is a journey level position.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is third in a series of six classifications.Working conditions include restricted movement, dirty environment, air contamination, intense noise, hazardous materials, lifting or carrying heavy objects.

Examples of Duties:

  • Overhauls and repairs engines and transmissions on gas and diesel equipment.
  • Performs tune-ups on vehicles.
  • Overhauls, repairs, and/or replaces other vehicle parts such as parts on steering and brake systems.
  • Replaces shock absorbers, checks and balances wheels, and checks for proper tire alignment.
  • Performs diversified electrical work on all automotive and related equipment, such as servicing, installing batteries and terminals, repairing and adjusting lights, and repairing generators and starters.
  • Uses diagnostic equipment as an aid in locating vehicle defects.
  • Troubleshoots and repairs or replaces digital electronic components and computers.
  • Fabricates and/or reconstructs equipment by using gas, arc, NIG or TIG welding methods.
  • Performs emission control repair, replacement, and testing on all required vehicles.
  • Road tests vehicles to locate operational defects prior to returning to active use.
  • Drives buses and other vehicles for special events or field trips as needed.
  • Overhauls, repairs, and maintains heavy equipment which may include tractors, crawlers, and the like.
  • Operates shop machines, such as milling and metal lathes, to rebuild or fabricate machine parts.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of automotive and heavy equipment diagnosis and repair.
  • Skill in the diagnosis and repair of automotive, heavy equipment, or farm equipment.
  • Skill in operating shop tools and machines.
  • Skill in modifying, designing, and fabricating special purpose equipment.

Minimum Qualifications:

Four years' experience in the diagnosis, repair, and maintenance of automobiles and/or farm equipment; OR, Completion of a one year vocational training program in automotive or farm mechanics AND three years' experience in the diagnosis, repair, and maintenance of automobiles, and/or farm equipment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved. Some positions may require possession of a current Arizona Type D/B/C driver's license upon employment. May be required to obtain a current Arizona Emissions Inspection Certificate.


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