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Transit Mechanic I/II
Salary: $62,664 – $ 77,364 Annually
Location: City of Santa Monica, CA
Job Type: Full-Time Regular
Department: Santa Monica Department of Transportation
Job Number: 223063-03
SALARY: (I) $5,222 – $6,447 per month.
SALARY: (II) $5,801 – $7,162 per month.
Diagnoses, troubleshoots and performs repairs on a variety of buses, emergency vehicles, City vehicles, and shop equipment. Performs preventive maintenance on vehicles, buses, and various heavy duty equipment.
Deadline: Open until filled
Note: Job duties may vary depending on assignment.
Performs routine and periodic preventive maintenance inspections on vehicles and equipment. Conducts vehicle safety inspections, quality control inspections and replaces defective parts and components.
Performs repairs on a variety of gasoline, diesel, hybrid, and alternative fuel-powered (Liquefied Natural Gas and Compress Natural Gas) buses, emergency vehicles, shop equipment and other City vehicles.
Inspects, diagnoses, repairs, overhauls and installs electrical systems, fuel systems, hydraulic systems, cooling systems, suspension systems, steering systems, ignition, emission, and pneumatic, mechanical and related vehicle computerized systems.
Troubleshoots, repairs, rebuilds and performs preventive maintenance on major bus components including engines, transmissions, fuels systems, differentials, air conditioning systems, compressors, wheelchair lifts/ramps, high-voltage systems, multiplex electrical systems, electronics, battery electric propulsion systems and various electrical parts.
Repairs and overhauls brakes systems, cuts brake drums and arcs brake lining to fit drums per Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) standards.
Replaces hoses, belts, electrical wiring and harnesses, batteries, tires and performs tune-ups and oil, filter and fluid changes.
Replaces a variety of interior and exterior body parts, including bumpers, glass, window systems, door systems, wheelchair ramps, fareboxes, bicycle racks and body panels, bus flooring, seating systems, and ADA related passenger related amenities.
Repairs and paints both internal and exterior body panels.
Performs bus exchanges and road calls. Performs repairs on vehicles in the field, as required.
Completes vehicle service requests, lists work performed on work order forms both on paper and electronic systems, and indicates additional repairs, if needed.
Maintains paper and electronic records of repairs and maintenance.
Performs bumper-to-bumper repairs on various emergency vehicles, as assigned. Troubleshoots and repairs fire apparatus including pumps, valves, controls, piping, hydraulic and electrical systems.
Performs cutting and welding. Fabricates and installs a variety of parts and equipment.
Ensures that complete chassis, engines and components are pressure-washed and shop work areas are cleaned in accordance with mechanic shop standards.
Follows applicable safety rules and regulations.
Performs other related duties, as assigned.
Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:
• Basic procedures and equipment used in the maintenance and repair of automotive and/or heavy duty engines.
• Principles of automotive electrical systems and other related vehicle systems.
• Vehicle mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
• Computerized diagnostic equipment including hand held and windows-based software.
• Safety practices and procedures used in the operation of power tools and equipment.
• Methods and procedures for safe handling and disposing of hazardous waste.
• Effective customer service techniques.
• Diagnose, repair and troubleshoot a variety of complex mechanical problems.
• Select and operate appropriate hand and power tools and electrical and pneumatic tools and equipment.
• Read, comprehend and use maintenance instructions, repair manuals, parts books and area maps.
• Read, interpret and use technical service manuals, wiring diagrams and various bus schematics for all components.
• Complete forms and maintain accurate records.
• Perform mathematical calculations.
• Follow written and oral instructions.
• Work independently.
• Implement new mechanical techniques and procedures.
• Meet competing deadlines.
• Provide effective customer service.
• Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with City employees and the general public.
• Reading, writing, and communicating at an appropriate level.
• Basic mathematics.
• Reading wiring diagrams and schematics.
• Using a personal computer and applicable software applications.
Education, Training and Experience:
Level I: Graduation from high school or the equivalent. Two years of recent, paid work experience performing mechanic work which has included troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of vehicles and/or equipment. An Associate’s degree or 60 semester units of college level or vocational school coursework in automotive technology or a closely related field may substitute for one year of the required work experience.
After one year of current, paid work experience with the City of Santa Monica, a Transit Mechanic I may be promoted to a Transit Mechanic II upon meeting the minimum qualifications of the Transit Mechanic II and with the recommendation of the appointing authority.
Level II: Graduation from high school or the equivalent. Five years of recent, paid, journey-level work experience performing mechanical maintenance and repair of buses, trucks, and heavy duty vehicles and equipment. One year of the recent, paid work experience in alternative fuel engines, such as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), hybrid and electrical propulsion system is desirable.
Licenses and Certificates:
Level I: Possession of a valid class C driver license. Must obtain a class B commercial driver license or permit with appropriate medical certification prior to the first day of hire. Must obtain a valid class B driver license with passenger and airbrake endorsements within six months from date of hire.
Level II: Possession of a valid class B driver license with passenger and airbrake endorsements. Possession of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification as a Master Transit Bus Technician (Tests H1-H8) is desirable. Possession of ASE certification in Alternate Fuels (Test F1) is desirable.
HOW TO APPLY: All applicants must submit an online City application and required supplemental questions to be considered for this position. Please note, applications may be rejected if incomplete. Resumes, CVs and cover letters are not reviewed as part of the application screening process and should not be submitted.
If interested, please apply: https://apptrkr.com/3135507
NOTE: You must submit copies of your certification(s) and college level transcripts or college diploma with your application. Applicants who indicate receipt of college level coursework or degree from a foreign institution must provide United States credential equivalency verification along with a copy of your college diploma/transcripts. All materials must be received in the Human Resources Department no later than close of business on the application closing date. Failure to do so will result in your application being disqualified. You may upload and attach scanned copies to your on-line application, or send copies to [email protected], or fax copies to the attention of Rosie Cruz at (310) 656-5705.
SELECTION PROCESS: Application Review: All applicants must submit clear, concise, and complete information regarding their qualifications for the position. All applicants will be reviewed and only those candidates determined to be most qualified on the basis of experience and education, as submitted, will be invited to participate further in the selection process. Testing will consist of the following:
Written Exam : 100%
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: Upon offer of employment, candidate(s) will be subject to a US Department of Transportation (DOT) pre-employment screen for alcohol and controlled substances set forth in DOT regulation 49 CFR Parts 40 and 382. Candidate(s) will be required to provide written consent to obtain drug and alcohol testing records from all prior employers in the last two (2) years.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS: Candidates who have successfully completed all prior phases of the selection process will be subject to a thorough background investigation.
COVID 19 Vaccination: Proof of COVID 19 vaccination will be required as a condition of employment unless a religious or medical/disability exemption is granted by the City.
NOTE: If three or more qualified City employees apply and pass the examination, a promotional list will be established in addition to an open-competitive list. If fewer than three qualified City employees pass the examination, the appointing authority, in accordance with the City’s civil service rules and regulations.
Diversity and Inclusion
The City of Santa Monica is a progressive, inclusive and culturally-rich community. As leaders in public service, we strive to be an employer of choice by attracting and retaining a highly-talented workforce where people of diverse races, religions, cultures and lifestyles thrive. Our goal is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where our staff are empowered to perform at their highest level and where their differences make a positive impact.
The City is an equal opportunity employer and strives to build balanced teams from all walks of life without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, ancestry, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state and/or local law. We aim to create a workplace that celebrates and embraces the diversity of our employees. Join us!
Special assistance with the application and examination process is available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Call (310) 458-8246, TDD (310) 458-8696 (Hearing Impaired Only).
Please note the request for reasonable accommodations must be made to Human Resources at least three work days prior to the examination.