County of Santa ClaraSan Jose 95131
Full Time
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Fleet Services Mechanic

County of Santa Clara
Full Time 2265 Junction Ave, San Jose, CA 95131, United States


Under general supervision, to inspect, diagnose, maintain and repair and overhaul, gasoline, diesel or alternative fuel powered heavy duty trucks, construction equipment, and automobiles.

The Fleet Services Mechanic position is in the Facilities and Fleet Department, Fleet Management Division. The Fleet Management Division is recognized as a nationally award-winning operation that offers a dynamic, varied, supportive, and forward-thinking working environment.

This Division is responsible for the acquisition, maintenance, repair, overall management, and support functions of a fleet of over 2,500 vehicles and pieces of equipment, in addition to providing services to external contracted government agencies with over 600 units. Supportive services include multiple County owned fueling sites, automotive collision repairs, regulatory compliance, lift truck (forklift) operator training, installation of specialized equipment into vehicles, and operating a motor pool (rental fleet) for County Departments to use on a short-term basis.

The Fleet Management Division supplies all necessary tools, toolboxes, diagnostic computers, personal protective equipment (PPE), and specialty equipment to service, maintain, and repair vehicles and equipment. Uniforms with weekly laundry service, safety shoes, and jackets are supplied at no cost to the employee. The Division also supports the professional growth of our team members by providing various internal and external training and industry networking opportunities.

An ideal candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills and an ability to work collaboratively with coworkers, other department staff, and external agency customers. The ability to learn new computer software and become proficient in its use is highly desirable. An eagerness to learn new processes and tasks while providing input to make improvements is also valued.

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EXAMINATION DATES: Candidates who meet the employment standards will be invited to take an in-person practical examination tentatively scheduled for December 2, 2023. Qualifying candidates will be notified of the examination instructions.

COVID-19 Risk Tier - Lower Risk 

Typical Tasks
  • Inspects gasoline or diesel powered heavy equipment and trucks, automobiles, motorcycles and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) to determine corrective work needed; troubleshoots and diagnoses computer control system components using scanners or laptop computers;
  • Overhauls, maintains and repairs equipment such as automobiles, trucks, trailers, bulldozers, rollers, graders, road sweepers, travel-loaders, auxiliary engines, pumps, steam cleaners, air compressors, motorcycles, ATVs and related equipment;
  • Times engines and makes a variety of adjustments;
  • Removes, disassembles, repairs and replaces a variety of parts including transmissions, clutches, differentials, axles and suspension, pneumatic and hydraulic brake systems, hydraulic systems, ignition and electrical systems, electronic and computer control systems, steering and control systems, air conditioning/climate control systems, tracks and assemblies, various electrical devices/units, motor vehicle body parts and attached equipment;
  • Uses test equipment, including electronic scanners or laptop computers, shop tools and equipment including micrometers, grinders, schematics, valve facers, hoists and other devices common to the trade;
  • Makes repairs to heavy equipment and vehicles at the site of a breakdown;
  • Operates equipment and vehicles to insure complete repair;
  • Conducts smog tests and smoke tests on diesel engines under public sector regulations;
  • Conducts annual safety inspections required under California State laws on equipment;
  • Performs acetylene, tig, mig, stick or arc welding; performs plasma cutting in repairs to vehicles and fabrication of equipment attached to vehicles;
  • Grinds, seats and adjusts valves;
  • Repairs and rebuilds truck frames and fabricates or modifies special equipment and simple structures used on heavy equipment, trucks and light vehicles;
  • Repairs and installs special equipment such as sirens, gun racks, extra lights, cages, controllers and instrument panels;
  • Prepares and maintains related records;
  • May prepare schedules of repairs for a limited amount of equipment;
  • May order replacement parts and make recommendations as to cost of repairs;
  • Identifies correct replacement parts from manufacturers' catalogs;
  • May operate a metal lathe;
  • May lead one or more Automotive Attendant, Fleet Services Assistant Mechanic or other lower level staff;
  • Performs related work as required.
Employment Standards

Sufficient education, training and work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge and abilities:

Experience Note: The knowledge and abilities required to perform this function are normally acquired by training and experience equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.

Two (2) years recent experience as a journey level heavy equipment mechanic.

Three (3) years recent experience equivalent to Santa Clara County's Fleet Services Assistant Mechanic.

Possession of a valid California driver's license is required at the time of appointment and ability to qualify for and maintain an acceptable driving record, which will qualify a County Driver's Permit.

Special Requirements:
Possession of a forklift operators certification within six (6) months of appointment or must vacate the position. Certification must be maintained throughout employment.

Special Requirements for Fleet Management personnel only: 

Possession of Air Conditioning and Refrigerant license/certification issued by the State of California within six (6) months of appointment or must vacate the position. Certification must be maintained throughout employment.

Some positions may require the possession of a valid Class A or B California driver's license.

Possession of one or more of the following certifications is desirable: 

  • One (1) or more National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certifications
  • Smog license/certification issued by the State of California.
Knowledge of: 
  • Theory, operation and repair of diesel and gasoline engines and fuel, cooling, air conditioning/climate control, ignition, electronic, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems;
  • Use of test equipment including scanners and computers, welding materials and techniques and shop machines, equipment and tools;
  • Proper and safe use of tools and equipment used in mechanical repairs;
  • Operation of heavy equipment and vehicles;
  • Smog tests and smoke tests on diesel engines procedures;
  • Upload of recalibration software for scanners and computers used to troubleshoot and diagnose equipment;
  • Schematics and blueprints as related to equipment.
Ability to: 
  • Instruct and lead assigned personnel;
  • Meet established deadlines;
  • Keep accurate records and make simple reports;
  • Follow written and oral instructions;
  • Adapt to different working conditions and environments; lift and carry materials, supplies and equipment; climb ladders; and crawl in tight spaces; exercise physical exertion in the movement of moderately heavy or bulky supplies;
  • Perform a wide variety of physical tasks requiring strength, coordination and agility;
  • Move and lift objects that weigh up to 50 pounds and occasionally up to 70 pounds.