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Under general supervision, to make minor and major mechanical repairs to City equipment or have ongoing night or day lead responsibility in the shop for repair of automotive and other power-driven equipment; to perform related work as required.


Job Description


Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations where appropriate so qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Provide lead guidance to mechanics working in the shop or assisting on fire equipment repair;
  • Inspect, diagnose and locate mechanical difficulties to the fullest extent on City automobiles, trucks, fire apparatus, tractors, pumps and a variety of maintenance and construction equipment;
  • Determine extent of necessary repairs;
  • Overhaul, repair and adjust engines, including transmissions, differentials and clutches, and other automotive parts;
  • Tune up engines, replacing ignition parts and cleaning and adjusting carburetors;
  • Replace or repair faulty parts including wheel bearings, clutches or oil seals, shock absorbers, exhaust systems, air conditioning and cooling systems, steering mechanisms and related parts and equipment;
  • Repair and install such components as generators, distributors, relays, lights, switches and radio communications equipment;
  • Fabricate and modify parts and equipment;
  • Maintain work, time and material records; maintain inventory of frequently used items;
  • Manage continual inspection program;
  • Clean and wash motorized equipment;
  • Sweep and vacuum car interiors;
  • Wash windows, tighten body bolts, sweep, wash and otherwise keep shop and equipment in a clean and orderly condition;
  • Perform related duties as necessary.




Knowledge of:

  • Tools, equipment and procedures used in the overhaul, repair and adjustment of gas and diesel-powered equipment
  • Operation and care of internal combustion engines
  • Use of automotive shop tools, equipment and methods used in welding
  • Safe work practices
  • Operating and repair characteristics of the entire range of City owned light and heavy equipment

Ability to: 

  • Inspect gas and diesel-powered equipment to locate difficulties and estimate the cost and time of repairs
  • Perform minor and major mechanical work on mechanical equipment
  • Use a variety of tools and equipment with skill
  • Maintain a variety of shop and records
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Perform journey level equipment mechanic work
  • work effectively in the absence of direct supervision
  • Assist in the training and supervision of less experienced personnel

Education and Experience: 

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:


  • Specialized training in the maintenance and repair of gas and diesel-powered equipment;
  • Specialized fire vehicle training is required for the fire vehicle maintenance duties assignment.


Two years of increasingly responsible experience performing duties comparable to those of the Equipment Mechanic I with the City of Chico, or four years as a journey level mechanic.

Licenses and Certifications: 

  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License;
  • Valid California Class A Driver License, with airbrake and tanker endorsements;
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master certification in Automotive or Medium/Heavy Truck must be obtained within twelve months of hire.


Additional Information


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee is occasionally required to walk, sit, talk, and hear.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift weights up to 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Use of electronic vehicle diagnostic equipment; personal computer, calculator, phone, mobile or portable radio; motorized vehicles for mechanical testing purposes, power and hand tools and equipment for vehicle and mechanical system work; mechanic’s tools including jacks, hydraulic lifts, air tools, and other tools required for minor repairs and routine maintenance of motorized vehicles.

Minimum Education and Experience

Minimum Months of Experience: 24
Driver's License Required: Yes
Hiring Requirements for This Job:
  • Drug Testing / Screening
  • Background Checks
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: 29.08
    Maximum Hourly Wage: 40.08