Jobs: City of Palo Alto – Fleet Mechanic

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The Public Works Department provides services integral to the community on a daily basis. The mission of the department is to provide quality services with commitment, courtesy and pride. In partnership with the Palo Alto community, the Public Works team strives to offer efficient, cost-effective and environmentally responsible services that make Palo Alto a beautiful, vibrant and appealing city in which to live and work.

The Position:
The City of Palo Alto Public Works team is looking for a journey-level mechanic to service and repair its varied fleet.
This mechanic will be one of a team of 7 mechanics that service all of the City of Palo Alto’s motorized vehicles from lawnmowers to fire apparatus. This is the advanced-level position for the Motorized Equipment Mechanic series, (II). This is a journey-level position; assigned to perform skilled maintenance and repair work on City-owned vehicles and equipment. This classification is distinguished from the Motorized Equipment Mechanic I position due to the requirement for a National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Automobile Technician or Master Truck Technician Certification, and at least one specialty credential. Incumbents in this position perform technically challenging diagnosis and repair tasks that are generally more complex than those assigned to incumbents in Motorized Equipment Mechanic I positions.

This position requires:
Documentation of journey-level proficiency in automotive and heavy equipment OR five years experience as an automotive or heavy-duty truck or equipment mechanic; (ASE Master in Auto or Heavy Equipment preferred) Possession of automotive hand tools of a sufficient variety to perform the essential job functions;
Possession of a Class B California Driver’s License with Air Brake, and Tank endorsements to be obtained within 6 months of employment;
Incumbents will be enrolled into the Department of Motor Vehicles “Pull Notice” Program for commercial drivers and will be subject to pre-employment and random drug and alcohol testing as mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

This position works a 9/80 shift with every other Friday off.
Hours worked are 6:15 am – 3:45 pm and every other Friday 6:15 am – 2:45 pm
This position is represented by the Service Employee International Union position (SEIU)


Essential Duties
Motorized Equipment Mechanic I/II Essential Functions:

  • Inspects, maintains, and repairs a variety of automobiles, trucks, and miscellaneous construction, and support equipment. This includes street sweepers, tractors, mowers, backhoes, generators, pumps, trailers, and emergency equipment such as ambulances and police patrol vehicles.
  • Inspects, maintains, and repairs gasoline and diesel engines; performs basic diagnosis of electronic engine controls, and emission control systems.
  • Inspect, maintain and repair power train components such as transmissions, transfer cases, transaxles, and differentials.
  • Inspects, maintains and repairs hydraulic and pneumatic systems, and related components.
  • Inspects, repairs and overhauls pneumatic and hydraulic brake systems and components; performs related machine work as required.
  • Inspects and repairs electrical circuits, diagnoses electrical problems, installs emergency lighting, sirens, and communications equipment into vehicles
  • Inspects and repairs steering and suspension systems, and related components. Makes minor modifications to vehicles and equipment to improve functionality.
  • Operates shop equipment and machine tools such as pedestal grinders, power hacksaws, drill presses, brake lathes, battery and charging system testers, emission analyzers, and other common automotive shop equipment.
  • Observes and complies with hazardous waste and material handling and disposal procedures, and regulations as set forth by local, state and federal environmental and health agencies.
  • Utilizes a fleet management software application to enter labor hours and work order comments, and to review equipment repair histories.
  • Utilizes on-line technical resources, service literature and diagnostic software.
  • Keeps records relative to work assignments, such as work orders, timecards, and parts requisitions. Responds to emergency breakdowns; may make temporary or permanent repairs in the field.

Additional Functions of Motorized Equipment Mechanic II:

  • Inspects, maintains, and repairs gasoline, diesel and alternatively fueled engines. Repair fuel system components, including compressed natural gas fuel systems; performs advanced diagnosis of electronic engine controls, and emission control systems.
  • Inspects, maintains and repairs hybrid and battery electric vehicles, and components such as electric motors, motor controllers and batteries.
  • Utilizes emissions analyzer to perform state-mandated emissions inspections (with Smog Technician License). Inspects, maintains and repairs aerial devices, manlifts, digger derricks and cranes (with proper certification). Inspects, maintains and repairs fire engines; including fire pumps, relief valves, and associated controls and plumbing (with proper certification).
  • Inspects and repairs electrical circuits, diagnoses complex electrical problems, installs emergency lighting, sirens, and communications equipment into vehicles.
  • Undertakes complex welding and fabrication projects; makes minor and major modifications to vehicles and equipment to improve functionality.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.


Minimum Qualifications
Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities, which would typically be acquired through:

High school graduate or GED preferred
Attainment (with documentation) of journey person level proficiency in automotive and heavy equipment repair.
Seven years experience as an automotive or heavy-duty truck or equipment mechanic.
Special Requirement Possession of automotive hand tools of a sufficient variety to perform the essential job functions.

Possession of a valid Class B California Driver’s License with Air Brake, HazMat and Tank endorsements (to be obtained within six months of employment).
Possession of an OSHA-recognized Forklift Operator Certificate (to be obtained within six months of employment).
Possession of an ASE Master Automobile Technician certification, and one (or more) of the following specialty credentials:
California Smog Check Technician License
ASE Advanced Engine Performance Specialist (L1) and Compressed Natural Gas Certification (F1)
Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Automotive Technology
Possession of an ASE Master Truck Technician certification, and one (or more) of the following specialty credentials: California Fire Mechanics Academy (CFMA) Level II Fire Mechanic Certificate
American Welding Society (AWS) Certification
ASE Electronic Diesel Engine Diagnosis Specialist (L2) Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Automotive Technology
Completion of a hydraulic systems course (minimum 16 hours) and manufacturer-specific aerial device training (minimum 40 hours).
All certifications must remain current at all times. A 12-month grace period (two ASE test cycles) will be allowed. If certifications are not renewed within the allotted time period, incumbents will revert to the next lower classification until renewals are obtained. In cases where the ability to obtain certifications is beyond the employee’s control (i.e., a request to attend the CFMA is denied by executive management), this requirement will be waived.
Incumbents will be enrolled into the Department of Motor Vehicles “Pull Notice” Program for commercial drivers, and will be subject to pre-employment and random drug and alcohol testing as mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Benefits: Fantastic benefits package, Learn more by clicking HERE.
Put your skills to work at one of the peninsula’s top employers! Stop dealing with flat rates and get paid for all your hours worked. The City of Palo Alto pays top-tier wages alongside their generous benefit plan which includes a defined retirement program, sick leave, vacation pay, and medical, dental & vision.
Schedule: 9/80 shift
Worksite: Onsite at the Municipal Services Center, 3201 East Bayshore, Palo Alto, and as required at locations throughout the City of Palo Alto
Application Review: This will be every two weeks with the first review to be September 19th, 2023.
The second Review for applications will be on October 3rd, 2023.
City of Palo Alto
250 Hamilton AvePalo Alto, California, 94301

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