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Automotive Mechanic
 
Work Location:Department of Public Works
 
Starting Salary:13.1164 Hourly / $27,282 Annual
 
Pay Grade:1140
 
Special Recruiting Rate:
This classification has a special recruiting rate at Step 6 starting Salary ($31,628) annually for new hires only.
 
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Under the general supervision of an employee of a higher classification, performs skilled work at the journeyman level in the maintenance and repair of gasoline, diesel and alternative fuel powered automotive and related equipment. Work involves the performance of skilled tasks in the mechanical repair and maintenance of automobiles, light and heavy duty trucks, motor graders, bulldozers, mowers, ATV's, tractors, and other standard and specialized equipment. Assignments are received in the form of repair orders and verbal instructions. Employees of this class work under general supervision, using independent judgment as to method of repair. Performs other work as requested.
 
ESSENTIAL WORK TASKS
Performs complete overhaul and repair work in different types of gasoline, alternative fuel and diesel automotive equipment, ranging from lawn mowers to large bulldozers. Repairs, rebuilds, and overhauls transmissions, differentials, including front and rear end assemblies. Inspects, adjusts, and replaces necessary units and related parts, valves, pistons, piston rings, brakes, main bearing assembly, cooling, ignition, and fuel systems. Repairs and overhauls engines, alternators, carburetors, clutches; replaces blades, axles and springs. Repairs and overhauls air compressors, hydraulic systems, air conditioning systems, and other specialized related equipment. Road tests equipment to locate defects and to check repair work. Does minor and major electrical work on automotive equipment, such as installing batteries, repairing and adjusting lights, replacing alternators and starters and tracing electrical shorts. Repairs automotive computer and electronic control systems, including electronic carburetors and fuel injection. Inspects City-Parish vehicles and taxicabs in East Baton Rouge Parish for state safety inspection; issues inspection permits. Occasionally does minor body repair work on automotive or heavy equipment. May operate equipment, change tires and make service calls. Makes road calls, repairing vehicles when possible; maintains and repairs road service truck and its auxiliary equipment.
 
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of the methods, materials, tools and techniques used in the repair of light and heavy-duty automotive equipment. Knowledge of the operating principles of gasoline, diesel and alternative fuel engines, and of mechanical repair of heavy-duty trucks and construction equipment. Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade. Skill in the use and the operation of tools and machinery used in automotive repair work. Ability to diagnose defects in automotive equipment and to apply approved techniques in remedying defects. Ability to adapt available tools and repair parts to specific problems. Ability to follow oral and written instructions. Ability to interpret and work from sketches, and pencil diagrams. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.
 
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE
High school diploma, GED or equivalent certificate of competency, and two years journeyman level experience as an automotive mechanic.
 
SUBSTITUTIONS
Any equivalent combination of education and experience.
 
CERTIFICATIONS/LICENSES
Position(s) of this classification require at the time of application or within the six month probationary period (or date of appointment), possession of a Louisiana Commercial Driver's license (CDL) Class A, B, or C with appropriate endorsements. Thereafter, CDL must be maintained throughout employment in this classification. Position(s) of this classification are required to have or attain certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (NIASE) in two (2) of the automotive or medium/heavy truck areas at the time of application or within the six month probationary period.
 
OTHER JOB ASPECTS
None.
 
JOB CODE:141115
 
EXAMINATION
Score derived from application grading.
 
APPLICATION NOTE
In your employment application, please be detailed about the nature of the mechanical work you have done. Did you replace oil and filters and keep fluids topped off or did you completely breakdown and rebuild engine parts? Did you work on AC systems? Did you replace brakes? Did you specialize in certain types of vehicles or equipment? List all of your education and certifications and provide documentation with your application. Provide specifics that will help us thoroughly understand your prior education and experience.