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Automotive Mechanic (Auto & Light Truck)
The fundamental reason this position exists is to provide skilled mechanical work in the maintenance and repair of automotive and light truck vehicles. This position requires a high degree of technical ability related to engine maintenance, major rebuilding, and problem diagnosis and repair. Employees exercise independent judgment as to the method of repair after receiving written or oral instructions concerning the operating condition of the vehicles. The essential functions of this position are: runs preventative maintenance checks on automotives and light trucks, performs general service and repair of automotives and light trucks, and performs administrative tasks as needed to service and repair vehicles. Incumbents receive supervision from the master mechanic or superintendent.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The following list was developed through a job analysis; however, it is not exhaustive and other duties may be required and assigned. A person with a disability which is covered by the ADA must be able to perform the essential functions of the job unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The list of essential functions is to be used as a starting point to determine essential functions for a specific position at a specific location at a specific time. The ADA was intended to be applied on a case-by-case basis with the understanding that one position may differ from another similar position. The performance of "non-essential functions" is not optional for employees not covered under the ADA.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Runs preventive maintenance checks on automobile and light trucks from work order in order to inspect for wear of major parts such as: belts, hoses, steering systems, sparkplugs, brake and fuel system, wheel bearings and other potentially troublesome items, before they cause breakdowns.

Checks radiator functioning and radiator hoses for excessive wear and pressurizes and checks for leaks in the engine cooling system.
Checks the condition of fan belts for excessive wear to include checking for proper tension.
Checks engine compartment for loose wires and general condition and vacuum hoses for proper installation.
Checks auto body for damage and paint condition; all doors for proper operation, all outside mirrors, seats for condition.
Checks overall condition of interior of the vehicle to include the instruments, lights, gauges, and other controls for proper operation to include air conditioning and heating systems.
Checks exhaust system for damage and leaks.
Checks undercarriage for damage.
Checks brakes by removing all wheels to check pads and linings; checks for adjustment and general condition.
Checks front-end and all steering components for looseness or wear or damage in front end parts.
Checks and services transmission by changing fluid and filter as needed.
Checks and services engine by changing fluids and oil and lubricating the chassis.
Checks engine performance to include checking computer codes to identify problems.
Checks fuel systems to include all types of injection systems as needed to make repairs.
Tunes-up vehicles by changing fuel filters, changing PCV valves, replace spark plugs and other parts to ensure efficient engine performance.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Performs general service and repair of automotive and light trucks to include tearing down, rebuilding and replacement of equipment; road test vehicles to diagnose and determine problems or verify complaints.

Installs and repairs air conditioner and services components such as compressors and condensers, accumulator, orifice tubes and other related components.
Repairs brake systems to include adjusting brakes and replacing brake linings and pads using hand tools such as brakes pring pliers, allen wrenches, and torx bits.
Turns brake rotors and drums using a brake lathe and other hand tools.
Troubleshoots and repairs anti-lock brake systems.
Tears down and rebuilds or replaces gasoline engines.
Rebuilds rear ends and other assemblies for automobiles and light trucks including transmissions and changing clutches.
Troubleshoots and repairs wiring systems as necessary to find short or open circuits using diagnostic test equipment.
Replaces engine components such as alternators, intake manifolds, thermostats, and fuel pumps.
Replaces suspension components such as struts, shocks, and spindles.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Performs administrative tasks using departmental work orders and a computer following departmental policies and procedures as needed to service and repair vehicles.

Completes departmental work orders to log repair/service information.
Refers to a computerized auto repair database in order to gain automotive troubleshooting tips and techniques.
Works with in-house Parts Department staff to obtain parts for repairs.
May make needed tool and equipment recommendations to a supervisor during budget compilation.
Knowledge of the methods, materials, tools and standard practices of the automotive mechanic's trade.

Knowledge of brake systems to include pad and caliper repair as needed to make brake repairs or brake component replacements and adjustments.

Knowledge of fuel injection systems as needed to troubleshoot and make repairs and adjustments.

Knowledge of automotive computer control systems to include engine management, body control, ride control, traction control, and transmission controls.

Knowledge of automotive electrical systems to include locating shorts or damaged electrical wiring as needed to troubleshoot and make electrical repairs and/or replace wiring harnesses.

Knowledge of heating and cooling systems as needed to recharge systems with coolant and identify and repair leaks in the system.

Knowledge of preventative maintenance procedures required for maintenance of city vehicles.

Knowledge of front end components as needed to identify worn components, make repairs and align front ends.

Knowledge of engine components such as alternators, fuel pumps, and distributors as needed to make repairs or determine whether components need to be replaced.

Knowledge of automotive transmissions to include standard and automatic transmissions as needed to service and repair transmissions.

Knowledge of the principles of operation of automotive equipment.

Knowledge of automotive suspension components and assemblies to include struts, shocks, and sway bars as needed to identify worn or damaged parts for replacement.

Knowledge of rear end components and assemblies as needed to troubleshoot and repair rear ends.

Knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions of the trade.

Skill in diagnosing and repairing defects in automotive and light truck equipment.

Skill in the use and care of specialized hand and machine tools needed for making automobile repairs.

Ability to visually inspect mechanical systems as needed to determine the source of mechanical problems/failures and to fix problems.

Ability to apply mechanical principles and procedures to auto mechanic applications as needed to fix problems that may not have immediate causes and solve problem that may not have been handled previously or with standard procedures.

Ability to use diagnostic and testing equipment for on board computers used by major automobile manufacturers.

Ability to troubleshoot (diagnose) a variety of mechanical problems as needed to fix difficult mechanical problems that may not be solved using standard procedures.

Ability to read and understand shop and parts manuals in order to identify problems and make repairs.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and supervisors.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions from supervisor and work orders.
Three years of experience within the past five years as an automotive mechanic with at least one year as an independent lead mechanic or a diploma/certificate in automotive mechanics or related field and one year of experience as an independent lead mechanic or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Must have and maintain a valid Alabama driver's license and an insurable driving record in order to drive city vehicles. Must be able to attend specialized training out of town as needed to maintain or increase skills. Must be willing to respond to the Garage in order to make repairs to automotive vehicles after normal working hours and be willing to be on call 24 hours during emergency situations or when deemed necessary by the director or his designated representative.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to physical maneuver objects weighing up to 100 pounds and to perform other strenuous physical tasks over extended periods of time. Ability to work in dusty, drafty, and noisy environments. Ability to stand for extended lengths of time as needed to perform job duties.
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