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Company: Kings County
Location: Hanford
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:


One immediate journey level Mechanic vacancy in the Public Works Department. Future vacancies for this position may be filled from the eligible list to be established. The typical life of a list is six months.


The Mechanic classification series is utilized in the Transportation Division of the Public Works Department to perform repair and maintenance of County vehicles and equipment.Mechanic is the fully trained experience level classification in the series.Incumbents are expected to perform the complete range of repair duties and maintenance, with a minimum of supervision, on automobiles, light/medium trucks and heavy equipment or vehicles, and may be assigned welding duties.Incumbents may be assigned to respond to off-site or roadside vehicle or equipment repair calls in outlying areas of the County.


Duties include but are not limited to those described below.Reasonable accommodation will be made when requested and determined by the County to be appropriate under applicable law.

Inspects, diagnoses and repairs a wide range of County gasoline, diesel and alternative fuel powered vehicles, including automobiles, light trucks, mechanical equipment, heavy earth-moving equipment such as graders, dozers, tractors and compactors, fire vehicles and pumping equipment, both in the shop and on road construction sites; overhauls, repairs, adjusts and maintains mechanical systems, including engines, transmissions, differentials and clutches, and injection, electrical and hydraulic, air conditioning and emission control systems; packs, adjusts and overhauls pumps, controls, seals and valves; sands and paints equipment; enters work order data into computerized record keeping system; orders parts and maintains records of repairs, labor and parts; operates automotive diagnostic computer scanning equipment; operates fork lift; supervises, transports and controls the work of inmates, welfare-to-work, and/or other volunteer workers and alternative work forces, including assignments, oversight, training and instruction in safe, efficient operation of tools and equipment; may assign work and assist in supervision and training of subordinates.

When assigned welding duties:performs a variety of welding and cutting operations including oxygen-acetylene and arc welding in the repair, strengthening and rebuilding of a wide range of equipment and vehicles including bulldozers, drag lines, scrapers, rollers, fork lifts, trucks, tractors, mixers, tanks, containers, pumps and pipe systems; resurfaces buckets, blades and rollers; designs and fabricates special parts, tools and components from blueprints and drawings; modifies and repairs existing equipment and equipment components.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Minimum requirements must be met by the closing date

Please note: Work experience for the last 15 years must be included in the work history portion of your application. It is also important that your application show all the relevant education and experience that you possess, even if it extends beyond the required past 15 years. A resume may be attached, but is not a substitute for completing the application and supplemental questions. Failure to submit a completed application may eliminate you from the recruitment.

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities may be qualifying.A typical way to obtain the required knowledge, skills and abilities would be:


High school graduation or equivalent.

Experience and Training:

(1) Two years of experience in the diagnosis and repair of automobiles and light trucks sufficient to perform at a journey level; OR

(2)Two years of experience in the diagnosis and repair of a variety of vehicles in road, construction, agricultural, and/or maintenance equipment including diesel engines sufficient to perform at a journey level; OR

(3) Two years of experience as an Apprentice Mechanic with Kings County; OR

(4)Completion of a recognized four-year mechanic apprenticeship training program.

NOTE: The recruitment and selection process may emphasize experience in automotive, medium/heavy equipment repair or welding, or any combination, depending on departmental needs.


(1) Possession and maintenance of a valid California Class B commercial driver's license, with tanker endorsements and no restriction; OR

(2) Within the first year of employment obtain and maintain a current, valid California Class B commercial driver's license with tanker endorsements and no restrictions in order to remain in the classification. Failure to obtain the required license within the first year and maintain it will be cause for termination of employment in this class.

(3) A current DMV printout may be required prior to appointment.

(NOTE: Candidates receiving a conditional offer of employment are required to submit to DOT-required pre-employment drug testing before employment can be confirmed. Incumbents are required to submit to on-going random and other DOT-mandated drug and alcohol testing as a condition of employment.)

Certification: Incumbents must obtain and maintain ASE certification in the following five designated areas of automobile repair within two years of appointment in order to remain in the classification: engine repair, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, heating/air conditioning, and engine performance.

Special Requirement:

Ability to:

(1) qualify for deputization by the Kings County Sheriff's Department, including a background/fingerprint check and demonstrate a satisfactory driving record;

(2) work overtime as required;

(3) travel within and outside the County.

Desirable Qualifications:

(1) Experience preferred in welding a variety of light and heavy gauge applications including arc and acetylene welding;

(2) Experience utilizing automotive diagnostic scanning equipment is preferred.

Work Environment/Physical Requirements: Work primarily in a repair shop/garage and work outdoors with exposure to varying weather extremes and uneven terrain; regular exposure to fumes, gases, odors, loud noises, dust, chemicals, grease, oils, lubricants, solvents, smoke, and other related occupational hazards associated with automotive, diesel, light and heavy truck maintenance. Heavy physical labor including bending, stooping, climbing, kneeling, crawling, pushing, pulling, reaching; lift, move, and/or carry heavy parts, tools and equipment up to approximately 100 pounds; lift, carry, and/or move tools and parts weighing up to approximately 50 pounds for distances of approximately 50 feet; operate vehicles, machinery, tools and equipment; stand and walk for extended periods; hand/eye coordination for use of computer, welders, and hand tools; visual ability to distinguish colors and depth perception.

For a detailed job specification, please click here. SELECTION PROCESS: EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

All completed applications and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed. Depending upon the number of applicants who meet the minimum qualifications, the examination process may include a screening committee (pass/fail) and/or a written examination (pass/fail) and/or an oral examination (100%) which may include a written practical component to determine placement on the eligible list.


Veteran's Preference Application

Must submit the request form and certified DD-214 prior to the closing date.

Keywords: Kings County, Hanford , Mechanic, Other , Hanford, California

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