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Shop Technician

County Fleet | Caldwell, ID | Full Time

Job Description

Position will remain open until filled

Starting hourly wage:  $22.48

General Statement of Duties

Performs mechanical maintenance and repair of County and contract fleet vehicles and equipment; performs related work as required.  

Classification Summary

The primary function of an employee in this class is to maintain and repair all County Fleet Department and contract vehicles and equipment.  This position supervises inmate workers when required.  The work is performed under the supervision of the Fleet Manager.  The principal duties of this class are performed in an automotive shop environment that may involve exposure to adverse weather conditions and related hazards.

Examples of Work (Illustrative Only)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work cooperatively and constructively with fellow workers and members of the public to provide public service of the highest quality and quantity;
  • Performs high level maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair work on all fleet vehicles, contract vehicles, and other related equipment;
  • Fabricates, makes alterations, and welds both minor and major projects;
  • Performs repairs on hydraulic systems, drive trains, suspensions, steering systems, heating and air conditioning systems, ventilation systems, and emissions and related systems;
  • Performs troubleshooting and repair work on sophisticated and technical emergency equipment associated with public safety;
  • Emergency vehicle up-fitting, including installation and wiring all lighting, electronics, and communication equipment, and related modifications;
  • Trains and supervises inmate workers;
  • Collects and preserves mechanical evidence from vehicles for reconstruction purposes;
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with County policies, procedures, and safety practices and in accordance with automotive industry standards, policies, procedures, and safety practices.                      

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • On call after regular duty hours to respond to emergency situations;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Emergency vehicle up-fitting
  • Methods, materials, tools, and standard practices of the automotive mechanic's trade, with particular reference to small, light and heavy duty maintenance and equipment;
  • Operation and maintenance requirements of small, light and heavy duty and maintenance equipment;
  • Fabrication of components in building police cars and other County equipment;
  • Heavy equipment and automotive repair and maintenance safety principles and practices including the use of air-powered equipment, lifts, and hoists;
  • Heavy equipment hydraulic systems operation and maintenance;
  • Automotive electrical systems;
  • Welding (electric and acetylene);
  • Personal computers and software used for maintenance, diagnostic, and repair functions.

Ability to:

  • Follow oral and written instructions;
  • Operate mechanical tools and equipment for heavy equipment and automotive repair;
  • Repair heavy equipment and automotive engines, electrical systems, drive train and suspension systems, hoses and belts, and specialty parts;
  • Inspect heavy equipment and vehicles for common maintenance problems and concerns and monitor fluid levels;
  • Operate air-powered equipment and tire break-down equipment;
  • Perform engine tune-ups including computerized control systems;
  • Read and comprehend heavy equipment and automotive maintenance and repair manuals;
  • Operate a personal computer and related software required for the position;
  • Operate a motor vehicle and heavy equipment;
  • Perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Demonstrate integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks;
  • Weld and fabricate tools, equipment parts, shields, gun racks, etc.;
  • Operate diagnostic and related electronic equipment using program applications appropriate to assigned duties;
  • Supervise and train inmate workers;
  • Lift up to 50 pounds;
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, with the public and other employees.

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • High school diploma or GED equivalency is required and two (2) years specialized coursework in automotive maintenance and repair is preferred; and
  • At least four (4) years of technically related experience is preferred; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Special Qualifications

  • Idaho driver’s license;
  • Air Conditioner Recovery Certification;
  • Radar Certification Equipment license;
  • DEQ, A, B, Tank Operator Certification;
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification preferred;
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation.   

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions, communicate effectively in person, diagnose engine problems, and relay maintenance needs to customers;
  • Sufficient visual acuity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend written work instructions and work orders, inspect heavy equipment and automotive parts, fluid levels, and equipment operation, and make necessary repairs;
  • Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate a variety of automotive shop tools including hand and power tools, electronic diagnostic and related specialized equipment, and make adjustments to equipment;
  • Sufficient personal mobility, flexibility, agility, strength, and physical reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to lift up to 50 pounds, work under vehicles, in confined spaces, remove and replace parts for repair and replacement, and work in an automotive shop environment.

EOE Statement

Canyon County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions related to recruitment and selection are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.