Santa Clara County Fire Department

  • Fire Mechanic I

    Job Location US-CA-Los Gatos
    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Step 1
    USD $7,247.29/Mo.
    Step 5
    USD $8,809.12/Mo.
    FLSA Status


    Submission Deadline:  Noon on January 22, 2019


    Fire Mechanic I is an entry-level position in the Fire Mechanic series. The class of Fire Mechanic I performs basic to moderately difficult mechanical work in the maintenance and repair of the Department’s fleet such as passenger cars, trucks, fire equipment, and fire apparatus.


    This classification is a Fair Labor Standards Act non-exempt, represented position in the Classified Service.


    This class is distinguished from the next higher classification of Fire Mechanic II in that the latter is an advanced journey-level classification responsible for a more complex level of mechanical work and provides lead direction to the Fire Mechanic I. The classifications of Fire Mechanic I and II are alternately staffed positions.




    Appointment for the Fire Mechanic I  is generally made at the first step of the salary range. Retirement benefits will conform to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. Currently, Classic Miscellaneous employees pay 8% of employee contribution, which is tax-deferred. Public Employee Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) employees currently pay 6.5%, which is tax-deferred. The Department does not pay into Social Security.


    Current benefits include:  Full Department payment of medical and dental premiums; paid life insurance of $40,000; vision plan; education reimbursement plan; direct deposit plan; personal leave; sick leave; vacation; 13 holidays per year; Alternate Work Schedules; voluntary deferred compensation plan; and credit union service. 


    Please click here to view a summary of our benefits.


    This classification is represented by International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1165.



    Please refer to the Fire Mechanic I job specification located at for more information.


    Depending upon assignment, duties may include but are not limited to the following:


    • Perform a variety of basic servicing, maintenance, and repair work on the Department's vehicles including fire apparatus, involving all mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic components, parts, and accessories.
    • Perform limited service and maintenance of Department vehicles and fire apparatus and equipment, which may involve the repair of components such as drive train, chassis, computerized control systems, hydraulic and air brake systems, electrical systems, HVAC systems, and restraint systems.
    • May assist in the installation of specialized equipment such as Code 3 equipment, GPS systems, communication systems, and traffic control devices.
    • Use a variety of diagnostic equipment to determine problem source(s) and to ensure proper adjustment and operation of all systems; ascertains needed repairs, estimates time, materials and equipment required; and fills out necessary forms.
    • May operate welding equipment in making repairs and fabricating special parts and tools.
    • May perform road tests to check vehicles for proper operation of, suspension, drive train, electrical systems, and air, hydraulic, and secondary brake systems.
    • Perform opacity testing.
    • Perform emergency road service calls.
    • Respond to emergency incidents as directed; may be required to perform a variety of support functions, e.g., emergency scene diagnostics and repairs, refueling and other functions, as needed.
    • May assist in periodic inspections of equipment and apparatus at fire stations.
    • Maintain repair records and prepare reports (both hard copy and electronic format).
    • Maintain and repair Shop equipment, and clean Shop area.
    • May provide limited work direction to other Department personnel as pertains to the Shop.
    • Perform related duties, tasks and responsibilities as required.




    Education and ExperienceGraduation from high school or passing of the General Education Development (GED) test, and two (2) years of full-time experience as a mechanic.


    As a condition of employment, the incumbent must obtain the Fire Mechanic I certification issued by the State Fire Marshal's Office within four years of employment, and may advance to the Fire Mechanic II classification upon obtaining the Fire Mechanic II certification and with the recommendation of the Support Services Manager and approval of the Fire Chief.


    Highly DesirableExperience in the maintenance of diesel engines, heavy trucks, and fire apparatus. ASE certifications in Automobile & Light Truck (A Series), Engine Machinist (M Series), Medium-Heavy Truck (T Series), and/or Advanced Engine Performance Specialist (L1).


    Knowledge of:

    • Current principles, methods, tools and equipment used in the maintenance of automobiles, and light and heavy trucks.
    • Principles of diesel and gasoline engines, diagnostic equipment and hydraulics.
    • Basic computer programs (such as Microsoft Word and Excel), email, and Internet use.
    • Fundamentals of technological equipment necessary in the performance of duties.
    • Safety practices and procedures in shop environment


    Ability to:

    • Diagnose and repair malfunctions in a variety of mechanical components.
    • Use repair manuals in hard copy and electronic formats.
    • Work independently and understand and carryout verbal and written instructions.
    • Perform moderate to heavy physical labor for extended periods.
    • Respond promptly to call-backs.
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


    Working Conditions/Physical DemandsWork is performed indoors and outdoors, with exposures to inclement weather, dust, grease and noise; incumbent will have regular contact with staff and the public. The position may require prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, stooping, climbing, grasping, and repetitive hand movement and fine coordination. The incumbent should have normal manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; and corrected hearing and vision to normal range, and must be able to lift, push, and pull objects weighing up to 50 pounds without assistance and 70 pounds with assistance. The incumbent will be driving Department vehicles.


    Tools: Upon hire, must have personal hand tools suitable for the performance of duties.


    Required License:  Possession of a valid, appropriate State of California driver's license at the time of hire and, as a condition of employment, must acquire a California Class B Commercial license with all endorsements except HazMat within six (6) months of employment, and must maintain a safe driving record.


    Pre-Employment RequirementsAs a condition of employment, the candidate will be required to complete and pass a background check, Live Scan fingerprint, and medical examination.



    Interested applicants must apply for the position online by clicking on the "Apply for this job online" button.  If you have not previously done so, you will need to complete a user profile.  As part of the submittal, you are required to upload your resume where indicated.  In the area titled "Additional Documents," please provide your proof of education (copy of transcript or diploma).  The submission must be completed by the stated deadline.


    Submission deadline: Noon on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. Incomplete or late submittals will not be accepted or considered.



    Based upon a review of the applications, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the selection process. In cases where a high number of applications are received (as determined by the Department), the order in which the application was received may be used to determine eligibility to continue in the recruitment process. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The selection process will include a written examination and an oral board interview, tentatively scheduled for February 7, 2019, and February 27, 2019, respectively.


    For additional information regarding the position of Fire Mechanic I or the application and selection process outlined herein, please contact Debbie Kelleher, Management Analyst in Personnel Services at (408) 341-4460.


    The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice
    and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.


    The Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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