MECHANIC FIRE APPARATUS
Under direction, performs a variety of mechanical tasks involved
in installation, maintenance, and repair of varied types of fire
apparatus and equipment both diesel and gasoline operated;
does other related work.
NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not
perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely,
all duties performed on the job may not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK
Maintains fire department vehicles by lubricating, changing oil
and oil filters, recharging batteries, performing tune-ups, and
other minor repairs.
Performs mechanical repairs to fire apparatus, fire pumps,
hydraulic controls, and/or other machinery and equipment
both diesel and gasoline operated.
Makes final adjustments and minor repairs including setting
governors, checking ignition, adjusting brakes, checking wheel
alignments, and setting timing, adjusting valves and spark plugs,
and testing the differential and transmission to ensure proper
adjustments and sufficient lubricant.
Checks and makes minor repairs to air packs and tanks, hand
lights, fire extinguishers, and hand radios.
Checks and maintains in operating condition portable generators
and pumps by changing oil, repacking pumps, refueling, and
making minor repairs.
Provides recommendations for major vehicle repairs.
Checks and makes minor repairs to municipal emergency
generators by recharging batteries, changing oil and oil filters,
and other minor repairs.
Conducts road tests and other tests after the work has been
completed to ensure proper performance of the vehicles and
Maintains equipment, materials, and supplies.
Keeps records and files.
When not engaged in the performance of mechanical tasks,
may perform a variety of custodial and maintenance duties
to keep the fire house clean and in order.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
and/or manual recording and computerized information
systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
Successful completion of one (1) year of training in automotive
technology at an accredited community college or vocational school.
Two (2) years of experience in the maintenance and repair of
diesel engines and hydraulic systems.
NOTE: Applicants who do no possess the required year of
formal training may substitute one (1) additional year of experience
as outlined above
NOTE: Possession of a certificate as an automotive mechanic
issued by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
may be substituted for one (1) year of formal training as indicated above.
Appointees must possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey.
Appointees may also be required to possess a valid Commercial
Driver's License (CDL) and applicable endorsements for the class
and type of vehicle being operated.
NOTE: The responsibility for ensuring that employees possess
the required motor vehicle license, commensurate with the class
and type of vehicles they operate, rests with the Appointing Authority.
In accordance with Federal regulation 82:40, appointees responsible
for the repair or servicing of motor vehicle air conditioners are
required to possess and maintain a valid certification as an Air
Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician, commensurate with the
type of equipment serviced, issued by the Federal Environmental
In accordance with NJSA 13:20-47.15, appointees responsible for
performing the emissions inspections on diesel-powered vehicles
are to successfully complete a course of instruction on Diesel
Emission Inspection provided through the Appointing Authority.
Appointees may be required to successfully complete re-training.
In accordance with the New Jersey Occupational Safety and Health
Administration regulation 20 CFR 1910.178(l) (1), appointees
responsible for the operation of industrial trucks (powered forklifts)
will be required to obtain and maintain a current certification as a
Powered Industrial Truck Operator issued by the New Jersey
Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Appointees may
be required to successfully complete re-training.
In accordance with NJSA 13:20-45.16, appointees responsible
for performing emissions repairs to gasoline-fueled vehicles are
required to possess and maintain a valid certification as an
Emissions Repair Technician.
In accordance with NJSA 13:20-43.17, appointees responsible
for performing inspections to motor vehicles are required to
possess and maintain a valid certification as a Motor Vehicle
Appointees responsible for repairing or servicing motor vehicles
equipped for alternate fuel will be required to successfully complete
training and obtain an Alternate Fuel Certification. Appointees who
possess an ASE Certification in Alternate Fuel are considered to
have met this requirement.
Appointees responsible for repair and servicing of suspension/steering
systems are required to possess and maintain an Automobile Service
Excellence (ASE) Certification in Suspension and Steering.
Appointees responsible for repair and servicing of brakes are
required to possess and maintain a valid Automotive Service
Excellence (ASE) Certification in Brake Repairs.
Appointees may also be required to obtain ASE certifications
in Engine Repair A-1 and Engine Performance A-8.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of the various types of diesel and gasoline motors
and their operation.
Knowledge of the standard tools, materials, methods, and practices.
Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions
involved in performing general mechanical repair and maintenance
work to fire vehicles and other apparatus.
Ability to diagnose reasons for motor, hydraulic control, and fire
pump failure and determine the steps necessary to correct the
Ability to analyze mechanical problems, organize assigned work,
and develops effective work procedures.
Ability to perform mechanical repairs to fire apparatus, fire pumps,
hydraulic controls, and other machinery and equipment both diesel
and gasoline operated.
Ability to take safety precautions in performing the work.
Ability to obtain, store, safeguard, distribute, and properly use
equipment, materials, and supplies.
Ability to maintain records.
Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
manual recording and information systems used by the
agency, office, or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in
English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered
as acceptable forms of communication.
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long
as they can perform essential functions of the job with or without
reasonable accommodation. If the accommodation cannot be
made because it would cause the employer undue hardship,
such persons may not be eligible.
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.