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Job Specification

 MECHANIC FIRE APPARATUS

 DEFINITION

 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 
 other apparatus.

 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.

 REQUIREMENTS
 
 TRAINING

 Successful completion of one (1) year of training in automotive 
 technology at an accredited community college or vocational school.

 EXPERIENCE

 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.

 LICENSE

 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 
 Protection Agency.

 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
 Inspector.

 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
 conditions.

 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:
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02441LC N/A15-

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.

4/27/2009