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Job Specification 43730

 MECHANIC TRAINEE
 
 DEFINITION:

 Under close supervision of a supervisory official in a state
 department or agency, receives on-the-job training in automotive
 mechanics; does other related duties.

 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:

 Receives on-the-job training in the installation, maintenance,
 and repair of gas and diesel motors, fuel systems, exhaust
 systems, cooling systems, electrical systems, oiling systems,
 transmissions and clutches, brakes, rear axles, drive shafts,
 front suspensions, steering systems, springs, cabs and
 instruments.

 Prepares reports on materials used and work completed.

 Maintains records and files.

 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.

 NOTE:  Applicants who do not possess the required year 
 of formal training may substitute one (1) year of experience as 
 a mechanic in the repair and installation of motors and the
 maintenance and repair of motorized vehicles and equipment.

 NOTE:  An Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification
 in one of the following specialties from the National Institute
 for Automotive Service Excellence may be substituted for the
 formal training: A-1 Engine Repair, A-6 Electrical/Electronic
 Systems, A-8 Engine Performance.

 In the Department of Law and Public Safety, an Automotive
 Service Excellence (ASE) Certification in Automobile Advanced
 Engine Performance and Diagnosis may be substituted for the
 formal training.

 LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS

 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 endorsement for the 
 class and type of vehicle being operated.

 NOTE:  Appointees in the Department of Transportation will 
 be required to obtain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and
 applicable endorsement(s) within six (6) months of appointment.
 The inability of a Department of Transportation employee to
 attain a CDL and necessary endorsements within six (6) months
 of hire shall constitute grounds for removal.

 The responsibility for ensuring that employees possess the
 required motor vehicle license, commensurate with the class and
 type of vehicles operated, 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 
 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician Certification,
 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 emissions inspections on diesel-powered vehicles
 are required 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 29 CFR 1910.178(1) (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 successfully complete the Emissions Technician
 Educational Program, and are required to possess and maintain
 a current certification as an Emissions Repairer Technician.

 In accordance with NJSA 13:20-43.17, appointees responsible
 for performing emissions inspections to motor vehicles are
 required to possess and maintain a current certification as a 
 Motor Vehicle Emissions Inspector.

 Appointees responsible for repairing or servicing motor
 vehicles equipped for alternate fuel are required to
 successfully complete training and maintain a valid
 Alternate Fuel Certification.  Appointees who possess 
 an ASE Certification Alternate Fuel are considered to 
 have met this requirement.

 Appointees at the Departments of Treasury and Law and Public
 Safety are required to successfully complete factory training in
 computerized electronics, factory diagnostics and testing
 equipment, provided through the Appointing Authority by the
 manufacturer.

 Appointees at the Department of the Treasury are required to
 possess and maintain an 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.

 Affected appointees are required to maintain valid
 certifications, and successfully complete the re-certification
 processes within the timeframes mandated by statute.

 KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

 Knowledge of the various types of motors and their operation.

 Knowledge of the basic reasons for motor failure.

 Knowledge of the use, care and maintenance of automotive 
 tools and equipment.

 Ability to perform automotive mechanical work.

 Ability to perform basic mathematic calculations.

 Ability to apply automotive mechanic techniques learned 
 in an inservice training program.

 Ability to read and interpret shop repair and parts manuals.

 Ability to learn from instruction and demonstrations.

 Ability to prepare reports on time spent, materials used, 
 and work completed.

 Ability to maintain records and files.

 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.

 ADVANCEMENT

 Applicants who are appointed to positions as Mechanic Trainee
 must complete a two-(2) year formal training program in
 automotive mechanics, which includes two (2) years of on-the-job
 training, and the formal vocational training necessary to obtain
 the required certifications.

 Failure to obtain the required certifications during the training
 period will result in separation from state service.

CODES: 11/012-43730             MER      01/17/09