Under direction, performs skilled mechanical work involving the
maintenance, repair and servicing of various types of motor
vehicles and/or motorized construction equipment; does other
related work as required.
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:
Repairs engines and components, power trains, suspension
systems, and other mechanical units of such motor vehicles
as automobiles, vans, and/or such construction equipment as
trucks, buses, bulldozers, tractors, cranes, road graders, power
shovels, or similar equipment.
Obtains description of mechanical problems from driver of
vehicle and/or test drives the vehicle or uses testing equipment
such as motor analyzers, spark plug testers, or compression
gauges to locate and identify the problem.
Locates worn, dirty, or poorly adjusted parts through visual check
of vehicle or through the use of testing devices such as timing lights
and dwell meters or other diagnostic equipment.
Removes, cleans, or replaces defective parts such as spark plugs,
wheel cylinders, mufflers, tail pipes, or brake shoes.
Makes settings and adjustments such as setting distributors and
voltage regulators, points, gapping spark plugs, setting engine idle
and timing, and adjusting brakes.
Removes units such as engine, transmission, or differential using
wrenches and hoist.
Disassembles unit and inspect parts for wear using micrometers,
calipers, and thickness gauges.
Repairs or replaces parts such as pistons, rods, gears, valves,
and bearings using mechanic's hand tools.
Overhauls or replaces carburetors, blowers, generators,
distributors, starters, and pumps.
Rebuilds parts such as crankshafts and cylinder blocks using
lathes, shapers, drill presses, and welding equipment.
Rewires ignition system, lights, and instrument panel.
Relines and adjusts brakes, aligns front end, repairs or replaces
shock absorbers, and solders leaks in radiator.
Mends damaged body and fenders by hammering out or filling
in dents and welding broken parts.
Replaces and adjusts headlights and installs and repairs
accessories such as radios, heaters, mirrors, and windshield
Disassembles and rebuilds components by fitting and installing
needed parts such as rings, pistons, bearings, and gears.
Aligns, meshes, and connects repaired units to related mechanisms
and makes adjustments to assure proper operation of units.
Adjusts ignition timing and valves and adjusts or replaces spark
plugs and other parts to ensure efficient engine performance.
Installs air conditioners and service components such as
compressors and condensers.
Aligns and balances wheels and repairs steering and suspension
Adjusts brakes, replaces brake linings and pads, repairs hydraulic
cylinders, and makes other repairs to the brake system.
Cleans radiators, locates and solders leaks, and installs new
radiator cores in vehicles.
Overhauls and repairs electrical systems and components.
Replaces defective wiring and electrical units in vehicles such
as starters and generators.
Repairs and replaces gear trains, couplings, hydraulic pumps,
and other components of automatic transmission systems.
In making repairs, uses a variety of tools, equipment, and testing
devices such as pneumatic wrenches to remove bolts; lathes and
grinding machines to rebuild brakes and other parts; welding and
flame cutting equipment to repair exhaust systems; ammeters,
ohmmeters, and voltmeters to locate electrical system malfunction;
motor analyzers, spark plug testers, or compression gauges to
locate mechanical problems; wheel balancing equipment to
balance wheels; scientific testing equipment to help adjust and
locate malfunctions in fuel, ignition, and emission control systems;
and common hand tools such as screwdrivers, pliers, and wrenches
to work on small parts and get to hard to reach places.
Consults manufacturer or other manuals or charts to identify
replacement parts or ascertain specified dimensions and
tolerances of components.
Welds broken parts and structural members.
May direct workers engaged in cleaning parts and assisting with
assembly and disassembly of equipment.
Traces and locates defects and causes of mechanical problems
to determine type and extent of repairs.
Overhauls, rebuilds, repairs, and services diesel, gasoline, and
other types of combustion engines, automatic and non-automatic
transmissions, heavy duty drive line systems, hydraulic utility
systems, and controls.
Selects and makes repairs in accord with appropriate repair
specifications, manuals, and procedures.
Fits and installs parts such as pistons, valves, bearings, gears,
and cylinders to appropriate tolerances and makes appropriate
adjustments in accord with specifications and guidelines.
Connects, aligns, and adjusts mechanical components to assure
proper operation of the vehicle.
Repairs cross driver or similar multisystem transmissions.
Repairs large and powerful 12-cylinder engines with pistons
which directly power multiple hydraulic and pneumatic systems
and large multiple, interconnected engine systems.
Overhauls a variety of intricate fuel injection systems.
Overhauls and rebuilds transmissions such as those which
have braking, steering, and differential systems mechanically
integrated with the transmission.
Drives a vehicle such as a pickup truck, tow truck and so forth
to various locations to service disabled motor vehicles.
Examines and discusses with operator the nature of the
malfunctions, manipulates gears, examines battery, checks
fan belt, raises and lowers attachment on equipment, and
diagnoses problems and makes needed adjustments and
May provide guidance and instruction to those assigned as
Maintains essential records and files.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
and/or manual recording information systems used by the
agency, office or related unit.
Successful completion of one (1) year of training in automotive
technology at an accredited community college or vocational
Two (2) years of experience in the maintenance and repair of
various types of motor vehicles and/or construction equipment
such as bulldozers, tractors, cranes, road graders, power
shovels, or similar equipment.
NOTE: Applicants who do not possess the required year of
formal training may substitute one (1) additional year of
experience as outlined above.
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.
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid
in New Jersey.
Appointees may 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 will
be required to obtain and maintain a valid Air Conditioning and
Refrigeration Technician, commensurate with the type of equipment
serviced, issued by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency.
In accordance with N.J.A.C. 13:20-46.8, appointees responsible for
performing the emissions inspections on diesel-powered vehicles will
be 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(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
In accordance with N.J.A.C 13:20-45.16, appointees responsible for
performing emissions repairs to gasoline-fueled vehicles will be
required to successfully complete the Emissions Technical Educational
Program, and maintain a current certification as an Emissions Repairer
In accordance with N.J.A.C. 13:20-43.17, appointees responsible for
performing inspections to motor vehicles will be required to successfully
complete the training and maintain a current certification as a Motor
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 obtain an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification in
Appointees may also be required to obtain ASE certifications in
Engine Repair A-1 and Engine Performance A-8.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of where and how a variety of automotive systems,
components, accessories, and parts of systems such as wheel
cylinders, fuel lines, condensers, and mufflers are installed.
Knowledge of varied types of motors and equipment and their
Knowledge of procedures for diagnosing the reasons for motor
failure and the steps necessary to correct the condition.
Knowledge of makeup, operation, and installation procedures
for all components and systems of vehicles such as engines,
transmissions, front and rear-end assemblies, electrical, and
Knowledge of the mechanical makeup, operation, and working
relationships of a variety of heavy duty systems, assemblies, and
parts such as diesel, multifuel, and gasoline engines including
supercharged and turbocharged engines, automatic and
non-automatic transmissions, and gear reductions systems including
those with torque converters, planetary gears, and more than one
gear range, and driveline assemblies including differentials, power
dividers, and dual speed axles, hydraulic lifting, loading, turning,
and positioning systems including their mechanical, hydraulic, and
Ability to determine the mechanical defects which cause engines,
transmissions, hydraulic systems, and other major systems and their
components to fail to operate properly.
Ability to use a wide range of diagnostic and testing equipment including
electrical, electronic, light, and pressure types to determine cause of
mechanical problems such as engine analyzers dynamometers, exhaust
analyzers, vacuum and fuel pump testers, injector testers, ignition timers,
tachometers, ammeters, and ohmmeters.
Ability to use technical manuals, specifications, diagrams, schematics,
and similar guides to make repairs and modifications to equipment.
Ability to improvise, substitute, and alter parts to fit and mesh in
systems for which the parts were not designed or when technical
manuals, diagrams, schematics, or similar guides do not apply.
Ability to disassemble, rebuild, adjust, reassemble, reinstall, and
align various automotive components and assemblies.
Ability to manipulate small objects with the fingers such as bolts,
ignition wiring, points, plugs, and measuring instruments.
Ability to determine when parts should be cleaned and reinstalled
or removed and replaced with standard parts and the types and
extent of adjustment and alignment required.
Ability to make tune-up adjustments and settings such as setting
points and timing engines according to specifications.
Ability to obtain, store, record, safeguard, and properly use
equipment, materials, and supplies.
Ability to read diagrams, blue prints, and schematics.
Ability to use mechanic hand tools and small power tools such
as pliers, screw drivers, pneumatic wrenches, and drills.
Ability to use a variety of test equipment such as feeler gauges,
circuit testing, timing lights, dwell meters, dial gauges,
oscilloscopes, exhaust analyzers, and engine and chassis
Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
manual recording 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.