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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3312 - Automotive Mechanic

Job Description

FLSA STATUS: Non-exempt
UNION: Local 150

Under general supervision; performs work of moderate difficulty in the repair and maintenance of various types of automotive equipment and vehicles; performs related work as required.

Employees in this class perform increasingly responsible levels of repair work on County vehicles. Routine repairs are performed without supervision; unusual problems are referred to a higher level supervisor. Supervision is received from the Vehicle Maintenance Crew Leader or Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Performs preventive maintenance checks and repairs on County vehicles (e.g. road tests vehicles for proper operating levels, diagnoses drivability, emission systems, etc)
• Performs removal and repair of engines, cylinder heads, and differentials
• Repairs steering and suspension components, and wheel alignments
• Responds to roadway service calls (e.g. equipment repairs, vehicle break downs, etc.)
• Replaces and repairs faulty parts (e.g. machines rotors, brake jobs, front-end alignments, balances tires, etc.)
• Changes oil and filters, and greases vehicles
• Inspects the condition of shock absorbers, drive trains, cooling and electrical systems and other related systems, for optimum operating efficiency
• Cleans and maintains the workshop (e.g. sweeps, minor shop repairs, etc.)
• Picks up parts (e.g. vehicle parts, supplies, etc.)
• Completes a variety of logs, documents, and/or simple reports regarding quantity of materials handled, equipment operations, miles driven, fuel and oil used, and/or other related information
• Inspects and diagnoses mechanical difficulties in County owned automobiles, light trucks and other equipment
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within the job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Engines, drive trains, cooling and electrical systems, and HVAC systems on a variety of vehicles
• General repair and preventive maintenance techniques
• Vehicle diagnostic scanning tools used to repair work
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• A mechanical trade
• Using hand and power tools in all phases of automotive repair and maintenance
• Locating and adjusting defects in vehicles
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Effectively utilize diagnostic scanning tools and diagnose defects
• Perform work in a safe and timely manner
• Manipulate tools in areas of limited space, such as screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches or other similar tools
• Read, understand, and apply information from charts, graphs and manuals
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent; the completion of one (1) high school level automotive maintenance course, and three (3) years of experience in the repair and maintenance of automobiles and light trucks; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Medium work: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to operate tools and equipment, crouch or stoop, and lift and carry up to 50 lbs.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment for this position regularly includes working near moving mechanical parts, with hazardous materials, with fumes or airborne particles, in cramped or confined spaces, and occasionally in extreme outside weather conditions.

Must possess and maintain in good standing a valid Illinois driver's license.