Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Recruitment #17-9465-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Postmarks are not accepted.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Postmarks are not accepted. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

License: Possess and maintain a valid California Motor Vehicle Class C Driver’s License. Candidates must submit evidence from the DMV showing current status of their license at the time of application, and must have a clean driving record for the previous 18-month period. Please attach your DMV printout to your application via the "Resume" tab prior to submission. The DMV printout must be dated within the filing period of this recruitment (April 26, 2017 - May 22, 2017).

NOTE: Computer printouts will not be accepted. Failure to submit a current DMV printout will result in disqualification from this recruitment.





The mission of Public Works is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Alameda County by providing a safe, well-maintained, and lasting public works infrastructure through accessible, responsive and effective services.

Public services provided by the Alameda County Public Works Agency include flood and storm water pollution control, transportation planning and design, roadway and flood control maintenance and inspection, and construction and building inspections.

The goals of the Agency are to keep roads safe and well maintained, provide the highest level of flood protection, provide service levels that optimize infrastructure life cycles, minimize deferred maintenance, ensure that development and construction adhere to applicable State and County rules, optimize disaster preparedness, response and recover, ensure that the Agency’s operations and services minimize negative impacts on the environment, and sustain and advance County and Agency programs through a vital business and administrative support system.

For more information about the Alameda County Public Works Agency, please visit their website at www.acgov.org/pwa.



Under the general direction of the Public Works Fleet Supervisor, Heavy Equipment Mechanics inspect, service, maintain and repair passenger vehicles, gasoline and diesel-powered heavy equipment, trucks, and buses; and, perform related work as required.

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Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency certificate, such as the General Educational Development Certificate (State of California).

And Either I

The equivalent of two years of full-time experience in the class of Heavy Equipment Mechanic Helper in the Alameda County classified service.

Education and Training (one of the following):

1. Completion of a recognized apprenticeship in the Heavy Equipment/Truck repair trade, including but not limited to the programs offered by various union organizations such as the International Union of Operating Engineers, as well as by educational institutions and major heavy equipment and truck manufacturers. The program will include a minimum of 8,000 hours of classroom and on-the-job training. A certificate of completion is required.

2. Possession of an Associate of Arts Degree in Automotive, Diesel or Industrial Technology.


The equivalent of three years of full-time, paid, journey-level experience in the repair of heavy construction, farm, or similar equipment. (An additional two years of journey-level experience may be substituted for the education requirement.)

Welding and metal fabrication experience is highly desirable.

Licenses and Certifications:
• Possession of a valid State of California Class “A” Commercial Driver’s permit with no moving violations for the past eighteen (18) months.
• Acquisition and maintenance of a valid State of California Class “A” Commercial Driver’s license with all endorsements (except Hazardous Materials) within 120 days of employment.
• Candidate must submit evidence from DMV showing either their State of California Class “A” Commercial Driver’s permit, or the current status of their State of California Class “A” Commercial Driver’s License with all endorsements (except Hazardous Materials) at the time of application.
• Acquisition of an OSHA-recognized Forklift Operator Certificate within 180 days of employment.
• National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification is highly desirable, but not required.

Candidates must submit evidence from the DMV showing current status of their license at the time of application, and must have a clean driving record for the previous 18-month period.  Please attach your DMV printout to your application via the "Resume" tab prior to submission.  The DMV printout must be dated within the filing period of this recruitment (April 26, 2017 - May 22, 2017). 

NOTE: Computer printouts will not be accepted.  Failure to submit a current DMV printout will result in disqualification from this recruitment.

Special Requirements:
• Federal law and County policy requires that positions in the class of Heavy Equipment Mechanic are subject to post-offer/pre-placement/pre-duty, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, random, return-to-duty and follow-up drug and alcohol testing.
• Possession of a set of common automotive hand tools typically used in the maintenance and repair of automotive and heavy equipment. This will include, but not be limited to: screwdrivers, “Torx” drivers, hex keys, various types of pliers, wire cutter/stripper, standard and metric combination wrenches from 5/16” – 1-1/4” (8mm – 32mm), ¼”, 3/8” and ½” drive standard and metric socket sets, ½” drive standard and metric impact socket sets, pneumatic tools (such as impact wrenches and air ratchets), brake service tools, file set, air blow gun, inspection mirror, magnetic pickup tool, hacksaw, hammers, scrapers, picks, punches, chisels and pry bars. Incumbents will provide their own tool storage in the form of a lockable “roll-around” tool cabinet.

Working Conditions:
• Incumbents are subject to 24-hour call out and must actively participate in the program.
• Work is performed primarily indoors in a shop environment. Incumbents may occasionally be required to work outdoors, in all weather conditions.
• Work involves exposure to machinery and equipment, traffic hazards, fumes, dusts, grease, allergens, chemical irritants, toxic or caustic substances, high temperatures, hot surfaces, electrical hazards, unpleasant odors, and high noise levels.
• Incumbents may be required to work on uneven surfaces, to climb ladders, and work from heights. The work requires standing for long periods, walking, bending, stooping, squatting, lifting and pushing heavy objects, and working overhead.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.



The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:
• Methods, tools, equipment and materials commonly used in the maintenance and repair of heavy equipment, trucks and passenger vehicles.
• Safety and environmental practices and procedures used and observed in a heavy equipment repair facility.
• Hydraulic and compressed air brakes and controls, diesel and gasoline engines, transmissions, differentials, clutch assemblies, steering and suspension systems, ignition and electrical systems, hydraulic systems, fuel and cooling systems, air conditioning systems, and other components and systems found in modern vehicles and heavy equipment.
• Welding and metal fabrication methods and equipment.
• Automotive and heavy equipment nomenclature.

Ability to:
• Mentor and train Heavy Equipment Mechanic Helpers.
• Utilize the hand tools listed in the “Special Requirements” section above, as well as common power tools and specialty tools used in the maintenance and repair of automotive and heavy equipment. This will include, but not be limited to: impact wrenches, air ratchets, power drills, grinders and sanders, drill presses, tap and die sets, hydraulic and air brake service tools, torque wrenches, pullers, presses and bushing drivers.
• Operate shop equipment and machine tools such as pedestal grinders, power hacksaws, drill presses, brake lathes, battery and charging system testers, emission analyzers, welding equipment, and other common automotive shop equipment.
• Utilize personal computer (PC) systems.
• Utilize diagnostic tools and other equipment to quickly and accurately diagnose mechanical, electrical and electronic failures in vehicles and equipment. This will include, but not be limited to: battery testers, multi-meters, scan tools, and PC-based diagnostic applications.
• Maintain computerized and paper records, while providing concise written descriptions of work performed.
• Read and interpret service manuals and other technical information.
• Work effectively with others.
• Lift and carry weights of up to 45 pounds.
• Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include standing for extended periods of time and operating assigned equipment and vehicles.
• Communicate with others, and follow verbal and written directions.
• Make sound decisions.



1) A review of candidates' applications and supplemental questionnaires to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.

2) A performance test which will be qualifying.  Those candidates who score highest on the performance exam will move on to the next step in the examination process.

3) An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.


We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness, and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments many be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website, www.acgov.org/hrs.

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


Deadline for Filing:

Monday, May 22, 2017

Review of Applications for Minimum Qualifications:

by Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Performance Exam: 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Oral Examination*:

Thursday, July 6, 2017

*If designated as a combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, the oral interviews may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website, www.acgov.org/hrs


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall wellbeing.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Welfare Benefits

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Insurance
  • Dental – PPO & DHMO Insurance  
  • Vision
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage) 
  • County Allowance
  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Accident, Critical Illness & Hospital Indemnity
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plan – (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Group Auto/Home
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add @acgov.org and alamedacountyHR@acgov.org as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the 'My applications' button on the Current Job Openings page.

Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received, or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box alamedacountyHR@acgov.org are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the bulletin for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Iona Childers, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6463

Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer