Automotive Mechanic

San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled or until 100 applicants
$5,933.66-$7,214.12 Monthly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


1361 N Carolan Ave. Burlingame, 94010


The City of Burlingame is accepting applications for the position of Automotive Mechanic


IMPORTANT NOTICE: You must attach a 10-year DMV Record (H6). Applications without this record will be considered INCOMPLETE and WILL NOT MOVE FORWARD IN THE PROCESS. If you need assistance attaching your DMV Record, please e-mail hr@burlingame.org


First review of applications is week of September 17, 2018.


The Public Works department is seeking a skilled mechanic with a proven track record to join the Vehicle & Equipment Maintenance division. Under the general supervision of the Fleet Manager, the Auto Mechanic is responsible for making minor and major mechanical repairs to automotive and other power-driven equipment; and to do related work as required.


Inspect, diagnose, locate mechanical difficulties on City automobiles and trucks, and on public works department construction equipment, such as tractors, rollers, backhoes, loaders and other automotive equipment used in street, sewer and water utility maintenance and construction; determine extent of necessary repairs; overhaul, repair, and adjust engines, transmissions, differentials and clutches; tune engines, replace ignition parts and clean and adjust carburetors; replace or repair faulty parts including wheel bearings, clutches, oil seals, shock absorbers, exhaust systems, steering mechanisms, and related parts and equipment; replace such components as generators, distributors, relays, lights and switches; perform welding in the repair of equipment; maintain work, time, and material records.


Ability to work cooperatively with others; stand for long periods of time while working on vehicles; bend, stoop, and crawl; work in confined spaces and off creeper; lift up to ninety (90) pounds; work with hazardous materials used in vehicular and industrial equipment repair such as used motor oil, gasoline, solvents, related brake parts, coolants, and transmission fluids; and sufficient vision, hearing, and stamina to perform the above job duties. 

Ideal Candidate


KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES/SKILLS: (The following are a representative sample of the skills necessary to perform the duties of the position.)

Knowledge of: The principles and operation of two and four cycles internal combustion gasoline and diesel engines; the maintenance and repair requirements of automobile, street construction and maintenance equipment; functions of automobile parts, garage supplies and tools; proper usage of oils, greases, and lubricating devices; tune-ups and testing instruments; electrical principles, hydraulic, brake and suspension system repair and maintenance; and operation of various types of shop equipment.

Ability to: Diagnose and troubleshoot electrical circuits, develop wiring circuits and build wiring harnesses for installation of new add-on safety equipment and accessories for in-service vehicles.  This includes installation of hard-wired laptops, computers and two-way radio installation in emergency and Public Works vehicles. Ability to diagnose and troubleshoot fuel systems, brakes (hydraulic air and ABS), differentials and hydraulic systems; remove, repair and replace major and minor engine component parts, perform tune-ups; perform arc and gas welding and fabricating of tools and equipment; use shop power and hand tools to perform vehicle repairs and adjustments; work safely and effectively under pressure during emergency situations.

Skills: Ability to safely and efficiently operate brake lathe, tire changer, wheel balance,  battery tester, air drills, electric drills, power and hand tools, arc welder, acetylene torch, and hydraulic lifts.  Ability to use a laptop and software to help diagnose vehicles.  



License: Possession of valid Class B California driver’s license or the ability to obtain this license within six months of hire.  M1 license is desirable but not mandatory. 

Education & Experience: Sufficient education and experience to perform the above duties safely and efficiently.  Typically, this may be obtained through one year of journeyman level experience in the maintenance and repair of automotive equipment, including some experience in heavy equipment.  Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification is desirable. 



  • Retirement: CalPERS 2.5% at 55 for Classic members and 2.0% at 62 for New members; Classic members contribute 1.5% of the City’s contribution to CalPERS retirement via payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis
  • Health Insurance: Choice of CalPERS Medical plans. City pays up to 92.5% of medical premium of most medical plans
  • Dental and Vision for employee and dependents
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance plan pays 60% of monthly salary ($3,500 max)
  • Term life insurance policy in the amount of $75,000
  • Vacation leave of 10 days for the first 4 years and increases with years of service
  • Fourteen paid holidays per year (includes 2 floating holidays)
  • Sick Leave:  12 days per year
  • Deferred Compensation: City contributes $45 per pay period matching contribution to a 457 plan
  • Section 125 Flex Benefit: Un-reimbursed Medical and Child Care
  • Transportation Incentive Program
  • Reduced fee for City Recreation fitness classes

Special Instructions


This recruitment is OPEN UNTIL FILLED and may close at any time or upon receipt of the first 100 applications, whichever occurs first. 

Interested candidates must submit a completed on-line employment application with responses to the supplemental questions and must attach a 10-year DMV driving record (H6) no more than 3 months old. 

Resumes are strongly encouraged, but a resume in lieu of a completed application will not be accepted.  Applications can be obtained on-line at https://www.calopps.org/city-of-burlingame.  Applications submitted without completed supplemental questions and/or without an attached 10-Year DMV Driving Record (H6) no more than 3 months old will be considered incomplete and disqualified from this recruitment process.  Faxes will not be accepted. The 10-Year DMV Driving Record (H6) is obtained by visiting a DMV location in person.




All applications will be reviewed for relevant education, experience, training and other job related qualifications.  Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee that a candidate will be invited to participate in the selection process. The most highly qualified candidates will be invited to  participate in a written exam.

The candidates who pass the written exam and who best match the needs of the City will be invited to an oral panel interview process (to be determined at a later date). An eligibility list for this position will be established from those who pass the oral panel interview with a score of 70% or higher.  The list will remain in effect for at least one year unless exhausted sooner.  

The department will invite the most highly qualified candidates from the eligibility list to a final department interview.  The Public Works Director will make the final appointment. 


Note: The City of Burlingame reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process.



Prior to appointment, candidates will be required to:  

  • pass a fingerprint check submitted to the Department of Justice
  • pass a background investigation, drug screen and physical examination
  • comply with The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and provide proof of identity and authorization to work in the United States at date of hire

This position has a 12 month probationary period from the date of hire.  Whereby, the selected candidate must receive a rating of no less than 'satisfactory' at the end of the probationary period to continue forward with employment.  During the 12 month probationary period, the selected candidate can be terminated with, or without cause.


The City of Burlingame is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or national origin in its employment actions, decisions, policies, and practices. The duties described in this job announcement are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  This job announcement does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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