Union City

Vehicle/Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic (19906476)

East Bay
Until filled
$5,116.00-$6,116.00 Monthly

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


34009 Alvarado-Niles Road Union City, 94587



Under the supervision of the Fleet Supervisor, the Vehicle/Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic performs a wide variety of preventative and periodic maintenance on City owned vehicles and equipment.



This is a journey-level position where the incumbent is expected to provide customer service to City departments operating vehicles and equipment. Incumbent must be able to work independently and/or as a member of a team on various projects as assigned.


This position is represented by SEIU Local 1021.

Ideal Candidate


  • Performs full range of preventative and periodic maintenance and repair, modification and installation services to City fleet;
  • Completes service orders on assigned vehicles and equipment by performing preventative maintenance, repair and overhaul of gasoline, diesel, alternative fuel, hybrid and electric automobiles, light and medium duty trucks and related equipment that includes but is not limited to emergency generators, small construction  equipment,  bituminous machine, trailers, arrow board trailers, message board trailers, gas, diesel, and electric driven carts, landscape trucks, paints prayer trucks and pressure washer trailers;
  • Operates a wide variety of automotive related tools and equipment, such as: electronic engine analyzer and other diagnostic equipment, automotive electrical testing and charging devices; grinding, cutting and welding apparatus; metal fabricating tools; alternative fuel vehicle tools and testers; taps and dies; presses and pullers; air conditioning equipment; and other shop related tools;
  • Welds and fabricates as needed for repair or construction; repairs and maintains hydraulic systems; diagnoses and repairs electrical systems;
  • Repairs light and heavy-duty brake systems; maintains emission control systems; repairs and installs tires; maintains shop and facility equipment;
  • Performs transfers of special gear from old to new units, usually requiring modification to fit properly;
  • Submits daily work orders and logs, keeps records; enters work order information and makes reports as required. Monitors fuel deliveries, cleans shop and shop tools; orders and stores parts needed for inventory.
  • Performs preventative and periodic maintenance and repair of the Compressed Natural Gas, gasoline and diesel fueling stations, fuel and service emergency generators.
  • Obtains and maintains professional certifications when needed.
  • Performs daily work tasks in a safe manner according to current professionally accepted safety practices.
  • Participates in City safety and environmental committees, as assigned;
  • Perform other duties as required


Knowledge Of:

  • Principles and operation of internal combustion gasoline, diesel, CNG, and alternative fuel engines and hybrid powertrains;
  • Maintenance, repair, and overhaul requirements of light and medium duty trucks, automobiles, small construction equipment and other equipment that includes but is not limited to emergency generators, bituminous machine, trailers, arrow board trailers, message board trailers, landscape trucks, paint sprayer trucks, gas, diesel, and electric driven carts;
  • The uses of oils, greases and lubricating devices;
  • The methods used to tune-up automotive vehicles;
  • The use of testing equipment such as an electronic engine analyzer, voltmeter, exhaust emission analyzer, and oscilloscope
  • Maintenance and repair of hydraulic systems, air systems, cooling systems, automatic and standard transmissions and clutches;
  • Automotive electronic principles and operations including schematic concepts;
  • Preventative maintenance inspection methods;
  • Garage safety procedures;
  • The method of operation and use of a variety of automotive vehicles and equipment, including gas and electric welding equipment;
  • The assembly and operation of auxiliary equipment typically found in vehicles, trucks and construction equipment;
  • The vehicle code pertaining to lighting systems, emission control systems, and brake systems;
  • The methods used in metal fabrication; safe work practices and use of required safety equipment.

Ability To:

  • Diagnose defects in and perform repairs on a wide variety of automotive and construction equipment; ability to weld and fabricate;
  • Operate motor vehicles and motorized equipment;
  • Use and care for related tools and equipment;
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions;
  • Prepare job reports;
  • Operate and use a computer;
  • Work effectively as part of a group or team;
  • Deal tactfully and effectively with the public, vendors and fellow employees;
  • Providing excellent customer service to internal and external customers;
  • Effectively communicate with others in all settings.

Licenses and Certificates:

Possession and maintenance of a valid Class C California Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record. A California Commercial Driver’s License is preferred.


Education and Experience:

A sufficient combination of work experience, training and/or education which demonstrates possession of and competency in requisite knowledge, skills and abilities such as:

High school diploma, GED, or equivalent and two (2) years of experience as a vehicle/heavy duty mechanic.



Application should be completed on-line via the CalOpps website. Resumes may be attached to your CalOpps application.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Late application materials will not be accepted.

Application materials will be reviewed and screened using the qualifications criteria outlined in this posting. Only those individuals whose applications clearly demonstrate they most closely meet the needs of this position will be invited to continue in the process, which may include an oral board panel interview, written exam, physical exam and other assessment components.

Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate further in the selection process. Candidates deemed to be most qualified during the exam processes will have their names placed on an employment eligibility list, which will be used for placement consideration. The eligibility list will remain in effect for one year from the date established, and may be used if additional vacancies occur.



The City of Union City is an equal opportunity employer. The City of Union City will comply with its obligations under the law to provide equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Positions in this class typically require: sitting, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.

Medium Work: Exerting 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Incumbents generally work in an enclosed work space with adequate light and temperature. There may be occasional exposure to fumes, noxious odors, dust, mist, gases, poor ventilation, underground/confined/restricted working environment and exposure to loud noise. 

Travel: Positions in this class may require local and statewide travel as necessary.



Union City will make reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities. If you believe you have any physical limitation(s) that would require accommodations, contact the Human Resources Department, at least 3 days prior to testing, so that the necessary accommodations may be made. The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract or offer.

This job announcement reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.

Authorization to Work

Before an appointment can be made to the position, the person selected must pass a background check, physical exam and reference checks to be considered for employment and must provide proof of identity and authorization to work in the United States, in accordance with Federal Law.

Please note that this announcement does not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revised without notice.


* Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.  Once a sufficient number of qualified applications are received the recruitment may close without notice. *


Retirement: CalPERS enrollment in either 2% @ 60 (Classic Employees) or the new 2% @ 62 (New Employees) formula is dependent on the individual’s eligibility, as per AB 340. The employee will be responsible for 8.5% towards CalPERS retirement costs. There are no Social Security deductions (except 1.45% Medicare).

Life Insurance: Premium is paid by the City. Life insurance and AD&D is equal to $100,000 each. Short-term disability insurance premium shared by the City and employee. Additional voluntary supplemental life insurance is available.

Medical/Dental: The City provides $2,000/month to purchase medical, dental and vision benefits.

Leaves: 8 hours of sick leave/month with no limit on accumulation; 80 hours of vacation per year for the first three years of service; 10 paid holidays/year plus 2 floating holidays (18 hrs.).

Other: Educational Reimbursement for approved coursework; 9/80 work schedule, with alternate Fridays off. Deferred Compensation Plan available.

Special Instructions

Only online applications through CalOpps will be accepted.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

All attachments must be in PDF format.

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