Automotive & Equipment Mechanic (SEIU) (External)

November 5, 2023
Oakland, CA
Job Type


Ride BART to a satisfying career that lets you both: 1) make a difference to Bay Area residents, and 2) enjoy excellent pay, benefits and employment stability. BART is looking for people who like to be challenged, work in a fast paced environment, and have a passion for connecting riders to work, school and other places they need to go. BART offers a competitive salary, comprehensive health benefits, paid time off, and the CalPERS retirement program.


Maintenance & Engineering

Pay and Benefits

BART offers comprehensive compensation and benefits programs. Benefits include CalPERS pension; excellent medical (effective January 1, 2023 current employee cost $160.96 monthly for most plans), vision, and dental coverage; supplemental insurances; paid holidays and vacation; as well as two investment programs, one of which is entirely funded by BART. BART does not participate in Social Security. Complimentary BART passes for employee and qualifying dependents.

Pay Rate

SEIU Maintenance Worker III

Step 76 $39.48 per hour to Step 99 $51.61 per hour

Note: External candidates will start at Step 76.

Posted Date

November 3, 2023

Closing Date

December 1, 2023

Reports To

Manager of Automotive and Equipment Maintenance

Days Off


Who May Apply

All current BART employees and qualified individuals who are not yet BART employees.

Current Assignment

This announcement will be used to establish a pool of eligible candidates for vacancies that may occur within the next 12 months. The position is responsible for troubleshooting, repairing and maintainng a wide variety of automotive, heavy and other power operated equipment. This is a journey level classification, capable of the full range of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, diesel and related repair and maintenance. This classification is distinguished from other mechanical maintenance classes by the variety of equipment maintained and by work on both road and track vehicles, with the exception of revenue vehicles.

Essential Job Functions

Road tests, inspects, troubleshoots, repairs, maintains, outfits and modifies gasoline and diesel passenger vehicles, light, medium and heavy-duty equipment and vehicles, including fixed and high-rail and small motor operated equipment. Inspects and troubleshoots equipment, including the use of computerized diagnostics; discusses equipment operating problems with supervisors and users. Performs routine preventive maintenance, including lubrication, oil changes, filter changes and minor adjustments. Tunes, repairs and rebuilds gasoline and diesel with multiple cylinders, and prepares engines for job shop work. Adjusts, repairs, replaces and/or rebuilds carburetors, fuel injection systems and other fuel system components, including computer controls. Troubleshoots, adjusts, replaces components, and rewires ignitions, signals, lights, electrical controls, and related. Automotive and Equipment Mechanic Repairs and rebuilds hydraulic, and pneumatic powered accessories; repairs, services and adjusts transmissions, power take off apparatus, differentials, clutches, and related drive-train components. Adjusts, disassembles, and repairs or replaces conventional, hydraulic, vacuum assisted and pneumatic drum and disk braking systems, components, valves, lines and master cylinders. Repairs and replaces suspension and steering components; repairs flats and mounts and balances tires including split-rim wheels. Troubleshoots, adjusts, repairs, and replaces components in cooling and exhaust systems, including smog controls. Performs limited welding, cutting, and machining of parts; obtains parts for stock and requests ordering of special parts; provides fuel and supplies and performs on-site maintenance and repair to stationary or disabled equipment; completes records of work performed and parts and supplies used. Inputs daily work onto a computerized data base. Stays abreast of new automotive and equipment repair technology by attending seminars and/or update classes as needed

Minimum Qualifications


  • Possession of a high school diploma, GED or recognized equivalent.
  • Completion of an apprenticeship program in automotive or related equipment.


  • One (1) year of (full-time equivalent) verifiable journey level experience in automotive or equipment maintenance. Previous diesel, hydraulic and locomotive experience is desirable.

Other Requirements:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California Class A driver's license with hazardous materials and tank vehicle endorsements OR earn a California Class A driver's license with hazardous materials and tank vehicle endorsements during probation. Must also have a satisfactory driving record.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 100 pounds, maneuver heavier objects with assistance and climb, stoop and crawl to reach work, twist and bend.
  • May require color vision to distinguish parts and wiring.
  • Must be able to understand, read and communicate in English.
  • Must be able to wear respiratory protective equipment during the performance of assigned duties in accordance with the District Respirator Program and applicable Cal-OSHA requirements.
  • Must be able to work under various conditions including under a lift, over a hood, in a pit, and from a step ladder.

Knowledge of:

  • Methods, equipment, tools and materials used in the maintenance and repair of gasoline and diesel powered vehicles and equipment.
  • Operating principles of engine, drive-train, fuel, electrical, braking, suspension, steering, cooling, and exhaust systems.
  • Maintenance and repair of hydraulic and pneumatics.
  • Troubleshooting techniques.
  • Use, adjustment, and care of test equipment and hand and power tools common to the trade shop.
  • Arithmetic required in vehicle maintenance.
  • Safe working practices.
  • Basic computer use.

Skill in:

  • Troubleshooting and determining causes of automotive and equipment operating problems.
  • Servicing and lubricating a wide variety of vehicles and equipment; tuning up diesel, gasoline, and propane engines of various sizes.
  • Servicing, adjusting and repairing transmissions, differentials, and power take-off apparatus.
  • Servicing, adjusting and repairing hydraulic and pneumatic apparatus.
  • Operating hand and power tools safely; understanding and following written and oral instructions.
  • Reading and interpreting service complaints, repair manuals, diagrams and parts documents.
  • Keeping simple written records.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

Selection Process

This is is a SEIU Local 1021 Bargaining unit position. However, All SEIU members must follow the "Bid Form Process", failure to comply will invalidate an employee's application.

The Employment Office will screen bids/applications/resumes against the minimum qualifications. Those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be referred to the hiring department for further consideration. The selection process may involve a skills/performance test, written exam, and/or a panel interview. Outside applicants will not be considered until all employees who have applied have been considered first.

All applicants are asked to complete the application and/or Bid Form in full, indicating dates of employment, all positions held, hours worked, and a full description of duties. On line applicants are invited to electronically attach a resume to the application form to provide supplemental information, but should not consider the resume a substitute for the Bid or application form.

Application Process

External applicants may only apply online, at Applicants needing assistance with the online application process may receive additional information by email at .

All applicants are asked to complete the application in full, indicating dates of employment, all positions held, hours worked, and a full description of duties. On line applicants are invited to electronically attach a resume to the application form to provide supplemental information, but should not consider the resume a substitute for the application form itself.

Applications must be complete by the closing date and time listed on the job announcement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 and above), religion, national origin (including language use restrictions), disability (mental and physical, including HIV and AIDS), ancestry, marital status, military status, veteran status, medical condition (cancer/genetic characteristics and information), or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

The BART Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities or for religious reasons. Please advise the Human Resources Department of any special needs in advance of the examination by emailing at least 5 days before your examination date at .

Qualified veterans may be eligible to obtain additional veteran's credit in the selection process for this recruitment (effective Jan. 1, 2013). To obtain the credit, veterans must attach to the application a DD214 discharge document or proof of disability and complete/submit the Veteran's Preference Application no later than the closing date of the posting. For more information about this credit please go to the Veteran's Preference Policy and Application link at

Other Information

The successful candidate must have an employment history demonstrating reliability and dependability; provide copies of certificates, diplomas or other documents as required by law, including those establishing his/her right to work in the U. S.; pass a pre-employment medical examination which includes a drug and alcohol screen, and which is specific to the essential job functions and requirements. Pre-employment processing may also includes a background check.


When you have successfully applied for this position you will receive an auto reply e-mail acknowledging that your application was received for this position. Please retain a copy of the e-mail for your records. If you receive an auto reply that does not specifically reference this position, please email Employment Help at for assistance.

To verify submission of your application, click on the 'My Career Tools' link at the top of the 'Careers Home Page' after submitting your application to view the list of applications you have submitted (including application date and status). If you have further questions, please email the Employment Help at , between the hours of 8:15am - 5:00pm, Monday- Friday.

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