Automotive Mechanic Trainee

May 4, 2023
Minneapolis, MN
Job Type


Position Description
As the largest and most vibrant city in the state, Minneapolis depends on purposeful, dedicated and innovative employees. Minneapolis has a large variety of careers for people of all experiences and backgrounds who come together for a singular purpose-serving the residents, businesses and visitors of Minneapolis.

Those hired divide their time between formal schooling where they are successfully completing the coursework requirements to earn an auto technician designation from an approved partner program (maintain a 2.5 Grade Point Average), and closely supervised work performance in the Public Works' vehicle maintenance facilities as a way to develop well-rounded skills necessary to become an Automotive Mechanic with the City of Minneapolis.

***The individual hired into this position will be required to sign a contract that states they will complete their schooling and then work for the City for three (3) years after finishing school. The City will cover the cost of schooling.

RESUME: You must submit a resume and cover letter online telling us why you are interested in this opportunity and why you would be a good candidate for the program along with your official City application. Without it, your application will be deemed as incomplete and will not be submitted for further consideration.

Work Location - This position currently works on-site only.

Job Duties and Responsibilities
Attend school and work for the Employer for up to 40 hours per week at a level that meets or exceeds expectations:
1. Regularly attend classes as scheduled by the school and the trainee supervisor.
2. Maintain a full-time course load as established by the educational institution.
3. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.
4. Comply with all Employer's rules, policies and procedures.
5. Assist with performing routine vehicle and truck maintenance activities as assigned
and under the direction and supervision of the Foreman and/or an Automotive
Mechanic. Within the scope of current and active training curriculum, duties may

  • Assist with checking and changing engine fluids and filters
  • Assist with performing basic diagnostic activities
  • Perform preventive maintenance activities such as checking belts and fluid levels.
  • Assist Automotive Mechanics as requested.
  • Assist with the inventory and securing of City-owned tools and equipment.

6. Assist shop repair personnel as directed and needed with inventorying parts on
7. Check, change and repair tires on vehicles and trucks
8. Wash and clean vehicles as needed.
9. Maintain, repair, and clean shop equipment
10. Apply the learning principles taught in the City-sponsored automotive mechanic
trainee education program
Required Qualifications
Minimum Education
High School Graduation or GED; and must maintain satisfactory progress toward graduation from a pre-selected partner automotive technician trade program within specified time limits for continuing employment

Minimum Experience

Must possess and continue to maintain a valid Class D Driver's License at time of Hire and Must obtain a Class B with air brake endorsement within 1 year of hire. The City will provide training and assistance as needed to obtain a CDL.

Selection Process
The selection process will consist of one or more of the following steps: a rating of relevant education and experience and/or an oral examination (100%). It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. This information will be used to determine which candidates will proceed in the selection process. A submitted application is also used to verify the answers to any supplemental questions. Only those candidates who attain a passing score (70%) on each step in the selection process will be placed on the eligible list. The City of Minneapolis Human Resources Department reserves the right to limit the number in any phase of the selection process.

Background Check
The City has determined that a criminal background check and/or qualifications check may be necessary for certain positions with this job title. Applicants may be required to sign an informed consent form allowing the City to obtain their criminal history and/or verify their qualifications in connection with the position sought. Applicants who do not sign the informed consent form will not be further considered for the position.

Drug and Alcohol Testing
All job applicants must pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test once a conditional offer of employment has been made. Applicants will be required to sign a notification and consent form prior to undergoing drug and alcohol testing. Applicants who do not consent to undergo drug and alcohol testing will not be required to do so and the City will withdraw the conditional job offer, resulting in the job applicant no longer being considered for the position.

Medical Exam
After a conditional job offer, candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment medical exam prior to employment. Applicants who do not consent to undergo any part of the medical exam will not be required to do so and the City will withdraw the conditional job offer resulting in the job applicant no longer being considered for the position.

Union Representation
This position is represented by a collective bargaining agreement between the City of Minneapolis and the Construction Equipment Operators and Mechanics Unit, IUOE Local #49. For more information on the terms and conditions of this agreement please visit:

Eligible List Statement
The names of applicants who meet minimum qualification and who pass the screening process shall be placed on the eligible list for employment consideration. This list will be certified to the hiring manager who may use the list to fill a vacancy of the same job title. This eligible list will expire six months after it has been established.

Interview Selection
The hiring authority reserves the right to determine the maximum number of candidates to interview from the established eligible list. If the hiring authority decides to interview other than by exam score order, they may select additional people to interview based on a candidate's education or experience related to the field, work history, or skills uniquely related to the operational needs of the position.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Continued employment is contingent upon satisfactory progress toward graduation from a pre-selected automotive technician trade program within specified time limits.Improving knowledge of vehicle engine repair, which includes diesel, heavy-duty vehicles and/or construction equipment.Improving knowledge of the tools, methods and techniques applicable to the repair and maintenance of automotive, small engine and heavy equipment (garbage and dump trucks, loaders, etc)Working knowledge of computers, ability to use the internet to research vehicle information.Verbal and written communication skills using the English language.Knowledge of the occupational hazards of the work and necessary safety precautions.Physical ability to lift heavy objects.

Benefits Summary
Our employees enjoy competitive salaries and generous benefits. We pride ourselves on a comprehensive benefits program that supports employees' health and financial well-being.
Programs, resources, and benefit eligibility varies based on position, average hours worked, location and length of service. For detailed benefits information, pleasevisit the benefits page .

New 12 weeks of paid Parental Leave.
City employees are eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave in the event of a birth or placement for adoption of a child.

Health insurance
Eligibility for benefits begins the first of the month following employment date. The City of Minneapolis offers eligible employees one plan design with a choice of six provider networks, allowing you to select the best option for you. Available plans include Medica Choice Passport, Medica Elect, VantagePlus with Medica, Park Nicollet First with Medica, Ridgeview Community Network powered by Medica, and Clear Value with Medica.

Dental insurance
The City of Minneapolis offers dental insurance through Delta Dental of Minnesota and pays 100% of the monthly premium for eligible employees.

Paid time off
Our generous leave package includes vacation, holidays and paid sick leave, which gives employees the opportunity to enhance their quality of life outside work. Amounts and accrual rates are based on years of experience and collective bargaining agreements .

City employees earn a pension and may choose to participate in additional retirement savings programs.

  • Pension: The City of Minneapolis participates in the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA). Employees and the City both contribute a percentage of your pay to fund future benefits.
  • Deferred compensation : Employees may choose to participate in pre-tax or after-tax savings plans through the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS).

Eligible City employees may choose to participate in the following transportation programs:

  • Metropass: The Metropass program allows eligible employees to enroll in a pass for unlimited bus or light rail rides at a discounted price.
  • Parking or Van Pool: The City of Minneapolis Transportation Benefits Plan gives you options to pay certain commuting costs--such as qualified parking and van pool expenses--with pre-tax dollars

Learning and development
To engage and develop employees, the City of Minneapolis offers classes in leadership, cultural agility, change management and more. Additionally, educational discounts at Augsburg University, Hamline University and St. Mary's University of Minnesota are available to City employees.

Other perks
Employees can also take advantage of optional life insurance, flexible spending accounts, the Employee Assistance Program , technology discounts and more.

Closing Date/Time: 5/31/2023 11:59 PM Central

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