Automotive Technician – General

October 31, 2023
Birmingham, AL
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Work involves the performance of journeyman-level tasks in the mechanical repair and maintenance of automobiles and light trucks and other standard and specialized gasoline and diesel-powered equipment. Work also involves giving guidance and assistance to less experienced employees working in the same unit. An employee in this position plans and carries out successive steps and resolves problems and deviations in accordance with instructions, policies, and accepted practice. Assignments are received orally or through work orders; the employee works under a supervisor and uses independent judgment as to the method of repair. Work is reviewed for technical conformance and consistency with practice and policy and the work is checked by the supervisor while in progress, upon completion, through reports or results obtained.


  • Performs preventive maintenance and tune-ups on rolling stock such as cars and light trucks, heavy trucks (street sweeper, bucket truck, etc.), and/or heavy equipment (bulldozer, backhoe, etc.).
  • Inspects equipment/rolling stock and reads reference materials to guide maintenance and repairs.
  • Inspects, maintains, repairs, and/or replaces tires on vehicles and equipment (e.g. lawnmowers, tractors, cars, light trucks, heavy trucks, bulldozers, loaders, etc.).
  • Performs repairs on cars and light trucks, heavy trucks (street sweeper, bucket truck, etc.), and/or heavy equipment (bulldozer, backhoe, etc.).
  • Performs maintenance and repairs on law enforcement, fire department, and other emergency equipment.
  • Performs maintenance and repairs on small air-cooled engines such as lawn mowers, weed eaters, chain saws, motorcycles, generators.
  • Performs maintenance and repairs on hydraulic systems (e.g. braking systems, lifts, backhoes, loaders, etc.).
  • Performs minor bodywork on rolling stock as needed.
  • Fabricates parts for equipment and/or rolling stock.
  • Maintains building, equipment, records, and/or inventory.



The following Minimum Qualifications are required for this job. You must demonstrate possession of these qualifications by providing a detailed description of your related experience in the work history section of your application. Please note that replicating or restating these minimum qualifications or the information from the Personnel Board's job description as your own work experience will result in your disqualification. Please describe your work experience in your own words to represent the work you have performed that is related to the minimum qualifications for this job.

  • Driver's license.
  • Completed coursework/certification program OR gained work experience in the following areas:
  • Diagnosing problems with gasoline or diesel engines using manual tools and gauges.
  • Diagnosing problems with gasoline or diesel engines using scan tools or a computer.
  • Diagnosing and repairing brake systems.
  • Diagnosing front and/or rear suspension problems (e.g. inside tire wear, trailer arms, tie rod, upper and lower control arms or differentials, etc.).



  • Adaptability & Flexibility.
  • Computer & Technology Operations.
  • Heavy Equipment & Vehicle Use.
  • Learning & Memory.
  • Oral Communication& Comprehension.
  • Physical Abilities.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making.
  • Professionalism & Integrity.
  • Psychomotor Abilities.
  • Reviewing, Inspecting & Auditing.
  • Self-Management & Initiative.
  • Sensory Abilities.
  • Small Tool & Equipment Use.
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal.
  • Technical & Job-Specific Knowledge.
  • Technical Skills.
  • Written Communication & Comprehension.


  • Knowledge of the methods involved in the repair of cars and light trucks.
  • Knowledge of the methods involved in the repair of large vehicles and heavy equipment.
  • Knowledge of basic preventive maintenance (e.g., check fuels, fluids, oil levels) for cars and light trucks.
  • Knowledge of hand tools, including their designs and uses.
  • Knowledge of power tools, including their designs and uses.
  • Knowledge of current issues within the industry that one works. Makes efforts to stay abreast of changes that occur within the industry.
  • Knowledge of departmental rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures regarding hazardous materials (Hazmat).
  • Knowledge of preventative maintenance practices and measures for small equipment and tools.
  • Knowledge of safety procedures when working in and around traffic.
  • Knowledge of procedures and equipment (e.g., various jacks, hydraulic vehicle lifts, light cranes) used to safely elevate vehicles or equipment for repairs.
  • Knowledge of diagnostic equipment and its use for identifying malfunctions in internal combustion engines (e.g., diagnostic code scanner, fuel system test kit, power probe, diagnostic computer).
  • Knowledge of operation and repair procedures for heavy trucks (i.e., those that require a CDL to operate).
  • Knowledge of operation and repair procedures for hydraulic systems.

Work is performed primarily in employer-owned facilities such as workshop and involves the use of electrical, gas, or air powered tools and equipment such as metal cutters, welding equipment, and pneumatic wrench. Work may be conducted in cramped work spaces requiring extended periods in contorted body positions and exposure to contaminates such as dust, gasoline, and/or caustic chemicals, and to potential mechanical and moving vehicle hazards. Work involves exposure to extreme temperatures (hot and cold), working around uneven, cluttered, and slippery surfaces, high vibration and loud noise (e.g. industrial and repair equipment).

Job involves significant and concerted physical exertion required for regular prolonged periods of carrying, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, or walking. Involves lifting of items or objects weighing up to 50 lbs. Work involves the ability to read small numbers and letters on meters.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of the job duties, responsibilities, or skills and abilities required to do the job and may be changed at the discretion of the Personnel Board at any time.


Persons requiring special conditions to accommodate a disability when completing the application should contact the Personnel Board at 205-279-3500 before the announcement closing date. Qualified applicants who believe they will need reasonable accommodation in the examination process should complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form. You may obtain an Accommodation Request Form by contacting our ADA Ombudsperson at, or by accessing the "Request for Accommodation" form through the following website:


The Personnel Board of Jefferson County (Personnel Board) provides a public personnel system based on merit principles. The Personnel Board strives for the constant improvement of the public service by employing and developing the best qualified persons available. The Personnel Board provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employment decisions are made by the Merit System municipality or governmental agency in which the position exists. Each Merit System municipality, agency, or jurisdiction administers its own equal employment opportunity programs in compliance with applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations.

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