Automotive Technician – Heavy Truck

October 31, 2023
Birmingham, AL
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Automotive Technicians working with Heavy Trucks are responsible for performing journeyman-level tasks in the mechanical repair and maintenance of heavy-duty trucks, garbage packers, and other standard and specialized gasoline and diesel-powered equipment. Incumbents are expected to inspect equipment in order to determine the need for maintenance and/or repair work. Automotive Technicians may also provide guidance and assistance to less experienced employees working in the same unit. An employee in this position plans expected to carry out their work duties in accordance with instructions, policies, and accepted practice. Automotive Technicians receive their assignments through work orders or directly from their supervisor. Employees work under the direction of a supervisor but are expected to use independent judgment as to the method of repair needed to complete the assigned task. Automotive Technicians' 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, and/or results obtained.


  • Performs minor bodywork on rolling stock as needed.
  • Performs repairs on heavy trucks.
  • Performs maintenance and repairs on hydraulic systems (e.g. braking systems, lifts, backhoes, loaders).
  • Inspects equipment/rolling stock before and after completing work and reads reference materials to guide maintenance and repairs.
  • Fabricates parts for equipment and/or rolling stock.
  • Performs preventive maintenance (PM) and tune-ups on heavy trucks and equipment (e.g., street sweeper, bucket truck, garbage truck) based on each vehicle's or equipment's PM schedule.
  • Performs maintenance and repairs on law enforcement, fire department, and other emergency equipment.
  • Maintains building, grounds, and equipment.
  • Repairs or replaces tires on equipment/rolling stock using appropriate tools and apparatus.
  • Goes to worksites to retrieve equipment or make repairs.



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.

  • Valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) or the ability to obtain a CDL within 180days of hire.
  • Completion or coursework/certification program OR gained work experience in the following areas:
    • Diagnosing problems with diesel engines using manual tools and gauges.
    • Diagnosing problems with gasoline or diesel engines using scan tools or a computer.
    • Performing repairs on diesel and gasoline engines.
    • Performing electrical repairs on automobiles and trucks.
    • Inspecting and repairing steering and suspension.
    • Inspecting and repairing air brake systems.




  • Adaptability & Flexibility.
  • Computer & Technology Operations.
  • Heavy Equipment & Vehicle Use.
  • Learning & Memory.
  • Mathematical & Statistical Skills.
  • Oral Communication & Comprehension.
  • Planning & Organizing.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making.
  • Professionalism & Integrity.
  • Researching & Referencing.
  • Reviewing, Inspecting & Auditing.
  • Self-Management & Initiative.
  • Small Tool & Equipment Use.
  • Technical & Job-Specific Knowledge.
  • Technical Skills.
  • Training & Facilitation.
  • Written Communication & Comprehension.


  • Knowledge of electrical wiring in order to install and repair various electrical components.
  • Knowledge of environmental regulations applicable to a vehicle/heavy equipment maintenance facility (e.g., oil spill clean up).
  • Knowledge of hand tools, including their designs and uses.
  • Knowledge of methods involved in basic maintenance an repair of work-related equipment.
  • Knowledge of operation and repair procedures for heavy trucks (i.e., those that require a commercial driver's license (CDL) to operate).
  • Knowledge of operation and repair procedures for hydraulic systems.
  • Knowledge of operation and repair procedures for small engines (e.g., those used to power lawn mowers, chainsaws, water pumps, tillers, or hedge trimmers).
  • Knowledge of power tools, including their designs and uses.
  • 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 techniques for securing equipment and tools safely and correctly on trucks and trailers (e.g., using chains, octopus-straps, and binders).
  • 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.


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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