Collision Auto Body Technician I

County of Orange
Full Time $53,892 - $72,612 Per year CA 601 N Ross St, Santa Ana, CA 92701, United States




In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:

Effective June 28, 2024 – 4.00% increase
Effective June 27, 2025 – 3.75% increase
 Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

This recruitment is being held to establish an open eligible list to fill current and future Fleet Technician I vacancies within OC Public Works. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications throughout the County of Orange.


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately, as the recruitment will close on

Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at 11:59 PM (PST).
OC Fleet Services (OCFS) is responsible for vehicle life-cycle management, maintenance/repair, and compliance with State and Federal emissions requirements. OCFS provides responsive, cost-effective fleet services to agencies/departments of the County of Orange. They assure safe and properly maintained public fleet vehicles to the internal service customers. OCFS is a service area of OC Public Works.
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The County of Orange Public Works has an excellent opportunity for a skilled Collision Auto Body Technician I (Fleet Technician I). This position provides vehicle paint and body support to the Sheriff’s Department emergency vehicles, and to all other agency/department vehicles in the County of Orange.
OC Public Works is looking for a body shop helper under direction of journeyman level technician(s) to:
  • Straighten and repair automobile and heavy equipment fenders, body panels and metal surfaces; remove dents and welds tears in surfaces; fill rough areas and grind/sand surfaces; repair and fabricate fiberglass parts and surfaces
  • Fine sand and prime coat exterior and interior automobile and equipment surfaces in preparation for finish painting 
  • Mix, match and apply paint with a spray gun
  • Build, repair and/or replace wood sideboards and stakes on truck beds 
  • Install specialized equipment such as sirens, lights, mounts and brackets including wiring installations
  • Repair or replace door hinges, locks, glass run channels, windows, windshields and allied parts
  • Repair and replace interior trim and upholstery 
  • Perform electric arc, acetylene, heliarc, and mig wire feed welding to modify and repair damaged vehicles and equipment 
  • Install basic automotive wiring systems.
  • Fabricate modifications to vehicles and equipment from sheet metal to alter original configurations
The ideal candidate will possess one (1) year of technical experience or a Certificate of Completion of body shop mechanic instruction from an adult school, vocational school, or specialized industrial program.
In addition, the ideal candidate will possess or perform as a helper in the following core competencies:
Industry Knowledge
  • Frame and suspension 
  • Testing considerations and techniques necessary to ensure the reliability and safety of a vehicle’s frame, chassis and running gear 
  • Methods, tools and equipment used in body and fender repair work 
  • Methods, tools and equipment and materials used in the painting and finishing of automobiles, trucks and other equipment 
  • Repairing or replacing door hinges, locks, glass run channels, window, windshields and align parts 
  • Repairing and replacing interior trim and upholstery 
  • Performing metal fabrication work, such as sheet metal modifications to vehicles and equipment to alter original configurations 
  • Installing basic automotive wiring systems
Technical Expertise
  • Install specialized equipment such as sirens, lights, mounts and brackets, including wiring installations
  • Perform body and fender work as a helper level to include repairing, modifying or painting automobiles, trucks and other equipment
  • Set up and operate electric arc, heliarc and acetylene welding equipment in order to accomplish precision welding on various types of metals which are characteristic of automobile repair work
  • Make itemized repair estimates by identifying the cost and parts necessary to repair damaged equipment
  • Set up and operate frame machine with gauges
Oral and Written Communication
  • Work independently from written and oral instructions, diagrams, schematics, sketches, specifications and rough drafts
  • Use parts manuals to look up and record information on replacement materials required in body and fender repair work
  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally
  • Complete order forms and other documents correctly
  • Place orders orally in a clear, concise and understandable manner
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Education and Experience
Certificate of completion of automotive mechanic instruction from an adult school, vocational school, or specialized industrial program. 
One (1) year of journey level technical experience which demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and abilities referenced above.
License Required
A valid California Class C Driver's License by date of appointment.

Special Requirements
Incumbents are expected to provide their own hand tools.

Physical Requirements 
Positions in this class typically require: body mobility to stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, squat, push, pull, or crawl; ability to move distances within and between warehouses, offices, and field locations; lift or move up to 50 pounds occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds of force constantly to move objects; climb stairs and ladders, and work, traverse, and balance atop of the stairs; ability to mount and dismount forklift and/or truck; vision efficient to read up close and at distances over 20 feet, and distinguish colors to identify road signs and signals, read color wire schematics, identify correct ordered parts, and properly identify wire harness color coding; ability to detect, distinguish, and determine odors; requires the ability to speak and hear well enough to communicate clearly and understandably in person to individuals and groups; possess manual dexterity sufficient to use hands, arms, and shoulders repetitively and without limitation to range and motion to operate keyboards, tools, and specialized equipment; ability to drive work vehicles on uneven roads. 

Environmental and Working Conditions
Position assignments include outdoor and indoor field, yards, office settings, and shop locations. Work location shops and field conditions are subject to varying weather conditions, heat variance from an open air work shop and field service locations, and uneven terrain due to equipment location. Incumbents may be exposed to dust and chemicals from equipment being maintained, including paint line stripper, vegetation spray rigs, exhaust fumes from running equipment, gases, and fluids. May be exposed to intense noise levels from the shop, machinery, and equipment. May be required to wear safety equipment, including safety shoes and boots, glasses and face shields, ear plugs and muffs, protective gloves, and rain attire. 

Human Resource Services screens all application materials for minimum qualifications. After screening, applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be referred to the next step in the recruitment process. All applicants will be notified via email of their status in the process.

Online Examination (Weighted 100%) 
Candidates whose work experience appear to best meet the needs of the department will be invited to participate in an examination covering job-related items. Only the candidates who receive the highest score on the assessment will be placed on an eligible list.  

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedures.

Eligible List
Once the assessments have been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.
Veterans Employment Preference (VEPP)
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click to review the policy. 

Only on-line applications will be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of on-line applications. Application information must be current, succinct and related to the requirements in this job announcement. Your application should demonstrate your professional experience and education related to the specific qualifications/duties listed in this bulletin, including areas which you have developed expertise.

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