Marine Mechanic

County of Orange
Full Time $65,187 - $78,769 Per year CA Orange County Sheriff's Department - Headquarters, 550 N Flower St, Santa Ana, CA 92703, United States



  This recruitment will be posted for a minimum of five (5) business days and will remain posted on a continuous basis until the needs of the Department are met. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

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.  The list can be used to fill current and future Marine Mechanic positions.  The eligible list established may also be used to fill similar and/or lower level classifications.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is among the largest in the nation, providing exemplary law enforcement services focused on a collaborative, dedicated and innovative approach to public safety.  The more than 3,800 sworn and professional staff, along with more than 800 reserve personnel, are committed to serving the needs of Orange County by embodying the Sheriff’s Department core values:
  • Integrity without Compromise
  • Service Before Self
  • Professionalism in the Performance of Duty
  • Vigilance in Safeguarding our Community
The Department consists of six organizational Commands comprised of 23 Divisions. Together, these Commands and Divisions provide services including land, air and sea-based patrol, custody operations, investigative services, emergency management, coroner services, forensics and specialty operations, among an extensive list of other public safety services.

The Harbor Patrol/Marine Operations Bureau provides around-the-clock law enforcement, marine firefighting and search/rescue services along the 48 miles of Orange County coastline and within the county's three major harbors at Newport Beach, Sunset-Huntington and Dana Point.The Marine Operations fleet consists of six twin-engine fireboats and nine single-engine patrol boats. The fleet is completely maintained "in-house" by the bureau's highly skilled marine mechanics and craftsmen. The maintenance staff consists of one supervisor, four marine mechanics, two marine painters, and one marine carpenter.

The Marine Mechanics under direction perform journey level work in installing, maintaining and repairing marine inboard and outboard gasoline engines and propulsion equipment; to maintain and repair fire pumps and other mechanical equipment.

Applicants must not have been convicted of a felony or be on any form of probation and must pass an extensive background investigation to the satisfaction of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner.  Background screening includes completing of a Personal History Form, interview with a background investigator, fingerprinting and may include a polygraph test. Some of the areas considered in the background screening include prior convictions, traffic violations, drug use and credit problems, employment history, professional references and education verification (i.e. degree, license, or official transcripts). Foreign degrees require an evaluation of U.S. equivalency by an agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Services (N.A.C.E.S).

Click to learn more about the minimum qualifications and example of duties for the Marine Mechanic position.

The ideal candidate will possess more than five (5) years of experience in installing, maintaining and repairing marine inboard gasoline engines, propulsion equipment, transmissions, steering systems, outdrives, and outboards; to maintain and repair fire pumps and other mechanical equipment.
Ideal candidate would also have completed service training schools from one or more of the following: Volvo-Penta, Crusader Marine, or Yamaha outboards.  

The County of Orange is committed to providing a means for applicants who may have a disability to identify areas in which they may request a reasonable accommodation. Below is a description of the physical, mental, and environmental abilities that are customarily required to perform the essential job functions of the position. Applicants are encouraged to contact the recruiter identified in the announcement for any questions or to request an accommodation during the selection process.
Physical Requirements 
Ability to stand, reach, bend, stoop, and perform strenuous physical/manual labor. Ability to walk up/down uneven terrain/irregular surfaces/hills. Upper body strength to lift/push/pull/carry up to 50 pound objects; vision sufficient to read standard text, and to drive vehicles requiring a Class B license with passenger endorsement, such as dump crews passenger trucks; speak and hear well enough in a noisy environment to communicate clearly and understandably in person, over the telephone and in small groups; and manual dexterity to write. Able to swim and perform ocean sea tests in Harbor Patrol vessels.
Environmental Conditions 
Stamina to work outdoors in varied climates and exposed to weather, noise, pollens, dust, fumes, birds, noise, and vibration. Ability to work on floating docks and moving vessels.

Human Resources |Minimum Qualifications
Sheriff Human Resources screens all application to identify the most qualified candidates for the position based on skills required to meet the needs of the Department.   After the initial screening, the qualified candidates will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the competition.

Structured Oral Interview | Oral Exam (Weighted 100%): 
A panel of job knowledge experts will interview and evaluate each candidate's responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the candidate's qualifications for the job. This is a competitive process; therefore, candidate responses to the structured questions should be thorough, detailed, and complete. Only the most successful candidates will be placed on the 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.

After all procedures have been completed, Sheriff Human Resources will establish an eligible list of qualified 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 Policy (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.  For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, contact Maria Cervantes at (714) 834-5624 or email
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