Senior Automotive Technician

Merced County
Full Time $58,281 - $70,907 Per year CA 345 W 7th St, Merced, CA 95341, United States


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Inspects and diagnoses mechanical and electrical malfunctions in automobiles and light trucks, including hybrid and EV vehicles.

  • Repairs and replaces defective or worn parts and accessories.

  • Performs preventive maintenance work, lubrication and inspection on automobiles and light trucks.

  • Performs major and minor engine tune-ups. Also overhauls engines, transmissions, differentials, front ends, steering gears and braking systems.

  • Installs emergency equipment on patrol vehicles.

  • Operates diagnostic equipment and evaluates readings.

  • Diagnose auto/truck air conditioners and repairs.

  • Diagnoses ABS systems, repairs brakes and related components.

  • Performs smog inspections and repairs.

  • Operates tire changing equipment, inspects and repairs tires and tubes.

  • Steam cleans engines.

  • Responds to service calls.

  • Picks up and delivers automotive parts and supplies.

Minimum Qualifications

Senior Automotive Technician

One or more of the following: Seven (7) years of experience as a journey-level automotive mechanic, nine (9) ASE Certificates, including the L1 Certificate in ASE Advanced Engine Performance, Master Technician Certification from a Major Automotive Manufacturer, or Certification from an Automotive Trade School.

Possess a valid California driver's license at time of appointment and maintain.

Smog License highly desired.

Essential Functions


  • Operate a personal computer and other modern office equipment.
  • Frequent operation of a data entry device and repetitive motion.
  • Frequent use of hand/eye coordination.
  • Sitting for long periods and walking.
  • Frequent standing, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, and climbing to pick up or move objects.
  • Crawl through various areas requiring moving on hands and knees.
  • Conduct inspections under various environmental conditions.
  • Lift automotive wheels weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Ability to trace electrical wiring by color, coding and touch.
  • Occasionally lift and move objects weighing up to 100 pounds.
  • Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.
  • Meet deadlines under stressful conditions.
  • Resolve conflicts and respond appropriately to complaints.
  • Complete multiple priority projects with conflicting deadlines.
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.

  • Regular attendance is an essential function.

Knowledge of:
  • Theory, operation and repair of internal combustion engines, automatic and manual transmissions, electrical systems, chassis/drivetrain, suspension/steering, brakes, cooling systems, air conditioning, hybrid systems, and other automotive components.
  • Tools, materials, equipment and methods used in the overhaul, repair, and adjustment of automotive and motorized equipment.
  • Hydraulic valves and control and braking systems, and electronic ignition.
  • Lubricating systems, oils, greases, tools and attachments used in lubricating gas vehicles and related equipment.
  • Methods used in electric-arc and acetylene welding.
  • Safe work practices.
  • All OEM and after-market diagnostic scan tools.
  • State of California vehicle smog inspection program requirements, rules and regulations.

Ability to:
  • Inspect automotive and other power-driven equipment to locate and diagnose malfunctions.
  • Recognize mechanical problems by sight and sound.
  • Perform minor and major mechanical repairs on County equipment.
  • Use a variety of power hand-tools, diagnostic equipment, shop equipment with skill and safety.
  • Keep basic records.
  • Read and write at the level required for successful job performance.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationship with others.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Cut, reform, and fabricate parts using welders and shop equipment.
  • Ability to repair equipment located in confined areas.
  • Inspect, adjust, repair and fully understand the purpose/function of vehicle emission control systems.