Mechanic, Senior

Job description

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Mechanic, Senior

Posting #: 17-052

Campus: Central Services

Number of Working Months: 12 Months

Starting Salary: $5,208.32 per month

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Employment Duration: Full-Time


Starting Salary: $5,208.32 (per month) plus benefits; Salary Grade: C3-53
Full Salary Range: $5,208.32 - $6,936.73 (per month)

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is currently accepting applications for the classified position above.

This position is based at the De Anza College campus, but will be required to work at both shop locations as needed to maintain the Foothill-De Anza Community College District-Wide needs (shops are located at De Anza College and Foothill College campuses). In addition to vehicle repairs, this position performs: weekly inspections of the generators on site; daily inspections of the above ground diesel-fuel storage tanks and below ground unleaded-fuel storage tank; 90 day DOT required inspections on vehicles; and repairs to small gas powered equipment and portable generators. The current District fleet includes, but is not limited to: a) Sterling Truck with air brakes and flatbed; b) Passenger buses (up to 29 passengers with wheelchair lift); c) Electric Utility Vehicles such as Taylor Dunn, Club Car, and Columbia Cart; d) trade shop vehicles such as trucks, cargo vans, transit vans (both gas and diesel); e) Police interceptor SUVs and patrol vehicles; f) Heavy Equipment such as backhoe, tractors, etc.; g) Maintenance Equipment such as wood chippers, ride-on mowers, lifts, etc.; h) Hybrid Electric Automobiles such as Prius; i) Miscellaneous vehicles such as minivans, sedans, etc.

This is a skilled position at the journey level, involved in servicing, repairing and maintaining a variety of vehicles and operating equipment, both conventional and power driven. The employee uses appropriate tools, safety techniques, equipment and supplies in keeping the vehicles and fuel engine equipment of the District in a safe operating condition. A high degree of independent judgment and creativity is required to select from alternative solutions, materials, supplies and appropriate procedures.

Incumbents in this classification are assigned to work in the automotive mechanic trade, but many also be assigned to assist other Plant Services personnel as needed.

Depending upon assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

General Responsibilities

  1. Uses safety equipment, supplies, and procedures to perform job duties as required; reports fire, sanitary and safety hazards and the need for repairs to appropriate administrator.
  2. Responds to immediate safety and/or operational concerns (e.g. facility damage, alarms, etc.) for the purpose of taking appropriate action to resolve immediate safety issues and to maintain a functional educational environment; provides reports on activities as requested by appropriate administrator.
  3. Stores and shelves equipment and other supplies in conformance with various local, state, federal, and district rules and regulations; maintains equipment in a safe operating condition; maintains preventive maintenance procedures, records, and reports.
  4. Directs visitors and safeguards district property; adheres to all local, state and federal laws and regulations regarding safety and health.
  5. Attends and participates in District and/or College provided training or information sessions; incorporates new information or technology into existing job duties.
  6. Shall carry a communication device, if assigned one, and be available for general mechanic duties.
  7. Uses a computer for entry and retrieval of information for work assignments.
  8. Communicates effectively orally, in writing, and electronically.
  9. Operates equipment such as District vehicles, electric carts, electric power lifts, forklift, etc.; will use ladders.
  10. Estimates cost of jobs; specifies, orders, and procures supplies, materials, tools, and equipment for the purpose of maintaining availability of required items and completing jobs efficiently; maintain inventory of supplies, parts and equipment; confers with appropriate administrator regarding cost effective use of materials and supplies.
  11. Transports various items (e.g. tools, equipment and supplies) for the purpose of ensuring the availability of materials required at job site.
  12. Provides direction and training to apprentices as assigned.
  13. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Trade Responsibilities

In addition to performing Journey level responsibilities, the position will be responsible for the following duties:

  1. Prepares reimbursement documentation and initiates process for payments of spare parts vendor invoices.
  2. Maintains vehicle records and schedules maintenance and repairs.
  3. Completes required reports.
  4. Ensures compliance with HAZMAT regulations.
  5. Ensures shop is stocked, cleaned, and in safe condition.
  6. Responsible for annual maintenance schedules.
  7. Oversees and schedules work for all apprentice and journey level workers assigned to area; assists in the hiring process.
  8. Coordinates work effort of other shops to ensure prompt accomplishment of projects.
  9. Performs HAZMAT/safety inspections; maintains logs, records and signs fire extinguisher tags.
  10. Maintains equipment rooms, vehicles and tools.


Knowledge of:

  1. Methods of diagnosing, analyzing and repairing malfunctions of engines and auxiliary equipment.
  2. Basic operations and the terminology used in automotive service and repair work.
  3. Methods, materials, tools, safety practices and equipment used in the automotive mechanic trade.
  4. Safety factors in the operation of equipment and materials.
  5. Applicable safety codes, ordinances and regulations.

Ability to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  2. Estimate the scope of a project, costs, materials and timelines required to complete assignments.
  3. Read and work from manuals, vehicle manufacturers' information sheets, and electrical schematics.
  4. Install, maintain, adjust, and check a variety of automotive equipment.
  5. Analyze, diagnose, and troubleshoot and repair automotive malfunctions.
  6. Maintain accurate records and reports on completed assignments.
  7. Assign work to and oversee the work of Apprentices in the automotive mechanic trade.
  8. Operate and maintain a variety of equipment and tools.
  9. Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  10. Observe safety requirements and safe work practices and methods as required.
  11. Establish and maintain cooperative work relationships.
  12. Work independently and under minimal supervision.


  1. Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  2. Any combination equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade AND completion of appropriate trade school courses OR the equivalent AND three (3) years of experience in a comparable position.

License or Certification

  1. Certification: Possession of an appropriate California operator's license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles.



  1. Indoor, office environment and outdoor environment, with climate changes.
  2. Hazardous conditions.
  3. Exposure to dust particles, chemicals and fumes.
  4. Includes travel to conduct work.

Physical Abilities:

  1. Hearing and speaking to exchange information.
  2. Dexterity of hands to perform the tasks required of the position.
  3. Sight in order to be aware of hazards and dangers found in the nature of the work.
  4. Regularly stand, walk, and sit for extended periods of time.
  5. Ability to climb, stoop, kneel, reach, push, pull, grasp, and perform repetitive motions.
  6. Climb ladders of varying heights.
  7. Ability to maneuver in crawl spaces, attics, and utility tunnels.
  8. Lift moderate to heavy objects up to 60 lbs.


  1. A District on-line application on *In the application, you will provide information, which demonstrates your understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  2. A cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position.
  3. A current resume of all work experience, formal education and training.

If any required application materials are omitted, the committee will not review your application. Items not required (including reference letters) will not be accepted. For full-consideration, all application packets must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date.

Please allow yourself ample time to complete your application and resolve any technical difficulties that may arise with your submission. We do not guarantee a response to application questions within 48 hours of the closing date. You may also visit our “Applicant Information” to assist with technical difficulties at:

Position: Full-Time, Permanent, 12-months per year
Starting date: As soon as possible upon completion of the search process.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 6:00AM - 2:30PM

Excellent benefits package which includes medical coverage for employee and eligible dependents, dental, vision care, employee assistance program, long term disability, retirement benefits and basic life insurance. For information on our benefits package that includes medical for employees and dependents, visit our web site:

Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to complete the employment process must notify Employment Services no later than the closing date of the announcement. The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S. All interviewing costs incurred by applicant are the responsibility of the applicant.

For more information about our application process contact:
Employment Services
Foothill-De Anza Community College District
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, California 94022
(650) 949-6217

Email: [email protected]

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Posted: 10/12/2017
Application Due: 10/12/2018
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