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Title: Mechanic I
Company: Santa Cruz METRO
Location: Santa Cruz, California
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 150118
At Santa Cruz METRO, we care about moving people. We strive to attract, develop and retain a talented and diverse workforce. Many of our employees have worked for us for more than 20 years and come from diverse, cultural and professional backgrounds. METRO promotes high performance, diversity and equal employment opportunities.

At METRO, you will enjoy a competitive salary, CALPERS pension, a robust health/dental/vision benefit program, public service loan forgiveness program, 457 plans, career development, free bus passes, and longevity pay.

METRO is committed to the safety, health and well-being of our employees and customers.

We have implemented the highest level of safety protocols and steps to ensure our employees and the community are safe and healthy.

Santa Cruz METRO offers a Hiring Bonus of up to $4,000
  • $500 after probation

  • $1,500 - 1,040 hours worked after probation

  • $2,000 - 2,080 hours worked after second installment

Santa Cruz METRO is hiring for a Mechanic I

Under general supervision, a Mechanic I performs a limited range of semi-skilled maintenance duties related to the repair and maintenance of Santa Cruz METRO buses, vehicles, and other equipment while learning to perform the full scope of journey-level work; provides technical direction and assistance to lower level staff and performs related work as required.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
Performs a limited range of semi-skilled tasks in the mechanical maintenance, repair, and modification of buses, automobiles, and trucks and other Santa Cruz METRO vehicles and equipment and provides assistance to higher level Mechanics; Inspects, adjusts and repairs and/or replaces brakes; removes and installs tires; Performs safety and preventative maintenance inspections as required; Lubricates chassis, changes transmission and engine fluids and filters; inspects, removes, and replaces hoses and belts, bulbs and wiper blades; Learns to inspect equipment for needed repairs and to identify the parts, materials and time needed to conduct needed maintenance or repairs; Assists higher level mechanics with repairing and adjusting compressed natural gas (CNG), diesel and gasoline engines, transmissions, and other vehicle systems and components; assists with maintaining, diagnosing, inspecting, and repairing CNG and diesel supply tanks, fuel delivery systems and related components; Learns to inspect, diagnose and repair vehicle electrical systems; Learns to inspect, reline and adjust brakes; remove and install tires; perform wheel alignments, and perform other vehicle maintenance tasks.

Minimum Qualifications

One (1) year of progressively responsible experience performing heavy-duty mechanic work.
Two (2) years of progressively responsible experience performing light-duty automotive repair work.
Graduation from a certified maintenance training program (or program meeting Santa Cruz METRO standards) AND six (6) months of experience performing mechanic work.

Employment Standards

Knowledge of:
Perform routine, semi-skilled duties related to the maintenance, repair, and alteration of fleet vehicles and equipment; Operate welding equipment, brake drum lathes, drill presses, diagnostic equipment and other tools and equipment used in the repair, maintenance, and service of vehicles; Learn to estimate costs and determines the materials and equipment needed to make vehicle and equipment repairs; Maintain records and control systems with accuracy and attention to detail Use manual and power tools and equipment safely; Apply safe work practices and procedures around extremely high pressure and flammable CNG fuel.

Other Conditions of Employment
  • Must pass a requisite background check.

  • May occasionally work extended hours or hours outside of the regular schedule.

  • A valid California Driver's License will be required at the time of appointment and throughout employment.

APPLICANT PROCESS:  Applicants must complete and submit an official Santa Cruz METRO on-line application and any other required documents specified on the job announcement from our website, . A separate application must be filled for each open position.  Resumes will be accepted and are recommended, but may not be substituted for the required application.  The standards and minimum requirements as stated on the front of this job announcement represent only the minimum required to file an application.  Meeting the listed standards does not guarantee that a candidate will be invited for an examination or interview as the Human Resources Department reserves the right to limit the number of candidates to the most qualified for the position as determined by the Santa Cruz METRO staff.  Certification of candidates from the Eligible List to the hiring department may be made each time there is a vacancy.  Santa Cruz METRO is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.   Santa Cruz METRO will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities.  Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 831-420-2542.

Salary: $27.61 - $35.24 per hour. Salaries are on a six-step salary range schedule with 5% increases yearly.

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Open Until Filled

Questions? Call 831-420-2542/43

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