Vehicle And Equipment Technician I

Fairfax, Virginia
$47,271.33 - $78,785.62 Annually
Jan 21, 2023
Jan 28, 2023
Specialty Trades
Full Time
Job Announcement

$2,500 Signing Bonus*

Performs skilled mechanical work in the maintenance and repair of automotive and related equipment, under limited supervision. Analyzes and diagnoses gas and fuel operated vehicles for maintenance defects. Performs Virginia state and emission inspections of vehicles and equipment. Performs road tests on new and repaired vehicles. Operates specialized equipment common to the automotive repair industry and machine shops. Performs related work as required.

Day Shifts: 5:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., or 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Evening Shifts: 2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Locations: Alban, Jermantown, Newington or West Ox depending on the needs of the department.

Note: This job announcement may be used to fill multiple full-time Vehicle and Equipment Technician I positions. This is an entry-level position and the salary offer will not exceed the mid-point (or $63,028.16) of the advertised salary range.

The position may be underfilled as a Vehicle and Equipment Technician Aide (Grade S15); the underfill requirements are stated below in the Employment Standards section.

* A $2,500 signing bonus is available to new county employees hired in the full-time Vehicle and Equipment Technician I position. Applicants must possess a valid CDL at time of application submission to be eligible. This bonus program requires a signed payback agreement between the department and employee.

To learn more about a career with Fairfax County Department of Vehicle Services, watch our video "This is The Department of Vehicle Services" .

Illustrative Duties

  • Inspects, diagnoses, and repairs mechanical defects in automobiles, trucks, trailers, off-road equipment, motorcycles, pumps, generators, and other mechanical equipment;
  • Inspects and tests equipment for mechanical defects, and repairs or replaces worn and/or defective parts;
  • Inspects, repairs, and/or replaces defective parts in the following mechanical systems: engine, transmission, driveline, steering, suspension, brake, heating, cooling, air conditioning, starting, charging, fuel, ignition, electrical, electronic, body, tire, supplemental restraint, lighting, hydraulic, emergency accessories, and hybrid drive systems;
  • Performs basic care and scheduled maintenance, including changing oil, checking fluid levels, cleaning and lubricating parts, and rotating tires;
  • Follows checklists to ensure that all critical parts are examined;
  • Reads and interprets diagnostic test results to identify mechanical problems;
  • Makes emergency road repairs and tire repairs in all weather conditions;
  • Test-drives vehicles;
  • Keeps records of inspections, test results, work performed, and parts used;
  • Assists higher level mechanics in difficult repairs;
  • Attends safety training.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of methods and tools commonly used by journey level service technicians in the repair and maintenance of automotive and industrial equipment;
  • Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade;
  • Mechanical skills to be familiar with engine components and systems and know how they interact with each other;
  • Troubleshooting skills to diagnose mechanical problems and make appropriate repairs to a wide variety of automotive and industrial equipment;
  • Basic keyboarding skills;
  • Ability to use tools and test equipment pertinent to the trade;
  • Ability to perform duties requiring manual dexterity, such as lifting, reaching, stooping, bending, and crawling and working in tiring and uncomfortable positions;
  • Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions;
  • Ability to test-drive vehicles and equipment;
  • Ability to read and comprehend relevant documents;
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to completion of the tenth grade plus three years of experience in problem diagnosis, repair and maintenance of a wide variety of light, medium, heavy and/or specialized automotive equipment. Related automotive technical education or trade training above the high school may be substituted for experience on a year-for-year basis.

Possession of a set of hand tools commonly used in the automotive industry, such as wrenches, pliers, and sockets and ratchets. Personal tools are required upon appointment.

This position may be underfilled as a Vehicle and Equipment Technician Aide (Grade S15; $41,253.89 - $68,755.86 ).

The employment standards for the Vehicle and Equipment Technician Aide are: Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to completion of the tenth grade with coursework in vehicle repair and maintenance. Possession of a set of basic hand tools commonly used in the automotive industry, such as wrenches, pliers, and sockets and ratchets. Personal tools are required upon appointment.

Underfill candidates must be able to meet the minimum qualifications of the Vehicle and Equipment Technician I within two years of the job announcement's closing date by 02/03/2025 .

Applicants hired at the Vehicle and Equipment Technician Aide level will be non-competitively promoted to the Vehicle and Equipment Technician I level upon successful completion of an underfill agreement.

  • Valid motor vehicle driver's license.
  • Prior to completion of the probationary period, certain positions require a current Virginia Safety State Inspection Certificate and/or a Virginia Emission Inspections.
  • A valid Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) or Commercial Driver's License (CDL) - Class B with air brakes, P (Passenger) and S (School Bus) endorsements is required within 30 days of an offer. Applicants hired with a CLP must obtain a CDL - Class B within eleven months of hire date. Endorsements are determined by the needs of the business area. Fairfax County requires CDL holders to obtain and keep current a Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Card.
  • May be required to provide copies of driving record periodically for verification of driving status.

Possess current Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification(s).
  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
  • This position is considered "essential personnel" and will be required to report to work during times designated countywide as approved for unscheduled leave regardless of the emergency situation (i.e., weather, transportation, other disaster).
  • The appointee to the position will be required to complete a criminal background check, driving record check, Commercial Driver License Screening and pre-employment physical examination to the satisfaction of the employer.
  • Pre-employment, random, and post-accident and alcohol testing is required for these positions.

Ability to lift 50 pounds on an average of once daily; stoop, bend, twist, and reach many times daily; use ladders extensively; user creeper (or get on hands and knees) several times daily. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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