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Vehicle And Equipment Technician I

Fairfax County Government
Lorton, Virginia
$49,842.83 - $83,071.46 Annually
Closing date
Oct 7, 2023

Job Details

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 $66,456.83) 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

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)
  • 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

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • 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 the following: (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”) completion of the tenth grade plus two 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; $43,498.00 - 72,496.11 ).

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, 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 10/06/2024.

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.


For the Department of Vehicle Services:
  • 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 License.
  • A valid Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) or 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 with air brakes, P (Passenger) and S (School Bus) endorsements within eleven months of hire date.
  • May be required to provide copies of driving record periodically for verification of driving status.
  • Fairfax County requires CDL holders to obtain and keep current a Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Card.

Possess current Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification(s).

  • 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. Ability to work in temperatures ranging from 0 to 100 degrees and drive commercial vehicles. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel Interview and may include a practical exercise.

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.



Fairfax County, Virginia is a diverse and thriving urban county. As the most populous jurisdiction in both Virginia and the Washington metropolitan area, the County's population exceeds that of seven states. The median household income of Fairfax County is one of the highest in the nation and over half of its adult residents have four-year college degrees or more educational attainment. Fairfax County also is home to an extensive commercial office market and is a major employment center.

Fairfax County Government is a great place to work, with a variety of jobs in different fields, great benefits, and an enjoyable working environment. We serve nearly one million residents in one of the largest counties in the country. Our talented employees have established Fairfax County as a leader in nearly every facet of public service and have won national recognition as innovators in local government.The size of Fairfax County government and the diversity of services it provides to citizens allows opportunities for personal growth and development, without ever having to change employers. In addition to pay, Fairfax County Government provides an employee benefits package worth approximately 25% of your salary in additional compensation. This package of benefits consists of programs designed to protect you and your family during your employment with the county and into your retirement years.

Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Group Term Life Insurance
Contributory Retirement Plan
Deferred Compensation
Flexible Spending Account Programs
Long Term Disability Insurance
Long Term Care Plan
Tuition Assistance Program
Employees' Child Care Center
Virginia College Savings Plans

Fairfax County's Application Process: Fairfax County uses an online application process called NEOGOV at nearly all positions.

Applicants who need assistance with the online application process are welcome to come to the Application Center at Fairfax County's HR Central where staff will be happy to work with you to establish an account and get your resume into the system. HR Central is located in the Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 270, Fairfax, VA, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Or call 703-222-5872 for more information.

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12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 270

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