Heavy Auto Mechanic I/trainee (multiple Vacancies)

Arlington, Virginia
$47,777.60 - $73,008.00 Annually
Oct 10, 2019
Nov 13, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington's Department of Environmental Services seeks experienced heavy automotive mechanics to fill multiple vacancies within the Operations section of the Auto Equipment Bureau. The Operations section provides maintenance and repair services to County equipment and fleet vehicles such as: heavy fire equipment, dump trucks, utility trucks, school buses, and snow-related equipment. These mechanics are responsible for performing preventive maintenance work and routine corrective repairs on heavy, construction and/or emergency vehicles for the both the day and evening shifts.

Specific duties include:
  • Inspecting vehicular equipment;
  • Troubleshooting and diagnosing repair work on the mechanical, hydraulic and electrical systems using diagnostic scan tools;
  • Determining scope and sequence of repairs required;
  • Repairing and/or replacing tires for all types of equipment;
  • Operating shop equipment and vehicles such as the tire machine, computerized tire balance, fork lift and wrecker;
  • Performing Virginia State Safety Inspections on vehicles; and
  • Transporting vehicles and heavy equipment.

Selection Criteria

Trainee Level
: High school diploma or equivalent plus 6 months of experience performing auto mechanic duties to include one or more of the following functions: diagnosing, repairing gasoline or diesel engines, brake systems, manual and automatic transmissions, or differentials.

Full Performance Level : High school diploma or equivalent plus one year of experience performing auto mechanic duties to include one or more of the following functions: diagnosing, repairing gasoline or diesel engines, brake systems, manual and automatic transmissions, or differentials. Must have:
  1. VA State Certified Safety Inspector License; and
  2. Class "A" or "B" Commercial Driver's License and required endorsements (See special requirements).
Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with mechanical experience in one or more of the following:
  • Performing diagnostic work and/or technical repairs;
  • Repairing heavy fire equipment, dump trucks, utility trucks, and school buses
  • Repairing and/or maintaining automobiles and/or trucks; and/or
  • Using electronic diagnostic equipment for diesel and gasoline engines.

Special Requirements

  1. The applicant must possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license from place of residence and authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record.
  2. Applicant must possess or obtain within specified time frames of appointment:
    1. Class "A" or "B" Commercial Driver's License from the applicant's place of residence within the first six (6) months of employment;
    2. Hazardous materials endorsement (H), Tank vehicle endorsement (N), School Bus endorsement (S), and Passenger Carrying endorsement (P) for the CDL within the first nine (9) months of employment; and
    3. VA State Certified Safety Inspector License within the first twelve (12) months of employment.
  3. After obtaining CDL and required endorsements H, N, S and P, applicant must be willing to work on and operate the County-owned 2600-gallon fuel truck as requested by the Operations Supervisor.
  4. Applicants must provide written consent for Arlington County to obtain from previous employers information required by Department of Transportation (DOT) agency regulations concerning drug and alcohol testing information.
  5. Prior to the time of appointment, the successful applicant must pass a pre-employment drug screening and will be subject to drug screening, at such times during employment, as required by federal, state and local standards and policies. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record and passing a pre-employment drug screening and alcohol breath test as required by applicable standards and required background check.
  6. Applicants must be willing to maintain hand and diagnostic tools required by the trade, work in awkward or cramped positions for long periods of time, and work in an environment that includes exposure to noise, odors, dust, grease and dirt with extended periods of standing, walking, bending, crouching and lifting light to very heavy objects and equipment.
  7. Must be able to lift heavy objects weighing 25-50 pounds unilaterally; carry 75-100 pounds bilaterally and push/pull 50-75 pounds unassisted.
  • Anyone hired without the VA State Certified Safety Inspector License, or the Commercial Driver's License and required endorsements will be appointed as a Trainee and must obtain the permit/license within the specified time frame.
  • Once obtained, the CDL and VA State Certified Safety Inspector License must be kept in good standing throughout the duration of the employment.

Additional Information

Work Hours: Work is conducted on two shifts. Hours may be subject to change. Seasonal overtime may be required. Must be available for call-back in emergencies. Shift hours are as follows:
  • AM Shift: Monday through Friday: 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • PM Shift: Monday through Friday: 2:15 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.

If a trainee is hired, depending on qualifications, a training period will be established to last no longer than the equivalent of one year. At the end of the training period, the employee must meet experience, training and proficiency requirements for the journey level position. Once the candidate qualifies, the one-year probationary period will begin.

The salary at the top of the announcement reflects the range for Full Performance for Fiscal Year 2019. The salary range for Fiscal Year 2019 for the Trainee level is $42,556.80 to $65,020.80 annually. The following salaries will be effective for Fiscal Year 2020, starting July 1, 2019:
  • Trainee: $43,430.40 - $66,352.00
  • Full Performance: $47,777.60 - $73,008.00
Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. In order to receive full credit for your experience, please ensure that you have included details of all relevant work experience on your application and have completed the Supplemental Questionnaire in its entirety. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

NOTE: This position is listed as "open continuous." Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a regular basis and interviews conducted continuously with qualified applicants. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: www.arlingtonva.us/pers.

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Do you have a high school diploma, GED, or the equivalent?
  • Yes
  • No


How much full-time experience do you have performing auto mechanic duties to include one or more of the following functions: diagnosing, repairing gasoline or diesel engines, brake systems, manual and automatic transmissions, or differentials?
  • None
  • Less than 6 months
  • 6 to less than 12 months
  • 1 to less than 2 years
  • 2 to less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


These positions require that you obtain a Commercial Driver's License from your state of residence within the first (6) months of employment. Hazardous materials (H), Tank vehicle (N), School Bus (S), Passenger Carrying (P) endorsements within the first (9) months of employment; VA State Certified Safety Inspector license within the first twelve (12) months of employment. Please check all that apply:
  • I have a Class A CDL
  • I have a Class B CDL
  • I can obtain a CDL within 6 months
  • I have a Hazardous material (H), Tank vehicle (N), School Bus (S) and Passenger Carrying (P) endorsements
  • I can obtain a Hazardous material (H), Tank vehicle (N), School Bus (S) and Passenger Carrying (P) endorsements within 9 months endorsements within 9 months
  • I have a Virginia Safety Inspector License
  • I can obtain a Virginia Safety Inspector License within 12 months


Indicate the types of PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE work you have performed frequently on vehicular equipment:
  • Check, replace or adjust all vehicle system drive belts
  • Inspect hydraulic brakes
  • Inspect anti-lock brakes
  • Inspect air brakes
  • Inspect safety devices and controls
  • Visually inspect frame and undercarriage and operation of body systems and/or bed
  • Check and/or replace all vehicle system hoses, clamps and connections
  • Check all vehicle system fluid levels
  • Check tire pressure. Inspect tire condition and tread depth. Replace as required
  • Change engine oil. Change oil, air, coolant, fuel hydraulic and brake air filters
  • Lubricate chassis and/or structures
  • Service Transmission and differential
  • Inspect and lubricate steering, suspension, and universal joints
  • Inspect all electrical cables, wires, and connections to include charging and starting systems such as battery, alternator, starter
  • None of the above


Indicate the type of TROUBLESHOOTING and DIAGNOSTIC work you are proficient (can do independently or take the lead) at performing on vehicular equipment:
  • Mechanical systems such as engine or transmission components and assemblies
  • Hydraulic systems such as pumps, hoses and valve bodies using diagnostic scan tools
  • Air Conditioning systems using diagnostic scan tools
  • Electrical or electronic systems such as alternator or starter
  • Engine control systems (ECM, PCM, ECU) using diagnostic scan tools
  • Provide repair feasibility recommendation on all repairs and corrective actions
  • Perform Virginia Safety Inspections on heavy trucks and buses
  • None of the above


Indicate the types of ENGINES you are proficient at performing diagnosis, repair and overhauls on:
  • Not proficient on engines
  • Gasoline
  • Cummins Diesel
  • Caterpillar Diesel
  • Mercedes Diesel
  • Detroit Diesel
  • International Diesel
  • Other (specify on application)


Indicate the types of vehicular equipment you have repaired or overhauled.
  • Fire Trucks/Engines
  • Refuse Trucks
  • School Buses
  • Trailers
  • Constructions Equipment (specify on application)
  • Other (specify on application)
  • None of the above


Work is conducted on two shifts, Monday through Friday. The AM shift is from 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and the PM shift is from 2:15 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. I understand that I must be willing and available to work on either of these shifts.
  • Yes
  • No


I understand the following:
  • I must be willing to submit to a pre-employment drug screening;
  • I must be willing to submit to drug screening during my employment as required by federal, state and local standards and policies; and
  • I must be willing to authorize Arlington County, or to obtain, a copy of my driving record.
  • Yes
  • No

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