Part-time Seasonal Diesel Mechanic

Alexandria, VA
$44,538.52 - $73,207.80 Annually
Jun 11, 2019
Jun 25, 2019
Full Time
Part-time Seasonal - Diesel Mechanic

The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter of the City's square miles have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our temporary Part-Time Diesel Mechanic position in the Department of General Services.

An Overview
The Diesel Mechanic performs skilled maintenance and repair work on the City's motor vehicles, public works, construction vehicles and equipment. Assignments are received in the form of work orders noting the problem area or service required. Diesel Mechanics diagnose vehicle and equipment problems and issues to determine the appropriate repair requirements and provide quality control measures on complex and difficult repairs. The Diesel Mechanic will also determine the repair requirements on less complex repairs and perform the repairs or maintenance services under the general supervision of a Fleet Services Supervisor. This position requires regular contact with internal customers, vendors and represents the City to outside agencies.

What You Should Bring
The ideal candidate should have thorough knowledge and experience maintaining, repairing, inspecting and diagnosing heavy-duty diesel trucks, vehicles and equipment, including hydraulic and electrical systems. The ability to work cooperatively with colleagues, customers, vendors and the public is essential skill set for this position.

The Opportunity - Examples of Work
  • Inspect, troubleshoot and repair all systems on City-owned vehicles and equipment as required.
  • Inspect, troubleshoot, and repair brake and wheel systems and assemblies including shoes, pads, drums, bearings and hubs, turning rotors and drums, and rebuild wheel cylinders and air chambers, valves and master cylinders.
  • Inspect electrical systems and locate problems in order to repair, adjust or replace lights, switches, starters, batteries, alternators, generators, voltage regulators and wiring; and inspect cooling systems to ensure proper working condition, locate any present or impending problems, and make repairs.
  • Inspect hydraulic systems, replace lines and cylinders, and rebuild valves; inspect and adjust fuel systems, replace fuel pumps, replace lines and filters; and perform front-end work which includes alignment and installing ball joints and tie-rod ends.
  • Perform overall preventive maintenance checks and make repairs and adjustments on a wide variety of vehicles including automobiles, trucks, buses, construction equipment (front-end loaders, backhoes, etc.), plows, spreaders and street sweepers.
  • Perform complete tune-ups using the latest testing equipment to locate problems; overhaul or replace rear-end assemblies; and repair or replace drive shafts and universal joints.
  • Install and adjust snow removal equipment including salt/sand spreader and leaf equipment; repair emergency equipment such as snowplows and serve on call to make repairs in emergency situations; and install and outfit public safety vehicles with ancillary equipment (sirens, lights, cages, decals, etc.).
  • Performs road test checks on vehicles, as needed, following completion of the service and/or repair; adhere to safe work practices and makes appropriate use of related safety equipment as required; and maintain accurate manual and computerized logs and records of work performed and materials and equipment used.
  • Performs related work as required.

About the Department
The Department of General Services' mission is to provide exceptional management of the City's real estate, facilities and fleet services, and other support services for all our customers. The Department of General Services staff strives to provide our customers with unmatched services by proactively managing the City's assets to support the delivery of services to the City of Alexandria, responding to service requests in a timely manner, listening to our customers, and ensuring that our customers are satisfied with the resolution.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

High School Diploma or GED and one year of advanced study and/ or training beyond high school from an accredited college, vocational school, and/or workforce development and continuing education program. Course work must include the following in automotive technology: (1) Basic Theory; (2) Brake Systems; (3) Electrical Systems; (4) Heating and Air Conditioning; and (5) Forklift certification. Three years of experience in performing skilled automotive maintenance and repair services on a full range of automobiles, trucks, construction equipment, refuse disposal vehicles and specialty equipment such as street sweepers; and a valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL).

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of hydraulic and electrical systems and ability to diagnose and repair equipment malfunctions on gas and diesel engines. Must be able to lift and handle, manually or through mechanical means, heavy materials and equipment weighing up to 100 pounds. Ability to work with limited supervision and be self-motivated. The preferred candidate should have experience with the Microsoft Office Suite, Faster fleet asset management software system or similar computer applications used in fleet maintenance operations; and ASE certifications. Applicants must be able to commit to a minimum of six (6) months, 25 hours per week.


  • This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to drug testing, criminal background and pre-employment physical.
  • Seasonal positions do not include benefits and are not eligible to receive paid leave, paid holidays, retirement and/or any type of insurance.
  • This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to drug testing, criminal background.
  • The Department of General Services (DGS) is a first response department and as such all DGS employees are deemed essential or emergency personnel and maybe required to report to work when the City government is open with liberal leave or closed during emergencies.

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