Arlington, Virginia
$52,270.40 - $87,464.00 Annually
Jul 16, 2021
Jul 30, 2021
Full Time
Position Information
Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services (DES) is currently seeking experienced Heavy Automotive Mechanics to fill multiple school bus mechanic 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, snow-related equipment and other miscellaneous heavy equipment used by Arlington County. These mechanics are responsible for performing preventive maintenance work and routine corrective repairs on heavy, construction and/or emergency vehicles for both day and evening work shifts.

Specific duties include:

  • Inspecting vehicular equipment;
  • Performing corrective and preventive maintenance;
  • Troubleshooting and diagnosing repair work on mechanical, hydraulic, air conditioning, air brake systems and electrical systems to include multiplex systems using diagnostic scanning tools;
  • Determining scope and sequence of repairs required;
  • Repairing 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;
  • Providing repair feasibility recommendations on transmissions or related components;
  • Training new mechanics; assigning and reviewing work during the absence of the supervisor;
  • Performing Virginia State Safety Inspections on vehicles; and
  • Transporting vehicles and heavy equipment.

Selection Criteria
Note: Current vacancies exist in the school bus and truck section for Auto Mechanic I and II. Candidates will be placed in appropriate level based on qualifications, licensure, and experience. This recruitment may be used to fill comparable vacancies that occur within the department.

Minimum Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent;
  • Three (3) years of journey level heavy auto mechanic experience performing preventive maintenance duties to include diagnosing, repairing or rebuilding gasoline or diesel engines, brake systems, manual or automatic transmissions, and differentials.
Additionally, all positions must possess, or obtain within specified timeframe:
  1. Virginia 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:
  • Repairing school buses, fire trucks and other fire apparatus, medic units, refuse trucks, and dump trucks;
  • Performing computerized diagnostic testing to troubleshoot complex engine, mechanical, or electrical problems;
  • Repairing diesel engines, transmissions, or hydraulic systems;
  • Training other mechanics;
  • Performing Virginia State safety inspections; and
  • Possession of National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications.

Special Requirements
  1. The applicant must possess a valid Driver license 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 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;
    3. VA State 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 have ability to lift heavy objects weighing up to 75 pounds; carry up to 50 pounds unilaterally; carry up to 100 pounds bilaterally and push/pull up to 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 Licenses must be kept in good standing throughout the duration of the employment.

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