Employment Opportunity

Employment Opportunity: Fleet Services Technician 

Performs skilled mechanical work to maintain and repair a variety of automotive, construction, and power-driven equipment.

An employee in this class serves as a skilled mechanic in the City’s garage. The employee performs automotive and mechanical work in the preventive maintenance and diagnosis of problems and repair of engines, motors, brakes, electrical, and hydraulic systems, and motorized equipment to ensure the safe operation of City vehicles and equipment. Work includes preventive maintenance and repairs; responding to work orders and requests; diagnosing vehicle problems and ordering parts; fabricating and welding when needed; maintaining vehicle supplies; serving as licensed vehicle inspector to conduct NC inspections; documenting work performed, and making road calls and repairs on site. The employee is subject to various hazards such as loud noises, moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, chemicals, fumes, gases, and oils. Work also requires rotation of standby time to respond to emergency repair needs. Work is performed under the direction of the Fleet Services Supervisor and is evaluated by observation and on the basis of timeliness and operational efficiency of equipment serviced.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Diagnoses problems and performs major mechanical and electrical repairs and adjustments on a variety of vehicles, heavy equipment, and emergency vehicles including replacing systems and rebuilding and/or adjusting components as needed.
  • Completes service and repair projects as specified on work orders; documents work performed; maintains vehicle service records and identifies necessary parts for order.
  • Removes and replaces brakes, tires, belts, hoses, spark plugs, batteries, starters, alternators, pumps, cylinders, shafts, bearings, and electrical equipment.
  • Performs electrical work on automotive equipment such as diagnosing electrical shorts, installing batteries and terminals, repairing and adjusting lights, and replacing wiring.
  • Services vehicles and equipment on a scheduled basis by checking a variety of fluid levels; changing oil, filters, and plugs; lubricating equipment parts; realigning wheels and rotating tires; inspecting vehicles for wear or defective parts and replacing as necessary to ensure safe operation of vehicles and equipment.
  • Welds and fabricates parts; removes and replaces a variety of parts as necessary to ensure the safe operation of vehicles and equipment.
  • Performs NC vehicle safety inspections and maintains inspection records.
  • Operates a variety of tools and equipment including air compressors, jacks, tire changers, and gauges in performing maintenance work.
  • Maintains shop area in a clean and orderly state.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of the operating principles of diesel and gasoline engines and of the standard mechanical components of automotive and related equipment.
  • Must have knowledge of the service, repairs, and maintenance requirements of vehicles and equipment.
  • Knowledge of electrical, hydraulic, vacuum and brake systems.
  • Knowledge of computerized maintenance systems and office technology for maintenance records.
  • Knowledge of the hazards and applicable safety precautions of mechanical work.
  • Skill in the diagnosis of mechanical problems and detection of broken parts.
  • Skill in the use and care of tools, equipment, and materials used in the maintenance and repair of automotive and related equipment.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and initiative in detecting malfunctions and in solving mechanical problems.
  • Ability to read and understand service manuals and schematic drawings.
  • Ability to drive a variety of motorized vehicles and equipment.
  • Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, supervisors, and equipment vendors.
  • Ability to detect broken or worn parts by inspection.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain computerized records.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, hearing, and repetitive motions.
  • Must be able to perform heavy work exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally; and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently; and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Must possess the visual acuity to operate machines and equipment including close inspection of moving and small parts, using measurement devices, assembly, fabrication of parts, maintaining computer and paper records, and reviewing digital and paper manuals.

Desirable Education and Experience

Graduation from high school supplemented by coursework in mechanical and/or electrical trade skills and at least two years of experience in automotive maintenance and repair work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Special Requirements

  • Possession of a valid North Carolina Commercial Driver’s License.
  • Possession of a North Carolina Vehicle Inspection license or ability to obtain.
  • Ability to obtain Automotive Service Excellence Master Certification.

To Apply

Interested candidates must submit by email a City of Southport application, cover letter, and resume to:

City of Southport
Attn: Human Resources, Patricia Fortuna
1029 N. Howe Street
Southport, NC 28461
Or email: [email protected]

The City of Southport is an Equal Opportunity Employer.