Lead Equipment Mechanic

  • City of Costa Mesa, CA
  • Costa Mesa, California
  • Dec 17, 2023
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: $6,086.00 - $8,156.00 Monthly USD

Job Description


  • Current: $73,032 - $97,872 annually
  • Effective July 2024: $75,228 - $100,812 annually

The City of Costa Mesa is seeking highly skilled mechanic to managed and repair fire apparatus, ambulances and other emergency vehicles.


Under general supervision, to perform skilled and specialized mechanical and supervisory work in the maintenance and repair of automotive, construction, fire and heavy-duty equipment and perform related duties as required.


An incumbent in this one-position class exercises considerable independence when supervising, advising and assisting other mechanics in diagnosing problems and taking corrective action. In addition to overseeing the daily shop activities and providing overlapping coverage of shop daily operations, the incumbent must possess specialized and intrinsic knowledge of and experience with fire apparatus, pumps, power take-offs, aerial systems, motorcycles, heavy construction equipment and City owned fuel-dispensing sites, emergency generators. Assignments are received from the Maintenance Supervisor in the form of oral or written direction Evaluation of work is usually confined to completed projects and overall shop efficiency. An incumbent will also be responsible for the regular inspection, record keeping, violation corrections and compliance submittals as regulated by the State of California.


Applications must be completed and submitted online. This recruitment will remain open until filled and may close without prior notice, therefore prompt application is encouraged.

First application review date: Tuesday, November 13, 2023

Candidates are requested to provide specific information regarding their education and experience as it relates to the position by completing all fields of the application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete . Do not include "see attached resume" in your responses, as they will not be accepted or reviewed in the application process.

Based upon the information presented on the application, a limited number of candidates who possess qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process. The selection process may include, but is not limited to the following components: application review and evaluation, written examination or exercise, physical examination, practical exercise and interview evaluation. Please notify the Human Resources Division 72 hours in advance of the test date if you have a disability which requires accommodation for the testing process. The eligibility list will be in effect for one (1) year, unless exhausted sooner. The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be utilized to fill other lower level vacancies which occur during the life of the list.

It is recommended you use a personal email address on your application instead of a work email address. Notifications during this recruitment will be sent by email only (regardless of the notification preference selected during the online application process). Notifications will be sent to the email address that is listed on your online application.

All employment offers made by the City are contingent upon establishing proof of a prospective candidate's legal authorization to work in the United States and successfully passing all components of the pre-employment process which may include, but is not limited to: comprehensive background check, criminal history check (livescan fingerprint check), polygraph examination, post-offer psychological evaluation and post-offer medical evaluation (may include drug screen). Based upon current and/or future assignments, an employee may be subject to pre-employment, random, reasonable and post-accident drug and alcohol testing pursuant to the Department of Transportation Regulations.

Note: The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained within may be modified or revoked without notice.

Essential Functions

These functions may not be present in all positions in this class. When a position is to be filled, the essential functions will be noted in the announcement of position availability. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.

Assists with and participates in supervising, assigning, evaluating, directing and scheduling the work of mechanics and support personnel.

Prepares and submits records and ensures compliance violations have been corrected as regulated by the State of California for City owned fuel dispensing sites.

Prepares monthly preventative schedule, prioritizes and makes arrangements with other departments to service vehicles and equipment with minimal disruption to services and daily operations..

Assists with prioritizing and scheduling of preventative maintenance, repairs, annual testing of all fire vehicles and equipment with daily status communication to Costa Mesa Fire Department staff.

Prepares detailed records of servicing and repair performed on each piece of equipment utilizing fleet management software.

Initiates and processes daily work orders, establishes routine CHP B.I.T.inspections where applicable, performs annual opacity testing, smog testing, submits annual diesel off-road online reporting (DOORS).

Assists with annual Hoist inspections and AQMD emergency generator service, repair, maintenance and repair run logs.

Inspects motorized, mechanical and hydraulic equipment; diagnoses trouble; determines the extent of necessary repairs; directs or participates in repair work as necessary.

Assists in the design and manufacture of new equipment, rehabilitation of old equipment and the preparation of auction vehicles and equipment.

Overhauls, repairs, installs and adjusts engines, pumps, transmissions, differentials and clutches on automobiles, trucks, automotive fire equipment, emergency generators and all other heavy duty equipment.

Coordinates inventory of in-house parts, petroleum products and tires.

Performs major and minor engine tune ups, overhauls fuel systems and diagnoses and repairs all ignition systems,; inspects, adjusts and replaces unit and related parts including valves, pistons, main and rod bearing assemblies, and cooling, fuel and exhaust systems as required.

Proficiently utilizes oxygen/acetylene and electrical welding and cutting equipment to fabricate metal parts and equipment, repair broken parts, and perform body and fender work.

May assist in the development and implementation of annual servicing programs for fire apparatus, emergency generators, automotive and all other mechanical equipment.

Qualification Guidelines

A typical way to obtain the requisite knowledge and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of this classification is as follows:


High school graduation, or its equivalent, supplemented by related vocational study.

Considerable and extensive experience in the maintenance and repair of heavy and light automotive equipment, specialized fire equipment and grounds keeping equipment, including the use of sophisticated diagnostic equipment.

Previous shop supervisory experience is highly desirable.

Experience with fuel tank storage systems, monitors, sensors, fuel dispensers, fuel management systems and related equipment is highly desirable.

An equivalent combination of education and relevant experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform essential functions may be considered.


Possession of a valid California Commercial Driver's License and or the ability to obtain a Class A with all endorsements within the first six months of appointment. Revocation of license during employment may result in disciplinary action or reassignment.

Desirable Certifications:

Underground Storage Tank Operators Certification

Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications in automotive and heavy truck repair

Refrigeration and welding certifications

California Fire Mechanic State certifications as Mechanic I, II or III

Emergency Vehicle Technician (EVT) certification


Knowledge of standard practices, methods, tools, materials and equipment of the automotive trade including body repair, painting and welding.

Knowledge of tools equipment and procedures used in the overhaul, repair and adjustment of heavy and light power-driven equipment.

Knowledge of maintenance and operations of heavy-duty fire vehicles and equipment and/or sophisticated diagnostic equipment.

Knowledge of fuel, ignition, electrical, hydraulic, cooling systems and the repair and adjustment procedures required to maintain optimum performance.

Knowledge of operation and care of gas, diesel engines, alternative fuels, hybrids and electric vehicles.

Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions of the automotive professional trade.

Knowledge of chassis, suspension, steering, brakes, air systems, powertrains, air conditioning, electrical and other components commonly found in motorized equipment.


Ability to supervise, direct and train subordinate staff.

Ability to maintain and repair a wide variety of City-owned equipment and heavy-duty fire fighting vehicles and equipment.

Ability to utilize sophisticated diagnostic equipment.

Ability to understand and follow relatively complex verbal and written instructions.

Supplemental Information


Please contact human resources for a summary of the essential tasks and environmental factors for this classification.

Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


In accordance with Government Code Section 3100 - all City of Costa Mesa employees are required to perform assigned disaster service worker duties in the event of an emergency or disaster.

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New employees contribute 9% of their salary on a pre-tax basis towards the 2%@60 or 2%@62 CalPERS retirement formula depending on eligibility.

Salary Increases:
  • Effective July 2024: 3% increase

Employees receive the following health insurance flexible benefits contribution:
  • Current: $1,600monthly
  • Effective January 2025: $1,650monthly

The City does not participate in the Social Security system; however, federal mandate requires new employees to contribute 1.45% of wages to Medicare. As a condition of employment, all new employees are required to enroll and participate in the direct deposit program.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Special Instructions


Job Address

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