Automotive Technician

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Mechanic/Technician
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Posted on February 11, 2021

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Experience: Any combination of education, training, and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, this would include the ability to read and write English and perform basic arithmetic calculations at a level sufficient to perform the duties of the position, and either three years of experience as an automotive technician/mechanic or completion of a two year automotive mechanic program and one year of automotive technician/mechanic experience that relates to the knowledge and abilities listed.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential functions of the position.

Certifications & Licenses: The following ASE (National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence) Certifications are required:

Engine Repair (A1) Brakes (A5)
Electrical/Electronic Systems (A6)
Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) (A7)
Engine Performance (A8), as required for State of California Smog Technician licensure

Possession of the ASE Master Automobile Technician Certification [including the following certifications not listed above: Automatic Transmission/Transaxle (A2), Manual Drive Train & Axles (A3), and Suspension & Steering (A4)] is highly desirable.

Current Smog Check Technician license as required by the State of California Bureau of Automotive Repair to test and repair emission control systems is required.

Special Requirement: Possession of small and large hand tools necessary to perform all assigned work is required.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working knowledge of: the fundamentals of the technology, care, and operation of engines, vehicles, and related systems and components; current repair methods, tools, diagnostic equipment, and parts used in the maintenance, overhaul, and repair of vehicles; safety practices; the principles of organizing and prioritizing work.

Knowledge of: using computers to access information and to update records.

Ability to: perform complex diagnosis and repair of vehicle mechanical and safety problems; determine appropriate maintenance and repairs; effectively use hand tools and automotive diagnostic equipment; interpret manufacturers' specifications and informational materials; research and identify appropriate replacement parts; follow oral and written instructions; use computer system to access and maintain accurate records, including updates to inventory, parts orders, time, and billing records as well as to access and research vehicle maintenance and repair documentation, effectively communicate with County customers and vendors; communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing; perform basic arithmetic calculations; and occasionally work evenings and weekends.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying


  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.