Fire Mechanic II

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere


The Fire Mechanic II performs skilled maintenance and repair work by completing apparatus inspections and performing specialized, journey-level mechanical maintenance and repair work.

  • Essential Duties and Responsibilities: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Communicates with the Lead Mechanic.
  • Completes apparatus inspections and performs specialized, journey-level mechanical maintenance and repair work on all types of complex firefighting apparatus and related equipment, which include but are not limited to ladder trucks, engine trucks, crash trucks, air/light trucks, rehabilitation (rehab) trucks, hazardous materials (hazmat) trucks, command vans, systems on brush trucks and ambulances.
  • Reviews work orders and apparatus maintenance logs
  • Uses manual techniques or computerized systems to diagnose operational problems on all types of firefighting apparatus and heavy equipment.
  • Troubleshoots problems with a variety of complex hydraulic and electrical systems on firefighting apparatus.
  • Tests, troubleshoots, adjusts, and repairs gasoline and diesel engines, fuel systems, transmissions, brake components, hydraulic and electrical systems, water pumps, and other related mechanical devices.
  • Performs major and minor repairs in chassis engine overhauls , brake systems and pump repairs.
  • Performs preventative maintenance such as oil changes, lubrication and wheel bearings on fire pumps, components, and other complex fire apparatus and fire auxiliary equipment (such as generators and small engines on fire apparatus and equipment) to ensure performance under emergency conditions.
  • Makes brake and clutch adjustments and repairs.
  • Repairs and maintains firefighting systems, pumps, and valves on the apparatus.
  • Repairs and maintains fire auxiliary equipment, including generators, small engines and foam systems.
  • Modifies welds and fabricates parts such as equipment and tool mounts, brackets, and shelving.
  • Performs oil changes and replaces filters and fluids as part of the preventative maintenance service on fire apparatus.
  • Operate vehicles and equipment requiring a California Commercial License (CDL) Class B with Tanker and Air Brake endorsements to road test maintenance and repair work.
  • Repairs and adjusts gasoline and diesel engines, fuel systems, transmissions, and other mechanical devices.
  • Overhauls in-chassis engines and brake systems.
  • Tests, adjusts, and repairs fuel systems, transmissions, brake components, and other mechanical devices.
  • Sets hydraulic pressures to manufacturer specifications.
  • Troubleshoots and repairs hydraulic and electrical problems, including: stuck valves, damaged pumps, and bypassing cylinders.
  • Removes and installs hydraulic cylinders and components.
  • Measures distances to determine wear values, such as brake drums and internal engine components, and to correct mechanical discrepancies.
  • Uses screwdrivers, wrenches, air-powered tools, etc., in completing repair work.
  • Detects air leaks while inspecting air brakes.
  • Detects vapors from hydraulic, motor, and transmission oils, brake fluids, diesel fuel, gasoline, etc.
  • Inspects equipment and vehicles to assist in problem diagnosis.
  • Traces electrical systems.
  • Reviews repair work to be completed with the Lead Fire Mechanic and prioritize repairs for efficient work flow to minimize apparatus down time.
  • Performs equipment repair and maintenance on firefighting apparatus.
  • Repairs and maintains firefighting systems, pumps, and valves on the apparatus.
  • Repairs and maintains fire auxiliary equipment, including generators, small engines, and foam systems.
  • Modifies, welds and fabricates parts such as equipment and tool mounts, brackets, and shelving.
  • Performs oil changes and replaces filters and fluids as part of the preventative maintenance service on fire apparatus.
  • Performs steam cleaning on fire apparatus in order to clearly view the areas or parts to be inspected or repaired.
  • Cleans work areas and the maintenance shop.
  • Regular, predictable attendance is required.
  • Ability to get along and work effectively with others.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities: This job has no supervisory duties.

Measures of Performance

The Fire Mechanic II shall be considered to be performing in an acceptable manner when the following have been accomplished:

  1. Ethics – Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  2. Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things.
  3. Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed; Listens and responds constructively to other team members’ ideas; Offers support for others’ ideas and proposals; Is open with other team members about his/her concerns; Expresses disagreement constructively.
  4. Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals. Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  5. Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events.
  6. Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  7. Quantity – Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.
  8. Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  9. Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
  10. Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
  11. Technical Skills – Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others; Effectively applies technical knowledge to solve a range of problems; Possesses an in-depth knowledge and skill in a technical area; Develops technical solutions to new or highly complex problems that cannot be solved using existing methods or approaches; Is sought out as an expert to provide advice or solutions in his/her technical area.

Additional Information

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience: High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or five years experience as a journey-level mechanic including heavy duty truck maintenance, repair and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in the repair and maintenance of fire apparatus or fire pumps and valves is preferred.

Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports, and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Internet software and the Microsoft Office Suite of products. Knowledge of basic office equipment should include: Internet and email, copy and fax machines, postage meter and telephone.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: A current CA commercial driver’s license (minimum Class B with Air brake or Tanker endorsements) by hire date and proof of auto insurance are required. Certification as an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and Heavy Truck Emergency Vehicle Technician (EFT) preferred. Must possess a basic set of hand tools and a rollaway box.

Physical and Emotional Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The inability to cope with a stressful work environment does not constitute a protected disability.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently, required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. The employee works near moving mechanical parts and is exposed to fumes, particles and toxic or caustic chemicals. The employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions and is exposed to wet, hot and/or humid conditions.



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