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Senior Fire Apparatus Technician

at Orange County Fire Authority

Pay: $28.67 to $38.64/hour
$28.67 - $38.64
Posted: 5/10/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2435097
Keywords: mechanic, repair, diesel

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) is recruiting to fill one (1) vacancy in the Fleet Services Division of the Logistics Department. This recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancy and establish an eligibility list for future vacancies.

Incumbents are responsible for performing journey level heavy mechanic duties.

The Senior Fire Apparatus Technician is the third level in a eight level Fire Equipment Maintenance Series.  The Senior Fire Apparatus Technician is distinguished from the Fire Apparatus Technician by its journey level heavy mechanic responsibilities.  The Senior Fire Apparatus Technician is distinguished from the Fleet Services Supervisor, which has full supervisory responsibilities.


(These duties are intended to be representative sample of the duties performed by the class.)

Will assist in training and answering questions brought forth by Fire Apparatus Technicians and Assistant Apparatus Technicians.
Perform preventive maintenance on vehicles, which includes:  checking and changing oil, checking and replacing filters, lubricating linkage, changing fluids, changing spark plugs, checking ignition timing, checking lighting systems, replacing bulbs, testing batteries, checking equipment for damages, and perform other related activities.

Repair electrical and computer systems on vehicles, which may include: repairing shorts in circuits, testing and evaluating loads on systems; programming load manager computers; and, perform other related repairs.
Test and repair pumps, which includes: rebuilding valves and pumps; replacing pump packing and seals; repairing foam systems; and, perform other related duties.

Fabricate metal parts utilizing mig and gas welders.

Ability to drive/operate heavy fire apparatus.
Service, remove, replace, and/or repairs a variety of systems and/or components, which may include: breathing air compressors, air monitor systems, aviation crash equipment, hydraulic settings, anti-lock brake systems, engines, pinion gear assemblies, drive belts, pulleys, fans, clutches, exhaust systems, manifolds, batteries, alternators, voltage regulators, cylinder head gaskets, intake manifold gaskets, carburetors, emission control systems, on-board computer systems, take fuel pumps, transmission and motor mounts, and/or other related equipment or systems.
Check tires for wear and damage; repair, mount, dismount, and balance tires; change and replace tires on vehicles.

Perform vehicle repair work in the field.

Perform other duties of a similar nature or level.


EDUCATION  (position requirements at entry):
Possession of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
EXPERIENCE (position requirements at entry):
Possession of five (5) years of journey level mechanic experience, including two (2) years working on heavy trucks and equipment.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS (position requirements at entry):
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at time of appointment. 
Possession of a valid California Commercial Class B Driver License, with air brake, manual transmission, and tanker endorsements, is required within six (6) months of appointment.

This classification is subject to enrollment in the California DMV Pull Notice Program, which periodically provides Risk Management with the incumbent's Driver License record and status.

Additionally, when the incumbent possess a valid, unrestricted California Commercial Class B Driver License, the incumbent is subject to the provisions of the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, which includes DOT pre-employment drug testing and random drug and alcohol testing while employed in this classification.

KNOWLEDGE (position requirements at entry):
Knowledge of:
• Electrical theory
• Diesel and gas engines
• Internal combustion engines
• Transmission operations
• Ignition systems
• Cooling systems
• Steering geometry
• Heating and air conditioning systems
• Exhaust systems
• Tools and equipment of the trade
• Brake systems
• Fuel systems
• On-board diagnostic methods
• Heavy gas and diesel engine repair methods
• Electrical systems and equipment
• Welding and fabricating methods
• Hydraulic systems

SKILLS (position requirements at entry):
Skills in:
• Reading and interpreting repair manuals and electrical schematics
• Using a computer and applicable software applications
• Repairing brake systems
• Repairing heavy gas and diesel engines
• Diagnosing, troubleshooting, and performing repairs and preventive maintenance on vehicles
• Repairing and replacing a variety of vehicle systems, equipment and/or components
• Performing on-board diagnostics
• Diagnosing and servicing transmissions
• Diagnosing wear and damage to tires
• Mounting and dismounting tires
• Welding and fabricating equipment
• Operating applicable tools and equipment of the trade
• Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public etc., sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction

  • Week of June 10, 2019 - First Application Review
  • June 26-27, 2019 - Oral Interviews/Practical Exam
  • Week of July 8, 2019 - Selection Interview
  • Week of August 5, 2019 - Estimated Hire Date



Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, driving, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.
Very Heavy Work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, poor ventilation, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, work space restrictions, intense noises, and travel.
Incumbents may be subjected to traveling to and from remote locations for incident assignments and may be required to stay in remote locations without accommodations.
NOTE: The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the needs of the department.


Before an employee is hired, he/she must successfully complete pre-employment requirements including, but not limited to: fingerprinting and background check, reference check, DMV check, licensure/certification check, Oath of allegiance to the United States of America and the State of California, and proof of eligibility to work in the United States in accordance with Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986. All job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment medical exam including a drug screen through the OCFA's designated physician.


When the recruitment opens for this position, an applicant must submit, during the application filing period, an online application and attach any supplemental information as required in the job announcement which may include submitting responses to a supplemental questionnaire. Online resumes and other unsolicited materials may be attached, but will not be considered in lieu of the required online application, unless otherwise specified in the job announcement. The OCFA reserves the right to limit the number of online applications when necessary. Applicants are responsible for maintaining/updating their contact information through the online application system.


Human Resources reviews all initial application materials to identify qualified applicants. Applicants meeting minimum qualifications will be invited to the first phase of the recruitment process. The OCFA reserves the right to refer only the better qualified applicants if the number of applicants is high. If the number of applicants is high, the review process may include a secondary screening (by a panel of job knowledge experts) of the applications and/or supplemental questionnaires in which the better qualified applicants are referred to the next phase of the recruitment process. Because recruitment processes vary, applicants are advised to thoroughly review the job announcement before submitting their online application materials.

Testing for this position may include, but is not limited to the following:
Written exam
Practical exam
Panel interview
Physical ability test
Assessment center
Oral presentation
Project assignment
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, anyone who needs an ADA accommodation for the purposes of employment testing should contact the assigned recruiter, Brad Stephens, Human Resources Analyst I at (714) 573-6834 or via email at no later than 72 hours prior to any portion of the examination process.
All recruitment/selection process and requirements will be held in accordance with the OCFA's Selection Rules, which are available for inspection in the Human Resources office.
The duration of an Eligible List is one year, unless otherwise specified in the job announcement.
Whenever an applicant chooses to withdraw from a recruitment process, he/she is required to submit an email notification to Brad Stephens at requesting a withdrawal from the process. The email to the recruiter must include the applicant's current phone number.
All questions regarding this position should be directed to Brad Stephens at (714) 573-6834 or upon opening of a future recruitment.
The provisions of this publication do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision in this publication may be modified or revoked without notice.
The Orange County Fire Authority is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.