Water Agency Automotive Mechanic

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Mechanic/Technician
Posted on March 3, 2023
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Starting salary up to $33.87/hour ($70,690/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive compensation package!

Sonoma Water is looking for an experienced automotive mechanic to join our team. In this role, you will be responsible for inspecting and maintaining the safety and efficiency of vehicles used in various operations and services. You will also collaborate with heavy fleet mechanics to coordinate vehicle and part transfers into and out of our light and heavy fleet repair facilities. 

The ideal candidates will be self-motivated and capable of working effectively and efficiently. They will also have prior experience in:

  • Performing vehicle maintenance and repairs
  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving to diagnose and repair
  • Conducting safety inspections
  • Coordinating vehicle transfers with dealers and vendors in the event of repairs or recalls
  • Recording, tracking, and updating records for preventive maintenance

Certifications from the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) program are highly desired.

Working at the Sonoma Water offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits* including:

  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range 
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $615 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment

About Sonoma Water 

Sonoma Water is a special district formed by the California State Legislature in 1949 and is responsible for providing a safe and reliable water supply to its customers in Sonoma and Marin counties. Sonoma Water also maintains 75 miles of flood control channels and provides sanitation services. Employing approximately 250 employees, Sonoma Water consists of seven divisions including Engineering and Resource Planning, Environmental Resources, Community and Government Affairs, Water and Wastewater Operations, Maintenance, and Administrative Services. Sonoma Water supports the concept of environmental sustainability, focusing on renewable power sources, and strives to be a leader in its water conservation and fishery restoration programs.

Employees of Sonoma Water are employees of a special district and are not subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Ordinance of the County of Sonoma. The Formal title for this position is Automotive Mechanic.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the International Union of Operating Engineers, Stationary Engineers - Local 39 Memorandum Of Understanding and our Employee Benefits Directory

This recruitment is being conducted to fill full time Automotive Mechanic. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.




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 completion of an automotive mechanical training program, or one year of automotive mechanical experience which 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 and Licenses: Possession of a current Smog Check Technician license(s) as required by the State of California Bureau of Automotive Repair to test and repair emission control systems is desirable.

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

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: the fundamentals of automotive technology, care, and operation of internal combustion engines and other major vehicle 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.

Ability to: learn to perform and perform routine and less complex diagnosis and repair od vehicle mechanical, electronic, and safety problems; learn to determine appropriate maintenance and repairs; learn to effectively use hand tools and automotive diagnostic equipment; learn to interpret manufacturers' specifications; learn to research and identify appropriate replacement parts; follow oral and written instructions; use computer system to access and maintain accurate records, including updates to inventory records, parts orders, time, and billing records, effectively deal with customers and vendors; 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.