Automotive Mechanic

JOB CODE: 1106


SALARY RANGE: $29,219 - $49,743

Department of Fleet Management

Under the direction of an employee of a higher classification, performs skilled work at the journeyman level in the maintenance and repair of gasoline, diesel, and alternative fuel powered automotive and related equipment. Work involves the performance of skilled tasks in the mechanical repair and maintenance of automobiles, light and heavy duty trucks, motor graders, bulldozers, mowers, All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV's), tractors, and other standard and specialized equipment. Assignments are received in the form of repair orders and verbal instructions. Employees of this class work under general supervision, using independent judgment as to method of repair. Performs other work as requested.

Performs complete overhaul and repair work in different types of gasoline, alternative fuel and diesel automotive equipment, ranging from lawn mowers to large bulldozers. Repairs, rebuilds, and overhauls transmissions and differentials, including front and rear end assemblies. Inspects, adjusts, and replaces necessary units and related parts, valves, pistons, piston rings, brakes, main bearing assembly, cooling, ignition, and fuel systems. Repairs and overhauls engines, alternators, carburetors, and clutches; replaces blades, axles, and springs. Repairs and overhauls air compressors, hydraulic systems, air conditioning systems, and other specialized related equipment. Road tests equipment to locate defects and to check repair work. Performs minor and major electrical work on automotive equipment, such as installing batteries, repairing and adjusting lights, replacing alternators and starters, and tracing electrical shorts. Repairs automotive computer and electronic control systems, including electronic carburetors and fuel injection. Inspects City-Parish vehicles and taxicabs in East Baton Rouge Parish for state safety inspection; issues inspection permits. Occasionally does minor body repair work on automotive or heavy equipment. May operate equipment, change tires, and make service calls. Performs roadside assistance and repairs vehicles when possible; maintains and repairs road service truck and its auxiliary equipment.

Knowledge of the methods, materials, tools, and techniques used in the repair of light and heavy-duty automotive equipment. Knowledge of the operating principles of gasoline, diesel, and alternative fuel engines and of mechanical repair of heavy-duty trucks and construction equipment. Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade. Skill in the use and operation of tools and machinery used in automotive repair work. Ability to diagnose defects in automotive equipment and to apply approved techniques in remedying defects. Ability to adapt available tools and repair parts to specific problems. Ability to follow oral and written instructions. Ability to interpret and work from sketches and diagrams. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.


High school diploma, GED, HiSET, or equivalent certificate of competency, and two years of journeyman level experience as an automotive mechanic (2 years journeyman level = 4 years of experience).

Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) Position(s) of this classification require at the time of application or within the six month probationary period (or date of appointment), possession of a Louisiana Commercial Driver's license (CDL) Class A, B, or C with appropriate endorsements. Thereafter, CDL must be maintained throughout employment in this classification.


The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the job.