Vehicle & Equipment Mechanic (OPEN CONTINUOUS)

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 3/31/2023

About the positions: As a Vehicle & Equipment Mechanic at the City of Portland, no day is ever the same. These positions perform journey-level mechanical and electrical repairs & overhauls on a wide variety of vehicles/equipment supporting all City Bureaus. Work varies from diagnosing and repairing diesel engines, transmissions, heating & air conditioning, to aerial lifts. Our teams are proud to communicate effectively and foster positive relationships. We are committed to work hard but always ensure that safety is the primary focus. This classification is utilized in both City Fleet as well as Portland Fire & Rescue. These positions will report in person to various work locations.

What you’ll get to do:

  • Perform repair and preventative maintenance on a variety of Citywide vehicles and equipment
  • Utilize strong troubleshooting skills to Inspect, repair and/or overhaul brake systems and devices, drive trains, suspensions, exhaust and steering systems, electrical systems, air & hydraulic systems and other specialized systems
  • Utilize electronic systems to diagnose equipment; utilize a computer to search for and order parts.

Who you are:

  • Technically savvy: You are experienced using diagnostic systems and have experience with a variety of vehicles
  • Resourceful: You find reliable information when problem solving & are able to find and order parts when needed
  • Problem Solver: You are experienced in troubleshooting & problem solving with a variety of vehicles & issues.
  • Collaborative: You are a strong communicator and work well with those around you.
  • Detail Oriented: You have an eye on detail and understand the importance of not cutting corners.
  • Versatile: Your experience has allowed you to become familiar with a variety of vehicles & types of issues.

** This is an essential classification which is expected to report to work during inclement weather and other situations where the Mayor shuts down the city to all employees except essential.**

About the current vacancies

Fleet: The City of Portland CityFleet Division maintains over 4,000 unique vehicles and equipment that are city owned as well as equipment owned by outside agencies. The vehicles and equipment range from motorcycles to heavy class 8 trucks and off-road equipment. CityFleet also provides a unique opportunity for technicians to work on alternative fueled vehicles including electric, hybrid, and renewable compressed natural gas. These positions will be responsible for performing preventative maintenance and repairs with a focus on providing safe, reliable, affordable, and compliant equipment to City maintenance and operational bureaus.

AA degree in Automotive or Diesel technology or related fields including specialty certifications is preferred. Premiums paid for ASE Master Certificate and alternative shifts

Portland Fire & Rescue: PF&R anticipates having open positions and may utilize this recruitments eligible list.
  • This position performs journey level work on a wide variety of specialty rescue/ emergency equipment and systems with focus being on heavy truck chassis maintenance troubleshooting and repair.
  • Applicants should be familiar with methods, materials, equipment and tools used in routine welding and fabrication work.
  • Prior fire apparatus repair experience, ASE certifications, or EVT certification is preferred but not required.
  • The incumbent must be available to work a rotating on-call assignment to provide 24-7 afterhours repair service to the Fire Bureau, and have the flexibility to report to work without delay in the event of an emergency.
  • Applicants that are successful and do not hold ASE, or EVT certification are strongly urged to obtain these certifications. There is a pay incentive for individuals with these certifications.

This classification is represented by the District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU). To view this labor agreement, please go to and click on the appropriate link. Applicants not currently employed by the City of Portland start at the entry salary rate. If you are a DCTU represented employee, see labor agreement for additional information or talk to your union representative.

City of Portland Core Values: Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility

These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

As of October 18, 2021, all City employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This is required for all positions at the City of Portland. Proof of being fully vaccinated is required by date of hire. You may request an exception, for health or religious reasons, from getting the COVID-19 vaccine at the time a position is offered.

Work Location
Many positions within the City are designated as hybrid and currently the City requires you to work in-person one day per week. Beginning in April 2023, most hybrid employees will be expected to perform at least half of their work in-person.

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Experience with mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, air and structural systems for various vehicles and equipment.
  2. Skills and experience performing repair, tune-ups and preventative maintenance techniques on various types of vehicles and equipment
  3. Experience troubleshooting and using computer diagnostics from original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and aftermarket providers.
  4. Ability to record maintenance records on a PC computer.
  5. Experience working constructively in a team and applying safety standards and procedures.
Applicants must also possess:
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.
  • A valid state drivers license and acceptable driving record
  • Valid CDL within 6 months of hire
  • Some positions may require the ability to successfully pass an in-depth background investigation
Phase 1- An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and answers to the supplemental questions to address "To Qualify" section. Those passing will be invited to an in-person interview.

Phase 2- In Person Interview.

Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation for required certifications may be required prior to the establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

**PLEASE NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**

Recruitment Timeline (These dates are tentative - notification will not be sent if this timeline changes):
  • Posting: review periods close August 8th, September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th, and December 5th, January 3rd, and January 17th and every 2 weeks after that.
  • Applications Reviewed: Within one week following each application periods
  • Eligible List: Recurring - *Please see note below*
This is an open continuous recruitment: Open Continuous recruitments have multiple review periods and can be opened for up to 6 months.
  • If you apply and are notified you meet minimum qualifications/placed on the eligible list, please do not reapply. Any applications received after being placed on the eligible list will not be reviewed and will be rejected as a duplicate application.
  • If you apply and are notified you do not meet qualifications and the recruitment is still open, you may reapply and update your materials.
The selection/interview process will take place periodically during this recruitment process. You will be contacted directly by the bureau if you are selected to participated in the selection process.

IMPORTANT Instructions
Applicants must submit a professional résumé online and answer all required supplemental questions, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:
  • Your résumé and responses to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your responses to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your resume should support the details described in your responses to the supplemental questions.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to the supplemental questions and resume any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. Do not attach materials not requested. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted. Work status: Non-citizen applications must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veterans’ Preference: If you are requesting Veterans’ Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans’ Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans’ Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Language Pay Differential: City of Portland employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English, may be eligible to receive a “language pay differential.” This is compensation for qualifying multilingual City employees who use their language skill to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.

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Questions?/ Recruiter Contact Information:
Karen Ehn, Senior Recruiter
Recruitment Operations Supervisor

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

Listing Type
Government/Public Agency
Position Type
Full Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$33.84 - $37.91 Hourly
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