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ABOLISHED 09/06/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-29 - Mechanic's Helper (6837)

​​ABOLISHED 09/06/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-29 - Mechanic's Helper

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: QK10
  • Class Code: 6837
  • Established: 1931
  • Revised: 12/07/1972
  • Title Changed: 11/07/1940


Under general supervision, to assist mechanics in repairing and servicing automotive or heavy construction equipment; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Assists an automobile or heavy equipment mechanic with the overhauling, repairing, and adjusting of engines, transmissions, and ignition, electrical, fuel, and cooling systems, and installing cylinder heads and manifold gaskets; assists in the work of fitting and adjusting bearings and installing axles, relining and adjusting brakes, and aligning wheels; assists in preparing trucks, tractors, and automobiles for painting; services and greases mechanical equipment; threads bolts and taps nuts; identifies parts and fittings; keeps records and makes reports on the condition of equipment; in institutions, may assist in the supervision of the work of inmates; operates automotive equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a California driver license valid for the operation of any two-axle vehicle except a bus or farm labor truck (motorcycle excluded) and one towed vehicle weighing less than 6,000 pounds gross. Applicants who do not possess this license will be admitted to the examination but must secure the license prior to appointment. 


Either I One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a Service Assistant (Automotive). Or II Completion within the last ten years of a recognized vocational course in automotive or heavy construction equipment technology, in either a high school, resident trade school, or junior college. Or III One year of experience, within the last ten years, assisting in the major repairs of automotive or heavy construction equipment.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Names of automotive and machine parts; automotive and heavy equipment; materials, machines and hand tools, equipment, and procedure used in their overhaul, repair, and adjustment.


Ability to: Read and write English at a level required for successful job performance; identify automotive and machine parts; perform the less skilled tasks involved in repairing and servicing automotive and heavy mechanical equipment.

Special Personal Characteristic

Aptitude and liking for mechanical work.

Additional Desirable Qualification

Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.

  Updated: 12/13/2017
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