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Lead Automobile Mechanic (6850)

Lead Automobile Mechanic

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: QK90
  • Class Code: 6850
  • Established: 09/07/1956
  • Revised: 07/11/1979
  • Title Changed: 04/24/1974


Under direction, to work with and to be in charge of a group of Automobile Mechanics and Mechanic's Helpers in the adjustment, servicing, and repair of automotive equipment; may instruct, lead or supervise inmates, wards or resident workers; and do other related work.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The class of Lead Automobile Mechanic is distinguished from that of Automobile Mechanic in that the Lead Automobile Mechanic has responsibility for laying out jobs and ordering or determining the need for materials and supplies. In addition, he/she supervises the work of one or more assistants. The work of a Lead Automobile Mechanic differs from that of a Supervisor in that Lead Automobile Mechanic supervisory responsibility is relatively slight, and he/she works along with mechanics and performs the duties of a journeyperson in the trade.

Typical Tasks

Lays out, supervises, and assists with the work in connection with major repairs to automotive equipment including major engine overhauls, tune-ups, relining and adjusting of brakes, wheel aligning, transmission and differential replacement and repair, electrical replacement and repair, and minor body repair; inspects automotive equipment to determine the corrective action necessary; operates and maintains automotive shop equipment; advises in the selection and storage of automotive parts and equipment; estimates the cost of automotive repairs; instructs operators in the proper operation and servicing of their equipment; does minor welding and brazing work; keeps simple records and makes reports; instructs and supervises assistants.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: Three years of experience within the last ten years, comparable to that of an Automobile Mechanic in the California state service. (This time limitation is extended for a period of time equivalent to that spent in military service during the last ten years.) andEducation: Equivalent to completion of the eighth grade. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Methods, tools, materials, and equipment used in the maintenance, adjustment, and repair of automotive equipment; preventive maintenance methods for automotive equipment; principles of effective supervision.


Skill in: Adjustment and repair of automotive equipment.


Ability to: Operate machine tools used in automotive repair and do welding and brazing work; inspect automotive equipment to locate defects, and estimate the cost of repairs; requisition and store a supply of automotive parts; keep records and make reports; instruct and supervise assistants; follow oral and written directions; analyze situations accurately and take effective action.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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