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Automobile Mechanic (6851)

Automobile Mechanic

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: 4/24/74
  • Class Code: 6851
  • Established: 1931
  • Revised: 03/17/1987
  • Title Changed: --


Under direction, to do skilled work in the adjustment, servicing, and repair of automotive equipment; instructs and leads Automobile Mechanic Trainees; may instruct, lead or supervise inmates, wards or resident workers; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Inspects automotive equipment to determine the corrective action necessary; makes major repairs to automotive equipment, including major engine overhauls, tuneups, relining and adjusting brakes, wheel aligning, transmission and differential replacement and repair, electrical replacement and repair, and minor body repair; 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 unskilled assistants; and test drives vehicles on public streets.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a Class III California driver's license valid for the operation of any two-axle single-motor vehicle and one towed vehicle (i.e., a trailer with a gross weight of 6,000 pounds or less). Applicants who do not possess the license will be admitted to the examination, but must secure the license prior to appointment. and Either IExperience: Twelve months of experience as an Automobile Mechanic Trainee, Range C, in California state service. and


Education: Eighteen semester units in automobile mechanics from an accredited junior college or comparable institution. Or IIFour years of experience in California state service performing the duties of a Mechanic's Helper, at least one year of which shall have included experience in the overhaul and repair of the major components of automotive equipment. Or IIICompletion of a recognized apprenticeship as an Automobile Mechanic. (Apprentices who are within six months of completing their apprenticeship program may be admitted to the examination, but they must present evidence of completion of a recognized apprenticeship before they may be appointed.) Or IVThree years of experience diagnosing malfunctions, overhauling, repairing, and maintaining engines, automatic and standard transmissions, clutch, and brake systems, and other major components of automobiles and trucks. [Successful completion of automotive technology or automotive mechanics technology vocational education or training courses offered by an institution recognized or accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience on the basis of three (3) semester units or four and one-half quarter units, equal to one (1) month experience.]

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Methods, tools, materials, and equipment used in the maintenance, adjustment, and repair of automotive equipment, including internal combustion engines; methods used in a program of preventive maintenance for automotive equipment.


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, locate defects, and estimate the cost of repairs; read, interpret, and work from plans, drawings, and specifications; requisition and store a supply of automotive parts; keep records and make reports; instruct and supervise unskilled assistants; follow oral and written directions; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; read and write at a level appropriate to the classification.

Additional Desirable Qualification

Possession of a Class A Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Device Installer's License.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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