Heavy Equipment Technician

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: $67,184.39 - $81,648.13 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

Join one of the Nation's Top Leading Fleets in North America as a Heavy Equipment Technician! Two positions now open.

Starting salary up to $39.12/hour ($81,648/year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month*

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to a competitive, total compensation package* including:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $615 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County paid premium contribution to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post- retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
The General Services Department seeks experienced Heavy Equipment Technician for two full-time positions within the Fleet Operations Division. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a dynamic team that is recognized as one of the top leading government fleets in the Nation. Over the last ten years, the Fleet Operations Division has earned numerous national, state, regional, and local awards.

Heavy Equipment Technicians maintain, diagnose, repair, and overhaul medium and heavy-duty construction equipment, trucks, emergency and law enforcement vehicles, and generators, which are powered by a variety of fuel sources including diesel, gasoline, electric, and alternative fuels. The ideal candidates will possess:

  • Extensive experience diagnosing and repairing medium and heavy-duty trucks and off-road equipment including loaders, backhoes, and trailers
  • Thorough knowledge regarding the maintenance and repair of diesel equipment particulate matter, emission devices, and systems
  • Experience performing California Highway Patrol (CHP) Biennial Inspection of Terminals (BIT) inspections
  • Experience with computerized maintenance and repair software systems
  • The ability to perform acetylene, arc, and electric welding on various types of metals
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
* Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. This recruitment is being conducted to fill two Heavy Equipment Technician positions in the General Services Department. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of this list.


Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education, experience and training which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, this would include two years of experience in the repair of a wide variety of on/off road equipment and medium/heavy trucks.

Licenses: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential functions of the position.

All employees in this class must obtain a State of California Class A commercial driver's license by June 30, 2019. Upon appointment to a position in this classification, employees must obtain a State of California Class A commercial driver's license by the completion of the probationary period.

Certifications: California Council on Diesel Education and Technology (CCDET) I and II Course certificates are required by the completion of the probationary period. Possession of the ASE Master Medium-Heavy Truck Certification is highly desirable.

Special Requirement: Possession of the small and large hand tools necessary to perform all assigned work. License for Emission Control Testing and Certification is required for some assignments.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: the methods, tools, testing instruments, parts, and equipment used in the major repair, replacement, installation, and overhaul of on/off road equipment, and medium/heavy duty trucks; safety diagnosis, and preventative maintenance inspection methods and techniques; techniques and methods of repairing, replacing, installing, and overhauling on/off road equipment, medium/heavy duty trucks, and related component parts, including diesel, gasoline, electric, and alternate fuel engines, carburetors, hydraulic and electrical systems, fuel injection systems, transmissions, and differentials; the theory, care, and operation of diesel, gasoline, electric, and alternate fuel powered engines and mechanical components for the maintenance and repair of on/off road equipment and medium/heavy duty trucks.

Ability to: diagnose and locate mechanical and safety problems, and determine appropriate corrective action; repair, replace, remove, install, and overhaul of medium/heavy duty trucks and on/off road equipment, including emergency vehicles, man lift vehicles, park maintenance equipment, road maintenance equipment, construction equipment, and generators (both stationary and mobile), and related component parts without direct supervision; research and identify appropriate replacement parts; effectively use hand tools, electrical testing instruments, and machines in the repair, replacement, removal, installation, and overhaul of on/off road equipment, medium/heavy duty trucks, and related component parts; perform emission control testing and certification; read and write English; interpret manufacturers' specifications; follow oral and written instructions; use computer system to access and maintain accurate records, including updates to inventory records, parts orders, and time records,; perform basic arithmetic calculations; work effectively with customers and vendors; work under varying field and weather conditions and, occasionally, on weekends.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.


Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (Weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: As the largest employer in Sonoma County, the Board of Supervisors has adopted a vaccination and testing policy to help mitigate transmission of COVID-19. All County employees will be required to either have documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (including booster, when eligible) on file or consent to twice weekly COVID-19 testing.


Applications are accepted on-line at www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: AK
HR Technician: RR

Closing Date:Continuous

Job Address

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