Solid Waste Equipment Mechanic

Location: Santa Paula, CA


Under general supervision, the Solid Waste Equipment Mechanic makes mechanical repairs and fabricates parts/attachments for vehicles, trucks, and heavy equipment.


The Solid Waste Equipment Mechanic is a journey level skilled crafts classification responsible for the inspection, maintenance and repair of all vehicles, trucks, heavy equipment and associated equipment utilized in solid waste operations. Incumbents independently perform a wide variety of maintenance and mechanical repairs to equipment both in the shop and in the field including the fabrication of parts and equipment attachments.

This classification is distinguished from the Solid Waste Operations Superintendent by the latter’s responsibility for the day-to-day supervision of all assigned site operations and construction activities.


This position receives direct or general supervision from a designated supervisor or manager.


The Solid Waste Equipment Mechanic may exercise technical and functional supervision.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following examples.

  • Inspects and diagnoses equipment for mechanical failures and makes or coordinates all mechanical repairs; maintains preventative maintenance program schedules for equipment inspections and servicing.
  • Overhauls diesel and spark ignited engines; repairs, overhauls, or replaces standard or automatic transmission parts including clutches and drive shafts; diagnoses and repairs front and rear axles including all gears and bearings; using testing equipment, repairs fuel system components including carburetors, fuel pumps, filters, hoses and emission controls; repairs undercarriages.
  • Responsible for maintaining brakes by inspecting, overhauling or replacing brake shoes, springs, hardware, wheel cylinders and related parts in disc, hydraulic and air brake systems; turns brake drums and rotors; maintains and repairs hydraulic systems on specialized equipment.
  • Inspects, repairs or arranges for repair of suspension in steering systems, front end alignment and rear suspensions; installs new wiring in vehicles, repairing or replacing lights, horns, flashers and electronic emission control systems; repairs air conditioning, heating and compressor systems.
  • Fabricates parts, special add-on equipment or tools; performs skilled brazing, cast iron welding, hard facing or forging using a variety of metals and alloys; rebuilds dozer blades and other cutting edges on ground engaging equipment.
  • Operates all types of shop tools including small hand tools, electrical and acetylene welding devices; cleans and maintains shop area tools and equipment; purchases supplies and makes recommendations for purchase; inventories parts, tools and supplies; maintains and repairs small equipment associated with landfill operations.
  • May assist in developing specifications for equipment purchases.
  • Maintains records of repairs performed; may retrieve disabled vehicles and equipment and tow them to the shop for repairs; road tests repaired vehicles and equipment; may operate equipment in landfill operation.
  • Conducts and records Biannual Inspection of Terminals to meet California Highway Patrol mandates.
  • Maintains shop area, tools and equipment in a clean, orderly condition and ensures safe practices are followed in the shop area.
  • Performs other related duties as requested.


Any equivalent combination of experience and education that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:


Two (2) years of journey level experience in the maintenance and repair of heavy equipment including the welding and fabrication of parts.


Equivalent to a high school diploma.


Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver’s license, and a driving record acceptable for insurability.

Depending on assignment, a valid Class B driver’s license may be required.


The following are a representative sample of the KSA necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and techniques of equipment and vehicle repair.
  • Gas and diesel engines and associated systems.
  • Tools and equipment used in the maintenance and repair of vehicles, trucks and heavy equipment.
  • Proper procedures in uses of power and hand tools in the repair and reconditioning of mobile equipment; engines, chassis, new units.
  • Engine emissions control requirements.
  • Safe work practices.
  • Report preparation.

Ability to:

  • Identify and analyze mechanical problems and implement or coordinate repairs.
  • Troubleshoot, diagnose and repair all components of heavy equipment used in landfill operations.
  • Read and understand manuals, diagnostic charts and specifications.
  • Use special equipment, gauges, meters, and tools used in the equipment repair trade.
  • Improvise and make repairs under adverse field conditions.
  • Follow safe working practices.
  • Tolerate the work environment associated with solid waste landfill.
  • Operate, troubleshoot and repair.
  • Prepare reports of equipment condition, utilization and work performed.
  • Estimate time and material needed to complete repairs.
  • Perform maintenance and/or fabricate changes to equipment.


Position requires sitting, standing, walking on uneven surfaces, climbing, reaching, kneeling, bending, stooping, squatting, grasping and repetitive motions in the performance of daily duties.  The position also requires both near and far vision while performing cleaning and maintenance inspection of equipment.  The need to lift, drag and push vehicles, motors, engines and other equipment and supplies weighing up to 100 pounds is also required.  Additionally, the incumbent works in all weather conditions including wet, hot and cold.  Using cleaning chemicals and lubricating ingredients, and working with brake materials and exhaust equipment, exposes the employee to fumes, dust and air contaminants which may cause eye and skin irritation.  The nature of the work also requires the incumbent to handle power and noise producing tools and equipment and to drive a motorized vehicle which subjects the employee to mechanical and electrical hazards.

Pursuant to California Government Code Section 3100, all public employees are required to serve as disaster service workers subject to such disaster service activities as may be assigned to them by their superiors or by law.

Ventura Regional Sanitation District is pleased to be accepting applications to fill this position.

Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as we will be filling this vacancy as soon as an ideal candidate is identified.

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$67,995- $82,992 Annually


Full Time


Maintenance | Miscellaneous | Sanitation


Solid Waste

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled