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City of Reno, NV Fire Equipment Mechanic in Reno, Nevada

Fire Equipment Mechanic



Class Title

Fire Equipment Mechanic

Class Code



$71,995.84 - $74,904.47 Annually

  • Definition

  • Benefits

Classification Description Summary

Under general supervision, performs journey-level skilled work in the repair and maintenance of specialized and complex Fire Department automotive, heavy apparatus and related equipment.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Performs general overhaul and repair on all types of gasoline and diesel engines;

Maintains, repairs and performs condition tests on equipment such as Fire Department cars, trucks and pumpers;

Re-assembles engines, tests, tunes, and adjusts fuel delivery systems, brakes, clutches, transmissions, and differentials;

Repairs and rebuilds front ends and brake systems;

Performs technical maintenance on specialized firefighting equipment; such as, fire pumps, portable generators, smoke ejectors, hydraulic systems, sirens, and beacon lights;

Performs technical maintenance on a variety of small engines to include; but not limited to, chainsaws, circular saws, mowers, blowers, and string trimmers;

Assists in preparing specifications for fire apparatus and motor vehicles;

Maintains records of equipment and materials used, and time spent on each piece of equipment, including data entry using modern office equipment;

Welds, fabricates, and modifies equipment;

Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Methods, procedures, materials, tools, and equipment used in the maintenance of large scale industrial and automotive engines and related equipment.

Principles of operations and mechanics of heavy internal combustion diesel, gasoline, and small two and four stroke engines.

Hydraulic principles.

Operation of heavy power tools used in the maintenance of equipment.

Mechanical modification and fabrication procedures.

Operations of metal lathes and related fabricating equipment.

All types of welding processes and techniques for a variety of metals.

Automotive and industrial engine ignition and wiring systems.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, and web searching.

Computerized diagnostic software.

Computerized service manuals and service procedures.

Computerized/electronic fleet management software.

Ability to:

Perform heavy manual labor.

Learn mechanical maintenance procedures peculiar to the operation, maintenance, and repair of a wide variety of firefighting equipment.

Learn the principles and procedures for the repair, maintenance, and overhaul of centrifugal pumps.

Visualize, adapt, fabricate, and install a wide variety of engine conversions and other mechanical modifications and alterations.

Effectively perform mechanical and electrical trouble shooting work.

Maintain operating reports and records.

Skills in:

Use and care of hand and machine tools employed in automotive repair work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education & Training:

Completion of a high school diploma or equivalent supplemented by at least one year of advanced technical training in the maintenance of large gasoline and diesel engines of the type often used in commercial and industrial applications.


Four full-time years of increasingly responsible paid experience as a fire equipment mechanic, heavy equipment mechanic, or mechanic in a related field.

License or Certificate:

Possession of a valid driver’s license at the time of appointment. A non-commercial class B driver’s license with an F endorsement or equivalent must be obtained within two (2) years from appointment.

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Shop environment; occasional field environment with some travel from site to site; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, gases, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; exposure to hazardous traffic conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain; incumbents may be required to respond to emergency calls after hours including evenings and weekends.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a mechanic shop environment; walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time; frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, and twist; push, pull, lift, and/or carry moderate to heavy amounts of weights; operate assigned equipment and vehicles; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Other Requirements



Updated: 9/24/2020

JD 11/2018

No state income tax.

Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years.

No Social Security participation, but Medicare deduction required (1.45%).

City paid medical, dental and vision and life insurance coverage for employee. City pays a substantial amount for dependent coverage.

Thirteen paid holidays.

Vacation and sick leave plans.

Deferred compensation plans available.

Credit union available.