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City of Detroit General Auto Mechanic DDOT in Detroit, Michigan

General Auto Mechanic DDOT



General Auto Mechanic DDOT


$21.01 - $21.24 Hourly


MI 48226, MI

Job Type

Certified-Regular Civil Service


Dept of Transportation

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DDOT takes the COVID-19 situation very seriously. We are working with the City of Detroit, state, and local public health officials and following the CDC’s guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For more information, visit www.detroitmi.gov/ddot.

Under general supervision, performs the full range of automotive and mechanical repair and maintenance tasks to a variety of gasoline and/or diesel fuel powered vehicles including automobiles, trucks, busses, motorcycles and special purpose construction, maintenance, or recreational vehicles. Repairs, maintains, services or alters special purpose equipment mounted on or associated with such vehicles

Examples of Duties

  1. Performs any and all automotive or mechanical repair or maintenance tasks to the types of mobile equipment employed by the department to which assigned.

  2. Inspects equipment to locate and determine nature of defects or repairs needed.

  3. Plans sequence of repair operations.

  4. Dismantles and removes defective components.

  5. Substitutes new or rebuilt components, and rebuilds automotive components or assemblies.

  6. Repairs, adjusts, alters and services automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, packers, street sweepers, flushers, bulldozers, backhoes, loaders, graders, trenchers, farm tractors, cranes, asphalt pavers, asphalt rollers, small boats, fire fighting apparatus and other special purpose vehicles.

  7. Repairs, adjusts, alters and services all mechanically, hydraulically, electrically or pneumatically operated auxiliary equipment mounted on or associated with such vehicles including material moving or lift assemblies, loading mechanisms, broom assemblies, snow plows, salt spreaders, aerial platforms, pumps, compressors, and ladder assemblies.

  8. Repairs, adjusts, alters and services public transportation coaches and a limited variety of support equipment.

  9. Performs major and minor repairs to heavy-duty diesel engines, pneumatic suspension systems, heavy-duty automatic transmissions, fuel injectors, buffer screws, mechanical engine governors and other specialized coach components.

  10. Repairs, services and maintains air conditioning and heating units, door controls, interior lighting and other mechanically, hydraulically, electrically or pneumatically operated coach systems.

  11. Uses electric arc or acetylene welding outfits and/or machine shop equipment to cut, heat, braze, weld or fashion equipment parts, brackets or braces which may be required to complete a repair.

  12. Performs minor body work to vehicle bodies and replaces glass, windows and lights.

  13. Keeps simple records of work performed and materials used.

  14. Instructs and oversees the work of apprentices and other workers assigned as helpers.

  15. Repairs, adjusts, alters and services a variety of related mobile or portable equipment and tools such as plows, mowers, harrows, golf ball collectors, rotary brooms, stumpers, chippers, rodding machines, post hole augers, concrete mixers, chain-saws, roto-tillers, compressors, pumps, hoists and generators.

  16. Performs a variety of repair and service tasks to stationary equipment such as compressors, pumps, hoists, generators and other machinery, where such tasks involve the same type and level of skills employed in repairing and servicing vehicular equipment.

  17. Operates tow trucks to service, repair, and retrieve disabled vehicles in the field.

  18. Shifts and drives vehicles on department premises.

Minimum Qualifications

Education equivalent to completion of two years in and preferably graduation from a four year trade or vocational high school with courses in general shop and automotive repair.

Three years experience in repairing and rebuilding a variety of gasoline and/or diesel fuel powered vehicles or completion of an approved four-year apprenticeship in automotive repair or its equivalent. Preferably two years experience repairing BUSES and a variety of construction, maintenance or other special purpose vehicles.

Supplemental Information


Valid State of Michigan Operator License required.

Person subsequently hired in this title shall be required to obtain a State opf Michigan Driver or Chauffeur License, with Group A Commercial Driver License endorsement and Airbrake qualification.

Successful applicants must meet physical standards prescribed by the Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Division and must possess and carry a valid current Medical Examiner's Certificate certifying physical fitness for driving in accordance with State of Michigan Motor Carrier Safety Act-1988.

Employees in this class will be required to provide the tools commonly used in the performance of automotive repair work.


Work is performed in a vehicle repair garage or facility. Work involves frequent standing, walking, and stooping/kneeling; must be able to lift equipment, tools, parts, and supplies that weight up to 100 pounds. Field work may be required at times.

Evaluation Plan:

  • Written Exam: 70% Maximum

  • Training, Experience & Personal Qualifications: 30% Maximum

  • Total: 100% Maximum - 65% Minimum

  • Military Service Credit: 0 - 15 points

  • Detroit Residency Credit 15 points

City Employees Benefits Summary


The City of Detroit offers a competitive and comprehensive employee benefit package. We pride ourselves on the longevity of our employees. Part of the reason for the low turnover rate is the exceptional benefit package listed below. Benefits include, but are not limited to the following:


Eligible for hospital, surgical, and prescription drug benefits after ninety-one (91) days of employment.


Eligible for dental care after sixth (6) months of employment.


Eligible for eye care after six (6)months of employment.

Life Insurance

Optional group insurance available to employee and their family. The City pays 60% of premium for first $12,500 of employee life insurance. Employee may purchase, at own expense, life insurance for spouse and each dependent.

Long-Term Disability Insurance (Income Protection Plan)

The City offers disability insurance through payroll deductions for persons who become disabled and who are not yet eligible for a service retirement.

Sick Leave

City employees accrue sick leave based on the number of regular hours worked. Full time employees earn ninety-six (96) hours of sick leave per year. You may carry over your unused sick leave. Effective July 7, 2012 maximum accumulation is 300 hours.



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Other Leave Policies

The City also has the following paid and unpaid leaves; funeral leave, Family and Medical Leave, jury duty, military duty leave, unpaid personal leave,


City Employees Retirement System

As a regular City employee you automatically become a member of the General Retirement System. This entitles you to a retirement allowance after:

• Completion of thirty (30) years of service; - At age sixty (60) if you have at least ten (10) years of service, or - At age sixty-five (65) with eight (8) years of service. (In the event of disability, other eligibility rules apply); • An early, actuarially reduced, retirement is offered after you have attained at least twenty-five (25) years of service; • Employees are vested after ten (10) years of service, regardless of age.

Advancement Opportunities

Employees have many opportunities for growth and career advancement throughout all City departments and divisions.

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Detroit. Always remember that you are a part of a team with a common Vision of delivering excellent service to the citizens of the City of Detroit.


Please descibe your experience with diesel engines.


  1. Do you have experience in repairing, maintaining, servicing or altering of special purpose equipment mounted on or associated with any of the following: automobiles, trucks, busses, motorcycles and special purpose construction, maintenance or recreation vehicles?


  1. Are you experienced in the use of electric arc or acetylene welding outfits and/or machine shop equipment to cut, heat, braze, weld or fashion equipment parts, brackets or braces which may be required to complete a repair?


  1. Do you have at least 2 years' experience in the inspection of equipment to locate and determine nature of defects or repairs needed for automotive vehicles?

    Required Question


City of Detroit


Coleman A. Young Municipal Center

2 Woodward Ave ste 316

Detroit, Michigan, 48226