Occ. Code 7312000




New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard




Motor Equipment Mechanics perform skilled mechanical work in automotive repair shops in the maintenance, repair, and overhaul of gasoline, diesel-powered, and alternative fuel self-propelled and non-self-propelled motor-driven equipment, and may perform routine maintenance and mechanical repairs on disabled vehicles, construction, and other equipment in the field.


These positions are classified at many agencies with the greatest number at the Thruway Authority, Department of Transportation, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and the State University system.




MOTOR EQUIPMENT MECHANIC: under the direction of a Motor Equipment Maintenance Supervisor, a higher level Maintenance Supervisor and related titles, diagnoses and repairs self-propelled and non-self-propelled vehicles and equipment; may supervise Maintenance Assistants, Maintenance Helpers, Motor Vehicle Operators, and related titles; may also supervise inmates in the performance of automotive maintenance tasks.




Maintenance Helpers assist skilled and semiskilled trades positions by performing a variety of relatively unskilled tasks while learning a trade.


Maintenance Assistants (Mechanics) perform semiskilled motor equipment and mechanical maintenance and repair work generally under the supervision of a Motor Equipment Maintenance Supervisor 1, Motor Equipment Mechanic, General Mechanic, or other journey-level mechanical trades position.


Motor Equipment Maintenance Supervisors supervise Motor Equipment Mechanics and other positions in an automotive repair shop engaged in the maintenance, repair, and overhaul of gasoline, alternative fuel, and diesel-powered, self-propelled, and non-self-propelled motor driven vehicles and equipment.





·       Diagnoses and performs major and minor mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic repairs on self-propelled and non-self-propelled vehicles and equipment.


·       Installs body and fender work on self-propelled and non-self-propelled vehicles and equipment.


·       Maintains gasoline, alternative fuel, and diesel engines; performs preventive maintenance and safety inspections of vehicles and equipment. When licensed by the Department of Motor Vehicles, may perform NYS Motor Vehicle Inspections.


·       Maintains diesel powered equipment and components such as, hydraulic systems, transmissions and differentials, hydraulic and air brakes, automotive electronics, fuel injection systems, turbochargers and starting systems.


·       Operates test equipment, hand and power tools, including equipment that assists in the diagnosis and repair of electronic engine control systems.


·       Welds, cuts, and brazes a variety of materials using electric or oxy-acetylene welding equipment.


·       May supervise, train, and instruct subordinates.


·       When supervising inmates, secures tools and equipment used. Incumbent must be aware of and account for the activities of these supervised individuals at all times while on the job, and ensure that the rules and regulations of the facilities governing such activities are followed.


·       Orders, receives, and inventories supplies and parts for vehicle maintenance and repairs.


·       Operates a variety of self-propelled motor vehicles and non-self-propelled vehicles and equipment to test proper operation.




Open-Competitive: four years of full-time experience under a skilled journey-level automotive or diesel mechanic which would provide training equivalent to that given in an apprenticeship program, and possession of a New York State Class D Driver License.


Substitution: apprentice training in automotive or diesel mechanics, or training gained by completion of technical courses in automotive or diesel mechanics at a school or technical institute may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.


Revised:  5/17


NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.