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Automotive Technician (1190) EXTENDED

Northern Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 23, 2024
Position Summary

This position is responsible for the repair and maintenance of university vehicles. This allows Transportation Services to provide safe, clean and economical transportation to the university community.

This position will report directly to the Garage Foreman who will determine priorities for work assignments. The Garage Foreman will provide written and/or oral instructions for the execution of duties along with working from previously established guidelines.

Work for this position is generated by the basic need for transportation services by university faculty, staff and students. The services provided by the individual in this position have significant impact on the campus community due to the broad exposure to the personnel, students and perspective students both locally and while traveling.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Major maintenance – 25%
  • Maintain brake systems, including installing and adjusting brakes
  • Repair vehicle HVAC
  • Maintain and repair transmissions, differentials and other moving parts of the vehicle
  • Perform tune-ups and change filters

Extensive maintenance- 25%
  • Perform repairs and maintenance as necessary of electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, hybrid and computer systems, pumps, fuel injection and carburetion
Vehicle maintenance -25%
  • Perform repairs and maintenance as necessary to all university vehicles, including, but not limited to, sedans, vans, trucks, trailers and buses
Shop Duties -18%
  • General maintenance to the university automotive fleet, such as pumping gas & washing the vehicles
  • Pick-up of parts for the Transportation Department as well as other campus departments
  • Install, maintain, repair and remove additional equipment
  • Other activities as required.
Miscellaneous related duties -7%
  • Perform minor body repair to the vehicles as necessary.
  • Dispatch pool vehicles.
  • Perform other miscellaneous, related duties as assigned.
The individual will be expected to use this equipment in performing work duties without direct supervision. Tools and uniforms are supplied by NIU .

Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)

  1. High school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Possession of a valid driver’s license as required by the State of Illinois for the type of motor vehicle(s) to be operated by the incumbent.
  3. Any combination totaling four (4) years (48 months) from the following categories:
    1. Coursework in automotive body repair, automotive mechanics technology, or a closely related field as measured by the following conversion table or its proportional equivalent:
      • 30 semester hours equals one (1) year (12 months)
      • Associate’s Degree (60 semester hours) equals eighteen months (18 months)
      • 90 semester hours equals two (2) years (24 months)
    2. Successful completion of a certification test by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence ( ASE ) equals one (1) year (12 months).
    3. Professional (i.e., full-service commercial, military, governmental, educational) work experience performing general mechanical work on various types of vehicles.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) (Civil Service)

  1. Knowledge of general ignition and carburetor systems, synchronizing equipment, vacuum and test gauges, brake testing, wheel alignment, light testing equipment, transmissions, air conditioning, and power steering.
  2. Knowledge of the operations of vehicles, equipment and machinery used in unit.
  3. Skill in the use of hand tools, (such as wrenches, pliers, and screwdrivers).
  4. Mechanical ability.
  5. Ability to operate machine or shop tools (tire machines, small grinder/buffer).
  6. Ability to perform general maintenance on various equipment.
  7. Good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity.
  8. High degree of skill in servicing various vehicle operating systems.

Specialty Factors (Civil Service)


Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)
  • ASE Certifications
  • General knowledge of a variety of vehicle types and manufacturers
Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)


Additional Requirements (SPS)


Preferred Qualifications (SPS)


Physical demands/requirements
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. on a regular basis.
  • Physical movement on a regular basis to include: standing, walking, kneeling, bending, stooping, twisting and working overhead.
Appointment and Compensation Details

Appointment and Compensation Details

Anticipated Appointment Start Date


Anticipated Appointment End Date

Percent of Staff Year


Standard Hours Per Week

37.50 Overtime may be required in order to effectively perform the duties of the position.

Working Hours

TBD through bid; temporary hours M-F 8am-4:30pm



Hourly or Semi-monthly Pay Rate/Range


Earn Type


Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Application Procedures:

  1. Fully complete the Education and Work History sections of the application. Be specific on your entire work history, including employment dates and duties for all positions held. Applicable part-time work experience will be considered toward qualifying for this position; however, it will be converted to a full-time equivalency to determine combined length of experience. Important: Please upload any unofficial transcript(s) and/or documentation that verifies any education, experience, and/or training you have received.
  2. If eligible for Veteran’s Preference Points, DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256 paperwork reflecting an Honorable Discharge MUST be uploaded to this application to receive the maximum eligible points on the Civil Service examination.
  3. After the posting has closed, your submission will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the classification, including any specialty factors associated with this position. If you meet the minimum required qualifications for this position, you will receive a score based on your education and experience, and your name will be placed on the active employment register.
  4. Please monitor your e-mail for further information regarding your application. Emails will be generated from and . Please add these emails to your address book to ensure timely delivery of any future communication.
  5. Applicants must be a current citizen or resident of the State of Illinois to move forward in the hiring process.

Credentials Assessment Examination:
  • The examination for this position is a Credentials Assessment and is based on your application materials as submitted for this posting. A Credential Assessment is a rating by the Human Resources Office of an applicant’s/employee’s education, experience, and special credentials/qualifications (licenses, etc.). Applicants are required to upload documentation to verify the minimum qualifications for this position has been met.
  • Required documentation noted in the posting, such as a driver’s license, licensures, or certifications MUST be uploaded with your application materials.
  • After assessment of all qualified applicants has been completed for this position, the names with the top three (3) scores will be referred to the hiring department for interview.
Additional Details:
  • Click on Automotive Technician for more information including salary ranges, typical duties, minimum acceptable qualifications, and testing requirements.
    • Applicants who may assume they do not meet the exact minimum qualifications are still invited to apply. Within the application documents, applicants should be sure to explain how their credentials and related qualifications address the requested minimum requirements.
  • Please click on Human Resource Services – Benefits for detailed information about Northern Illinois University’s benefits package.
  • Employment is contingent upon your passing a criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.
  • Applicants must be a current citizen or resident of the State of Illinois to move forward in the hiring process.
Special Instructions


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EEO Statement Summary

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230

Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form . For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity ( AAEO ) at .

Safety Information

NIU provides annual reports on campus security and fire safety.

Read the Annual Safety and Security Report. Contact the Ethics and Compliance Office at 815-753-1649 for a hard copy.

Read the Fire Safety Report . Contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 815-753-0404 for a hard copy.
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Certifications/Licensure #1
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Military Discharge Documents ONLY (DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256)
  4. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  5. Other

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How many years of experience do you have in this type of position?
    • 0-1
    • 1-3
    • 3-5
    • 5-7
    • 7+
  2. * Please provide the name of the employer and the dates of employment where you gained this experience. Please note that this information must be verified on an NIU application and/or resume.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * What is the highest level of education attained?
    • GED
    • High School Diploma
    • Associates Degree
    • Bachelors Degree
    • Masters Degree
    • PHD
  4. * Have you attached all transcripts to support the degrees you are submitting for consideration?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * If applicable, have you attached a copy of your DD214, DD215, NGB22, or DD256 for consideration of Veterans Preference Points? The copy submitted should reflect the status of discharge in order to be considered.
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not Applicable
  6. * Are you currently a citizen or resident of the State of Illinois?
    • Yes
    • No

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