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Salary: $2,634.00 - $3,488.00
Posted: 07/24/2013

Job Description:


The Vehicle and Engine Testing Branch (VETB) in Haagen-Smit Laboratory, located in El Monte California, is responsible for providing vehicle testing services to support a variety of programs including in-use vehicle surveillance and compliance, after-market parts confirmatory testing, fuel evaluations, and collaborative emissions research projects. Within the VETB, the Laboratory Logistics and Test Support Section conducts vehicle and engine testing and provides the logistical support for that testing. The Automotive Emission Test Specialist (AETS) I is the entry level of the AETS series. Under close supervision of an Automotive Emission Test Supervisor, the incumbent shall prepare vehicles for testing by performing initial safety checks; entering pertinent data into the Vehicle Test System (VTS); evaluating, diagnosing and repairing vehicles and their emission control systems; maintaining records and logs; downloading information from and scheduling emission tests within VTS; operating canister loading systems; fueling and draining test vehicles and other project support tasks as needed.

This position requires the physical ability, agility, dexterity and coordination to perform the following tasks:

  • Work in an area with fast-moving dynamometer rolls located on the floor;
  • Get under vehicles to attach exhaust connectors to tailpipes and inspect for damage;
  • Move and lift instruments up to about 25lbs. required for making test setups;
  • Move gas cylinders weighing 130 lbs. with the aid of manually operated cylinder carts;
  • Move and park vehicles in close quarters in the presence of people working on other projects; and
  • Operate heavy motorized vehicles and equipment.

Candidate will participate in the DMV Pull Notice Program


The most competitive candidates will possess excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills; experience with the Micorsoft Office software including Word, Excel, Access, and Powerpoint; possession of a California Smog license, ASE certificates, California Commercial Driver’s license and/or California Motorcycle license.


Applicants will be screened and only the most qualified candidates will be interviewed. This vacancy may be subject to SROA/Surplus provisions. Surplus applicants must attach a copy of their surplus letter with a completed standard State application (STD 678). On page one of your State application you must clearly indicate the basis of your eligibility: list appointment, transfer, SROA, surplus, re-employment, or reinstatement.

If interested, please submit a completed standard State application (STD 678) and any other relevant documents (e.g. unofficial transcript, copy of degrees, resume, etc.) to the attention of Laurie Lowry at the address below.

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Automotive Emission Test Specialist I 673 - 923 - 6957 - xxx
Location County
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Until Filled
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Mobile Source Operations Division
9480 Telstar Avenue Suite 4
El Monte, CA 91731
Laurie Lowry
(626) 459-4415

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