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Diesel Technician

Job Number Full/Part Time Schedule Salary
31597569 Full Time 8AM - 5PM $55,416 - $66,545

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The University of California at Riverside (UCR) will provide the California Air Resources Board (CARB) with operations and management of the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance (HD I/M) Referee program in compliance with the HD I/M Regulation specified in Title 13, California Code of Regulation, Sections 2195 to 2199.1. The HD I/M Referee program will provide independent evaluations of heavy-duty vehicles and services for vehicles with inspection incompatibilities or compliance issues. UCR will perform and report all Referee actions and testing results to CARB. UCR is looking to hire Diesel Technicians who possess high skill levels in the areas of vehicle inspection procedures, emission testing equipment, and HD I/M program requirements. Incumbent Diesel Technicians will perform Referee inspections under the supervision of a regional manager or the project principal investigators including, but not limited to, visual inspections of heavy-duty diesel engine and after-treatment systems, readings from the vehicle on-board diagnostics (OBD) system, smoke opacity tests, and verification of vehicle modifications and/or compliance issues. The incumbent will perform these tasks in the field, or virtually through various meeting software packages. The incumbent will document the results of any inspection performed in relation to the Referee program and report these results to CARB. The current contract end date for this position is June 1, 2024, with the anticipation of being extended.

Please Note: The department is looking to fill (2) positions. Additionally, candidates may be required to take a skills assessment as part of the interview process.

The budgeted salary amount for this position is up to $64,290.

Applicants must have current work authorization when accepting a UCR staff position. Currently, we are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa for staff.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.


Education Requirements

Degree Requirement
Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma; or an equivalent of combination of education and experience. Required


License Requirement
Must possess or obtain a Valid CA Driver License in accordance with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, if driving a university/personal vehicle for university related business. Required
Commercial vehicle driver license is preferred Preferred


Certification Requirement
Diesel engine repair and maintenance-related certifications Preferred
OBD-related certifications Preferred


Experience Requirement
Minimum of 3 years of experience in in vehicle inspection, diagnostic, and repairs with at least one (1) year of those three (3) years of experience in diesel power vehicles. Required

Special Conditions

Special Condition Requirement
UCR will secure a legal document, signed by the Referee testers stating that they have no ownership interest in, or business or economic interest with the regulated communities of the HD I/M program. Required
Has not recieved a State citation within the past three (3) years as of the date the Referee Tester's emloyment with the University. Required

Minimum Requirements

General knowledge of the concepts, practices, and procedures from vehicle ECM-related data logging devices.
Strong initiative and ability to learn quickly, including strong problem solving and follow-through skills.
Ability to work in a collaborative manner, and to assist in identifying any challenges arisen at work.
General working knowledge necessary to independently apply principles, practices, and procedures in the completion of assignments.
Ability to present basic information and answer routine questions for vehicle owners/drivers, program staff, and the general public.
Knowledge of on-road heavy-duty engine and exhaust components over various fuel technologies.
Ability to perform OBD scans on light- and heavy-duty sources. General understanding of Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs). Experience testing with standard diagnostic tools.
Understanding of various engine and vehicle technologies, as well as an understanding of electronic control module (ECM) equipment/instruments and their appropriate operation and maintenance.
Skills in interpersonal relationships and communication between vehicle owners/drivers, site staff, and program management.
Organizational and decision-making abilities to prioritize work assignments.
Training and experience as a diesel mechanic with engine diagnosis, repair, and maintenance expertise.
Effective written and verbal communication skills.
Strong ability to maintain composure and professionalism at all times, including during high-pressure interactions with internal and external stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications

Possesses a credentialed CARB HD Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Tester ID

Bilingual skill in English and Spanish and/or English and Punjabi

Heavy-duty diesel mechanic expertise is highly desirable.

Practical knowledge of HD I/M program requirements and procedures.

General knowledge of the concepts, practices, and procedures for emissions-related laboratories or for field-testing

General knowledge in electrical concepts and practical maintenance applications

Additional Information

In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.

  • UC Riverside is proud to be ranked No. 12 among all U.S. universities, according to Money Magazine's 2020 rankings, and among the top 1 percent of universities worldwide, according to the 2019-20 Center for World University rankings.

  • UC Riverside is the top university in the United States for social mobility. - U.S. News 2020

  • UCR is a member of the University Innovation Alliance, the leading national coalition of public research universities committed to improving student success for low-income, first-generation, and students of color.

  • Among top-tier universities, UC Riverside ranks No. 2 in financial aid. - Business Insider 2019

  • Ranked No. 2 in the world for research, UCR's Department of Entomology maintains one of the largest collections of insect specimens the nation. - Center for World University Rankings

  • UCR's distinguished faculty boasts 2 Nobel Laureates, and 13 members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview

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