Emergency vehicle technicians (EVTs) conduct automotive maintenance, and repairs when necessary, on emergency vehicles, including changing tires, greasing joints, and oil changes. These technicians also work with overall maintenance, including the engine, electrical components, brakes, belts, and steering.
Specialized knowledge of emergency vehicle systems is important, as these systems often include complex electrical components which are uncommon in regular vehicles. EVTs also carry out diagnostic tests using computerized systems, as well as manual tests when necessary. After repairs are done, test-drives may also be necessary to ensure the vehicle is back to good working condition.
Customer service skills are beneficial in this position, as EVTs often interact directly with clients. They must be able to use a range of power and hand tools and usually work in a mechanics' garage, but may also respond to emergency calls when necessary. A high school diploma is often a minimum requirement for this position, and many employers require graduation from an automotive school. Specialization in emergency vehicles, including EVT certification, is often preferred or required. A commercial driver’s license is also required, as vehicles must occasionally be transported from place to place. Some positions have additional physical requirements, such as the ability to bend and stoop and lift heavy items.