New Heights CCDA
Cars Ministry
Job Description – Staff Auto Mechanic

Purpose: New Heights CCDA exists to meet human and social needs of the under-resourced in Benton Heights and surrounding communities by utilizing Christian principles. The Cars Ministry, a program of New Heights CCDA, seeks to accomplish this mission through the repair and provision of adequate transportation for people in Berrien County who do not have the means to provide it for themselves. The goal for the Cars Ministry is to assist 70+ clients with transportation per year utilizing the mechanics skill and volunteers.

Summary: The automotive mechanic is responsible for inspecting, repairing and servicing brakes, engines, and other parts of vehicles, performing routine maintenance to automobiles and performing related duties as required.

Hours: 20 hours per week, see “Proposed Schedule”. Pay: $19.20 per hour.

Other Benefits: 2 weeks (40 hours) paid vacation. Lifts, shop equipment and excellent supply of quality hand tools provided. New Heights CCDA has the ability to acquire shop equipment and tools as needed.

Duties: Tasks of an automotive mechanic include:

  1. Assess donated vehicles to determine if the vehicle complies with the criteria for accepting the vehicle to refurbish as a safe drivable vehicle.

  2. Diagnose and repair all vehicle systems (ie – transmission, brakes, electrical, exhaust, etc.) minus body work.

  3. Source parts and supplies needed for repairs and operation of garage.

  4. Track parts and supply purchases associated with each vehicle.

  5. Schedule and outsource repair work that the Cars Ministry is not equipped to complete.

  6. Transport vehicles to and from the garage for outsourced repairs.

  7. Diagnose, repair and replace issues relative to the engine, transmission, brakes, chassis, steering, electrical, belts, hoses & fuel lines, ignition, wipers, suspension, wheels and tires.

  8. Track parts and supply purchases associated with each vehicle.

  9. Instruct and utilize volunteers to assist in shop and mechanical duties as appropriate.

  10. Schedule hazardous waste disposal and scrap removal.

  11. Add vehicles and track repairs in Mitchell One, shop software (training provided).

  12. Communicate to the office about work completed, pending work, etc. at the end of every shift.

  13. Work with office staff to manage garage workflow.

  14. Lead a short time of devotion and prayer at the beginning of every volunteer work shift.

  15. Other duties as assigned.

Education, Training and Experience Requirements:

  1. Possess a high school diploma.

  2. Must be a certified mechanic within the State of Michigan

    (A master certification is preferred)

  3. Must have at least 2 years relevant auto mechanic experience.

  4. Must be self-directed and self-motivated in order to be productive with minimal supervision.

  5. Able to work with and lead volunteers.

  6. Possess a willingness to minister to volunteers and clients

  7. Desire and ability to learn.

Working Conditions:

  1. Must be able to lift heavy objects.

  2. Usually will involve working with dirty and greasy parts. Proposed Schedule 20 hrs/wk Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Week A 2 PM - 9 PM

Proposed Schedule:


To apply please email your resume to Chris Britton, New Heights CCDA Executive Director, at

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