Diesel Highway Mechanic
Under direct supervision of the Fleet and Warehouse Superintendent, maintain, repair and overhaul automobiles, trucks, machinery and equipment used within the Highway Department and other areas as needed.
STARTING HOURLY WAGE: $29.50
SHIFT: Summer: Monday-Thursday, 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Winter: Monday-Friday, 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Performs mechanical repairs and maintenance on equipment and vehicles. Repair activity includes gasoline and diesel engine overhauls, complete transmission work, brakes, hydraulic systems, and electrical systems, including small engines.
Supports functions for the Fleet and Warehouse Superintendent, assisting as necessary and responsible for the shop during Fleet and Warehouse Superintendent absence.
Moves and transports equipment; assist with picking up parts.
Assists with winter plowing; hauling highway materials; road maintenance projects; upkeep, maintenance and repair of buildings, grounds and equipment as needed and in coordination with Highway Superintendent(s) and Fleet and Warehouse Superintendent and/or as directed by the Highway Commissioner.
Performs other related duties as assigned by the Commissioner.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
High mechanical aptitude; ability to repair engines; skill and ability with welding techniques; knowledge of methods used in vehicle repair.
Knowledge of computer diagnostics.
Ability to read and follow diagrams and charts used for equipment repairs.
Extensive knowledge diagnosing and repairing electrical systems, hydraulic systems, brakes and engines of all types.
Ability to receive, understand and follow written and oral instructions; skill in mechanical aptitude; must be dependable and in good physical condition.
Ability to work flexible, 40 hour/week schedule to accommodate snow removal on weekends and emergency call-ins, as necessary.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors and the public.
Skill in the use of small hand and power tools of all kinds, assorted construction and maintenance equipment as needed. Motorized vehicles, material handling equipment, maintenance and snow removal equipment. Assorted personal protective equipment as required.
EDUCATION: High school diploma or GED equivalency, plus 1-2 years Technical or Trade School. Air Brake and A/C certifications.
EXPERIENCE / JOB KNOWLEDGE: 3-5 years’ experience working with heavy truck and equipment OR any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities. Must possess and maintain a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) license with A, B, C, D, and N endorsements within 6 months of employment.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 75% or more of the time this position may require standing, walking, stooping, and kneeling while doing repairs. Some climbing, crouching and other awkward movements may accompany repair work, but bending, twisting, reaching, and feeling are essentially being utilized 75% or more of the time. One must have good hearing to detect unusual noises and sounds in equipment and good vision to see possible problems in diagnosis and preventive maintenance. Lifting up to 80 pounds may occur up to 75% or more of the time in this job. Good hand and finger dexterity are also a requirement of this position.
ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS: 75% of the repair and maintenance work may be performed inside and up to 50% of a shift may be spent in high noise or vibrating conditions. 25% of the time may be spent outside in unpredictable weather subject to the elements. Hazards on this job can vary, but include electrical, chemical exposure, danger of burns, and exposure to dusts, odors, fumes, and gasses.