Application Deadline: 2022-09-23
Job Type: County
Job Description:

Job Title Mechanic (Highway)
Closing Date/Time Fri. 09/23/22 11:59 PM Central Time
Salary $28.37 – $30.97 Hourly
Job Type Full time (1.0FTE)
Location Dane County Highway & Transportation,
2302 Fish Hatchery, Madison, Wisconsin
Department: Highway & Transportation
The Dane County Highway Department has a current opening for a Mechanic. We offer a wide range of benefits including fully paid dental and HMO health insurance premiums for full time employees. The County will also provide contributions towards POS health insurance premiums and short/long term disability. Additional benefits available include long term care, vision coverage, flex spending account and deferred compensation programs paid in full by the employee and a wellness program (for further details visit Employees hired after 7-1-11 must be expected to work a minimum of 1200 hours annually to be enrolled in the Wisconsin Retirement System when hired. Dane County also provides 6 weeks of paid parental leave for birth or adoption of a child.

The eligible list created from this posting may be used for future Mechanic vacancies for the next six (6) months.
Under supervision, performs skilled work in the preventive maintenance and repair of gasoline, diesel, compressed natural gas, and other power driven equipment, and other related work, as required.

This section lists several examples of duties, but not all mechanic positions perform all that are listed below. Duties are dependent upon work location and department needs.

Inspects, maintains and repairs varied automotive and heavy equipment, including large-to-small diesel and gasoline engines, trucks, automobiles, tractors, forklifts, graders, sweepers, snow blowers (Airport: high capacity snowblowers and runway brooms), snow plows, wheel loaders, bulldozers, cranes, rollers, turf mowing equipment, compressors and associated equipment. Inspects, maintains, repairs or replaces engine, electrical, fuel, hydraulic, brake and driveline components. Troubleshoots mechanical, electrical and computer-related problems on vehicles and equipment. Performs regular inspection and servicing of vehicles and equipment. Performs regular preventive maintenance in accordance with manufacturer specifications. Uses and maintains computerized fleet management program to track vehicle and equipment maintenance. Assists in building and fabricating construction, maintenance or other equipment. Makes service calls on equipment to perform emergency repairs. At Highway, may be required to fabricate and assemble plow trucks from a bare chassis, assembling needed components to complete a running, operating snow plow. Conducts road tests on equipment and maintains equipment in clean and orderly condition. Read and interpret diagrams, schematics and other technical drawings. Perform welding, brazing, cutting, or other shop work. Operate a variety of snow and ice control equipment including snow plows. May perform other road construction and road maintenance work. May instruct, train and direct the work of others. Performs other duties, as required.
The standards listed within the Education and Experience and the Special Requirements by Department will be used to screen applicants for minimum qualifications:

Education and Experience: Minimum requirements include any combination of training and experience equivalent to graduation from high school and three (3) years of experience in the repair of light and heavy automotive, construction and maintenance equipment which includes a substantial emphasis on diesel engines; or a vocational diploma as a diesel and heavy equipment technician; or a two (2) year associate degree in diesel equipment technology. Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification may be desired for some positions.


Highway Department positions require a valid Wisconsin class “B” commercial driver’s license at time of hire. A valid Wisconsin class “A” commercial driver’s license with air brake endorsement within six (6) months of appointment.

CDL: Everyone who has a commercial driver’s license (“CDL”) must be registered in the US Department of Transportation’s Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse. Registration is available at Applicants must pass drug/alcohol testing after a conditional offer of employment has been made.

LICENSES AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Random drug and alcohol testing required for all holders of commercial driver’s licenses. On-call and emergency requirements may vary by department: Must be available and willing to work nights, holidays and weekends during snow and other emergencies. Some positions require that you provide your own set of hand tools.

Background Check Statement: Some positions may require a criminal background check which can include fingerprinting due to the nature of the job’s responsibilities. Wisconsin’s Fair Employment Law, s. 111.31 – 111.395, Wis. Stats., prohibits discrimination because of an arrest or conviction record. However, Dane County may disqualify an applicant if the position’s responsibilities are substantially related to the applicant’s criminal history (e.g., the nature of the crime and its relationship to the position, whether hiring, transferring or promoting an applicant would pose an unreasonable risk to the business, its employees, customers and vendors, etc.) Management reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS (these may vary by department):
Ability to wear a respirator and ability to enter and work in small confined spaces. Ability to see and hear within normal ranges. Physically capable of running heavy and light equipment, operating hand tools and power tools. Physically capable of working in small confined spaces and with poor lighting. Ability to work in severe weather conditions including wind, dust, rain, snow, ice, extreme temperatures, uneven surfaces and excessive noise. Ability to use hand/feet for repetitive single grasping, fine manipulations, pushing and pulling and operating controls and equipment.


Highway positions must be able to lift and stabilize heavy objects up to 50 lbs. unassisted on a regular basis (seldom too repeatedly in a day) and heavier loads with assistance. Must have good hand and arm strength to push, pull, and move parts up to 50 lbs. unassisted on a regular basis (seldom too repeatedly in a day) and heavier loads with assistance to proper locations.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
(These may vary by department)
Knowledge of the standard practices, methods, tools, and materials used in the maintenance and repair of light and heavy automotive, construction, snow removal and maintenance equipment. Knowledge of the standard practices, methods, tools, and materials used in mechanical trades. Knowledge of safety hazards and relevant safety precautions. Knowledge of the theory, care and operation of gasoline and diesel engines. Knowledge of preventive maintenance programs. Knowledge of computer diagnostics and skill in troubleshooting and diagnosing mechanical troubles. Ability to determine, and perform, appropriate maintenance, repairs or replacement work. Skill in working from technical drawings, sketches, and broken parts to fabricate non-standard or specialized equipment. Ability to perform heavy manual work. Ability to do all position welding. Ability to instruct and train employees. Ability to keep detailed maintenance records. Ability to use computers and maintenance management software. Ability to operate heavy construction and maintenance equipment, including snow plows. Ability to work without close supervision, make independent decisions, follow instructions and accept criticism. Ability to work effectively with other employees and supervisory staff. Ability to communicate using two-way radio. Ability to communicate tactfully and courteously with the public and co-workers Ability to be safety conscious at all times regarding physical activity (lifting and moving items). Mental ability to address potential adverse or negative situations that may arise from time to time. Must be dependable, reliable and have a previous history of good attendance and punctuality. Must be able to attend staff and training meetings as required.

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