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FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt
May, 2005


Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Under direction of the Fleet Manager, leads, oversees, reviews and participates in the more complex and difficult work of staff responsible for performing a variety of skilled duties involved in performing minor and major repairs to and maintaining automobiles, trucks, buses, tractors, motor sweepers, mowers and other heavy and light equipment; ensures work quality and adherence to established policies and procedures; oversees and participates in inspecting, diagnosing, overhauling, repairing, and adjusting engines, transmissions, and related vehicle systems and components; oversees and participates in servicing and performing preventive maintenance duties on a variety of vehicles and equipment; and maintains a variety of records including City vehicle repair and inventory documents.

This is the advanced journey level class in the Equipment Mechanic series. Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series including providing lead supervision to assigned staff. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility.

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Leads, plans, trains, and reviews the work of staff responsible for the mechanical repairs of automobiles, trucks, buses, tractors, motor sweepers, mowers and other heavy and light equipment; schedules work assignments and inspects completed work; participates in performing the most complex work of the unit including engine overhauls and complex mechanical repairs of emergency vehicles and equipment, as well as major mechanical defects; ensures compliance with applicable rules, policies and procedures.
  2. Participates in the selection and training of mechanic shop personnel; assumes responsibility for motivating and evaluating assigned personnel; provides necessary training; initiates discipline procedures as appropriate.
  3. Supervises the use, care and operation of a variety of mechanical repair equipment including machine lathe, grinders, sanders, and welding equipment.
  4. Verifies the work of assigned employees for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques and compliance with applicable standards and specifications; ensures adherence to safe work practices and procedures; enforces all safety regulations in the shop.
  5. Oversees and participates in performing preventive maintenance inspections including tune-ups, frame and chassis lubes, oil and filter changes, inspections of vehicle or equipment drive trains, tires, body, engines, chassis components, and hydraulic systems.
  6. Coordinates and oversees the B.I.T. program; participates in performing B.I.T. inspections on all 3-axle class A and B vehicles as necessary.
  7. Oversees and participates in overhauling engines, transmissions, clutch assemblies, differentials, carburetors, fuel injection systems, hydraulic valves and pumps, transfer pump assemblies and generators.
  8. Oversees and participates in removing, repairing and reinstalling external engine components such as belts, alternators, water pumps, power steering pumps, radiators, injection pumps, vacuum pumps and miscellaneous filters.
  9. Oversees and participates in performing diagnosis, repair and installation of vehicle electrical systems to include batteries, charging systems, aftermarket components, lighting systems, computer system components and switches such as relays, remote switching systems and solenoids; troubleshoots and repairs complex electrical circuits as necessary.
  10. Oversees and participates in installing emergency equipment in new city vehicles including light bars, horns, alarms, computer mounts, spot lights, and related equipment.
  11. Oversees and participates in removing, repairing and installing chassis or frame components to include shocks, struts, spindles, bushings, brake assemblies such as drums, rotors, wheel and master cylinders, fuel tanks and steering components.
  12. Oversees and participates in performing diagnosis, repair and installation of vehicles hydraulic systems to include pumps, valves, hoses, cylinders, tanks and filter systems.
  13. Oversees and participates performing fabrication and gas welding duties from free hand to pattern type components.
  14. Authorizes mechanics for emergency repair work in the field; participates in the field as necessary.
  15. Coordinates contract repairs with vendors as necessary; reviews estimates; approves work to be done.
  16. Establishes, maintains and monitors a regular preventive maintenance program for all equipment and vehicles.
  17. Participates in the development of policies and procedures; recommends programs, projects and work assignments to the Fleet Manager; discusses job priorities and repair problems with the Fleet Manager.
  18. Develops schedules and methods for performing assigned duties; maintains appropriate work records and documents, which may include time sheets and work orders; inputs work orders into computer; prepares statistical and/or analytical reports on operations as necessary.
  19. Orders and maintains parts inventory, supplies and equipment; recommends types of vehicles to purchase; oversees C.H.P. truck inspection records; oversees removal of hazardous waste and recycling materials; checks vehicle computer systems.
  20. Estimates time, materials and equipment required for jobs assigned; requisitions materials as required; distributes parts as necessary.
  21. Responds to inquiries in a courteous manner; provides information within the area of assignment including explaining mechanical procedures; resolves complaints in an efficient and timely manner.
  22. Performs related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
Operations, services, and activities of a fleet maintenance and repair program. Principles of lead supervision and training. Advanced methods, materials, equipment and tools used in vehicle and public works equipment maintenance and repair. Operation and care of internal combustion engines and their components. Operating and repair characteristics of hydraulic systems. Methods and techniques of performing diagnostic troubleshooting services. Principles and methods of preventive maintenance. Methods, materials, practices and tools of equipment repair. Operational characteristics of automotive standard equipment. C.H.P. passenger transportation handbook. Inventory control and purchasing procedures. Methods and techniques of welding. Methods and techniques for record keeping. Proper English, spelling and grammar. Shop mathematics. Occupational hazards and standard safety practices. Basic office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications.

Ability to:
Lead, organize, and review the work of staff. Interpret, explain and enforce department policies and procedures. Inspect automotive, emergency and public works equipment to locate mechanical defects, to diagnose mechanical, electrical and hydraulic problems and determine corrective procedures. Perform repair work on diesel engines and hydraulic systems. Perform a variety of welding work. Estimate time and materials needed for work. Maintain a variety of shop and repair records and logs. Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner. Make adjustments to standard operating procedures as is appropriate. Understand and carry out oral and written directions. Operate office equipment including computers and supporting software applications. Safely and effectively operate a variety of power and hand tools used in heavy and light equipment repair. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

Three years of journey level experience in vehicle and equipment maintenance and repair.

License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate driver’s license. Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Class A driver’s license within one year of employment. Possession of Automotive Service Excellence (A.S.E.) certifications are desirable. Possession of a Brake and Lamp license is desirable.

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. Environment: Shop environment; occasional field environment with some travel from site to site; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, gases, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; exposure to hazardous traffic conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a mechanic shop environment; walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time; frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, and twist; push, pull, lift, and/or carry moderate to heavy amounts of weights; operate assigned equipment and vehicles; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

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