Heavy Equipment Mechanic I/II

  • SAN BENITO COUNTY, CA
  • 481 4th St., Hollister, California
  • Nov 28, 2021
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Salary: $42,723.20 - $66,289.60 Annually USD

Job Description

THIS POSTING MAY CLOSE AT ANY TIME

THIS POSTING IS FOR THE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AGENCY, BUT MAY BE USED FOR OTHER DEPARTMENTS COUNTYWIDE

DEFINITION
I
Under general direction, to perform a variety of skilled inspection, diagnosis, maintenance, servicing, and repair work on gas, propane, and diesel power driven equipment; and to do related work as required.

II
Under general supervision, to perform skilled work in repairing, overhauling and maintaining diesel and gasoline-powered automotive, road construction and maintenance equipment; and to do related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
I
This is the journey level in Heavy Equipment Mechanic class series. Incumbents perform a variety of skilled maintenance and repair work on County light and heavy power driven equipment and busses. Employees who successfully complete the Heavy Equipment Operator Apprenticeship Program will advance to the Heavy Equipment Mechanic II level without further competition.

II
Positions in this class are experienced in all phases of automotive and equipment repair and may be assigned lead supervision over other skilled and unskilled personnel.

REPORTS TO
Road Maintenance Superintendent

CLASSIFICATIONS SUPERVISED
I
None

II
This is not a supervisory class. However, incumbents may provide lead direction and work coordination for other staff.

TYPICAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Occasionally sits; frequently stand, walk, stoop, kneel, and crouch; normal manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; ability to lift and move objects weighing up to 50 lbs.; corrected hearing and vision to normal range; verbal communication; use a variety of hand and power equipment, electrical testing equipment used in the mechanical trades; use a computer and telephone; operate a variety of road maintenance equipment.

TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS
Work is performed in a shop environment; occasionally works outdoors in varying temperatures; exposure to hazardous materials, smoke, gasses, and fumes; exposure to hazards such as moving machine parts and electrical current; continuous contact with other staff.
Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills
EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES (The following is used as a partial description and is not restrictive as to duties required.)

I
Inspects, locates, and diagnoses mechanical and/or electrical defects on County trucks, a variety of light and heavy maintenance and construction equipment, and busses; determines extent of necessary repairs; overhauls, repairs, and adjusts transmissions, differentials, air brakes, hydraulic systems, clutches, and engines; tunes-up engines, replacing ignition parts and cleaning and adjusting carburetors and fuel injection systems; replaces and repairs faulty parts, including wheel bearings, oil seals, shock absorbers, exhaust systems, steering mechanisms and other components; works on generators, distributors, relays, lights, and switches; changes and installs belts and hoses; maintains time and materials records for work orders; changes tires; orders and maintains inventory of requisite parts and supplies; carries out preventive maintenance programs; may weld and fabricate parts and equipment; may make field and emergency repairs; installs emergency warning equipment; may road test repaired equipment, may operate a special fueling station and transit facility, may assist with planning new equipment procurement.

II
Examines and locates mechanical defects in a wide variety of automotive, road construction and maintenance equipment, including diesel and gasoline-powered trucks, tractors, motor graders, backhoes, loaders, rollers, sedans, and power tools;
Makes major and minor mechanical repairs including engine tune-ups, brake relining, body and fender repair, electrical system repair, and radio installation;
Disassembles, repairs, grinds, welds or replaces worn parts, fits new parts and adjusts engines, oil, water and fuel pumps, carburetors and fuel injectors, governors, starting motors, clutches, transmissions, differentials, brakes and steering gear;
Repairs caterpillar tractors, checking and replacing rollers, pins and bushings; times and adjusts motors; replaces electrical wiring;
Overhauls hydraulic lifts and steering assemblies on motor graders and tractors; r
Repairs equipment bodies; does repair work in the field; does metal fabrication including use of gas and electrical welding equipment; operates a variety of vehicles including heavy-equipment; serves in a lead capacity over other assigned staff.
Minimum qualifications & Requirements
Training and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

I
Graduation from high school or equivalent and;

Two years of responsible work experience as a journey level automotive mechanic, preferably including substantial experience in working on heavy construction equipment.

II
Graduation from high school or equivalent; and,
  • One year of experience in the County of San Benito performing the duties of a Heavy Equipment Mechanic I.
OR
  • Two years of skilled experience in the repair and overhaul of a wide variety of diesel and gasoline-powered automotive, road construction and maintenance equipment.
AND
Two years of responsible work experience as a journey level automotive mechanic, preferably including substantial experience in working on heavy construction equipment.

Special Requirements:
I
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California Driver's License.

Employees hired after August 20, 2013 and employees who have volunteered for the Heavy Equipment Operator Apprenticeship Program must also possess a Class A driving permit in conformance with the California Department of Motor Vehicle licensing requirements within six months from the date of hire and possession of valid California Class A driver's license within one year from the date of hire. Out-of-pocket expenses as they relate to pursuing a valid California Class A driver's license would be the responsibility of applicants or employees.

II
Possession of a Class A driving permit in conformance with California Department of Motor Vehicle licensing requirements and possession of a valid California Class A driver's license within six months from date of hire. Out-of-pocket expenses as they relate to pursuing a valid California Class A driver's license would be the responsibility of applicants or employees.

Incumbents transporting hazardous materials may be required to possess special endorsements.
Supplemental information
Knowledge of:
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  • Practices, tools, equipment, and materials used in skilled gas, propane, and diesel-
  • powered equipment maintenance and repair work.
  • Operation and care of internal combustion engines and components.

  • Principles and methods of preventive maintenance.
  • Safe work practices and procedures.
  • Hydraulic valves and controls, hydraulic and air brake systems, and electronic ignition
  • systems.
  • Principles and methods of gas and electrical welding.

II
  • Methods, materials, tools and equipment used in the testing, adjustment, repair and overhaul of automotive and road construction equipment; gas and electrical welding procedures;
  • Theory and operation of gasoline and diesel-powered engines;
  • Tools and equipment of the trade;
  • Preventive maintenance inspection methods;
  • Safety practices.
Ability to:
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  • Inspect gas, propane, and diesel-powered equipment and accurately diagnose electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical defects.
  • Skillfully use a variety of hand and power tools in the maintenance and repair of automotive equipment and heavy equipment.
  • Performed skilled testing, adjustment, repair, and overhaul work on automotive equipment and heavy equipment.
  • Read and interpret shop and repair manuals.
  • Apply technical knowledge of mechanical and electrical trades work.
  • Estimate time and materials for repair jobs.
  • Maintain accurate records and reports.
  • Operate light and heavy road maintenance equipment in a safe manner.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
II
  • Demonstrate skill in the use of mechanical tools and equipment in the diagnosing and repair of heavy-duty road construction and maintenance equipment;
  • Perform metal fabrication and repair using gas and electric welding equipment;
  • Follow oral and written instructions; work cooperatively with those contacted in the course of work;
  • Meet and maintain standards of physical endurance and agility.

In accordance with California Government Code section 3100, et., seq., all County of San Benito employees are considered disaster service workers who may be required to report for duty, or remain on duty to address disaster service activities in the event of an emergency or disaster and are required to undertake an applicable loyalty oath.


Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

481 4th St., Hollister, California 95023 United States View Map