EQUIPMENT MECHANIC SPECIALIST
DEFINITION OF WORK
This is supervisory and consultative work with responsibility for maintenance and repair of gasoline and diesel powered equipment including a variety of heavy and complex vehicles.
Manages a complete shop, prioritizing the work. May provide consulting services for satellite shops in a large geographic region.
Standard Classification Factors
Supervision Received - LEVEL C: "Under direction " Employees at this level usually receive a general outline of the work to be performed and are generally free to develop their own sequences and methods within the scope of established policies. New, unusual, or complex work situations are almost always referred to a superior for advice. Work is periodically checked for progress and conformance to established policies and requirements.
Difficulty - LEVEL B: Average Where the employee is confronted with a variety of duties susceptible to different methods of solution which, in turn, places a correspondingly higher demand upon resourcefulness and concentration. Positions which require the analysis and evaluation of raw data and the rendering of conclusions would, in many instances, fall into this category.
Complexity - LEVEL C: Work is of a standardized nature that may involve a variety of duties. Analytical thought becomes more important at this level due to increased data and changing situations. Tasks usually have several steps, some of which may not be directly related. Alternatives may exist for processes or methods to be used in solving problems. Workers at this level exercise a moderate amount of independent judgment. Work is controlled by routine review and reporting to or consultation with supervisors. When guidelines exist at this level, they tend to be more complicated or technical in nature requiring careful interpretation.
Consequence of Actions or Decisions - LEVEL D: Consequences of actions or decisions at this level are significant as the work may be rarely if ever reviewed, making errors difficult to detect. Errors may cause major program failure or a high degree of confusion. Injuries to others due to errors are serious or incapacitating or both and costs due to errors are substantial.
Contacts - LEVEL C: The purpose of the contact is to influence, motivate, conduct interviews, make formal presentations or counsel to achieve common understanding or solutions to problems when the information is sensitive in nature or the individuals or groups are skeptical or uncooperative. Communication techniques and well developed communication skills become an important requirement at this level.
Physical Demands - LEVEL C: The work requires moderate physical exertion.
Environmental Conditions - LEVEL C: The work environment involves hazards, risks or discomforts typical of working with or around machinery with exposed moving parts, irritant chemicals, heavy equipment or abusive or hostile clientele and patients. Exposure to disagreeable weather conditions and extreme levels of temperature, ventilation, lighting and sound are normal. Protective clothing or gear and specific safety standards or procedures may be required. Serious injury is possible.
Supervision/Leadership - LEVEL D: Involves administrative supervision responsibility. As a "first line supervisor", the primary responsibility involves scheduling, supervising and evaluating employees who perform the same or similar work. Responsible for recommending hiring and disciplinary actions to a higher level of authority. As a "project manager" may direct the activities of project leaders to develop plans and criteria and to evaluate progress and results for one or more projects.
Differs from the Equipment Mechanic Senior in which the responsibility is limited to highly skilled repair work without the planning responsibilities.
EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED
Plans and assigns work to mechanics in other shops; inspects work upon completion; diagnoses cases of mechanical failure on complex or unique equipment and determines the cost effectiveness of reconditioning or replacement. Makes road test or final inspection as required to insure proper performance.
Supervises and instructs subordinates in the repair and reconditioning of complex heavy equipment commonly used on highway construction and maintenance activities.
Approves requisitions for parts; keeps shop records and completes required reports; supervises the maintenance of a perpetual inventory of all shop tools and equipment.
Acts as consultant to the area shops on unusual or complex repair problems. Inspects equipment for condition and effective servicing; completes inspection reports including deviations from standards and procedures of equipment maintenance program. Also, acts as instructor and trainer to improve equipment operators performance and preventive maintenance ability.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS
*Knowledge of the standard practices, methods, tools, and equipment of the trade.
*Knowledge of the principles of internal combustion engines, drive systems, gear boxes, hydraulic systems, and electrical systems.
*Knowledge of the occupational hazards and necessary safety precautions of the trade.
Ability to effectively instruct and supervise subordinate skilled and semi-skilled mechanics.
*Ability to read, comprehend and apply repair manuals and diagrams, and to communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing.
Ability to make inspection of equipment for serviceability and to prepare inspection reports, to determine repairs and recommend most cost-effective methods to effectively maintain equipment in running condition.
*Ability to use tools and to operate machines and equipment commonly used in the automotive/heavy duty equipment mechanics trade.
*Required at Entry
Two years of experience in automotive and/ or diesel mechanics to meet the needs of the agency. Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency.