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SUPERVISING HEAVY EQUIPMENT MECHANIC (#MP5 )

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$36.96-$46.73 hourly / $6,406.00-$8,100.00 monthly / $76,876.80-$97,198.40 yearly


Definition

Under direction, assign and supervise the work of mechanics and other staff performing a variety of tasks connected with the repair and maintenance of trucks and heavy construction equipment; perform skilled work in repairing heavy equipment; and perform other duties as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This class acts as a first line supervisor providing day-to-day supervision over mechanics and other staff. Incumbents in this class spend a significant amount of time assigning, supervising, inspecting, and documenting the work of subordinate staff. They also perform skilled repairs on heavy and light equipment and trucks. This class is distinguished from the next higher class of Equipment and Yard Superintendent in that the latter class is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all trucks and road construction equipment used by the Public Works Department and supervises the maintenance of Public Works yards, buildings, equipment, and hand tools.

Typical Tasks

Assign, supervise and inspect the work of subordinates performing skilled and semi-skilled repairs and maintenance to gasoline and diesel powered light and heavy construction equipment and trucks; mount and stock tires for heavy equipment and trucks; order necessary parts and supplies; perform arc welding in the fabrication and repair of equipment and trucks; coordinate with supervisor on the scheduling of routine maintenance work; reassign staff to handle equipment breakdowns and emergency repairs; confer with parts clerk on status of parts orders and to expedite getting parts for priority repairs; refer decisions on work requiring extensive repairs to supervisor; review work in progress for proper procedure and compliance with specifications; periodically test-operate equipment repaired by subordinates; train subordinates in proper work methods and safety procedures; oversee proper maintenance of tools and shop equipment; see that shop is kept in clean and orderly condition; inspect incoming equipment to diagnose the cause of mechanical failure and determine the nature and extent of needed repairs; perform skilled repairs on heavy and light equipment and trucks; maintain records on work completed; prepare work orders and reports; may provide vacation and other temporary relief for supervisor or for other classes as required.

Employment Standards

Knowledge of:

Thorough knowledge of:

  • The methods, tools and equipment used in repairing and overhauling construction equipment, light and heavy trucks, and automobiles.
  • The methods, tools and equipment used to perform preventative maintenance and servicing of construction equipment, light and heavy trucks and automobiles.
  • The theory and operation of internal combustion gasoline and diesel engines and drive train components.
  • Preventative maintenance inspection techniques.
  • Safety practices to be observed when servicing, maintaining, and repairing mechanical equipment.

Some knowledge of:

  • The principles of supervision and training.

Ability to:

  • Assign and supervise the work of staff performing a variety of activities connected with the repair and maintenance of heavy equipment, trucks, and automobiles.
  • Train subordinates in proper safety and work procedures.
  • Diagnose the cause of mechanical failure in construction equipment, light and heavy trucks and automobiles and determine appropriate repairs required.
  • Perform skilled repair work on a wide variety of gasoline and diesel powered construction equipment, light and heavy trucks and automobiles.
  • Improvise and make repairs under field conditions.
  • Recognize mechanical equipment defects or malfunctions upon inspection.
  • Use hand and power tools.
  • Read and understand technical manuals and written instructions, directions, and procedures.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with others.
  • Lift items weighing up to 75 pounds.
  • Perform tasks requiring strength, such as two people positioning 100-pound equipment blades, carrying equipment parts, climbing onto equipment, and mounting tires onto trucks and construction equipment.
  • Drive vehicles, such as automobiles, pick-up trucks, dump trucks, tractors, graders, compactors, bulldozers, loaders, tanker trucks, scrapers, and other light and heavy construction equipment.
  • Hear and distinguish various sounds, such as the voices of co-workers in noisy environments and the sounds of operating equipment.
  • Distinguish colors, such as color-coded wires and the colors of fluids.
  • Distinguish temperatures of equipment to avoid burns.
  • Use impact tools, such as tire guns and sledgehammers, which cause body vibration.
  • Perform tasks, which require manual dexterity such as gas and electrical welding, assembling small parts, and pouring liquids into receptacles.
  • Wear welding gloves.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of education and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying, unless otherwise specified.

A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Two years of experience performing duties comparable to those of a Heavy Equipment Mechanic II in the County of Santa Cruz.

Special Requirements, Conditions:

License Requirements: Possession of a valid California class C driver license; and within six months from hire, possession of a valid class A driver license with Tank Endorsement. A Hazardous Materials endorsement is required for some positions.

Special Working Conditions: Exposure to: variable temperatures and weather conditions; cramped work spaces; heights, such as on ladders and equipment; high levels of noise; electrical hazards; dust and silica dust; allergens, such as poison oak and stinging insects; unpleasant odors; the possibility of experiencing burns, bodily injury, exposure to non-ionizing radiation, and contact with toxic substances or chemical irritants; and, for some assigned tasks, possible exposure to needles or blood which could possibly result in chronic disease or death.

Other Special Requirements

  • Alcohol and drug tests will be administered to all candidates prior to final selection for positions requiring class A or B driver liceses upon entry and to employees in positions requiring these licenses, as mandated by Departmetn of Transportation federal regulations. In addition, all candidates must provide specific employment history for up to the past ten years for all jobs they have held which required operation of a commercial motor vehicle. 
  • Incumbents must provide the required tools upon employment.

Miscellaneous

PREVIOUS CLASS TITLES: None
Bargaining Unit: General Representation (44)
EEOC Job Category: 07 Occupational Grouping:
38 Worker's Comp Code: 0399
Revised Dates: 6/93; 10/94; 10/11

CLASS: MP5; EST: 8/1/1979; REV: 10/1/2011;