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Mechanic I

La Quinta, California
PRIMARY FUNCTION
Under general supervision, performs semi-skilled repair, adjustment, tune-up, overhaul and maintenance on both gasoline and diesel heavy equipment; and overhaul and maintenance of both gasoline and diesel-powered automotive equipment. Performs other duties as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
This is the entry-level of the Mechanic classification. Incumbents typically are promoted or employed from related classifications and should have basic automotive repair experience and knowledge.
  • Supervision is direct, and work is checked quite closely.
  • Progression to the next level will depend on vacant positions at a higher level.
  • It will be the responsibility of all employees in this classification to report for emergency duty if called.
  • Lacking a bona fide excuse satisfactory to supervision, a second failure to report when called could result in discharge.
  • This position, at times, requires the management of hazardous materials or waste and thus requires mandatory training in hazardous waste operations, hazardous materials spill response, and/or hazardous materials communication.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • The examples of essential functions listed below are representative but not necessarily exhaustive or descriptive and incumbent may be assigned other related functions not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment for the position.
  • Performs skilled mechanical maintenance and repair of automobiles, trucks, and equipment such as tractors, dozers, draglines, graders, diesel trucks, hydraulic excavators and other heavy equipment.
  • Repairs hydraulic equipment, and checks for proper operations; accident damage on vehicles; and electrical components including starters and alternators.
  • Determines the extent and type of repairs and adjustments to be performed, and prepares estimates for the cost of repairs.
  • Cleans and services equipment, parts, and tools; and overhauls and renews brakes systems as needed.
  • Installs and repairs two-way radio, mirrors, wipers, lights, and other accessories.
  • Confers with supervisor on work performed and completes the required record of work completed.
  • Properly utilizes and maintains shop and equipment.
  • Performs arc and gas welding.
MARGINAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Disassembles equipment or component parts of equipment when necessary and confers with supervisor to determine what replacement parts or repairs are necessary.
  • Troubleshoots and performs minor and major repairs on hydraulic equipment, and checks for proper operations.
  • Overhauls engines and rebuilds valves, pumps, motors, and hydraulic cylinder rams.
  • Reassembles equipment and makes adjustments according to the manufacturer’s specifications and accepted practices.
  • Inspects equipment visually and with appropriate test equipment to determine the extent of repairs or adjustments required; inspects equipment worked on to determine potential sources of trouble or unsafe conditions.
  • Field inspects the equipment, conferring with operators to determine any mechanical or potential problems, makes appropriate repairs and adjustments, and records on maintenance log.
  • Stocks service truck and requisitions and pick up supplies and parts as needed.
  • Confers with supervisor regarding the advisability of taking equipment out of service to make repairs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES - None

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
  • Education High school equivalency.
  • Experience Two years of automotive or heavy equipment repair and maintenance experience.
  • Licensing Possession of or ability to obtain a valid California commercial class “A” driver’s license with applicable endorsement(s) during the initial six months of a probationary period.
  • Employees in this classification must comply with the Department of Transportation's physical and medical requirements, pass drug and alcohol screening and submit to random drug and alcohol screenings.
  • Endorsement(s) Hazardous Material and Tanker Endorsements required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES Knowledge Basic tools and procedures used in repairing and maintaining heavy equipment; safety procedures regarding heavy loads and overhead crane operations; principles of hazardous materials handling; part manuals; basic operation and care of gasoline and diesel engines, electronic/electrical systems, large gear reductions, hydraulic systems, tracks, transmissions, air conditioning, and other component parts of all types of heavy equipment.

Skills/Abilities Makes repairs and adjustments to heavy equipment under supervision; understand and apply information from manufacturer equipment manuals and specifications and shop service manuals; calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, area, circumference, metric system and volume; use on-line parts ordering and computer terminal; understand safety rules and regulations and work safely; use power and hand tools properly; be prompt and regular in attendance and work courteously and cooperatively with employees.

Tools and Equipment Used Hand tools, power tools, amp meter, multi-meter, measuring instruments, torque wrenches, air and electric powered tools, hammer, oxygen-acetylene gas welder, pry bar, hydraulic equipment, field service truck, hoisting and lifting equipment, generators, pumps, hoses, steam cleaner, high pressure water cleaner, stethoscope, magnifying glasses

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in a large shop environment with limited to acceptable lighting and no control of climatic conditions.
  • The employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions; the employee is frequently exposed to smoke, fumes, dust, hot steam vapors, and airborne particles; the employee is occasionally required to work in wet and/or humid conditions.
  • The employee is occasionally exposed to extreme heat and extreme cold; the employee is occasionally exposed to vibration through use of pneumatic hand tools; the employee occasionally works in high, precarious places.
  • The employee is frequently exposed to combustible, toxic, and caustic chemicals; the employee is occasionally exposed to the risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here 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 qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, grip, grasp, or feel objects, tools, or controls; the employee is frequently required to reach forward, upward and downward with hands and arms.
  • The employee is frequently required to talk and converse on a one-to-one basis; the employee is frequently required to listen, and hear verbal conversations and commands, as well as listen to noise and sounds, emitted by operating equipment.
  • The employee is frequently required to stand on concrete, asphalt, and soft soil surfaces; the employee is frequently required to walk on concrete, asphalt, and soft soil surfaces; the employee is occasionally required to sit while operating a vehicle or working on equipment.
  • The employee is frequently required to climb onto equipment, vehicles or use a step ladder and must maintain balance during this activity.
  • The employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel and crouch; the employee is occasionally required to crawl; the employee is occasionally required to smell.
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally up to 70 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Degree of Physical Effort – 6
An employee in this category will be exposed to physical demands requiring strength, coordination and dexterity from a few times a day to many times a day.
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