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Senior Mechanic

Company: Town of Simsbury
Location: Hartford
Posted on: April 6, 2021

Job Description:

Town of Simsbury
Senior Mechanic Public Works
$28.04 – 34.46 /hour; 40 hours per week.
Performs skilled automotive work in the inspection, diagnostics, repair and maintenance of Town trucks, heavy and light vehicles and equipment, and other mechanical equipment. Performs semi-skilled and skilled work in maintaining the vehicles and mechanical equipment of the Town. Primary objectives include ensuring vehicles are fixed properly the first visit and the development of a preventive maintenance program. Organizes and prioritizes work to meet Department objectives and provides oversight and direction to Mechanic/Driver. May be assigned duties of the Fleet Maintenance Supervisor in their absence.
Position Description and Job Functions

  • Receives written and/or oral instructions from the Fleet Maintenance Supervisor who reviews work in progress.
  • Makes and implements decisions regarding repair options.
  • Operates vehicle or equipment and discusses with operator to analyze, test and determine cause of malfunction.
  • Uses mechanics hand and power tools to remove, disassemble and repair, rebuild, or replace defective parts or units.
  • Performs engine and transmission repair work, electrical system repairs, brake jobs, tire repairs and replacement and similar mechanical work.
  • Utilizing acquired knowledge, manuals, and diagnostic equipment, diagnoses major engine and transmission problems and initiates contact for contracted repairs.
  • Utilizes hand tools and power tools to repair damaged vehicle bodies, truck bodies, hydraulic fittings/hoses and auxiliary equipment.
  • May file, grind and sand by hand or with power tools.
  • Welds broken parts and structural members, and provides fabrication of steel parts.
  • Performs routine vehicle maintenance work including tune-ups, lubrication, oil changes, tire repairs and balancing.
  • Understands and complies with federal, state and local regulations such as safety requirements, hazardous waste disposal, OSHA, Right-to-Know, etc.
  • Follows standard safety procedures and regulations.
  • Completes work orders and submits to Fleet Maintenance Supervisor.
  • Enters equipment maintenance data in manual and computer record systems.
  • Plans work for, provides direction to, and oversees the work of Mechanic/Driver(s) as assigned.
  • Is available for overtime, emergencies and storm related work as plow driver, equipment operator or as otherwise needed.
  • May perform emergency tree work, barricade placement, etc. in storm related or other emergency conditions.
  • Ability to administer gas and diesel distribution system.
  • Monitors and maintains spare parts inventory.
  • Oversees and conducts general maintenance of Highway Department Building.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Ability to read schematics, diagrams and prints and follow instructions, rules and procedures.
    • Ability to acquire a thorough knowledge of the operation and maintenance associated with trucks, vehicles and light and heavy equipment.
    • Sufficient strength and stamina to perform strenuous physical labor for extended periods of time.
    • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple jobs at the same time in the absence of the Fleet Maintenance Supervisor.
    • Ability to operate equipment and trucks requiring a Commercial Driver's license A.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, vendors and the public.
    • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
    • Ability to work and oversee the safety of employees as well as the public.
    • Ability to work on emergency call-out basis, including during extended winter hours.
    • Ability to work with a computer for work orders, research, communication, ordering of parts and equipment, etc.

      Conditions and Qualifications
      Motorized vehicles for mechanical testing purposes, power and hand tools and equipment for vehicle and mechanical system work; mechanic's tools including jacks, hydraulic lifts, air tools, diagnostic tools and other tools required for repairs and routine maintenance of motorized vehicles; electronic vehicle diagnostic equipment, personal computer, calculator, phone; mobile or portable radio.

      • Ability to work in setting subject to continuous interruptions and background noises.
      • Ability to climb onto ladders, platform and equipment.
      • Ability to work in confined or close quarters for extended periods of time.
      • Ability to work near moving traffic equipment.
      • Ability to work in poor weather conditions, including heat, cold, rain and snow.
      • Ability to operate equipment requiring eye and hand coordination and mechanical aptitude.
      • Ability to access and reach difficult places and negotiate varied terrain.
      • Ability to get in and out of motor vehicles.
      • Ability to lift and/or carry objects weighing from 25 to 50 pounds.
      • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
      • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.
      • Ability to walk, sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and smell.
      • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
      • Ability to work in an environment that is occasionally very loud.

        High School Diploma or GED equivalent and four (4) years of practical experience in automotive and equipment repair work. Specialized training and certification(s) in automotive and truck repair and maintenance are preferred.

        • Connecticut CLASS A CDL with air brake and tanker endorsements must be obtained within 6 months of hire.

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