The Auto/Diesel Mechanic is responsible for performing skilled preventative maintenance and repair work on motor pool vehicles, plant operation equipment, and tools. This position is governed by state and federal laws and institution policy.
Performs vehicle maintenance by changing oil, lubricating, replaces oil and air filters, cleaning vehicle interior, washing and waxing car exterior, checking tire pressure and rotating tires; checking coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid levels, and adding fluid as needed.
Checks batteries and their fluid levels. Inspects lights, spare tire and tire tools, turn signals, brake lights, horn, seat belts and other systems on the vehicle. Winterizes vehicles by checking for proper antifreeze levels.
Performs minor vehicle repairs, changes headlights, fuses, and bulbs that are inoperable. Repairs tires and fixes flats. Performs other repairs, which do not require special tools or equipment.
Travels off-campus to retrieve vehicles, in need of repair, or pick up tools, supplies, and equipment needed for plant and facilities operation.
Performs maintenance and repairs of grounds equipment, which includes tractors and assorted implements, for lift, skid loader, etc., as well as small engine equipment, such as lawnmowers, string trimmers, etc.
Maintains service on shop equipment and tools.
May fabricate parts and equipment and perform body work to repair vehicles.
Prepares for prior approval from supervisors estimates of time, parts, and materials needed for repairs.
Responsible for getting routine gas and diesel (or other fuel) for operation of equipment.
Maintains supplies and equipment, maintains reasonable stock of oil, lubricants, filters, bulbs, fuses, and other supplies used in vehicle, buggy and small engine maintenance and operation.
Maintains accountability of shop tools and test equipment, as well as records of repairs and routine maintenance needs.
Responsible for keeping shop clean and organized.
Maintains a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner so as to get along with others.
Performs other duties as assigned.
SPECIAL JOB DIMENSIONS:
Occasional in-state travel is required.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS:
Knowledge of the mechanical operation of diesel and gasoline powered engines as well as electric start engines. Knowledge of routine vehicle, buggy, and small engine maintenance and care for safe and efficient operation. Knowledge of manufacturer