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Vehicle Technical Lead Mechanic

at J.O. Combs Unified School District

Posted: 5/14/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 5854

Job Description

Position Goal

Coordinates, assigns, and provides vehicle maintenance, rebuild, and safety inspection services.  Performs a variety of diagnostic and major-to-minor mechanical work for the repair, overhaul, fabrication, tooling, and scheduled maintenance of the district’s complete vehicle and machinery fleet including all heavy duty equipment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Receives requests through work orders or direct contact.   Assesses the nature of the repair request and assigns a priority.  Prioritizes work orders, assembles service teams, and/or personally provides service.
  •  Verifies drivers’ comments and/or road tests vehicles to determine causes of unusual engine noises and/or vibrations, unusual exhaust color, odor, or sound, or other indications of problems.
  • Diagnoses mechanical problems.  Makes a wide variety of mechanical repairs including overhauling engines, replacing bearings, adjusting ignitions and carburetors, assembling transmissions and differentials, fitting pistons and rings, aligning and adjusting brakes, aligning wheels and installing axles, overhauling steering mechanisms and drive shafts. 
  • Performs complex work in the inspection, repair, and maintenance of automotive equipment including tractors, trucks, power mowers, power sweepers, vans, and construction equipment.  Determines extent, type, and cost of repairs. 
  • Leads work teams for large assignments such as overhaul of gas and diesel engines and running gear.  Installs rings, rod bearings, main bearings, and brakes.  Repairs transmissions and differentials.  Overhauls and renews wheel cylinders. 
  • Repairs, modifies, and replaces vehicle body parts, panels, components, etc., in accordance with manufacturer specifications.  Fabricates and adjusts parts to fit.  Makes repairs to vehicle bodies and frames.  Applies paint to vehicles.  Welds, cuts and brazes metals.  
  •  Establishes and maintains a parts and supplies inventory and distribution capability to support regular and unanticipated repairs and servicing. 
  • Orders parts and equipment, such as, but not limited to fuel, lubricants, filters, accessories, and wear items.  Reviews and codes invoices and processes documents according to established procedures.  
  • Observes the work of other technicians, offering tips and suggestions for time savings, and repair techniques.  Researches new work techniques. 
  • Trains staff and others in the use of equipment including that which requires certification to operate, vehicle code requirements, emergency procedures, use of tools, products, and safe work practices.  
  • Assists in Transportation department budget processes by researching and reviewing past vehicle repair and service activity, analyzing upcoming maintenance schedules, submitting recommendations and monitoring approved expenditures. 
  •  Estimates time and material costs for repairs including accident repairs.  Orders parts and equipment.  
  • Documents work orders, describing diagnostics sequences, repairs made, and labor, parts, and other materials used in connection with repairs.  Maintains historical records of vehicle service activity and inspections. 
  • Contacts established vendors for parts and supplies to support repair work.  Maintains accurate records of parts, supplies and material inventory.   
  • Maintains accurate records of Transportation Section use, storage, handling, and disposal of hazardous materials, including Material Safety Data Sheets, to comply with applicable laws and established District policies and procedures.  
  • Assigns or personally responds to emergency breakdowns and repair vehicles at emergency site.  Operates a variety of vehicle maintenance and repair tools and equipment in a safe manner. 
  • Researches, trains and demonstrates required skills and safe work practices for mechanics in all areas of vehicle maintenance. 
  • Prepares and completes required documentation of monthly mandated motor carrier Arizona Highway Patrol inspections as well as District requirements. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.

Qualifications:  The Vehicle Technical Lead Mechanic is the senior subject matter specialist and maintenance leader for the district’s fleet.  The Vehicle Technical Lead Mechanic requires the ability to perform advanced mechanical work on heavy duty equipment and possess certifications to inspect the scope of work and ascertain vehicle safety.  The Vehicle Technical Lead Mechanic will train and certify that other technicians are qualified, introduce new equipment and tools, develop factory-compliant maintenance schedules, and set priorities for schedules and repair/replace decisions.

  • Requires in-depth knowledge of the standard practices, techniques and tools used in repairing, maintaining and overhauling heavy and light equipment, gasoline, diesel, mechanical, and electrical powered equipment.   Requires considerable knowledge of the principles of internal combustion engines, automotive and standard transmissions, differentials, hydraulic units, air brakes, and all other equipment systems and assemblies.  Requires working knowledge of operating characteristics of machinery and vehicles used in student transportation, construction, delivery, and grounds keeping.  Requires skill in using the full range of hand and power tools used in automotive repair work. Must have thorough knowledge of work hazards and safety practices.  Requires knowledge and understanding laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to vehicle safety. Requires sufficient leadership skills to train employees, and organize and prioritize work.  Requires sufficient writing skills to prepare reports.  Requires sufficient math skill to read, record and compute precise measurements and use business math.  Requires sufficient human relation skills to train others and exchange technical information.  
  • Requires the ability to coordinate and perform vehicle maintenance projects and tasks at a fully skilled, journey level.  Requires the ability to diagnose a full range of problems associated with vehicle operation and safety.  Requires the ability to lead a small work team, prioritizing work, evaluating quality, and providing input to performance.  Requires the ability to plan, prioritize, and assign work in order to meet yearly schedules and timelines. Requires the ability to interpret computer-aided, digital, and scope diagnostic devices.  Requires the ability to read technical manuals and schematics and write sufficiently to perform the duties of this classification. Requires the ability to estimate scope of work assignments in terms of labor and materials and secure necessary tools and materials to complete assignments.   Requires the ability to assign and perform a variety of maintenance and repair activities simultaneously.  Must be able to keep accurate records and observe general safety procedures.  Requires the ability to maintain applicable certifications. Requires the ability to work as contributing member of a team, work productively and cooperatively with other teams and external customers, and convey a positive image of the District.  Requires the ability to obtain a Class B commercial driver’s license for school buses within 6 months of hire.
  • The position typically requires a high school diploma and 6 years of increasingly responsible experience in the maintenance and repair of vehicles including heavy gasoline and diesel powered equipment.  Alternatively, the position may require a two-year college degree in an automotive technology area and 2 years of recognized industry experience.
  • Requires a Class B commercial driver’s license.  Requires ASE or A-Plus certification in brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, power train, suspension, and steering.

Physical Demands

Incumbent must be able to function indoors in an automotive/vehicle repair shop environment and/or outdoors in the field engaged in work of an active nature. Requires ambulatory ability and strength to maintain cardiovascular fitness to engage in strenuous physical labor such as lifting and carrying materials up to 75 pounds on a frequent basis, reach from awkward positions using hand-eye coordination to insert parts, and climb and balance.  Requires near and far visual acuity to drive, read and write, perform repair work. 

Requires sufficient hearing and speech ability to hear sound prompts, vehicle sounds, and carry on conversations.

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 individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed indoors and outdoors where significant safety considerations exist from physical labor, moving equipment, and temperature and noise extremes.While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to risk of electrical shock; vibration and extreme heat. The employee will frequently be exposed to dust. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, outside weather conditions and extreme cold.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.

Salary Schedule: Support Staff Initial Salary Placement Range FF

Benefits: Per District Policy

Evaluation: Annual

Contract: 12 Months, 261 Days                

Reports to: Director of Support Services

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt   


Notice of Non-Discrimination

J.O. Combs Unified School District #44 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age or sexual orientation in admission and access to its programs, services, activities, or in any aspect of their operations and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. J.O. Combs Unified School District #44 also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. The following employees have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Compliance Officer for Title IX , Athletic Director, 2505 E. Germann Road, San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 or 480-882-3540 and Compliance Officer for Section 504/ADA, Director of Student Services, 301 E. Combs Road, San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 or 480-987-5300.

J.O. Combs Unified School District #44 no discrimina en base a la raza, el color, la religión, el origen nacional, el sexo, la discapacidad, la edad, o la orientación sexual para la admisión y su acceso a sus programas, servicios, actividades, o en cualquier aspecto de sus operaciones y proporciona un acceso igualitario a los Boys Scouts y otro grupos de jóvenes designados. J.O. Combs Unified School District #44 tampoco discrimina en sus prácticas de empleo y contratación. Los siguientes empleados han sido designados para manejar las preguntas en cuanto a las polízas de no discriminación: Funcionario de Cumplimiento de Título IX, Director Atlético 2505 E. Germann Road, San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 or 480-882-3540 and Funcionario de Cumplimiento para la Sección 504/ADA, Director de Servicios Estudiantiles, 301 E. Combs Road, San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 or 480-987-5300.

Primary Location: Transportation

Shift Type: Full-Time

Job Contact Information

Applications will be accepted beginning
Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:00 AM
(Pacific Standard Time)

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