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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3324 - Lead Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Job Description

UNION: Local 150

Under direction; performs work of considerable difficulty in supervising the repair and maintenance of various types, makes and models of trucks, heavy equipment, automotive equipment, and vehicles; responsible for supervising the mechanic and operation of job assignments; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class spends a substantial amount of time leading the work of personnel assigned to the auto shop.  Assignments are given verbally or in writing, and results are generally evaluated through periodic inspections for safety and economy of operations.  Employees in this class are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of a variety of heavy multipurpose equipment with complex controls.  A higher degree of skill is required for the operation of more complex equipment, including excavators, hydro-jetting & hydro excavation equipment.  Direction is received from the underground maintenance manager.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Ensures that employees follow policies and procedures.
• Supervises the work of subordinate personnel engaged in equipment maintenance and repair.
• Makes periodic rounds of garage to ensure productive activity of employees engaged in maintenance and repair of equipment.
• Inspects condition of vehicles, Diagnoses, repairs and maintains a wide variety of automotive equipment (e.g. pick-up trucks, dump trucks, plow trucks, tractors, street sweepers, trailers, snow and ice removal equipment, etc.)
• Removes and installs parts (e.g. fuel injection pumps, turbo chargers, starters, drums, tires, lights etc.)
• Replaces leaf springs and hangers.
• Repairs air brakes.
• Performs welding and fabricating tasks.
• May be required to perform emission testing.
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within the job classification

To perform this 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 individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Automotive and hydraulic systems mechanics and repair methods
• Automotive parts, equipment and tools
• Engine and chassis units and standard repair and maintenance procedures
• Drive trains, brake systems and heating, cooling and electrical systems on a variety of vehicles
• The occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade
• Administrative procedures
• Current office practices, procedures, and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes
• Management and leadership principles

Skill in:
• Using necessary tools and equipment for the repair of automotive and heavy equipment
• Performing automotive and heavy equipment maintenance and repair work
• Utilizing computerized diagnostic tools and determining electrical and HVAC and drive-ability problems
• Planning, scheduling, assigning, and supervising the work of subordinate staff
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office
• Using computer hardware and software including work processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
• Planning, scheduling and supervising the work of others

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality
• Monitor and evaluate employees
• Prioritize and assign work
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and  cost-effective services
• Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues

Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent and four (4) years of experience in repairing trucks and heavy equipment including one year of experience in a lead worker capacity; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands, arms, and feet to push, pull and operate tools and equipment, climb, crouch, stoop, crawl and lift, carry and handle up to 50 lbs.

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.

The work environment for this position regularly includes working near moving or mechanical parts, with hazardous materials, with fumes or airborne particles, in cramped or confined spaces, and occasionally in extreme outside weather conditions.

Must possess and maintain in good standing, a valid Illinois commercial driver’s license (CDL) and automotive service excellence (ASE) Certification.