Parks Equipment Mechanic 1
City of Madison, WI - Madison, WI

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This is skilled mechanical work in the repair and maintenance of Parks fleet equipment (e.g., tractors, mowers, rollers, blowers, sweepers, etc.). Work is characterized by a high degree of independence in the operation of an equipment repair shop. Under the limited supervision of a higher-level Parks supervisor/foreperson, employees in this class maintain or assist in the maintenance of a parts inventory and related service records and oversee periodic maintenance by operators. Employees report to supervisors at the sites and may receive assistance and guidance from the Parks Equipment Mechanic 2. Work is evaluated periodically in terms of compliance with maintenance objectives and safety regulations.

Movement to a Parks Equipment Mechanic 2 is not automatic but rather depends on the needs of the department/division and is normally accomplished through a competitive process.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities:

Inspect, repair, and maintain parks fleet equipment, to include tractor units with diesel and gas engines, hydro static transmissions, steering linkages and power steering units, and automotive type electrical systems with electrical safety switch lockouts.

Inspect, repair and overhaul small engine equipment such as push mowers, string trimmers, pumps, generators, compactors, rollers, sod cutters and snow blowers; tractor mounted mower decks; self propelled park sweeping equipment; and tractor mounted snow blowers or brooms. Replace bearings, wheels, shields and sharpen blades. Perform seasonal changeover of parks equipment. Overhaul park equipment.

Identify and order necessary parts. Maintain parts and service manuals. Prepare periodic inventory of needed parts. Maintain stock, sort and label all parts and bins. Distribute parts to field maintenance personnel and keep records of distribution. Supply parts to service contractors as appropriate.

Maintain preventative maintenance records. Provide equipment maintenance expertise to supervisory personnel on a wide variety of issues to include the need for equipment replacement and safety concerns. Oversee periodic maintenance by operators. Provide leadership to assigned helpers as required. Provide instruction to operators on maintenance procedures. Perform preventive maintenance on all Parks fleet equipment. Assist Parks Equipment Mechanic 2 and/or perform equipment repair at various Parks field operations as assigned.

Determine the need for specialized contract repair services, make referrals on contract repair services, and maintain warranty records and contacts with dealers.

Perform related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Working knowledge of the principles and practices of mechanical repair and maintenance applicable to parks fleet equipment (to include gas, diesel and small engine repair). Working knowledge of specialized parks equipment to include mowers, blowers, pumps, sweepers, etc. Working knowledge of electrical and hydraulic maintenance and repair principles relative to parks equipment. Working knowledge of the principles and practices of welding. Ability to maintain, diagnose, repair and overhaul parks equipment. Ability to maintain related work records and inventories. Ability to utilize common hand and power tools and diagnostic equipment. Ability to work independently. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Ability to communicate effectively. Ability to work for extended periods of time in extreme weather conditions. Ability to withstand exposure to solvents, gasoline, diesel, oil, grease and other petroleum products. Ability to maintain adequate attendance.

Training and Experience:

Two years of skilled experience in the maintenance and repair of a variety of specialized gas and diesel equipment used in grounds maintenance work (e.g., mowers, blowers, sweepers, etc.). Such experience would normally be gained after graduation from high school or equivalent and completion of vocational coursework in small engine repair and welding. Other combinations of training and/or experience which can be demonstrated to result in the possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position will also be considered.

Special Requirements:

Possession of a valid Class B Wisconsin Commercial Driver’s License. The successful candidate must have passed the written portion of the relevant Department of Transportation testing process before starting employment. A condition of continued employment is passage of the skills portion of the test and obtaining the required operator’s license within a specified timeframe. Specific endorsement requirements will be determined on a position by position basis.

Physical Requirements:

Incumbents in this position will be expected to lift and move objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Incumbents will have exposure to solvents, gasoline, diesel, oil, grease and other petroleum products, and may be required to work in adverse weather conditions.