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Apprentice Mechanic




Job title:
Apprentice Mechanic

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Job description:
Position Summary
Under general supervision, performs routine service and maintenance on the District’s motor vehicles and construction machinery and may perform Auto Service Person duties as required. The Apprentice Mechanic must successfully complete all required classroom and field training, written and proficiency testing occurring during or prior to the end of a thirty (30) month training period to become eligible for consideration for advancement to the position of Mechanic. The position is assigned to either the automotive group or the equipment group of Transportation; however, operational requirements may necessitate temporary assignment as needed.
Wage information:
In the Apprentice Mechanic job incumbents will be eligible for wage increases following six (6) month periods until such time as they are at the Standard Wage (Step 4). The increases are dependent on satisfactory performance and successful completion of training and proficiencies. The entry wage of this job is $24.22 with the potential to reach wage $30.27 within two years.
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Apprentice Mechanic
Shift Differential is also available for the Apprentice Mechanic role:
$1.00 additional per hour for 2nd shift -12 noon to 7:59 PM
Incumbents must progress out of the Apprentice Mechanic role. If training standards are met and satisfactory performance is maintained incumbents will move into the Mechanic wage scale listed below. This progression results in a promotional increase from the current Apprentice wage to at least a 5% increase or the next highest wage in the Mechanic wage scale.
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Incumbents in the Mechanic role may also have the opportunity to promote into the Sr. Mechanic role. Wages listed below.
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Sr. Mechanic
An annual increase to the next step is awarded every year, with satisfactory performance, until standard wage is achieved. Every April a general increase is also applied to the current wage.
Essential Functions
1. Perform diagnostics and make repairs or adjustments on engines, transmissions, drive trains, differentials, suspensions, exhaust systems, fuel systems (diesel, gasoline, compressed natural gas, propane), brakes, tires and other mechanical components of District vehicles and equipment.
2. Diagnose and repair vehicle/equipment electrical issues.
3. Perform cold start-ups on District vehicles and equipment.
4. Perform wheel alignments, tune-ups and assist with engine overhauls.
5. Perform inspections, flushes and repairs on radiators.
6. Perform repairs on starting and charging systems.
7. Inspect and repair steering and hydraulic systems.
8. Drive District vehicles and machinery.
9. Perform metal fabrication, metal cutting, grinding, and welding (Oxy-Acetylene and Wire Feed).
10. Equip new cars, trucks and other types of equipment to meet specifications prior to incorporation into fleet service.
11. Repair or replace winches and cables.
12. Perform the physical requirements of the position.
1. Communicate with and assist internal and external customers.
2. Comply with and understand all pertinent District policies and processes.
3. Communicate with and assist customers, co-workers and management professionally, regardless of provocation.
4. Perform a variety of other duties as assigned.
Additional Minimum Requirements
- Minimum of three (3) years of experience as a full-time mechanic at a car or truck dealership, machinery dealership or general vehicle or machinery repair facility. Experience at a specialty shop such as exhaust repair, transmission repair, brake repair or tire shop will receive only minor credit. Completion of a basic automotive, diesel mechanics or heavy/agricultural equipment Associates Degree at an approved technical school (i.e., Iowa Western Community College, Metropolitan Community College, Southeast Community College) or equivalent is highly desirable and can be substituted for two (2) years of experience. Correspondence schooling and high school courses do not qualify.
- Efficiently and effectively speak, read, comprehend and write English.
Required Computer Skills
- Experience with personal computers, tablets, and/or other electronic devices to include familiarity with, but not limited to, Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, Word) and enterprise wide software (e.g., SAP).
Required Education
- High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED).
Required License/Certification
- A valid Driver’s License. An unrestricted Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with tanker endorsement is required to be obtained within six (6) months of being placed in this position and then maintained. Note: Obtainment of the CDL will be arranged and paid for by the District.
- Current certification in at least three (3) of the four (4) Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) categories listed below:
• Engine Repair
• Engine Performance
• Brakes
• Electrical Systems
At the District’s discretion, a degree in an automotive mechanics or heavy/agricultural equipment program may be substituted for the current ASE certification requirement. If so, the above ASE Certifications must be obtained within 12 months of being placed in Apprentice Mechanic position, before progression to Mechanic position. To successfully progress to the Mechanic position ASE certifications in all eight (8) automotive categories and three (3) of the truck categories must be completed.
Note: ASE re-certification is required. The District will pay for initial and ongoing re-certification while employed in a Transportation Mechanic position.
Required Testing/Verification
- Pre-employment Background Check, Drug Screen and Physical.
- Employee(s) in this position are covered under the Department of Transportation Drug and Alcohol testing provisions. This includes post-accident, random, reasonable suspicion and return to duty testing.
Preferred Education, Experience and/or Skills
Work Environments
1. Perform duties in a shop environment as well as in the field to include, but not limited, all weather conditions, shop chemicals, cleaners, solvents, noises, odors and dust.
2. Work inside and outside in all weather conditions and terrain for extended periods of time.
Please see SuccessFactors for a full list of physical demands
An Equal Opportunity Employer “Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation"

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Posted on:
January 13, 2022