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Job Description

The Mechanic position works independently with limited supervision and performs all phases of diagnostic procedures, preventative maintenance, service, repair and parts replacement to all types, sizes and classes of municipally owned and operated equipment (diesel and gas) in a timely manner to ensure safe, economical, efficient equipment operation and longevity.

2023 pay range: $30.56 - $35.92 hourly. This position will be posted open until filled. The first review of applications will be Monday, October 10, 2022

Provides exceptional customer service to internal and external customers.

  • Interacts with others in a manner that is professional and inspires open communication.  
  • Helps to create and maintain a respectful workplace culture and champions diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Participates in citywide training designed to strengthen competencies in areas such as communications, leadership, decision-making and problem solving.


Implements equipment preventative maintenance programs for city owned equipment including regular equipment servicing, fluid changes, tune-ups, tires and replacement of expendable parts.  City equipment includes gasoline cars and pickups, diesel trucks of all sizes; off road construction equipment, including mowers and sidewalk machines; and all small, motorized equipment such as chain saws and weed whips.

  • Schedules individual equipment for regular evaluation to determine the needs for and feasibility of both minor and major repairs.
  • Participates in all phases of equipment problem diagnosis.  Performs maintenance and repair work to ensure a “ready status” for all equipment and vehicles and be in compliance with all safety standards.
  • Records parts used and hours worked on all serviced equipment and enter data into electronic work order system. 
  • Monitor and support inventory management, by recording part usage and controlling shop supplies 


Performs major diagnostic, repair/service work on fuel, hydraulic, electrical, electronic, exhaust, suspension, steering, braking (air/hydraulic/ABS), drive train, air conditioning-heating, and transmission systems.

  • Installs electrical and other types of accessories on city equipment.
  • Fabricates parts, mountings, and other accessories using blacksmith, welding, cutting and metal working techniques and practices.     


Assist in maintaining a parts inventory and recommends to supervisor parts needed to operate Equipment Center efficiently.

  • Orders parts from various vendors, as needed.


Recommends to supervisor specialized repairs needed so units can be taken to proper vendor.   


Participates in local workshops for updates and certifications in the field of equipment service.

  • Provide information as to new developments and innovations in equipment maintenance that could benefit city operations.           


Maintains work area and tools in clean and workable fashion.

  • Periodically evaluates condition of tools from safety perspective and recommends appropriate action to supervisor.  


Maintains positive and effective working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, suppliers the general public.


Performs related work in any division, (i.e., snow plowing) to meet the city’s goals and objectives and any and all work as apparent or assigned.

  • Assists with training of other employees on safe use of and transporting of vehicles and equipment.
  • Assists with OSHA compliance policies pertaining to equipment/vehicle and an equipment repair center.

 Performs or assists in other duties and responsibilities as apparent or assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of two years of training or experience including but not limited to repairing and maintaining automotive, light truck, heavy truck, construction equipment, mowing and snow removal equipment, and small engines.  
  • Must have a valid Minnesota driver's license and must be able to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License Class A within 12 months of hire.

Desired Qualifications

  • Completion of a two-year vocational-technical program in automotive and/or light and heavy truck and/or heavy equipment repair.
  • ASE certification in major system maintenance.
  • DOT Certified for annual mandatory inspections.


  • Performs duties without the need for direct supervision. 
  • Establishes and maintains positive and effective working relationships with supervisors, co workers,  material suppliers and general public while displaying a positive attitude toward the goals and objectives of the division.
  • Effectiveness in work assignments may be gauged by range of work satisfactorily completed, the time required to complete work assignments, appropriateness of work undertaken, quality of such work, and ability to use proper tools and techniques in diagnosis and repair.
  • Displays initiative in recognizing and performing maintenance tasks that need attention or need to be  completed, maintains records and tracks within the work order system .
  • Demonstrates care of equipment and safety for self and others through safe work procedures, use of personal protective equipment, and keeping work area clean.
  • Effectively plans work based on priority, utilizes work time effectively and observes work hours.
  • Works overtime/or varying shifts to meet public service needs.

  • Demonstrates a strong ability to work independently.
  • Consistently displays ability and knowledge needed to inspect, diagnose and complete repairs on maintenance and construction equipment.  Also displays knowledge of methods, equipment, materials and tools used in the automotive and equipment trade. City equipment and vehicles include those used for law enforcement; firefighting; and streets, utilites, parks and forestry maintenance.
  • Must have physical abilities sufficient to perform strenuous labor in varying weather conditions any hour of the day.  
  • Ability to make sound independent decisions and judgment on projects assigned.
  • Ability to properly use mechanical tools and current electronic diagnostic equipment.
  • Knowledge of blacksmithing, welding,  cutting and iron work techniques and practices.
  • Must have ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions plus a good knowledge of and experience working with all types of motorized equipment.
  • Must have computer skills sufficient to use Microsoft Office and certain software programs to look up and order parts on line.
  • Must be or have ability to become certified to perform inspections on the DOT required vehicles . 
  • Ability to wear/use respirators and other safety equipment as required.
  • Ability to teach operators proper use, maintenance and safety of city owned equipment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisor and other employees as well as general public.
  • Works overtime and/or varying shifts to meet public service needs.

Job Activities
Very Frequent (frequently required to perform the job)
  • Standing
  • Sitting (test driving)
  • Walking
  • Lifting
  • Pushing/Pulling
  • Carrying
  • Climbing
  • Bending at waist
  • Reaching (extending hands and arms in any direction)
  • Handling objects (grasping, turning or otherwise using hands or hand)
  • Repetitive hand motion
  • Use of arm muscles over extended periods
  • Use of leg muscles over extended periods

Frequent (usually required to perform the job)
  • Kneeling (bending leg at knee and resting on knee)
  • Crawling (moving about on hands and knees)
  • Crouching (bending at knees)
  • Overhead work (over shoulder height)
  • Stationary desk or bench work with neck bent forward are usually required to perform the job.
Occasional (sometimes required to perform the job)
  • NA
Weights Lifted/Carried
  • The employee must be able to lift items from 0 – 100 pounds from 0 – 6 feet. Employee must be able to lift items such as mechanical tools including air tools, starters, alternators, rims and tires, hydraulic cylinders and all parts from awkward positions. Working with arms and hands above the shoulders for work on steering and suspension components. Pushing and pulling objects in the course of making repairs. Bending and straightening metals. 
  • The employee must be able to carry items from 0 – 100 pounds from 0 – 50 feet. Employee must be able to carry items such as cutting edges for snow plows, mounting tires, items for heavy repair parts on larger on equipment, and unloading parts or other materials.

Job Requirements
  • Working outdoors? Yes
  • Working indoors? Yes
  • Operating forklifts, machinery, or vehicles? Yes
  • Supervising other employees? No
  • Working with chemicals? Yes
  • Working near fumes/vapors? Yes
  • Driving city vehicle or personal vehicle? Yes, driving is an essential function


Skills for Mechanic

The job skills required for Mechanic include Customer Service, preventative maintenance, Repairing, Hydraulics, OSHA,and Welding etc. Having related job skills and expertise will give you an advantage when applying to be a Mechanic. That makes you unique and can impact how much salary you can get paid. Below are job openings related to skills required by Mechanic. Select any job title you are interested in and start to search job requirements.

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Career Path for Mechanic

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