8430 Grounds Equipment Mechanic


TITLE Grounds Equipment Mechanic




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Superintendent of Grounds

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Director of the Physical Plant


The Grounds Equipment Mechanic performs preventive maintenance and repair of electrically-powered and gasoline and diesel-powered groundskeeping equipment and machines, and small hand and power tools or equipment used in planting, cultivating, and trimming grounds and landscapes. The Mechanic keeps maintenance records on preventive maintenance services performed and repairs completed on all grounds equipment, has accountability for all grounds maintenance small hand and power tolls, and maintains an inventory of parts and supplies for grounds equipment.


Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent plus specialized or technical training in the repair and maintenance of small and large sized gasoline and diesel engines is required.

Experience: At least two years of experience in repairing gasoline and diesel powered engines is required; experience repairing and maintaining two- and four-stroke engines, small diesel engines, hydraulics, and welding is preferred.

Skills: Requires a general mechanical ability; skills in the use of hand tools and test equipment associated with the maintenance of gasoline and diesel engines; ability to diagnose gasoline and diesel engine failures and make repairs to engine, carburetor, injectors, diesel pumps, electrical, brake, steering, transmission and hydraulic systems. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Effort: Requires the use of small hand and power tools. Requires the ability to lift and/or transport groundskeeping supplies, equipment and machinery weighing up to 50 pounds on a frequent basis and up to 100 pounds on an occasional basis; prolonged walking or standing, and frequent bending, stooping, and reaching on a daily basis. Requires a full range of physical motion in order to repair and test the operation of electrically-powered and/or gasoline and diesel-powered groundskeeping equipment and machines. Employees in this job classification (job title) are designated as essential employees and must report to work as scheduled when University offices are closed due to severe weather.

License: Must have a valid Missouri motor vehicle operator's license.

Other: Scope of the position requires exposure to waste oil, greases, and fuels and use of chemical solvents and cleaners used in the repair and maintenance of gasoline and diesel-powered engines and groundskeeping equipment.


1. Performs preventive maintenance of grounds equipment by following manufacturers' recommendations or using personal experience regarding tune-ups, lubrications, oil and filter changes, adjusting or changing belts and hoses, sharpening or replacing blades, on push mowers, riding mowers, tillers, tractors, and similar grounds equipment.

2. Reduces the need for contract maintenance services of grounds equipment by troubleshooting and repairing (within capabilities) a variety of equipment, automotive and truck problems including electrical systems, brakes, carburetors, engine compression, clutch and transmission, injectors, differentials, pumps, hydraulic and power take-off operations.

3. Ensures that grounds equipment requiring major maintenance services or repairs receive those services by determining the extent of services or repairs required and arranging with other University or contract maintenance shops for services or repairs beyond the capability to perform or that are too costly (i.e., time and money) for the grounds shop to perform.

4. Promotes preventive maintenance as a strategy for maintaining grounds equipment by developing and recommending preventive maintenance programs and schedules, instructing grounds employees on the proper methods of operation and upkeep of the equipment, inspecting tolls and equipment for condition, repairing, cleaning, adjusting or lubricating them, and notifying the Superintendent of signs of equipment abuse or neglect.

5. Maintains appropriate maintenance records by keeping records of all grounds equipment operating hours, preventive maintenance services performed, and repairs completed.

6. Maintains accountability for all grounds maintenance small hand and power tools by issuing those tools to departmental employees when requested, receiving the tools after use, and securing the tools in the proper storage container as directed.

7. Ensures the availability and accountability of required parts, components, and supplies by maintaining an inventory of parts and supplies for grounds equipment, storing those items in an appropriate and secure container, and reordering replacement items as necessary.

8. Repairs damaged grounds maintenance equipment by welding and/or cutting to mend broken, bent or loose items where close fit or tolerances are not critical.

9. Assists the Superintendent of Grounds in the preparation of bid sheets and purchase orders by contacting vendors and commercial suppliers for bids on specific parts, and identifying the proper mechanical terminology to describe the parts needed.

10. Prepares riding mowers, tractors, and trucks for specific grounds maintenance uses by changing, checking, and adjusting attachments to those vehicles such as snow blowers, brooms, blades, and buckets.

11. Safely operates University vehicles while picking up or delivering parts and equipment by obeying applicable traffic laws and following operator instructions.

12. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

13. Contributes to the overall success of the Grounds Department by performing all other related duties as assigned.


The Grounds Equipment Mechanic is supervised by the Superintendent of Grounds and generally exercises no supervision of others.




Factor 1: Educational Requirements of the Job

Level 3 - 160 Points: The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent and up to one year (30 credit hours) of technical training, certification, and/or vocational classes or course work in a specialized area.

Factor 2: Skill Requirements - Craft and Trade Skills

Level 4 - 750 Points: Knowledge of an extensive set of operations and procedures, specific skills and demonstrated ability, that requires considerable creativity or mechanical aptitude. Skills at this level normally require more than two and as much as five years of experience and previous training.

Factor 3: Managerial Responsibility

Level 1 - 25 Points: No responsibility for the work of others. Limited responsibility for expenses, purchases, or inventory.

Factor 4: Guidelines

Level 3 - 90 Points: Procedures and standards exist, but considerable latitude in applying procedures and selecting a sequence of activities must be exercised. The employee uses judgment in interpreting and adapting guidelines such as agency policies, regulations, precedents, and work directions for application to specific cases or problems. The employee analyzes results and recommends changes.

Factor 5: Contacts

Level 2 - 50 Points: The purpose may include obtaining or clarifying facts, or providing factual information to others. Contacts may be with coworkers or structured exchanges with students or the general public, and are generally for the purpose of exchange of information. Contacts at this level might include discussing a work order with individuals in a departmental office to more clearly define the problem, or providing directions or information to students or the general public.

Factor 6: Work Environment

Level 3 - 70 Points: The work area involves moderate discomfort and/or risk such as operating heavy machinery or dangerous equipment, or frequent exposure to hazardous materials. Alternatively, the work area may be subject to environmental discomfort such as poor ventilation. Loud noises, and/or extremes of heat or cold. The work often requires wearing protective gear that may be uncomfortable. The nature of the work environment may produce moderate levels of stress.

Factor 7: Physical Demands

Level 4 - 150 Points: Work requires considerable and strenuous physical exertion such as climbing ladders, frequent lifting of objects over 50 pounds, crawling or crouching in restricted areas. Occasional lifting of heavy objects weighing 75 pounds or more is required.

Factor 8: Responsibility for Facilities and Resources

Level 2 - 40 Points: Jobs at this level might require frequent but routine responsibility for facility security, public safety, equipment, or money.

Factor 9: Complexity

Level 3 - 450 Points: The work includes various duties involving different and unrelated processes and methods. Decisions regarding what needs to be done depend upon knowledge of the duties, priorities, commitments, policies, and program goals of the supervisor and the department and involve the analysis of the subject, phase, or issues involved in each project or assignment, and the course of action may have to be selected from many alternatives. The work involves elements that must be identified and analyzed to discern interrelationships.