9266 Vehicle and Equipment Mechanic


TITLE Vehicle and Equipment Mechanic






The Vehicle and Equipment Mechanic performs preventive maintenance and repair of gasoline and diesel-powered farm equipment, machines, and vehicles, such as mowers, tractors, dozers, weed eaters, bush hogs, chain saws, cars and vans. The Vehicle and Equipment Mechanic maintains and repairs small hand and power tools or equipment used in planting, cultivating, and pruning plants, vines, shrubs, and trees. The Mechanic keeps records on preventive maintenance services performed and repairs completed on all equipment, is accountable for all small hand and power tools, and maintains an inventory of parts and supplies for equipment. The Vehicle and Equipment Mechanic assists in general field operations and performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


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 and torch work 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. Skill in the use of an arc welder and cutting torch is required. 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 supplies, equipment, and machinery weighing up to 70 pounds on a frequent basis and up to 100 pounds on an occasional basis; prolonged walking or standing, and frequent bending, stooping, crawling under vehicles, 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 equipment and vehicles.

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 equipment.


1. Performs preventive maintenance of equipment and vehicles 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 cars, vans, tractors, dozers, and similar grounds equipment.

2. Reduces the need for contract maintenance services of vehicles and 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 vehicles and equipment requiring major maintenance services or repairs receive those services by determining the extent of services or repairs required and arranging with contract maintenance shops for services or repairs beyond the capability to perform or that are too costly (i.e., time and money) for the Fruit Science shop to perform.

4. Promotes preventive maintenance as a strategy for maintaining vehicles and equipment by developing and recommending preventive maintenance programs and schedules, instructing Field and Maintenance Workers on the proper methods of operation and upkeep of the equipment, inspecting tools and equipment for their condition, repairing, cleaning, adjusting or lubricating them, and notifying the supervisor of signs of equipment abuse or neglect.

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

6. Maintains accountability for all 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 vehicles and equipment, storing those items in an appropriate and secure container, and reordering replacement items as necessary

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

9. Assists the supervisor 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 uses by changing, checking, and adjusting attachments to those vehicles. .

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 Fruit Science Department by performing all other related duties as assigned.


The Vehicle and Equipment Mechanic is supervised by the Field Supervisor and may supervise temporary workers.




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 2 - 75 Points: Irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers or temporary or part-time workers. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities. Responsibilities at this level may include tracking budgeted spending, limited purchasing authority, and tracking 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.