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Lead Mechanic Public Works

Summary: Under general supervision of the Fleet Manager, this working supervisor shall provide direction to the heavy equipment mechanics in the maintenance and repair of vehicles, equipment and other motorized machinery; diagnoses operating problems and determines appropriate methods of repair; oversees work to ensure cost effective and safe methods and procedures. The Lead Mechanic shall have good interpersonal communication (verbal/written) skills, flexible, and self motivated to provide positive guidance to employees for a safe and efficient work environment.

Essential Job Functions: The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.
•Assist with planning, assigning, training and evaluating the work of shop personnel performing various vehicle and equipment maintenance and repair.
•Assists with assigning work orders to shop personnel to ensure all preventive maintenance and repair orders are completed in a timely and efficient manner.
•Confers with the Fleet Manager on a daily basis to discuss current and upcoming work orders.
•Inspects the work of shop personnel to ensure proper procedures and parts were followed and installed.
•Assist with maintaining the preventive maintenance program to control downtime and effiency.
•Monitors and reviews service trends and recommends operational and policy improvements; maintains technical knowledge.
•Diagnoses and repairs vehicles and heavy equipment involving repairs to electronic systems, hydraulics, cooling systems, fuel, braking, steering and hose fabrication.
•Welds and fabricates parts for various types of equipment.
•Confers with the Fleet Manager with arranging for the outside repair of vehicles or other equipment; inspects quality of outsourced work.
•Assist with maintaining various records regarding parts requisitions, time accounting, repair orders.
•Enforces safety regulations including Personal Protective Equipment, such as eye protection, hard hats, gloves, steel-toed boots, reflective vests, and ear plugs for daily use in shop; encourage good safety habits.
•Serves as contact with customers and suppliers to diagnose and handle problems and issues, when required.
•Assures the safe operation of the repair shop by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations; encourage good housekeeping practices.
•Performs the duties and responsibilities of the Fleet Manager in an acting capacity as needed.
•Assigned on rotating on-call schedule; responds to emergency call-outs.
•Operates and maintains the County fuel system in compliance with the New Mexico Environmental department requirements.
•Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge and Skills:
•Knowledge of supervisory principles, practices and methods.
•Knowledge of gas and diesel engines, and mechanical and electrical systems.
•Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of automotive and equipment repairs and maintenance.
•Knowledge of all types of heavy equipment and trucks used in road construction and maintenance.
•Knowledge of vehicle and equipment testing and diagnostic equipment.
•Knowledge of federal, state and county safety rules and regulations.
•Knowledge of County policies and procedures.
•Skill in effectively supervising, leading and delegating tasks and authority.
•Skill in effectively diagnosing and troubleshooting complex maintenance and repairs on vehicles and equipment.
•Skill in adapting parts and tools to specific repairs.
•Skill in reading and interpreting mechanical drawings and diagrams.
•Skill in organizing and prioritizing multiple tasks and demands.
•Skill in working within deadlines to complete projects and assignments.
•Skill in working independently or as part of a team.
•Skill in establishing effective working relationships with co-workers, customers and vendors.
•Skill in communicating effectively, both orally and in writing.
•Skill in the use of a personal computer and standard business software.

Education and Experience:
•High School Diploma or GED equivalent, auto/diesel mechanica vocational training/and or certification, and three (3) years relevant work experience repairing vehicles and/or heavy equipment; or equivalent combination of education and work experience sufficient to perform the duties of the position.
•Must be A.S.E. certified.
•Valid State of New Mexico Commercial Driver's license (CDL-Class A).
•Valid Class A and B UST Operator certificate from the American Petroleum Institute or able to obtain within six (6) months of employment.

Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements:
•Work is performed primarily in an outdoor or shop environment; may be required to lift and carry items more than 50 pounds.
•May be exposed to dangerous machinery, potential physical harm, fumes and airborne particles and extreme weather conditions. Noise level is usually loud.
•Work schedule for this position may include working on religious holidays.
•Utilize, process, and navigate the County’s electronic ERP system as necessary and appropriate based on the needs and requirements of this position.

Equipment and Tools Utilized:
•Equipment utilized includes various manual and electronic diagnostic equipment, hand and power tools