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State of Massachusetts Bridge Inspection Equipment Mechanic in Northampton, Massachusetts

This position functions as the mechanic and Back-Up Operator for the Under-Bridge Aerial Lift used in the District Bridge Inspection Unit. This person will be responsible for troubleshoot, road testing, maintenance, and repair of the Under-Bridge Aerial Lift, as well as other various vehicles, lifts, arrow boards and boats used in the Bridge Inspection Unit, as well as the District. This includes the scheduling of routine maintenance of said equipment. This person will also oversee that all documentation relating the maintenance and repairs made on the Bridge Inspection Unit equipment is current and up-to-date and ensure the Under Bridge Aerial Lift is ready on a 24-hour a day basis.

Bridge Inspection Motor Equipment Mechanic works in all types of weather such as hot, cold, wet, dry and humid, lighting conditions and under exposure to such hazardous conditions as those found at bridge sites, including adjacent to live traffic or within active railroad corridors and exposure to fumes, loud sounds and may travel for job related purposes. Their work also requires exposure to high altitudes. In addition, their work may require the use of hand tools and lift and carry heavy objects; may work varied shifts, weekends, holidays, nights; and may be subject to a standby (on call) work status. In addition, based on assignment, employees may be required to cut away or remove natural growth that may hamper access to the bridge site, and remove any obstruction that prohibits proper visibility of bridge posted signs.

Incumbents of positions in this series inspect, troubleshoot and repair motor vehicles and equipment for use by agency personnel; consult with operators, manufacturers or dealers’ representatives regarding specifications or problems relating to the operation of motor vehicles and/or equipment; write repair orders and specifications for new vehicle sand equipment; and perform related work as required.

The basic purpose of this work is to maintain and repair motor vehicles and equipment to ensure safe and efficient operation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Repair motor vehicles and equipment by overhauling, rebuilding, replacing or adjusting gasoline or diesel engines, carburetors, distributors, alternators, generators, starters, differentials and transmissions according to manufacturers’ specifications.

  • Service vehicles and equipment by changing and repairing tires, adjusting brakes and cleaning and lubricating parts as needed to ensure their optimum working order.

  • Repair and overhaul electrical circuits and units including all warning light circuits, arrow boards, electronic spreader circuits, electric motor circuits and electric solenoid circuits.

  • Perform body repairs and windshield and window replacements.

  • Operate snow removal and/or sanding equipment and vehicles.

  • Operates other equipment used in automobile operation and repair such as hydraulic lifts, bumper jacks and diagnostic testing equipment.

  • Assist in the purchase, disposal and registration of motor vehicles.

  • Interview applicants for employment and provide training to new employees.

  • Troubleshoot and road test motor vehicles and equipment such as automobiles, trucks, buses, bulldozers, cranes and snowblowers to determine the repair work needed to be done.

  • Road test motor vehicles and recommend them for road use.

  • Supervise vehicle maintenance and repair garage.

Qualifications Required at Hire

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of automotive repair and maintenance.

  • Knowledge of the types and uses of handheld tools used in automotive repair and maintenance such as wrenches, pliers, etc.

  • Knowledge of the principles of operation of internal combustion engines.

  • Knowledge of the principles of operation of diesel engines.

  • Knowledge of the types and uses of materials and supplies used in automotive repair and maintenance.

  • Knowledge of the types and uses of equipment used in automotive repair and maintenance such as hydraulic lifts, bumper jacks, grinders, buffers, and air tools.

  • Knowledge of the types and uses of precision measuring equipment and devices such as micrometers, calipers, etc.

  • Knowledge of safety practices and procedures followed in automotive repair and maintenance.

  • Knowledge of the types and uses of diagnostic testing equipment used in automotive repair and maintenance including devices for checking dwell, timing and idle speed.

  • Knowledge of the principles of operation of 2-cycle engines.

  • Knowledge of the principles of operation of 4-cycle engines.

  • Knowledge of the principle of carburetion.

  • Knowledge of the principles of operation of the various components of motor equipment.

  • Knowledge of the standard methods and techniques for the storage of hazardous materials.

  • Knowledge of the terminology, coding, symbols, and standard abbreviations used in automotive repair and maintenance.

  • Knowledge of troubleshooting techniques used in automotive repair and maintenance.

  • Knowledge of the types and uses of oxy-acetylene gas welding equipment

  • Knowledge of the apparatus and instruments used for testing engines and other mechanical or electrical equipment.

  • Skill in the use of equipment used in automotive repair and maintenance.

  • Skill in the use of handheld tools used in automotive repairs such as wrenches, pliers, etc.

  • Skill in the use of precision measuring equipment and devices such as micrometers, calipers, etc.

  • Skill in the use of oxy-acetylene gas welding equipment.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Ability to understand and apply the laws, rules, and regulations governing motor vehicle operation.

  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as shop manuals, plans, specifications, blueprints, drawings, etc.

  • Ability to exercise sound judgment.

  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others.

  • Ability to maintain accurate records.

  • Skill in heavy equipment and automotive repair and maintenance.

  • Ability to understand the laws, rules and regulations governing motor vehicle inspection.

  • Ability to supervise, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished, the capabilities of subordinates and available resources; controlling work through periodic reviews and/or evaluations; determining subordinates’ training needs and providing or arranging for such training; motivating subordinates to work effectively; determining the need for disciplinary action and either recommending or initiating disciplinary action.

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of supervision.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral expression.

The incumbent must have and maintain a valid Massachusetts CDL Class B License and a Hoisting License 1C or better. The incumbent must have the CDL Class B at the time of hire. The incumbent will be allowed 6 months, from the time from being selected for this position, to obtain the Hoisting 1C or better.

If you have questions regarding this position, please contact Robin Burke, Human Resources, at robin.burke@dot.state.ma.us.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

All applications must be submitted online, through MassCareers, in order to be considered.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in the repair, maintenance and overhaul of automotive equipment such as automobiles, trucks, bulldozers, cranes, front end loaders, etc. of which (B) at least one year must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

Substitutions:

I. A certificate or diploma from a recognized trade, technical or vocational school, at the high school level or above, with a major in automotive shop practice may be substitution for one year of the required (A) experience.

Special Requirements: Based on assignment:

  1. Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class B Motor Vehicle Operator's License.

  2. Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class C or hoisting license.

For a disability-related reasonable accommodation or alternative application method, call ADA Coordinator, Rita Dinunzio – (857) 368-8738.

Job: *Equipment, Facilities & Services

Organization: *Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Title: Bridge Inspection Equipment Mechanic

Location: Massachusetts-Northampton-811 N King Street

Requisition ID: 200006H3

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