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City of Springfield Garage Foreman in Springfield, Massachusetts

Position Purpose/Summary Responsible for supervising the work of a small crew of employees engaged in the maintenance, repair, overhaul of automobiles, trucks, specialized construction and maintenance equipment, and other automotive and/or related motorized equipment including accessories and appurtenances. Work is performed with considerable independence in accordance with accepted trade practices adapted to municipal requirements under the general direction of a supervisor who reviews work through inspections for conformance to established departmental standards. Supervision is exercised over a small crew of motor equipment repair workers. Essential Functions Supervises the work of a small crew engaged in maintaining, repairing, and overhauling passenger vehicles, trucks and other specialized municipal construction and maintenance equipment, including accessories and appurtenances. Supervises the work of a small crew engaged in repairing, adjusting, replacing brakes, transmission, rear ends, differentials, clutches, axels, cooling systems, shock absorbers, steering boxes, posts, tie rod ends, gears, shafts, cams, drag links, king pins, bushings and bearings. Prepares work orders for the mechanics to repair vehicles. Answers dispatch radio from drivers needing repairs on the road and vehicles being brought into the garage. Determines what parts are needed to repair vehicles and has stock room order such. Gives work performance feedback to mechanics. Performs related work as required. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Considerable knowledge of the standard practices, materials, tools, equipment, and techniques of the trade. Considerable knowledge of the operating principles of both diesel and gas-powered internal combustion engines. Considerable knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade. Ability to locate, diagnose, and correct defects and malfunctions of a variety of automotive and related equipment. Ability to supervise the work of a small crew. Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions. Skill in the use and care of tools, equipment and materials of the trade. Education and Experience High school diploma or equivalent, including or supplemented by technical courses relating to the trade. Ten years of experience as a skilled automotive mechanic and one year of supervisory experience.