Vehicle and Equipment Mechanic

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Work Type: Staff/Classified AFSCME
Location: Kent Campus - Kent, OH
Category: Full-time
Home Org/Dept: Fleet Services - Kent Campus [100406]

Job Title:

Vehicle and Equipment Mechanic

Physical Location:

 Kent Campus - Kent, Ohio


 $19.05 -$19.89 (6-month rate)

Basic Function:

Inspect, test, maintain, modify, and repair a wide variety of mobile and stationary industrial\commercial power equipment and vehicles equipped with gasoline, gaseous, and diesel engines, complex hydraulic systems, alternating and direct current devices and electronic controls in all environments (e.g., aerial platforms, tractors, AC generators, battery banks, pumps, construction equipment, saws, mowers, forklifts, utility and class 1-8 vehicles). Reports to designated supervisor.

Additional Basic Function – if applicable:


Examples of Duties:

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: 

Tests, maintains and repairs engines and sub-systems such as electronic and mechanical liquid and gaseous fuel systems, emissions and exhaust systems, safety lockout and electrical systems, cooling, lubrication and ignition systems etc.

Tests, maintains and repairs hydraulic and sub-systems such as pumps, cylinders, valves and electronic/electrical control systems, etc.

Tests, maintains and repairs ac/dc auxiliary power systems and their sub-systems such as battery banks, generators, transfer switches, UPS, electronic and electric controls, etc.

Tests, maintains and repairs equipment and vehicle chassis and sub-systems such as pneumatic and hydraulic braking systems, manual, automatic and hydrostatic transmission systems, clutches, tires, steering systems, HVAC systems, lubrication systems, etc.

Conducts inspections and maintenance on equipment in accordance with established departmental and/or industry procedures and schedules. Maintains detailed written and computerized records of inspections, maintenance, repairs, and requisitions.

Maintains an inventory of parts, supplies, fuel, lubricants and tools.

Maintains a clean, organized, safe shop environment that includes, but is not limited to, shop equipment, tools and supplies. Informs supervisor on work activities, work and equipment related needs.

Assists other skilled tradespersons as required.

May train and direct student employees or employees in a lower pay grade in maintenance and repair procedures; may participate in training new employees.

Performs related duties as required.

Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:


Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or equivalent. Twelve to eighteen months formal training (or equivalent training or experience which provides comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities) and a minimum of two years’ experience in a variety of equipment and vehicle repairs (e.g., two and four cycle single or multiple cylinder engines, gasoline, gaseous, and diesel fuel systems, hydraulic, ac\dc electrical, and mechanical systems). Employee must provide all basic tools needed for this position.


Must possess valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with proper endorsements and safe driving record, or obtain as soon as possible with extension up to 6 months from date of hire, if position requires operation of vehicles regulated by Section 4506.01 of Ohio Revised Code. Must possess current Type II and MVAC (Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning) certifications or acquire certifications during employee probationary period, if position requires servicing of motor coach bus and motor vehicle air-conditioning systems. Individuals will be subject to controlled substance/alcohol testing in positions where such is required by federal regulations.

Knowledge Of:

Equipment and class 1-8 vehicle components, equipment operation, maintenance, and repair
Electronic, electrical, air, and hydraulic systems
Appropriate safety standards

Skill In:

Welding (i.e., mig and stick) *
Engine repair (e.g., two and four cycle single or multiple cylinder engines, gasoline, gaseous, and diesel fuel systems, hydraulic, ac\dc electrical systems, and mechanical systems)
Use of mechanic's tools, including hand, power, and testing tools
Interpersonal communication to effectively and professionally interact with university personnel and public in person and over the telephone (e.g., to gather information about breakdowns, vendors, to record repairs, to give detailed instructions over radio)

Ability To:

Diagnose problems and determine appropriate action
Learn, develop, and adapt to equipment changes, work and safety policies, standards, procedures and regulations
Operate computerized diagnostic equipment
Perform basic mathematics (e.g., add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, decimals, and fractions, and to calculate percentages)
Interpret and apply schematic diagrams
Demonstrate physical dexterity and lift 100 pounds
Maintain accurate records
Operate a computer: (data entry/retrieval, diagnostics, system configuration, internet searches)
Read (e.g., technical manuals, service bulletins, manufacturer's warranties), write (e.g., equipment logs, requisitions, reports), and accurately follow verbal and written instructions
Operate two-way radio

Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:

Certification by Automotive Service Excellence preferred.


Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:

Garage, mechanical room, electrical room, and outdoor environments; exposed to dirt, grease, chemicals, electrical devices, fumes, loud noise, slippery surfaces, variable temperatures and weather conditions, potentially dangerous equipment (e.g., lifts, switches, etc.); requires considerable physical exertion to include frequent lifting of up to 50 pounds (e.g., blocks, head sets) and occasional lifting of up to 100 pounds (e.g., tires), extended periods of standing, bending, kneeling, or assuming awkward positions; may work varied hours and shifts to include evenings, weekends, and holidays; may be called in to work in emergency situations; requires on- and off-campus travel.

Working Schedule:

 Monday - Friday, 6:00 AM - 2:30 PM; however, hours may vary to meet departmental needs.

Additional Information:


Must pass a security check.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Kent State University is a Smoke-Free, Tobacco-Free University effective July 1, 2017. Smoking and tobacco use are not permitted on any of Kent State’s campuses or other locations and properties that are owned, operated, or leased by Kent State, both domestic and international. For additional details, visit


The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related experience/education beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities.

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