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Equipment Mechanic, Facilities Services

University of Montana
Job Location:
Missoula, 59812
Facilities Management
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Job Description

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Staff Vacancy Announcement

The Equipment Mechanic within Facilities Services- Vehicle Repair Center will perform all phases of automotive related repair work which includes engine repair, transmission, electrical, HVAC, tune up, suspension, brakes, and wheel alignment, using diagnostic scan tools for OBD l and OBD ll emissions systems. The Vehicle Repair Center is a full- service oriented operation responsible for the maintenance of state- owned vehicles, turf equipment, snow removal equipment, heavy equipment, marine equipment, and emergency standby generators. On site repairs are performed by state- of- the- art technicians operating under restricted time constraints.

This position is not responsible for the regular management of classified staff or contract professional employees, but will fill in for their direct supervisor when the supervisor is absent. This will include supervising other mechanics.

Required Skills

  • Knowledge of safety rules and procedures related to trade and abide by all OSHA safety regulations
  • Knowledge of digital VOM use to test and repair electrical circuits
  • Knowledge of lead acid and AGM batteries and proper testing procedures
  • Working knowledge of the following; hydraulic systems, using valve & seat grinding equipment, hydraulic press, tire changer, tire balancer, floor jacks, wheel alignment equipment, all mechanical hand and power tools used in trade, mechanical, hydraulic, and air brake systems
  • Must be technically and mechanically oriented
  • Must be familiar with SDS sheets (Safety Data Sheets)
  • Proficient at welding
  • Attach test instruments to equipment and machinery in order to diagnose malfunctions
  • Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul cars, trucks, and all types of gas and diesel powered engines
  • Disassemble and overhaul internal combustion engines, pumps, generators, transmissions, clutches, and differentials
  • Use of diagnostic scan tools for OBD l and OBD ll emission systems
  • Repair an unfamiliar problem through the use of technical manuals and other diagnostic means.
  • Operate computers to help diagnose problems/recall, etc.
  • Work on aerial platform machinery without fear of heights
  • Work around and handle many types of chemicals used in the trade
  • Preform Light metal fabrication work
  • Read electrical schematics in order to diagnose and repair DC electrical systems, alternators, generators, and starters.
  • Work outside at times in inclement weather
  • Respond to call outs after hours and weekends or work overtime when required
  • Perform general maintenance and thorough safety inspections
  • Receive and carry out instructions and be self-motivated
  • Follow oral and written instructions
  • Communicate and work effectively with co-workers, other crafts, and the campus community

Physical Requirements

(Qualified candidates must be able to meet minimum requirements and perform the primary functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.)

  • Lifting: Ground to 36 inches, up to 90 Lbs.  Ground to 8 inches over head height, up to 25 Lbs.
  • Carrying: Front carry up to 90 Lbs, for 10 feet.  
  • Pushing/Pulling:  (during the use of tools)  150 Lbs maximum, 100 Lbs sustained.
  • Static trunk forward bending and twisting from a standing or crouching position while using tools.
  • Reaching with your arms in all directions.
  • Balancing when climbing and working on a ladder.
  • Use of various grip circumferences and strengths as well as static grip positions during the use of various tools (4 1/2" to 5 1/2" circumference needing an average of 50 Lbs of grip force) and while manipulating various work materials (maximum 100 Lbs).
  • Walking various distances throughout the day on uneven and sometimes slippery surfaces.
  • Manual Dexterity – the ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp and manipulate objects.
  • Manual steadiness, dexterity, speed, and coordination
  • Wrist–Finger Speed – the ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrist.

Physical Screen will be administered prior to a final offer of employment.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent and four (4) years of automotive apprenticeship or two (2) full years of automotive trade school; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Five (5) full years as a journeyman mechanic
  • Valid Driver’s License

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficient at welding using Arc, MIG, and Gas
  • Proficient at brazing and use of Oxy Acetylene torches 
  • Operation of metal lathe
  • Use of cylinder hones and tools used in engine machining/rebuilding
  • Ability to use precision measuring tools, micrometers, and dial gauges
  • ASE certification
  • Knowledge of various metal grinding operations
  • Knowledge of air brake system diagnostics and repair
  • Working knowledge of metal band saw, sheet metal brakes, sheet metal shear
  • Knowledge of hydraulic system diagnostics and repair

About Facilities Services and UM

The Mission of Facilities Services is to assist in the development of a physical environment supportive of teaching, research, and Administration on The University of Montana campus through the operation and maintenance of the state funded Physical Plant, and providing services to the auxiliaries as required. It is also Facilities Services Mission to provide planning and construction services for all of the campus in support of the development and enhancement of the University's Physical Plant. Additionally, Facilities Services is responsible for assuring compliance with all codes related to facilities, construction, renovations, maintenance and operations of all campus facilities. This Mission of support includes long-term preservation of facilities, assets and equipment.

The University of Montana is a flagship, R1 research institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains where three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.  The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.

Position Details

Position Title:               Equipment Mechanic

Position Number:         114600

Department:                  Facilities Services

Work Schedule:            Full time, 1.0 FTE (40 hrs/week), 12 months/year,

                                       Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Salary:                           $27.50/hr

Union Affiliation:          Teamsters Union Local 2

Probationary Period:   Six months minimum

Benefits Include:          Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan,

                                       partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.  

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

Must be eligible to work in the United State upon hire. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

How to Apply

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 27, 2023 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

This position will remain OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

Candidates are required to submit the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button below.

A complete application Includes:

  1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related the stated required skills for the position.
  2. Detailed Resume – listing education and describing work experience.
  3. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

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