Under the general supervision of an administrative superior, an employee in this class diagnoses, assigns and supervises the repair and maintenance of automotive and construction equipment and other types of mechanical equipment repair work performed in a department garage.  Work assignments are received in the form of oral and written instructions or by complaints regarding the operations of specific vehicles or equipment.  The crew leader exercises independent judgment in diagnosing the problems and assigns the repair work to the Heavy Equipment Mechanics and helpers through oral instructions and/or written work sheets.  Work is checked through occasional inspections while repairs are in progress and by final inspections on completed work.  The employee may assist in performing repairs that are unusually difficult and require a very extensive knowledge of the trade.  Direct supervision is exercised over Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Welders, helpers and other subordinate employees assigned to the garage area. During the winter, snow and ice control activities are required, such as fleet maintenance, emergency repairs and maintenance; including roadside wrecker towing and recovery.  Winter snow and ice control activities will involve a shift in your normal work hours.



Responsible for the implementation of the preventive maintenance and repair program to ensure vehicle safety and operating efficiency

Ensures regulatory compliance with all state and local laws and regulations related to fleet

Manage the department maintenance and mechanic staff with responsibility for training, scheduling work assignments, managing performance, disciplining and authorizing overtime

Authorize and operate towing wrecker

Supervises roadside wrecker towing, recovery and service repairs

Diagnose cause of malfunctions and perform repairs

Responsible for planning, executing, and controlling preventive, routine, and corrective maintenance of electro-mechanical equipment.

Competence in the following technical fields: mechanical, hydraulic, electro-mechanical Systems, and pneumatic systems.

Track electro-mechanical equipment safety inspections, documentation audits, welder qualification, and welding inspection/documentation.

Duties include electro-mechanical equipment assembly, installation of auxiliary systems, testing, and maintenance training.

Manage consumption of spare parts supplies and third-party coordinate services.

Identify & prevent future breakdowns

Maintain a shop that is clean, well-organized, and set up for efficiency
Regularly communicate with Highway Maintenance Manager and update the administrative tracking systems

Advises supervisor of reason(s) why equipment was repaired or cannot be repaired.

Assists in the monitoring of third-party contractors, inspect work and generate deficiency reports.
Grow skills & knowledge of the department & industry

Instructs and may assist the mechanics in the repair of unusually difficult work assignments requiring extensive knowledge and skill utilize OEM software to Diagnose and Repair units.

Notifies departments when work is completed.

Responsible for written or computed daily work logs including route/location logs and material logs. Acts as an essential personnel and required to respond to emergency call-ins.

Operates light trucks (less than Twenty-Six Thousand Gross Vehicle Weight Rating); tractor-mounted mowers; patch rollers (less than 9 tons); sewer cleaners; wood chipper; maintainers; forklifts and other similar equipment.

Operates  heavy trucks (more than Twenty Six Thousand Gross Vehicle Weight Rating); Aerial lift trucks, snowplows, with wing (OPP); double wing OPP: catch basin vacuum trucks;  self-propelled wideners; large pavement rollers (more than 9 tons); self-propelled street sweepers; front-end loaders; backhoes; over the rail mower windrow loaders and other similar equipment.

Operates truck-trailer combinations (requiring Class A commercial driver license); hydraulic excavators; graders; bituminous pavers; bulldozers; truck-mounted pavement striping machines; track loader, rotary snowplows and other similar equipment.



Thorough knowledge of the principles, methods, materials and tools of the Heavy Equipment Mechanics trade.

Thorough knowledge of the principles of operation and maintenance of gasoline and diesel equipment and a variety of highway or construction equipment as related with maintenance and repair of heavy automotive or construction equipment and. of the terminology and tools of the trade.

Thorough knowledge of standard automotive repair

Skill in the use and care of tools and repair machinery.

Ability to adapt available tools and repair parts in specific repair problems.

Ability to supervise and instruct mechanics in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.

Ability to layout and supervise the work of others;

Ability to get along with others;

Ability to provide oral and written instructions and when required read diagrams.

Ability to keep simple records, written or computerized as required.

Ability to make journey level repairs to automotive and other mechanical equipment

Ability to work from plans, specifications, electrical and hydraulic schematics, rough sketches and oral instructions.

Ability to operate a wide variety of motor equipment and heavy, tools and machines

Good knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade.

Good knowledge of the operating and repair characteristics of equipment normally associated with the operation of a Public Works Department.

Good knowledge of the operations of gasoline and diesel internal combustion engines.

Good knowledge of electrical systems in heavy automotive and construction equipment.

Skill in the use of tools, machines, testing equipment and computer diagnostic programs and related computer automotive programs.

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

Willingness to tolerate odors, dirt, exposure to solvents, oils, work in all kinds of weather conditions, and make repairs on job sites and roadways

Good coordination, dexterity.

The employee's physical and mental condition shall be commensurate with the demands of the position; and must be willing and able to work overtime and respond to emergency work as needed.




Two (2) years of permanent non-competitive class status as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic II (Transportation) and or Heavy Equipment Mechanic II in OCDOT.

Open Competitive:

A) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Technology with a specialty in Heavy Equipment or an Associate’s Degree in Diesel Equipment Technology and three (3) years of skilled mechanical experience, or its part-time equivalent, in the repair and maintenance of heavy automotive equipment or construction equipment utilizing both gasoline and diesel powered engines, one (1) year of which must have involved the maintenance and repair of bulldozers, power shovels, extractors and like construction equipment; or,

B) Five (5) years of skilled mechanical experience, or its part-time equivalent, in the repair and maintenance of heavy automotive equipment or construction equipment utilizing both gasoline and diesel powered engines, one (1) year of which experience must have involved the maintenance and repair of bulldozers, power shovels, extractors and like construction equipment; or,

C) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).


When required to operate motor vehicles, employees must possess Class A, O restriction, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with Wrecker endorsement as required by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles for the class of vehicle being operated.  In addition, must possess the New York State Inspection Certification for Light and Heavy Duty Vehicles.


9/2022 Date of original composition