Department: Facility Services

Hiring Rate: $31,604.00

Salary Range: $33,186.00 - $47,406.00

                                                         MAINTENANCE MECHANIC


                                                          General Statement of Duties


Performs responsible technical and trades work in the maintenance and repair of County buildings, grounds and other facilities.


                                                   Distinguishing Features of the Class


An employee in this class performs a variety of building and grounds maintenance and repair activities including plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and carpentry trades work. Work involves responsibility for all building sites and surrounding grounds.  Work requires some independence and initiative and a knowledge of trade practices and skills.  The employee is subject to hazards in the work including exposures to vibrations, proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, working in high places, exposure to chemicals, fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, and oils. The worker is also subject to work in close quarters such as crawl spaces and small rooms.  Work in plumbing subjects the employee to compliance with the final OSHA standards on blood borne pathogens.  Work is performed under general supervision and is reviewed for lasting quality, appearance and functionality through conference, inspection, and records.


                                                           Duties and Responsibilities


Essential Duties and Tasks

Repairs and maintains plumbing fixtures, unstops fixtures and drains, installs valves, and repairs leaks to toilet and kitchen plumbing fixtures.

Repairs and replaces electrical fixtures such as light fixtures, ballasts, outlets, switches, etc.; checks and maintains generators; repairs fire and sprinkler system.

Monitors pressure and keeps records on water heater; checks boiler fittings for pressure leaks; repairs compressors and electric pumps; installs sensors on air conditioning boxes; maintains and makes minor repairs to boilers, chillers, and air handlers; checks and changes filters.

            Performs minor remodeling of rooms such as installing or removing light or plumbing fixtures, repairing walls, repairing roof leaks, hanging or repairing doors, laying carpet, installing coat racks and bulletin boards; repairing furniture; painting interior and/or exterior walls.

            Participates with higher level mechanics on more difficult projects.

            Operates a variety of tools and equipment including ladders, power tools, fork lift, bobcat, trucks, law mowers, etc.

            Moves, installs, fabricates and repairs furniture; unpacks boxes and unloads trucks.

            Maintains and repairs commercial grade kitchen equipment; cleans out pipes on steamer and dish washer; replaces parts on washing machines; replaces bearings on drier pulleys.

            Paints walls, floors and other facilities.

            Performs grounds maintenance activities including mowing, raking, cleaning asphalt, spreading mulch, picking up trash and pruning shrubs.

Checks elevators and fire extinguishers.

Sprays pesticides

Maintains records of work activities and supplies used.


Additional Job Duties

Performs related work as required.


                                                  Recruitment and Selection Guidelines


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working knowledge of the principles and techniques of carpentry, electrical, and plumbing Maintenance Mechanic

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Working knowledge of the methods, tools, and equipment used in the assigned trades and their maintenance and care.

Working knowledge of safety regulations, occupational hazards and related safety precautions in the work.

Working knowledge of the application of information technology to HVAC system controls and other work tasks and responsibilities.

Some knowledge of HVAC and painting trade skills.


Skill in the use and care of tools.

Ability to read and interpret blue prints and plans.

Ability to detect by inspection broken or worn parts.

Ability to maintain records of work activities.

            Ability to climb and work on ladders.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and to give clear oral instructions            Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, and County clients.


Physical Requirements

Must be able to physically perform the basic lift functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking, and hearing.

Must be able to perform heavy work exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently; and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Must possess visual acuity to operate machines such as drills, power saws, to perform skilled trades tasks on non-repetitive nature, and to keep and maintain various records.


Desirable Education and Experience

Graduation from high school supplemented by course work in trade skills and considerable related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Special Requirement

Possession of a valid North Carolina driver=s license.


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Special Note:  This generic class description gives an overview of the job class, its essential job functions, and recommended job requirements.  However, for each individual position assigned to this class, there is available a complete job questionnaire with a physical abilities checklist which can give further details about that one specific position.  Those documents should be reviewed before initiating a selection process.  They can provide additional detailed information on which to base various personnel actions and can assist management in making legal and defensible personnel decisions.