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Pay Range 292


This classification, as a regular and recurring part of the job, leads employees in the day-to-day operations of work within the fleet maintenance shop of Fleet Services Department. Leadworker performs heavy equipment mechanic work as well as the same work that is done by the group led; serve as supervisor in the absence of supervisor.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Assist the supervisor in planning the work schedule; prioritize and distribute the day-to-day workload among employees; maintain in touch with the progress of work and make adjustments to assure timely completion of assigned work. Participate in selection and performance evaluation of staff. Give on-the-job training and instruction in accordance to established procedures and practices. Review finished work of staff. Leave accurate status of work in progress, work completed and parts needing ordered to the day shift coordinator.

2. Diagnose equipment problems, inspect, repair, rebuild, overhaul, maintain and test a variety heavy road maintenance equipment, such as: tractors, trucks, rollers, graders, air compressors, etc.

3. Maintain records and reports, time cards and writes work orders.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of standard practices and procedures, materials and equipment used in the maintenance, repairing and overhauling of heavy road maintenance equipment; considerable knowledge of diesel powered equipment; considerable knowledge of safety procedures. Skill in: Safe operation of wide variety of equipment and tools; diagnosing equipment problems Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; lead and motivate support staff; diagnose equipment problems; manage time efficiently, make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; maintain accurate records; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with employees, vendors, contractors, public agencies and the public.  

Education, experience and training: Five years progressively responsible work experience in heavy equipment repair which includes three years verifiable supervision of three or more employees. Experience and training should be a combination of experience and training as an apprentice and as a journey-level heavy duty mechanic, in a heavy equipment dealership or as a lead heavy duty mechanic OR any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess valid Oregon commercial driver's license.

Desirable qualifications: Automotive Service Excellence certificates or factory training certificates; welding and fabricating experience.


This classification works with supervision from the fleet maintenance supervisor who discusses work assignments orally and in writing before the second shift begins. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. Employees estimates time and materials and manages time efficiently. Employee uses initiative and judgment in completing routine assignments and interpretation of general administrative or operational policies and procedures is sometimes necessary. Significant deviations require prior approval. Work is checked at completion of projects. Employees may or may not work in proximity of supervisor.


Work is performed within established departmental policy and procedure; heavy road maintenance equipment service manuals and reference books; union contract agreements, safety rules and regulations. Employee uses independent judgment in interpreting and choosing appropriate guidelines; refers to supervisor in unusual situations.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in shop areas which may require bending, climbing, crawling, gripping with hands and fingers, hearing alarms and voice conversation, keyboarding, kneeling, lifting up to 50 pounds, pulling, pushing, standing, stooping, twisting and walking. Work is performed with common exposure to with common exposure to exhaust fumes and chemicals. Work is performed in an environment which involves everyday risks or discomforts and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A reasonable amount of driving is required.

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