Lead Mechanic

Employment Type:

Supervisor: Public Works Operations Manager

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Random Substance Testing: Yes

Position Number: PW/23

Employment Opportunity Summary

This position is responsible for overseeing and participating in the repair and maintenance of a variety of city vehicles and equipment.

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Questions and resumes can be submitted via email at jobs@sedalia.com.

Employment Opportunity Additional Details

Job Scope:

The purpose of this position is to oversee the work of mechanics and maintain and repair vehicles and equipment for the city. Successful performance helps ensure that vehicles and equipment are properly maintained and ready for use.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Oversees and assigns work to mechanics within Vehicle Maintenance. Responsible for employee reviews, appraisals and any necessary disciplinary action.
  2. Completes work orders for equipment repairs. Completes fleet logging and data entry to maintain vehicle and equipment histories in electronic systems. Tracks previous repairs in fleet. Obtains quotes and assists with bidding for various vehicles, equipment and parts. Processes invoices for payment and works within the city’s accounting and financial management system.
  3. Solves complex maintenance problems by interpreting layout drawings specifications, schematics, diagrams, and operating characteristics of vehicles and components.
  4. Inspects, evaluates and determines serviceability of vehicle and equipment systems, assemblies or sub-assemblies, such as engine mechanical, electrical, air-conditioning, fuel, emission, power train, brake, steering and suspension systems, hydraulic systems, and the need for repair or disposition Troubleshoots, adjusts, repairs, and tests systems on diesel and gasoline powered vehicle. Diagnoses and analyzes malfunctions of major assemblies and sub-assemblies by visual and auditory examination or through the use of test equipment, to determine need for repair or replacement.
  5. Repairs and changes tires. Welds and fabricates parts. Performs some body work; paints repaired vehicles.
  6. Oversees or conducts scheduled preventive maintenance functions, including checking the condition and operation of batteries, tires, lights, transmissions, exhaust systems, and brakes.
  7. Uses technical publications or online systems, such as Mitchel On-demand, Cummins Insight, Snap-on Scan Tools to maintain vehicles to prescribed manufactures’ maintenance schedules.
  8. Responds to emergency breakdowns that may occur after-hours, on weekends and holidays. Performs repairs on vehicles and equipment, as necessary; troubleshoots equipment failures at city facilities, construction job sites, local landfill or along roadways.
  9. Maintains the shop and assigned tools; performs housekeeping duties.
  10. Performs fire truck and police fleet maintenance and repair.
  11. Ensures vehicle maintenance facility is maintained clean, safe and in good repair.
  12. Arrive at assigned time, get along well with others, manage time efficiently, and promote efficiency.
  13. Follow all safety rules and City of Sedalia regulations. Shall ensure mechanics have available and use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the duties and jobs assigned including specific PPE required for working within Missouri Department of Transportation rights-of-way.
  14. Maintains records of work activities in a manner that ensures completion by the due date, information is complete and accurate; may perform a variety of office and records maintenance work.
  15. Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.
  16. In times of inclement weather or following severe storms, other emergencies, due to employee illnesses or at the request of the Public Works Director, the lead mechanic may be called upon to work in other than their assigned Public Works area (i.e., Mowing & Alley Maintenance, Sanitation, Street, Water, and Water Pollution Control).
  17. Performs other related duties as assigned.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar or related to the position.

Condition of Employment:

  1. Must successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen and agree to be subject to random drug screen throughout employment.
  2. Must agree to and successfully pass a background screening.
  3. Must obtain a Missouri Class “B” CDL license with air brake endorsement within 6 months of employment/promotion to position.
  4. Ability to be on call, work weekends, and/or holidays as emergencies occur.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. High School diploma or GED.
  2. 4 years’ experience working as a fleet mechanic or completion of a mechanical or automotive certified program.
  3. Familiar with diagnostic software and basic computer skills.
  4. Received advance training and/or certifications in general automotive repair, diagnostics, fire truck maintenance, etc. commonly associated with experience in the field.
  5. Valid Missouri driver’s license.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Knowledge of the methods, materials, tools, and techniques used in the repair of automotive and heavy equipment, small engine repair, and diesel generators.
  2. Knowledge of troubleshooting procedures.
  3. Knowledge of preventive and corrective maintenance procedures for a variety of gasoline- and diesel-powered equipment.
  4. Knowledge of the operating principles and mechanical repair of engines.
  5. Knowledge of electrical hydraulic and mechanical systems and repairs.
  6. Knowledge and ability to order parts. Familiar with computer programs such as Data Plus.
  7. Skill in diagnosing complex defects in automotive and heavy equipment and performing appropriate repairs.
  8. Skill in reading schematic drawings.
  9. Skill in welding and fabricating parts.
  10. Skill in oral and written communication.


  1. City ordinances.
  2. Department policies and procedures, work orders, supervisory instructions, preventive maintenance worksheets, and operating, maintenance, and parts manuals.
  3. Guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application.


The work consists of related duties in automotive and equipment maintenance and repair. The variety of equipment serviced contributes to the complexity of the work.

Principal Working Relationships:

Contacts are typically with co-workers, and with other city employees.

  1. Co-workers, other city employees.
  2. Vendors, parts suppliers.

Purpose of Contacts:

Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, provide services, resolve problems, motivate or influence persons, and clarify, justify, defend, negotiate, or settle matters.

Supervisory and Management Responsibility:

Oversees duties of mechanics within Vehicle Maintenance under the direction of the Public Works Operations Manager.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Employee must be physically able to operate a variety of machines, tools, and equipment which may include motor vehicles, computers, power tools, and mechanical hand tools, etc. Must be able to use body members to work, move or carry objects or materials. The employee typically works while intermittently sitting, standing, walking, bending, crouching, pushing, pulling, lifting or stooping. The employee may be subject to fumes, foul odors, dust, hazardous waste, potentially disease causing materials and dirty working conditions. Physical demand requirements are at levels of moderate to heavy work. The employee may be required to lift light and heavy objects up to 100 lbs., climb in and out of equipment and use tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity. The employee may be required to distinguish between shades of color.

Work Environment:

The work is typically performed in an office and outdoors. The employee may be exposed to noise, dust, dirt, machinery with moving parts, and cold or inclement weather. The work may require the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, gloves, and other gear.