University Staff Auto Equipment Tech Sr (Public May Apply)

University Staff Auto Equipment Tech Sr (Public May Apply)

Code: 14171 Posted: 03/26/2018

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside currently has a vacancy for an Automotive Equipment Technician - Senior in the Facilities Management Department.  

This position is a university staff, full-time, non-exempt, non-represented position. A six month permissive probation period may be required. Scheduled hours of work are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Position Summary 

This position is responsible for the maintenance, repair and some operation of automotive, grounds and other specialized equipment. The person filling this position will perform engine tune-ups, replace and adjust engine parts, and make repairs associated with a preventative maintenance program. Work is performed under the guidance of the supervisor.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

40% Repair and Maintenance of Motorized Vehicles and Equipment

  1. Remove, repair and install transmissions, clutches, universal joints, rear seal axles, bearings and brake systems.
  2. Trouble shoot and repair electrical systems including wires, bulbs, fuses and flasher controls.
  3. Remove, rebuild and replace carburetors, fuel pumps and water pumps.
  4. Remove, rebuild and reinstall both 2 and 4 cycle engines.
  5. Repair, change and balance tires.
  6. Replace mufflers and exhaust systems.
  7. Repair of hydraulic systems to include replacement and repair of pumps, hoses, filters and cylinders.
  8. Use all tools and equipment necessary for the performance of above duties including electric and oxygen/acetylene welding equipment, presses and specialized diagnostic and repair tools and equipment.
  9. Maintain and test for auto exhaust emissions.
  10. Working experience with anti-lock brakes and their electronic computer read outs.
  11. Working experience with diesel engine and tune-ups.
  12. Working experience with automotive computers and digital electronics.
  13. Maintain accurate records of all maintenance in the approved Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)

35% Preventative maintenance on University Vehicles and Grounds Equipment

  1. Inspect vehicle tires, lights, engine, belts, hoses, and safety devices for condition and proper operation.
  2. Perform seasonal preventative maintenance on all grounds, snow removal, salting and brining equipment, per manufacturer specifications, to ensure safety and reliability of equipment.
  3. Perform oil changes, tune-ups and grease jobs.
  4. Investigate complaints on vehicles and test drive vehicles for performance and handling. 
  5. Pull wheels and check braking systems and bearings.
  6. Check proper operation of hydraulic systems.
  7. Clean, wash and wax vehicles.
  8. Maintain accurate records of all maintenance in the approved CMMS.

10% Operation of Equipment Associated with Campus Construction and Maintenance Projects.

  1. Operate grading and excavating equipment.
  2. Operate equipment necessary for maintenance of campus grounds, such as tractors, mowers, tillers, sprayers, top dressers, chippers and fertilizer spreaders.
  3. Operate snow removal, salting and brining equipment as directed during snow events. Overtime may be required.

10% Shop Duties

  1. Maintain a clean and orderly work area & shop tools.
  2. Manage the budget assigned to the Fleet Mechanic.
  3. Recommend auto and grounds equipment repair parts and quantities to be kept on-hand.
  4. Procure needed parts and/or labor to maintain vehicles and equipment.

5% Other Duties

  1. Provide emergency service for vehicles not owned by the University.
  2. Assist as directed in maintenance and repair of emergency generators on campus.
  3. Provide training on light equipment maintenance to Grounds Department.
  4. Perform other duties as directed.

Equipment to be used on the Job

(F - Frequently, O – Occasionally, R – Rarely)


    F – All power tools including: drill, grinder, impact wrenches, cut off saw and band

Saw, etc. Screw drivers, ratchets, hammers, punches, allen wrenches, etc., and all    metric tools

O – Gas torch, welders, grounds tools (chain saw, line trimmer, pruner, edger, etc.)

Large Machinery:

    F – Snow removal equipment

    O – Loader

Electrical Equipment:

    F – Computer, Copier, Diagnostic Equipment, VOIP Phone

    O – e-Ride, other small electronic vehicles

    R – Generators, floor buffers, electric lift trucks.


    F – Automotive parts cleaners, brake hydraulic fluids, engine oil and degreasers.

Essential Knowledge And Abilities

  • Requires the performance under adverse conditions, working below grade and from elevated or uneven surfaces.
  • The ability to climb ladders, traverse planks or walkways, squat, kneel, twist and lift heavy objects repeatedly and adequate balanced stability to accomplish the noted tasks is required.
  • The ability to operate and maintain motor vehicles and specialized grounds equipment
  • Performance of snow removal operation and other miscellaneous duties.
  • Must have the aptitude to learn from oral and written instructions by listening and asking questions.
  • Be willing and able to fill in for employees on leave of absence (vacation, sick leave, etc.).
  • Must be willing to accept supervisor’s directions.
  • Must be able to communicate well with the supervisor and other members on the staff.
  • Must be able to work on a lift in high places and in confined spaces.
  • Responsible for Money, University Funds or Accounts which hold financial information? Yes


Education, Experience, Training and/or Certifications

  • High school diploma or GED
  • 3-5 years of automotive maintenance experience
  • Ability to perform minimal computer functions such as: data entry, word processing and use of email
  • A valid driver's license


  • 5 or more years of automotive maintenance experience
  • Experience in a commercial setting repairing small engines and ground equipment
  • Experience with electronic record keeping in a fleet mechanic setting
  • Experience with the use of grounds equipment.
  • Experience in snow removal in a commercial environment.
  • ASE certification

Salary and Benefits


Starting hourly rate of $14.20 depending on qualifications and experience.

The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.   


Review of Applications 


Applications received by Friday, April 27, 2018 are ensured full consideration.

Application Process


All applications are to be submitted electronically through our employment portal.  

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants:   (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)  

STEP 2: Under "Basic Job Search" choose:

"Advanced Search", Job Opening ID: "14159"

Find Jobs Posted Within: "Anytime" click "Search"

Select "Auto Equipment Technician Sr ", click "Apply 

You must login before you can apply. Input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login". If you have not yet registered, click "Register " to begin the registration process.  

STEP 3: Submit application materials

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. Please include the following documents:  

- Cover Letter

- Resume

- Contact information for three references 

You must select "SUBMIT". Selecting "Save" will not forward your application materials to the search committee. 

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials.

In instances where the Review Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidates application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.



Employment will require a criminal background check in accordance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act.  

Note: Criminal Background Check – The Department of Workforce Development, Equal Rights Division prohibits employers from using criminal background check information, policies or practices that have a “disparate impact” and is not “ job-related and consistent with business necessity” in hiring decisions. All information used to screen or hire job applicants should relate to the duties of the job. 

UW-Parkside is an AA/EEO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  

It is the policy of UW-Parkside to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 262-595-2204. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability. 

In compliance with the Clery Act of 1998, the University of Wisconsin Parkside Crime Statistics Report is available at Call the UW-Parkside Campus Police Office at (262) 595-2455 for a paper copy of the annual report.

Contact Name: Sherry Craig

Contact Phone: 262/595-3621

Contact Email:

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