Automotive Mechanic

Montclair, NJ
Jun 02, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Montclair State is New Jersey's second largest university. It offers the advantages of a large university - a broad undergraduate curriculum with a global focus, a wide variety of superior graduate programs through the doctoral level, and a diverse faculty and student body - combined with a small college's attention to students.

Posting Date June 1, 2017

Position Title Automotive Mechanic

Vacancy # VC-374

Department Fleet Services

Division University Facilities

Job Description

Under direction of the Assistant Director, Automotive Mechanic performs inspections, maintenance diagnoses and repairs on various types of motor vehicles, including components, vehicles systems, accessories and equipment. Does other related work requiring technical competency.

•In a garage and/or in the field, performs routine and special repairs to University vehicles and equipment.
•Performs maintenance and repair on gasoline, diesel and other fuel-powered motor vehicles and equipment and performs mechanical work in the maintenance and repair of automobiles, buses, trucks, tractors, bulldozers, golf cars, grounds maintenance equipment, motorcycles, graders, mechanical shovels, power mowers snow plows, spreaders, rollers, compressors, pumps, jacks, and miscellaneous shop equipment, tools, and accessories.
•Inspects vehicles and equipment to insure their proper functioning. Diagnoses malfunctions when vehicles and other equipment is not working properly and takes appropriate corrective action. Uses test equipment to determine and perform needed maintenance and repairs.. Performs minor repairs to fenders and other body parts. Performs adjustments on motor vehicle equipment and their assemblies to conform to maintenance manual specifications, including, but not limited to, valves, ignition systems, brakes, and clutches.
•Perform preventive maintenance on motor vehicles and equipment, including but no limited to inspection of safety items, checking for deficiencies, tune-ups, oil changes lubrication, filter changes, spark plug and point replacement in a timely manner as recommended by the vehicle or equipment manufacturer.
•Participates in training to expand knowledge base to include new technologies, including but not limited to vehicles and equipment running on alternative fuels, computerized diagnosis and testing methods, computerized parts and systems.
•Ensures that all lubricants and fluids are at adequate levels for the proper functioning of all vehicles and equipment in the University fleet.
•Provides maintenance and repair cost estimates as required.
•Transports or coordinates the transport of malfunctioning vehicles to appropriate repair site.
•Obtains, stores, records, safeguards and properly uses equipment, materials, parts and other supplies, maintains shop and work area in a clean and organized manner.
•Prepares reports and records of time spent, materials and parts used, work order requests, job status, and proposed or completed projects, and work completed accurately and on a timely basis, using both paper and computer system inputting as directed.
•Keeps tools and equipment in good repair and shape.
•May be required to work independently at times with supervision limited to reviews of the mechanic's progress and quality of work being performed.
•Communicates with customers to provide essential information, responding in a timely manner to requests for information. Proactively communicate information and issues to customers.
•Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and or manual recording and computerized information systems used by the institution, the Office of Facilities Operations, the Department of Transportation and Parking Services, and related units. (databases, handheld devices, cell phones, e-mail)
•Participate in training activities as directed and/or assigned
•May be required to perform clerical and/or administrative duties as assigned.
•Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service.
•Must be flexible and available to be assigned to any shift, overtime, and holidays.
•Performs other duties as assigned.

The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.

This position is designated as essential. The designation of essential requires employees at these 24/7 facilities to be present due to inclement weather situations.

Qualifications & Requirements
Successful completion of one (1) year of training in automotive technology at an accredited community college or vocational school. Accreditation from the Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is preferred. Two (2) years of experience as a mechanic in the repair and installation of motors and the maintenance and repair of motorized vehicles and equipment. Appointees must possess or gain within (6) months, a valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class A or B Driver's license issued by the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles. Appointees must possess the applicable endorsements (passenger and air brake endorsement) for the class and type of vehicle being operated.

NOTE: Applicants who do not possess the required year of formal training may substitute one (1) additional year of experience as outlined above.

Knowledge of automotive tools and equipment; methods, materials, tools, standard practices, safety precautions and hazards of the automotive mechanic's trade. Ability to inspect inoperative motor vehicles and equipment, diagnose the cause of malfunction, and perform repairs to operationally restore the motor vehicles or equipment; complete forms to record or report information in hard copy format or on the computer; work cooperatively with others; remain in a standing position for extended periods of time; communicate orally in person or in writing and via E-mail with customers, vendors, supervisors on a one-to-one basis; lift arms above shoulder level to install and remove auto parts; bend or stoop repeatedly over time to work on equipment and to move objects weighing more than 50 pounds distances of 20 feet or less; work safely without representing a direct threat to self or others; read, write speak understand and communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position (American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication); read and understand maintenance and parts manuals, wiring and other diagrams, schematics, and other written instructions related to the maintenance and repair of motor vehicles and equipment. The ability to perform welding tasks and the possession of a welding certification are desirable.

Salary Range
Salary Range: C17: $42,619.63-$60,054.25

*NOTE: Salaries for internal candidates are determined by the New Jersey Civil Service Commission's formula. Salaries for external candidates are determined up to $48,431.17

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Apply By June 15, 2017

Organizational Marketing Statement:

Building on a distinguished 105-year history, Montclair State University is proud to be a leading institution of higher education in New Jersey. The university's six colleges and schools serve more than 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 300 majors, minors, concentrations and certificate programs. Situated on a beautiful, 250-acre suburban campus just 14 miles from New York City, Montclair State combines the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a dynamic, sophisticated, and diverse academic environment.

EEO/AA Statement:

Montclair State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution with a strong commitment to diversity. Additional information can be found on the MSU website at



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