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Maintenance Mechanic Automotive

Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY

Job Details

Job Title: Maintenance Mechanic Automotive

FLSA Status: Non- Exempt

Department: Plant Operations & Maintenance

Title of Manager/Supervisor: Grounds Manager/Grounds Supervisor

Number of Employees Reporting to this Position: 0

Range: $18.09 based on experience

Position Summary: This is a highly customer service oriented position in which employees should strive to exceed customer expectations. Inspect, repair, and service fleet vehicles for the University as well as other equipment such as grounds automobiles and custodial equipment. Perform routine maintenance to prevent future breakdowns of vehicles and other University equipment

Position Responsibilities:

  • Perform basic and some major automotive repairs, maintenance, etc on University fleet vehicles.
  • Participate in standard mechanical repairs on vehicles to include, but not limited to, engine repairs, tune ups, repair of transmissions and differentials, replacing brake linings and making necessary adjustments.
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance on vehicles; lubricate, fill with fuel, change oil, repair and mount tires, replace lights and install belts and hoses.
  • Order supplies and parts necessary to maintain vehicles.
  • Maintain record of vehicle servicing and repairs.
  • Repair chain saws, lawn mowers, weed eaters and other small equipment.
  • Maintain and repair stationary and mobile generators used for emergency power. • Install portable power pumps.
  • Perform welding as needed to repair different types of machinery.
  • Operate all types of equipment such as trucks, tractors, lawn sweepers and other combustible engine equipment.
  • Service and repair gasoline and diesel engines.
  • Keeps equipment available and in a useable manner by inspecting and testing vehicles. • Maintain the equipment repair area in an orderly fashion so tools are readily available. • Assist grounds keepers with duties and responsibilities as needed.
  • Live out and make decisions in line with the Clarkson University values in all daily activities • Operate and work in a safe manner at all times and ensure the highest level of housekeeping • Provide mentoring and leadership to interns, apprentices and/or student workers • Willingness to take courses and/or training to meet trade specific and University standards • Complete Clarkson Vehicle Safety Checklist before vehicle use. Be responsible for care, cleanliness, and maintenance of assigned vehicle and report all vehicle concerns to appropriate supervisor immediately
  • Operate a Clarkson vehicle in accordance with University policy
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein
  • Deliver timely, friendly, and effective service to University faculty, staff and students
  • Encourage and Promote Teamwork
  • Ability to gain general knowledge of the campus
  • Participate in reporting of campus damage and/or safety issues

Health & Safety: All staff has a statutory responsibility to take reasonable care of themselves, others and the environment and to prevent harm by their acts or omissions. All staff is therefore required to adhere to the University’s Health, Safety, and Environmental Policy & Procedures.

DISCLAIMER: The above statements are designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, and qualifications required of personnel so classified

Essential Skills:

  • Must have enthusiasm for the job, a customer service approach and be willing to work in a team environment
  • Hold a valid NYS driver’s license with a driving record acceptable to meet the University insurance standards
  • Proficient mathematical skills
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Possess general knowledge of the campus layout and building locations
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse constituencies
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills are required
  • Must be able to function under stressful conditions and/or high volume with short t

Minimal Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • NYS Inspections license

Preferred Qualifications:

  • CDL
  • Associates degree in automotive repair field


Minimal Qualifications: Four (4) years of journeyman equivalent experience as an automotive mechanic o Documented record of taking courses and/or training to stay current/grow skills in trade

Preferred Qualifications: Five (5) or more years at the journeyman equivalent experience level as an automotive mechanic

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

Special Instructions to Applicants: An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, Clarkson actively seeks and encourages applications from minorities, women and people with disabilities.

All offers of employment are subject to the applicant successfully passing a background check (including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal records).


Working at Clarkson University

As a private, national research university, Clarkson is a leader in technological education and sustainable economic development through teaching, scholarship, research and innovation.   We ignite personal connections across academic fields and industries to create the entrepreneurial mindset, knowledge and intellectual curiosity needed to innovate world-relevant solutions and cultivate the leaders of tomorrow. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the New York Capital Region, Beacon, N.Y., and New York City, Clarkson educates 4,300 students across 95+ rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, the arts, education, sciences and health professions. Clarkson alumni earn salaries that are among the top 2.5% in the nation and realize accelerated career growth.  One in five already leads as a CEO, senior executive or owner of a company. 

Clarkson welcomes scholars and students from all over the world.

Our community and campus settings enhance the quality of student life and afford students access to and interaction with their faculty. We value the diversity of our University community; and we strive to attune ourselves and our programs to our global, pluralistic society. We share the belief that humane and environmentally sound economic and social development derive from the expansion, diffusion and application of knowledge.

Through our Office of Human Resources, we focus on the recruitment, onboarding, training and professional development of our employee community across multiple campuses and learning environments. The goal is a campus community where all are welcomed and valued members who contribute to the development of global citizenship by promoting a diverse and inclusive environment.


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Together we ignite the mindsets and skill sets that are in demand for tomorrow’s best careers . To think, act and lead globally, we span disciplines to find new solutions and deepen our respect for the diversity of our University community.

We develop innovative programs and research portfolios in partnership with business and industry to explore, create and achieve better futures. We invest in people, ideas and our campus’ living. We give our time, resources and goodwill to drive the future.

We are all Golden Knights who commit to living the Clarkson Values and sharing our success as a model of these ideals. Through the legacy of our personal accomplishments and generosity, we ensure the next generation has the same opportunities to create a better world for themselves and society.

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