Heavy Duty Mechanic

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
21 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
19 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Transportation Services mission is to manage the University’s entire fleet of vehicles and trailers, providing the highest quality service and transportation to Colorado State University and other State customers to help fulfill their goals and objectives. Providing a wide variety of fleet management services, including vehicle maintenance and repair, bus services, daily rentals, auto liability insurance premium allocation, comprehensive and collision funding, and vehicle accident investigation and repairs.

Position Summary

The purpose of this position is to provide maintenance and repairs to Colorado State University large vehicles and heavy equipment. Work is primarily performed on, but not limited to, vehicles with a GVWR in excess of 10,000 lbs., along with over the road buses trash trucks, refrigeration trucks and assorted types of heavy equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered for this position applicants must have:

  • Four full-time years (48 months) of progressively responsible experience inspecting, servicing and maintaining automotive vehicles or heavy equipment with current proficiency at the journey level.
  • CDL Class B license required.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience with many of the following:

  • Diesel engine repair
  • Hydraulic systems repair
  • Heavy duty brakes and air systems
  • Electrical control systems
  • ASE certification is a plus
  • Able to work independently and make independent decisions
  • Broad range of experience working on heavy duty vehicles such as dump trucks or passenger buses
  • Self motivated, strong work ethic

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Repair Diagnosis Duty/Responsibility

Diagnose vehicle and equipment malfunctions on all vehicle systems Including, but not limited to:

  • Gas and diesel engines
  • Transmissions, drive lines and differentials
  • Suspension and braking systems- both front and rear- air and hydraulic
  • Alternators, generators and refrigeration systems
  • Fuel delivery systems
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic systems
  • Electrical systems including computers and controls
  • Cooling and air conditioning systems
  • Answering driver questions after hours for mechanical problems experienced while vehicle is being used
  • Ordering parts and supplies through the department’s parts room.

Percentage Of Time 15% Job Duty Category Vehicle Repair Duty/Responsibility

Repair vehicle and equipment malfunctions on all vehicle systems including, but not limited to:

  • Gas and diesel engines
  • Transmissions, drivelines and differentials
  • Suspension and braking systems – both front and rear- air or hydraulic
  • Alternators, generators, and refrigeration systems
  • Fuel delivery and emissions systems
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic systems
  • Electrical systems including computers and controls
  • Cooling and air conditioning systems
  • Install accessories on vehicles such as lights, radios, back up cameras, tool boxes, trailer lighting and hitches
  • Make adjustments to vehicles so they comply with emissions standards

Percentage Of Time 30% Job Duty Category Vehicle Preventative Maintenance Duty/Responsibility

Perform scheduled preventive maintenance that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Changing oil, filters, lubricants and other fluids on engines, transmissions and drivetrains
  • Servicing and inspecting Injectors, spark plugs and all engine controls
  • Inspecting, adjusting and replacing brake shoes and/or pads
  • Inspecting, adjusting and replacing belts, hoses, lines along with cleaning and lubricating parts
  • Servicing cooling, a/c and refrigeration systems
  • Rotating or replacing tires and repairing flat tires
  • Performing DOT safety inspections
  • Performing diesel emissions tests
  • Maintain shop equipment- including shop clean up and organization

Percentage Of Time 40% Job Duty Category Repair Conformation and Prevention Duty/Responsibility

  • Road test vehicles after repairs are accomplished to determine if repairs and adjustments have remedied the diagnosed malfunctions
  • Inform/Instruct drivers of the Importance of pre-trip and post-trip inspections, catching small repair items before they tun Into large, more costly repairs
  • Review oil analysis reports to catch possible internal problems with engines and transmissions

Percentage Of Time 5% Job Duty Category Other Duties Duty/Responsibility

  • Ongoing technical training to keep up with changes/improvements in vehicles and vehicle control systems
  • Other duties that may be assigned

Percentage Of Time 5%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience.
  • The APPLICATION is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.
    • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • Positions requiring a degree or if using education as a substitution for work experience (eg: Associate or Bachelor’s) transcripts are required in order to verify receipt of the required degree or coursework. If official or unofficial transcripts are not supplied at the time of application, the Application is incomplete.


  • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening.
  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.
    **Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.


  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s), which requires candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
  • All status updates for this position will be sent via email from humanresources@colostate.edu. In addition to your Inbox, remember to check the Deleted and Junk folders for these important communications.
  • Pertinent updates to your Application status can be obtained by logging into your application account at https://jobs.colostate.edu


  • Please check the Help link online at https://jobs.colostate.edu/help/ for assistance on your application or for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
  • All other inquiries should be directed to the Colorado State University Human Resources Office HR_Employment@mail.colostate.edu.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Pre-employment Physical - Must be able to lift up to 100 lb., Valid Driver’s License - CDL Class B, On-call Status, Special Requirements/Other - Must pass drug test

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.

A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.