Construction Equipment Mechanic - Diesel/Gas (Heavy Equipment Mechanic - Waste)

County of Riverside | Moreno Valley, CA

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Posted Date 8/19/2019
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The Department of Waste Resources serves the County's solid waste disposal needs by providing for efficient and effective landfilling of County non-hazardous waste, protecting the environment, and promoting recycling in order to ensure a safe and healthy community for current and future generations.  The department operates six landfills, has a contract agreement for waste disposal with an additional private landfill, administers several transfer station leases, and reviews and approves new construction projects to ensure waste diversion goals are met.   Every effort is made to recycle and reuse disposable items with scrupulous attention to public health and safety.
The Department of Waste Resources has an opportunity for a Heavy Equipment Mechanic - Waste in Moreno Valley. The Heavy Equipment Mechanic will be responsible for troubleshooting, repairing, and rebuilding major components on Dozers up to D9T, 637G Scrapers, 140M3 Graders, 836K Landfill Compactors, Loaders, and other pieces of equipment. Responsibilities include inspecting, diagnosing and repairing engines, hydraulic, electrical, emission and air conditioning systems on different types of heavy equipment. The Heavy Equipment Mechanic will be assigned to diagnose and make necessary repairs on heavy construction equipment in the field, often under adverse conditions.

The most competitive candidates for this vacancy will possess broad experience performing repairs on a variety of comparable heavy equipment. Candidates must also have experience utilizing Microsoft Office, a Fleet Management system, and be competent in the use of Caterpillar diagnostic software. The selected candidate will be required to supply their own tools in order to perform essential functions of the position. Additionally, the selected candidate will be required to drive to various locations throughout Riverside County and will work weekends and holidays, as needed.


Inspect, diagnose, and repair mechanical failures and defects in trucks, graders, tractors, skip loaders, backhoes, rollers, truck cranes, stationary motors, power sweepers, and other heavy equipment. 

Adjust, repair, replace, or overhaul a variety of diesel and automotive engines, transmissions, clutches, rear ends, differentials, transfer cases, hydraulic brake systems, axles, pumps, injectors, carburetors, final drives, sprockets, rollers, and truck and steering systems. 

Diagnose and repair electrical defects; repair or replace starting motors, generators, and ignition systems; grind valves and re-bore and re-sleeve cylinders; repair and overhaul compressors. 

Perform welding, complete fabrication, and full repair of heavy construction equipment, trucks, and other equipment; perform complete tune-up on construction equipment and trucks. 

Complete time and material records; may be assigned to act as a team leader on difficult and complex repair jobs. 

Perform some related work on automotive equipment as needed based on operational demands. 


Experience: Completion of a recognized heavy construction equipment mechanic apprenticeship-training program.

Experience: Four years of increasingly responsible mechanic experience, two years of which are in the repair and overhaul of heavy construction equipment and diesel trucks, and two years of which are in the repair and overhaul of automotive equipment. (Six months of the required experience may be substituted on the basis of completion of 12 semester or 18 quarter units in trade-related courses from an accredited college or university or the completion of 144 hours of trade related instruction from a union training center, adult school, vocational school, or specialized industrial program.) 

Knowledge of: Principles of gasoline and diesel engines; heavy equipment maintenance and repair; methods, tools, equipment, and parts used in the repair and maintenance of construction equipment; operation and application of mechanical diagnostic equipment.

Ability to: Perform repair and maintenance work on construction equipment; diagnose and repair mechanical defects in a variety of heavy-duty gasoline and diesel construction equipment in both the field and shop; operate equipment used in repairing or servicing construction equipment; read and understand shop manuals and mechanical diagrams; follow written and oral directions; perform work safely; work with a minimum of supervision.

All applicants must include a detailed resume/application with relevant work history.

The Hiring Certification List generated from this recruitment may be used to fill any other mission-critical Heavy Equipment Mechanic vacancies that may occur within the Department in the coming weeks.
License/Certificate: Possession of a valid Class C California Driver's License is required at the time of employment; a valid Commercial Class A or B California Driver's License is required within 6 months of hire. 

Physical Requirements: The Heavy Equipment Mechanic works in a garage or outdoors and is exposed to the inclement weather. This position requires independent body mobility to stand and move heavy mechanical components, engines and systems from several types of vehicles utilizing a crane. Additionally, the incumbent will be required to perform lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling up to 75 pounds in weight with assistance and walking on uneven ground or wet surfaces carrying tools.

For those positions designated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) as safety-sensitive, applicants are required to complete a (DOT) mandated alcohol and drug screening records check. Reference checks from former DOT regulated employers are also required. (A positive test or refusal to test during the past two (2) years will disqualify an applicant from consideration for County employment). Applicants for safety-sensitive positions must submit a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) driving history before hire. 

Employees in safety-sensitive positions are subject to DOT alcohol/drug testing on a random basis or for reasonable suspicion.


Initial resume review will occur on September 4, 2019.

All applicants must apply for this position by 11:59 p.m. PST on September 19, 2019.
**All applicants must include a detailed resume/application with relevant work history.**
For questions regarding this recruitment or the on-line application process, please contact Celeste Macias at (951) 955-5277 or 
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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