Heavy Equipment Mechanic (Open)

St. Louis County

  • Maintenance|Repair
  • Laborer | Technician
  • Maintenance|Repair

The salary range reflected above is the normal hiring range for 2018. The full salary range, including longevity pay, is $21.33 - $29.68.

Journeyman mechanic work diagnosing and repairing trucks and heavy equipment.

An employee in this class performs difficult and skilled mechanical work.  Duties include diagnosing, maintaining and repairing light, medium and heavy equipment in the field or shop.  The work is performed under the direction of assigned supervisory staff.

These work environment factors are general in nature and may vary depending on the specific position being filled. CONSTANT: Lift and carry up to 30 pounds; push/pull up to 25 pounds; grip strength up to 30 pounds; balance; hand/finger coordination; reaching forward; stand; walk; vision (near, far, field of vision & color); hearing (close and distant). FREQUENT: Lift and carry up to 40 pounds; push/pull up to 40 pounds; grip strength up to 40 pounds; bend & reach; squat. OCCASIONAL: Lift and carry up to 70 pounds; push/pull up to 55 pounds; grip strength up to 185 pounds; climb ladders/stairs; crawl; kneel; reaching overhead; sit (with positional changes); smell; driving.  RARE:  Push/pull over 160 pounds; grip strength up to 200 pounds (both hands).
Environment; Works outdoors and indoors independently and with others with frequent interruptions and deadlines requiring concentration, critical decision making skills, detailed work, multitasking and organizational skills; infrequent people/public contact.
NOTE: At times, use of awkward body mechanics, including for a sustained period of time, based on limited space available and repair work that needs to be completed.


High school diploma or its equivalent.
Graduation from a vocational training program in diesel mechanics, heavy equipment mechanics or equivalent program; OR, three (3) years of full-time paid verifiable experience as a heavy equipment mechanic; OR, work experience as a heavy equipment mechanic may be substituted for formal training on the basis of two (2) years of full-time paid verifiable experience for one (1) year of formal training.
Possession of a valid Class 'D' license with the ability to obtain a Class 'A' Commercial Driver's License with a tank vehicle endorsement and without any of the following restrictions within six (6) months of employment: air brake, full air brake, manual transmission or tractor trailer.  Failure to obtain the appropriate Class 'A' license prior to completion of probation will result in termination from the position.
Possession of MN DOT Commercial Vehicle Inspector certification within six (6) months of employment.  Failure to obtain the MN DOT Commercial Vehicle Inspector certification prior to completion of probation will result in termination from the position.

IN PERSON SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE (100% of the scoring process):
Candidates meeting the minimum qualifications will be scheduled for an in-person supplemental questionnaire take place: to be announced.

The essential functions for this position are listed under the "ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK" on the specification, available in the Human Resources Department or online at

If you are eligible to apply for Veterans Preference, please attach to your application a copy of document(s) listed for the option that applies to you:

Veteran: DD214 noting character of service
Disabled Veteran: DD214 & compensable disability award letter issued within the last 6 months.
Spouse of Disabled Veteran: DD214 & compensable disability award letter issued within the last 6 months & marriage certificate. (Eligible only if Veteran is unable to qualify because of the disability.)
Spouse of Deceased Veteran: DD214, Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate.

Please refer to Minnesota Statue 197.455 for additional requirements. Click Here.

Qualified applicants must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. Applicants selected must meet the physical requirements for the position.

Applicants selected for appointment must take and pass a drug test.

Applicants selected for appointment to a position with St. Louis County will be subject to a background investigation.

All new employees must submit documentation verifying identity and employment eligibility within three days of their first day of employment.

Appointees to the position must successfully complete at least a six month probationary period prior to being certified for permanent employment.

St. Louis County is an equal opportunity and veteran-friendly employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, familial status, age, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, disability, genetic information, veteran status or activity in a local Human Rights Commission or any other characteristic protected by law.

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