Occ. Code 7345010

 

                                            MAINTENANCE ASSISTANT (MECHANIC), GRADE 9

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

            Maintenance Assistant (Mechanic) performs semiskilled motor equipment and mechanical maintenance and repair work generally under the supervision of a Motor Equipment Maintenance Supervisor 1, Motor Equipment Mechanic, General Mechanic or other journey-level mechanical trades position.

 

            Positions in this class are found in many State agencies with the greatest number of positions in the Offices of Mental Health and Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Departments of Transportation and Environmental Conservation and in the Thruway Authority.

 

CLASSIFICATION CRITERIA AND DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

            A Maintenance Assistant (Mechanic), typically assigned to an automotive repair shop, performs the more routine repetitive tasks in the repair, maintenance and servicing of automotive and mechanical equipment.  Incumbents, in learning and perfecting their craft skills, may perform journey-level activities under supervision or after receiving detailed instructions.

 

            Incumbents may also be assigned to perform semiskilled general mechanical maintenance and repair activities in a State facility to a variety of laundry, kitchen, and hospital equipment.

 

            Incumbents of Maintenance Assistant positions without a parenthetic designating a trade specialty perform semiskilled maintenance and repair tasks in one or a combination of the mechanical, building, motor equipment and electrical trades usually under the supervision of a skilled craftsperson.

 

            A Maintenance Assistant (Mechanic) is distinguished from Maintenance Helper by the latter’s performance of relatively unskilled tasks in direct support of semiskilled and/or skilled trades positions.  Such tasks involve a limited use of the tools and equipment of the trade in performing more routine repetitive tasks under very specific instructions and supervision.


 

            Classification standards describing other classes involved in mechanical maintenance, repair and related activities include Supervising Plumber and Steamfitter, Occ. Code 7361700; Plumber and Steamfitter, Occ. Code 7361000; Motor Equipment Mechanic, Occ. Code 7312000; Welder, Occ. Code 7371000; Machinist, Occ. Code 7351000; General Mechanic, Occ. Code 7352000, and Maintenance Helper, Occ. Code 7150000.

 

TYPICAL ACTIVITIES, TASKS AND ASSIGNMENTS

 

A Maintenance Assistant (Mechanic) performs a variety of semiskilled maintenance, repair and related activities as assigned in the motor equipment and mechanical trades including but not limited to the following.

 

·        Performs routine tasks in the repair, maintenance and servicing of automotive and mechanical equipment such as service and adjustment of hydraulic brakes, replacement of wheel bearings, and the removal and replacement of such components as starters, fuel pumps, water pumps, gas tanks, carburetors, exhaust system components, shock absorbers, springs and radiators.

 

·        Performs minor engine repairs as well as tune-ups including the installation of points, plugs, condensers, and sets dwell and timing according to manufacturers’ specifications.

 

·        Performs preventive maintenance inspections of vehicles and equipment following preventive maintenance schedules to insure safe and trouble free performance.

 

·        Following specific instructions, incumbents assist journey-level positions in making major mechanical repairs by performing such tasks as disassembling and assembling engines, engine components or mechanical equipment, cleaning parts and inspecting them for wear, and performing routine machinist activities such as grinding valves and valve seats according to specifications and specific instructions.

 

·        May operate a tow truck and other types of motor vehicles.

 

·        Following operating manuals and specific instructions, makes repairs and performs routine service and preventive maintenance inspections on a variety of mechanical equipment such as laundry and kitchen equipment, water pumps and circulators and sterilizers to insure efficient and trouble free operation.  Cleans or replaces defective parts, makes adjustments to equipment, lubricates moving parts, and checks and fills hydraulic units.


 

·        May perform welding using electric or oxy-acetylene welding equipment not requiring complex planning and layout or the use of special procedures.

 

As assigned, a Maintenance Assistant (Mechanic) functions as lead worker over a small maintenance crew usually consisting of Maintenance Helper positions.

 

RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS

 

            The nature of a Maintenance Assistant’s activities generally restricts relationships to employees working within the same organization.  On occasion, however, incumbents may be expected to orally communicate with motor vehicle operators and others to determine the nature and extent of damage and of the symptoms related to the mechanical malfunction. Written and verbal communications with the general public are not typical of this class. Although incumbents may have frequent verbal relationships with others, tasks of this class are predominantly thing-oriented and involvement with others is not a factor in determining its classification.

 

NATURE OF SUPERVISION

 

            A Maintenance Assistant (Mechanic) is usually supervised by a higher level trades position such as Motor Equipment Maintenance Supervisor 1, Motor Equipment Mechanic, or a General Mechanic.  Work priorities and the nature and extent of the work to be performed are prescribed and materials are furnished.  When necessary, the work to be performed is laid out by a journey-level position who gives specific instructions, assists in performing the more difficult tasks and inspects the job while in progress and when completed to insure the quality of the work and that instructions were followed.  However, a Maintenance Assistant (Mechanic) may perform the activities of the class with considerable independence when supervision is not immediately available due to the geographic location of the assignment.  In addition, incumbents are expected to perform the more routine repetitive tasks with considerable independence.

 

            As assigned a Maintenance Assistant (Mechanic) is a lead worker of a small maintenance crew comprised of Maintenance Helpers, Laborers and other relatively unskilled workers.  Incumbents make assignments, give instructions and provide assistance in performing the work.

 

MACHINES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED

 

            Incumbents use mechanic’s hand tools such as socket set and ratchet handle, pliers, hammers, wrenches and screwdrivers, and power tools, along with test equipment used to diagnose and locate the cause of faulty mechanical performance.  They may occasionally operate motor vehicles.


 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

·        Working knowledge of the methods, material, tools and equipment used for making a variety of mechanical repairs on automotive and other motor driven equipment.

 

·        Working knowledge of the operation of automotive equipment and other motor driven equipment.

 

·        Ability to use the tools, equipment and materials of the mechanical trade.

 

·        Ability to understand and carry out written and verbal instructions.

 

·        Ability to read plans and specifications.

 

As assigned:

 

-          Working knowledge of the methods, material, tools and equipment used in making a variety of mechanical repairs on laundry, kitchen and like equipment.

 

-          Working knowledge of the operation of laundry, kitchen and mechanical equipment.

 

-          Working knowledge of the practices and techniques of welding using either electric or oxy-acetylene welding equipment not requiring complex planning or use of special procedures.

 

-          Ability to supervise others.

 

-          Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

            Two years of experience in mechanical work under the supervision of a skilled tradesperson or completion of an appropriate two year technical school course.

 

 

Reviewed:  6/02

 

 

NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required to appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.