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General Job Function:

The Mechanical Specialist coordinates and performs mechanical repairs and maintenance of District facilities and equipment. Also, responsible for the implementation and documentation of the District Safety program.



  • Plans and follows a preventive maintenance schedule for District facilities, equipment and vehicles.
  • Contracts or makes repairs as necessary to facilities, vehicles and equipment
  • Responsible for District Safety Program; insuring employees are properly trained in all safety procedures and programs while working at the facility.
  • Provides instruction in the proper use and care of shop equipment, spray equipment and driver safety. Provides safety equipment and instruction on its proper use.
  • Conducts safety inspections of District facility including shop, office, equipment, vehicles and grounds.
  • Maintains all District safety records in compliance with Illinois OSHA standards.
  • Responsible for budgeting, purchasing, record keeping and preparation of proposals for the purchase of District equipment, tools, spray equipment, vehicles and supplies for equipment and facilities maintenance.
  • Contracts with outside agencies for disposal of District equipment.
  • Schedules shop projects consisting of routine maintenance and repairs of equipment and vehicles. As a member of the support team, assists and supports technicians, vector biologists, administrative assistant and Director and accomplishes field work, facility and equipment maintenance as needed.
  • Performs any and all duties as assigned.



  • Ability to repair, research and design and operate equipment.
  • Ability to plan, estimate and lay out construction projects.
  • Ability to operate common machine tools and to do light welding.
  • General knowledge of maintenance and repairs.
  • Must be able to work independently and responsibly to organize and conduct activities in the shop; able to make accurate observations and keep detailed records on vehicles and equipment.
  • Ability to use computerized automotive scan equipment and software.
  • Ability to learn the general principles and techniques of mosquito control, including the proper use of pesticides and safety precautions.
  • Must be able to read and write capably and tactfully communicate with the general public and co-workers. Manipulate small tools, stand for long periods, and work in confined spaces.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes, or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals.
  • The employee is frequently exposed to risk of electrical shock and vibration.
  • The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, high, precarious places, and outside weather conditions.
  • The Mechanic may be exposed to pesticides, communicable diseases, poison oak and other health hazards; inclement weather conditions.
  • Must be professional and handle all conflict and provide resolutions to problems that may arise.
  • Must have the ability to pass all required pesticide license exams deemed necessary from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
  • Physical agility and body strength to lift objects weighing up to 75 pounds.
  • Physically able to sit, stand, walk, bend and stair climb frequently.



  • Education equivalent to High School graduation.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in the maintenance and repair of automotive equipment.
  • Possession of a valid Illinois driver’s license, clean driving record and must meet minimum requirements to be insurable with the District’s insurance carrier; must maintain valid license and insurability throughout employment.



JOB TITLE: Chief Mechanic


DEPARTMENT: Operations