Job Title: Mechanic

Department: Public Works

Job Description:

City of Horn Lake – Public Works

Job Description – Mechanic

Purpose of Position

Under direction, repairs, services, and performs major and minor repairs to City automobiles, trucks, emergency equipment, tractors, and other equipment.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Inspect automobiles, trucks, and related equipment to locate and determine the extent of necessary overhaul or repair.
  2. Perform general overhaul and repair work on gasoline, diesel and propane powered engines such as automobiles, trucks, tractors, police and fire vehicles and equipment, and other automotive and mechanical equipment at off-site locations and at the city shop/garage.
  3. Inspect, adjust, and replace necessary units and related parts including valves, hoses, belts and alternators.
  4. Repair cooling, fuel, electrical, and exhaust systems; tune engines using standard testing equipment.
  5. Diagnose, repair, and maintain hydraulic systems.
  6. Perform preventive maintenance work on vehicles, including lubrication and oil changes.
  7. Fabricate and weld to repair equipment as necessary.
  8. Perform vehicle body work and collision repair.
  9. Operate vehicles and equipment to aid in diagnostics; pick up and deliver vehicles and parts.
  10. Install emergency equipment for emergency vehicles; perform repair work on other City equipment and systems as necessary.
  11. Clean and maintain the city shop/garage area and equipment.
  12. Inventory, order and control tools, supplies and materials for city shop/garage; research, compare, and locate parts, equipment, and vehicles.
  13. Maintain records on all maintenance and repair work performed; track recalls, smog inspection dates, and warranties for all vehicles.
  14. Perform other related duties as required.

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

  • Methods, materials, equipment, and tools used in vehicle and equipment maintenance and repair.
  • Various mechanical systems of gasoline and diesel engines.
  • Various electrical systems of gasoline and diesel engines.
  • Standard practices, equipment and tools of the automotive and equipment mechanical trade.
  • Principles and practices of gasoline and diesel engine repair and maintenance.
  • Methods and techniques of welding and fabrication.
  • Operating and repair characteristics of hydraulic systems.
  • Principles and practices of fire truck pump and valve repair and maintenance.
  • Basic principles of record keeping.
  • Shop mathematics.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety procedures

Ability to:

  • Perform a variety of duties in diagnosing, troubleshooting, and repairing vehicles, equipment and components.
  • Inspect automotive, emergency and public works equipment to locate mechanical defects, to diagnose mechanical, electrical and hydraulic problems and to determine corrective procedures.
  • Perform a variety of welding work.
  • Estimate time and materials needed for work.
  • Maintain a variety of shop and repair records and logs.
  • Use various hand and power driven shop tools.
  • Prepare and maintain clear and accurate reports.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions

Work is performed primarily in a shop environment; occasional field environment with some

travel from site to site; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, gases, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; exposure to hazardous traffic conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a mechanic shop

environment; walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time; frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch,

crawl, climb, reach, and twist; push, pull, lift, and/or carry moderate to heavy amounts of weights; operate

assigned equipment and vehicles; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Job Content

The Public Works mechanic is a full-time, permanent position in the Public Works Department under supervision and specific direction from the Operations Director. The person in this position is supervised daily and works regularly scheduled hours throughout the year.  This position is 95% indoors with 5% outdoors depending on the nature of the work performed.  There is a high risk of exposure to chemicals and/or hazardous materials on a daily basis.  The person in this position must hold a valid driver’s license and a high school diploma or GED. 

FLSA:                         Non - Exempt

REPORTS TO:         Operations Director Public Works, Assistant Public Works Director


SUPERVISES:          N/A

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.   Characteristics described in this job description are representative of those an employee encounters while performing this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform them.

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