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Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 4409


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Salary Range 18B $3382 $3540 $3710 $3887 $4072 $4265


The GENERAL MAINTENANCE MECHANIC performs skilled journey level work in the fabrication, maintenance and repair of machinery and physical plant operating equipment and systems, and performs related work as required.


This is a single classification and not currently part of a series of classes.


The duties listed below are not inclusive but characteristic of the type and level of work associated with this class. Individual positions may perform all or some combination of the duties listed below as well as other related duties.

1. Mechanical Repair and Maintenance. Typical tasks: Inspect, adjust, maintain and repair plant operating systems, such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, refrigeration units, pneumatic controls, boilers, or conveyor, locking, or irrigation systems and controls direct digital controls for boilers and energy management systems. This work may include specialty equipment such as medical, dental, diagnostic and treatment apparatus, or scientific research equipment, testing devices and other apparatus such as atmospheric and weather instruments. Clean, lubricate and adjust equipment and machinery, such as generators, electric and gas powered motors, fan units, laundry bridge, and agricultural machinery, compressors, and pumps and tools such as drill presses, bench saws, lathes, etc. Repair automobiles, tractors and other vehicles by dismantling and reassembling engines and repairing and straightening frames, cabs and bodies. Respond to emergency breakdowns and repair or replace needed parts to resume operation.
2. Fabrication. Typical tasks: Fabricate tools, machinery and machine parts from metal, wood, plastic and sheetmetal using tools such as lathes and vertical milling machines or forges, tampers, straightens, bends and welds iron and steel. Design and fabricate apparatus for special projects, such as containers for transporting scientific samples or specimens, according to blueprints, shop drawings, or sketches. Alter or modify commercial machinery to perform specialized functions.
3. Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: Perform facility maintenance incidental to operating equipment and systems, e.g. repair or install electrical lighting systems, plumbing systems, doors, windows, roofs, fire equipment, paint interior and exterior wails, install drywall, floors and ceiling tiles, etc. Assist other skilled or journey-level tradespeople, such as sheetmetal workers, carpenters, or welders in the performance of their duties, as required. Coordinate preventive maintenance program through scheduled inspections, equipment service, and maintaining records of repairs and maintenance performed. Maintain inventory of parts, supplies, and equipment in work unit and reorder as necessary. May coordinate the work of semiskilled assistants or other helpers such as trades/maintenance workers, laborers, students or inmates.


Employees in this class have regular contact in person and by telephone with managers, staff and operations supervisors to determine the nature of the maintenance or repair problems, with other skilled trades workers to prioritize and coordinate maintenance activities, and with vendors to obtain equipment and supplies. Employees also have daily contact with agency staff and clients to minimize disruption of work unit.


Employees in this class receive general supervision from an administrative superior who assigns work verbally or through written instructions (e.g., work orders, work schedules). Employees may work with considerable independence or may function as a member of a maintenance crew. Work is reviewed on completion to ensure satisfactory performance and for compliance with applicable codes and regulations. Employees refer to relevant building codes, manuals, and specifications for repair of various types of equipment.


Positions in this class require the willingness to work around nosy equipment to work with high voltage, high-pressure steam pipes, various chemical agents, and in temperature extremes. They require the willingness to work on ladders, scaffolding, and in underground tunnels, and to bend and stoop for extended periods and to lift and carry heavy objects.


  • four years of experience maintaining, repairing, and fabricating parts for machinery, tools, and equipment such as automobiles, trucks, hydraulic systems, lift trucks, etc.; OR
  • completion of an approved Mechanical Maintenance Apprenticeship Program.