University of Waterloo

  • Auto Mechanic

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    Maintenance (CUPE)
    5508 - Plant Operations-Grounds
    Job Status
    Regular Full-Time
    Hiring Range
    $32.99 per hour
  • Overview

    Reporting to the Fleet Supervisor in the Vehicle Shop, the Auto Mechanic is responsible for the repair and preventative maintenance of University owned vehicles and equipment, while contributing towards providing a safe and accessible, invitingly clean and comfortable, functionally enriched and well-maintained campus environment through service excellence.


    Strategic Planning

    • Supports strategic planning efforts addressing stewardship responsibilities and long-term sustainability of the University’s campus, facilities and infrastructure and maximizing opportunities for efficient delivery of campus services and optimal investments in University-wide infrastructure


    • The Auto Mechanic will engage in the day-to-day operations of a busy shop while servicing and maintaining a large vehicle fleet as well as an extensive variety of equipment, such as, but not limited to:

      • Cars, trucks and heavy trucks

      • Heavy equipment and attachments (i.e. plows and salters)

      • Tractors and attachments

      • Trailers

      • Golf carts, ATVs’s, RTV’s

      • Lawn equipment, riding, self-propelled and manual small equipment

      • Snow equipment riding ,self-propelled and manual small engine equipment with attachments

      • Boats

    • Performs regular and preventative maintenance, as well as emergency repairs to all fleet equipment as required, in an organized manner to limit down time

    • Performs appropriate diagnostics and analysis to investigate and determine problems and best course of repairs

    • Provides guidance and advice to University departments regarding questions and concerns related to vehicles and equipment

    • The Auto Mechanic will provide trade /job instructions to lower classifications and others as required. The diverse nature of operation within the shop may include other duties as assigned

    Health & Safety

    • In consideration of the University’s commitment to the safety and well-being of all faculty, support staff, students, and visitors, responsible for ensuring University facilities and departmental activities are compliant with all applicable legislation, regulations, codes and standards related to facilities operations as well as occupational health and environmental safety
    • Active in health, safety, and incident prevention by adhering to departmental policy, procedures and safe work practices required by the University health, safety and environment management system (HSEMS), and in accordance with relevant health and safety legislation, developing and enhancing a safety culture among support staff


    • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned and supports departmental activities, including performing work of other classifications within scope of trade practice, level of incumbent’s capability/ competency/ skills, and/ or regulatory requirements. May perform work of a lower classification/ pay band


    • Minimum of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent education and experience

    • Valid 310S (Automotive Service Technician) and 310T (Truck and Coach Technician) certificates in good standing with the College of Trades

    • Minimum two (2) years recent experience as a certified Automotive Service Technician / Truck and Coach Technician

    • Must be able to operate equipment and tools associated with the trade

    • Must be able to troubleshoot, identify and execute quality repairs to all makes and models of vehicles, heavy trucks and equipment within the fleet

    • Knowledge of relevant rules, regulations and procedures are required to perform safety inspections and carry out maintenance repairs as required

    • Basic computer skills related to working with scan tools, electronic work orders, and computer based repair manuals are required

    • Knowledge of A/C repairs in conjunction with an ODP Certificate is necessary

    • Small engine equipment as well as diesel diagnostic knowledge is required

    • An ICE-P certificate and working knowledge of hydraulics (as applied to heavy equipment) will be considered assets

    • Accurate record keeping and the ability to follow directions are essential

    • Good written and verbal communication skills are required

    • Must be customer and team oriented, able to work independently as well as in a group /team environment while sharing equipment/tools as supplied by the University

    • Must be able to prioritize and multi task job assignments when necessary

    • Welding and fabricating experience required

    • Possesses a valid Ontario class ‘G’ driver’s license or equivalent


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