MECHANIC I (TRACTOR) - CASTROVILLE, CA

The Tractor Mechanic I is responsible for maintaining and repairing farm machinery, includes but not limited to, wheel tractors, harvesters, crawler tractors, tillage equipment and pumps.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Service large equipment such as forage harvesting equipment, tractors of various sizes, pickups, trucks, caterpillars, and other farming equipment
  • Analyze equipment failures, determine cause(s), and make necessary adjustments or repairs
  • Operate a variety of machinery, equipment, and tools in the Shop associated with repairing, maintaining, and testing equipment as needed
  • Confer with Tractor Shop Manager to coordinate priority projects; equipment repair, and extent of repairs to be performed. Complete parts request forms. Order parts through various sources such as parts books, CDs, internet websites and parts department
  • Diagnose systems for cause of failure or potential failure. Disassembles components and inspect parts. Reassembles components and tests machine operation. Clean, service and lubricate machinery; adjusts systems and controls
  • Perform extensive configuration of hydraulic and electrical systems where new systems or modifications to existing systems are required
  • Review all repair work orders for accuracy and completeness concerning parts, materials, and labor for approval of equipment to return to service
  • Work with other Tractor Mechanics to assist in the fabrication or welding of multi-component parts
  • Train maintenance personnel and operators on the safe and efficient use of all equipment
  • Operate one or more service trucks, farm machinery to repair sites in the field
  • As required, performs machinist work, and operates a welder to fabricate, modify or repair farm equipment
  • Complete and track work order number by writing a concise description of machine repairs and task codes and project hours. Note incomplete repairs or any other relevant observations
  • During off season months, perform major mechanical work taking equipment apart, repairing and replacing parts short of a complete engine overhaul
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements and Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience with repairing, modifying or fabricating farm equipment
  • Prior farm equipment experience is preferred
  • Proven experience in setting up and diagnosing malfunctions in hydraulic systems, electrical systems, drive systems, diesel and gas engines is required
  • Possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license and be insurable
  • Ability to communicate in English and Spanish at a fluent level is highly desired
  • Produce quality work while maintaining cost controls
  • Establish and maintain an organized, clean work area
  • Have the willingness and ability to follow safety guidelines and work safely around and with equipment and other personnel
  • Strong interpersonal skills including ability to maintain effective working and professional relationships with employees, supervisors, vendors, and customers; maintain a balanced outlook during stressful times

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