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Duke University Job Description


Job Code: 0983
Job Level: 08
Revised Date: 04/07/2004
Job Family: JF 21

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Occupational Summary

maintenance duties in the inspection, maintenance, and repair of grounds equipment. Keeps a record of parts and labor needed to maintain each piece of equipment, including placing orders for parts and supplies needed for equipment repairs or service. Serves on advisory committees and make recommendations on the purchases of new equipment and supplies. Coordinates repairs with Grounds Supervisors and other personnel.

Work Performed

Interact with customers and vendors.

Make recommendations for outsourcing repairs of equipment and vehicles.

Provide road service to fleet vehicles and other grounds equipment.

Perform system checks on equipment using proper diagnostic tools.

Use proper procedures for checking and maintaining hydraulic pressures on equipment.

Repair and/or rebuild transmissions and engines as required.

Perform repairs and adjustment of the engines and cutting mechanisms of a wide variety of grounds related equipment.

Perform preventive maintenance of transmissions, differentials, carburetors, distributors, fuel pumps, injectors, steering systems, starters, generators, universal joints, hydraulic systems, pumps and valves.

Ability to troubleshoot and repair transmissions, differentials, carburetors, distributors, fuel pumps, injectors, steering systems, starters, generators, universal joints, hydraulic systems, pumps and valves.

Perform the installation and adjustment of brakes, batteries, tires, safety devices, hydraulic hoses and fittings.

Overhaul equipment as required.

Perform inspections of equipment for operating deficiencies and make routine adjustments where necessary.

Secure tools, parts, and equipment as necessary.

Clean work areas after completion of job.

Perform welding repairs. Perform a predetermined schedule of preventive maintenance on all assigned equipment.

Pickup and deliver supplies and materials to various locations as required.

Complete and maintain all necessary documentation, computerized if necessary.

Instruct grounds personnel in proper and safe operation of all equipment.

Follows all proper shop operational procedures and safety guidelines.

Maintain good working relations and interaction with customers and vendors.

Maintain proper inventory of parts and supplies.

Provide technical guidance and direction to lower level employees.

Perform duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.


Required Qualifications at this Level


high school education with course work in skilled mechanical craft, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience.

Knowledge of the theory, care, and operation of internal combustion engines and mowing equipment. Requires a valid North Carolina Commercial Driver?s License.

Possess a valid Duke forklift operator card.

Compliance with Duke University Fleet Safety Policy.

Completed Briggs and Stratton Service School for 2/4 stroke engines.

Completed Stihl Service School for 2/4 stroke engines. Completed John Deere Service School and obtained small engine certification.

Completed Toro Service School and obtained small engine certification. Completed a minimum of sixteen (16) hours of welding training from a certified welder.








The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Essential Physical Job Functions

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.