Definition Mechanic/Machinist

Under general direction, the Mechanic/Machinist performs preventive, routine and emergency maintenance and repair of a variety of heavy and light equipment, related systems and components.

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Example Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: basic techniques of shop theory and bench work such as chipping, sawing, filing, drilling, welding (MIG and ARC), soldering, gearing, threading, grinding and heat treatment; maintenance and repair of a variety of equipment including hydraulically and pneumatically operated machinery; arithmetic functions needed for precise measurements in performing machining duties; safety rules and regulations in the workplace, field, and while operating equipment; and familiarity with basic composition, characteristics, and uses of commonly used machine shop metals and materials.

Ability to: read/modify schematic drawings, blueprints and do layout work; understand and interpret the designs and measurements indicated on equipment or parts specifications; read and perform the required procedures in operation, instruction, and service manuals; follow safety rules and regulations in the workplace, field, and while operating equipment; orally communicate messages, instructions, directions and other ideas with a variety of people such as supervisors and co-workers in a clear and concise manner; present information in writing, expressing ideas, information and instruction clearly and concisely; perform MIG and ARC welding including using Oxy Acetylene equipment safely; ability to work under certain hazardous conditions and with hazardous materials while working with solvents and at high altitudes; lift heavy weights; and maintain a current valid Class C driver license.

Skill to: use various tools in machining work proficiently to include the safe and efficient use of hand tools, measuring devices, and portable power tools and machine tools.

Example Experience and Training
  1. Completion of a recognized four (4) year machinist’s apprenticeship program and two (2) years of verified experience as a journey-level maintenance machinist OR;
  2. A combination of machinist trade-related training (a minimum of two years) and experience as a journey-level maintenance machinist totaling six (6) years AND;
  3. Possession of a valid Class C driver’s license.

Special Requirements:  Work may involve physical effort and considerable dexterity; continuous exposure to somewhat disagreeable physical and working conditions, such as, working underground or in dark, dusty, cramped, damp, dirty, noisy, and oily places; and use of ladders, cranes.

Example Monthly Salary Range

Apprentice $7,194 to $8,794
Journey- level $5,800 to $7,100
Supervisory $7,800 to $9,000

Source: BAYWORK Salary Survey, 2022.

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