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Heavy Equipment Mechanic III - Eagle County

at State of Colorado

Posted: 2/4/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2674472

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Overall Job Objective

Department Information

This position is only open to Colorado state residents.

Applications will be considered as they come in and the announcement will be taken down when the position is filled.

About CDOT
Are you looking for a challenge?  Do you have a passion for helping people?  Do you want to be part of a diverse team that is committed to making the transportation system in Colorado safe and efficient?  Then, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is the place for you! CDOT is devoted to incorporating technology, providing equal employment opportunities, developing leaders, and improving systems in order to provide outstanding customer service.  By saving lives and making lives better by providing freedom, connection, and experience through travel, CDOT is committed to becoming the number #1 Department of Transportation in the country. In working towards this goal, we believe every one of our employees plays a critical role. CDOT's core values include safety, people, integrity, customer service, excellence and respect.  Please visit to learn about CDOT and how we are making Colorado a great place to live, work and play, now and for the future!
State employees make Colorado an amazing place to learn, work, and play. We want every day to feel like an opportunity. We want to be surrounded by innovation, vibrant optimism, and creativity. Most of all we want to feel like we're doing what we're meant to be doing. It's our nature. Working for Colorado means being surrounded by people who share your vision. It's where making a difference meets a pioneering spirit. Reach your peak state and together let's share everything we love about Colorado. To learn about the State's Employee Value Proposition visit:
In addition to a fantastic place to work, CDOT offers a variety of benefits which include:

  • Annual leave (accrued based on years of service, starting at 8 hours a month)
  • Sick leave accrued at 6.66 hours a month
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Medical and dental plans with no cost preventative services
  • State paid Life Insurance with optional additional life insurance
  • State paid Short Term Disability coverage, with optional long term disability plan
  • Participation in PERA with 2 retirement plan options, and voluntary PERA 401K and 457 plans
  • Credit Union membership
  • Work life programs
  • State Employee Assistance programs at no cost
  • Tuition and certification reimbursement program
  • Access to a diverse array of technical, leadership, supervisory and specialty training across the state, in addition to personal development and productivity learning opportunities
  • State employee discount programs
To learn more about our benefits visit:
To learn about the total compensation package for State government employment visit:

Description of Job

This position is located in Eagle County and provides skilled, professional, quality mechanic services for all CDOT equipment in the surrounding geographic area (I-70 mountain corridor). This position provides inspection, diagnostics, troubleshooting, repair, and fabrication for all equipment including but not limited to heavy and specialized equipment, to ensure readiness and operational safety of said equipment on a 24 hour a day/ 7 days per week basis in all weather conditions.
Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform mechanical repairs in the field shops; rebuild, repair, inspect, diagnose, and maintain heavy and specialized equipment such as loaders, dozers, motor graders, lay down machines and all other asphalt equipment, snow removal equipment, mowers, and construction equipment;
  • Travel to remote locations along the side of the road, often in adverse weather and road conditions, to diagnose and perform all mechanical repairs on CDOT equipment; maintain and perform work out of a service road truck; repair heavy equipment, trucks, loaders, dozers, road graders, etc.; perform electrical trouble shooting and quick on-the-spot repairs including welding and fabrication on the roadside;
  • Inspect and diagnose equipment and components, including electronic controlled equipment components; use scan tools and diagnostic equipment; read error messages and codes; gather information from operators on equipment problems;  
  • Disassemble units, inspect composites and analyze failures, replace failed parts, and properly reassemble units in the following systems: brakes, drive, electrical, hydraulic, air, steering and suspension, engines, computer controlled sanders and liquid de-icing systems, AVL systems, etc.
  • Order and procure parts, supplies, and materials to keep equipment functional; prepare work orders and cost estimates using SAP and other software; code invoices to proper cost center, work order, and material group;
  • Maintain records and create reports pertaining to repair and maintenance of equipment;
  • Schedule equipment for repairs and coordinate with main shop and vendors for special repairs, warranty work, recall notices, and for compensating for work overload;
  • Accurately report work activities, time spent, location, equipment used, materials, personnel involved, etc. on work orders;
  • Complete personal fuel log for fuel purchases;
  • Review and process equipment notifications and annual and emissions inspections;
  • Design and fabricate special tools, parts, and attachments for equipment and equipment repair and for maintenance patrols; use arc welding, oxygen-acetylene cutting and welding, plasma cutter, MIG and TIG, mills, lathes, metal cutting saws, etc.;
  • Set up and install new equipment by means of fabricating or modifying to CDOT specifications for special need and uses of CDOT;
  • Perform routine maintenance checks, inspections and adjustments on such things as fluid levels, hoses, belts, brakes, tires, and clutches; change filters and oil, and lubricate vehicles and motor driven equipment;
  • Tune gas and diesel engines; service valves, fuel filters and turbo chargers; adjust injector heights, fuel racks, governors, etc.;
  • Complete annual DOT safety inspections on the vehicle fleet and certify vehicles for 49 CFR 396 DOT compliance
  • Work with the priority of safety over production for self, co-workers, and the traveling public at all times;
  • Keep tools, equipment, and work area clean, organized, and in good working condition;
  • Maintain current knowledge of and abide by all safety laws, regulations, policies, and procedures and wear all required personal protective equipment;
  • Identify safety concerns and actively work toward creating a safer workplace;
  • Continuously learn and develop job knowledge and skills through on-the-job training and training courses both on line and in person;
  • Maintain technical knowledge of equipment, tools, and materials and adapt to any changes, updates, and any technology improvements or changes;
  • Maintain knowledge of relevant policies, procedures, standards, statutes, regulations, and other reference materials;
  • Other job duties as assigned.
Information about the Position:
  • Expected work schedule is Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 4:30 pm
  • Approximately 40% of the time is spent in the field and 60% spent in the equipment shop
  • Required to respond to emergencies outside regular work hours and work overtime including weekends and holidays
  • Some on-call time is required
  • Must provide the supervisor with a telephone number where he/she can be reached for the purpose of responding to an emergency
  • Required to lift up to 70 lbs.
  • Required to bend, kneel, climb in/out of trucks when maintaining and repairing equipment
  • Required to operate CDOT vehicles
  • Must be able to read, understand, follow, and give oral and written instructions
  • Frequent travel during work day to perform field repairs, as well as to attend trainings and meetings
  • Required to work in extreme temperatures and weather conditions for long periods of time – hot and cold
  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Exposure to fumes, odors, gases, dusts, etc. that may affect breathing, eyes and skin
  • Exposure to High Voltage (anything over 600V) and electrical shock
  • Must be able to hear and communicate via cell phone and state radio to relay information and respond to field calls
  • Required to use computers to accomplish everyday work duties 
  • This position is required to have a Commercial Driver's License Class A or B with no restrictions on air brakes at time of application
  • New employees are required to attend two weeks of maintenance training in Golden. Veteran CDOT employees are required to attend maintenance training one week out of each year at Camp George West in Golden. During training, you will be provided with housing and meals.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

This experience must be specifically documented on your application.  Additional information submitted after the closing date of this announcement will not be considered in the review of your application.

  • Four years of progressively responsible experience in automotive AND heavy equipment repair, that includes at least ONE year of experience with diagnosis and repair of heavy diesel equipment such as 10-ton double axle snowplows, tractor-trailers, bulldozers, motor graders, paving machines and/or 15' mower tractors, with current proficiency at the journey level.   
  • Must possess a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Type A or B with no restrictions on air brakes at time of application. 
Substitution: Satisfactory completion of a formalized apprenticeship program, or higher level non-correspondence coursework from an accredited college or technical school, beyond high school, in automotive and diesel equipment mechanics or heavy equipment mechanics may be substituted for the required general experience. Unofficial transcripts or a copy of your certificate of completion are required if substituting this education for experience and may be uploaded within your online application.
Stronger candidates will be those that demonstrate depth and breadth of skill and ability, through a combination of professional experience and formal training, to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this position.
The Exceptional Applicant will be an experienced Heavy Equipment Mechanic and will possess the proven ability or accomplishment in the following:
  • Demonstrated success with the duties as listed in the Description of the Job section;
  • Highest work/personal ethics and integrity;
  • Extensive experience with troubleshooting, diagnosis, and repair of automotive and heavy duty diesel vehicles and equipment, up to 10 tons is highly desirable;
  • Extensive experience designing and fabricating parts and special tools needed for unique and emergency situations;
  • Medium/Heavy truck ASE Certifications in Diesel Engine, Drive Trains, Brakes, Suspension and Steering, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Heating, Ventilation and A/C is preferred;
  • Effective interpersonal and relationship building skills;
  • Effective oral communication and customer service skills;
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy;
  • Strong reasoning, analytic thinking, troubleshooting and problem solving skills;
  • Use of innovative approaches when performing repairs, with consideration for available resources, budget, time, efficiency, and safety;
  • Flexibility in adapting to changing circumstances;
  • Strong commitment to safety;
  • Strong positive and can-do attitude;
  • Self-starter and motivated to accomplish assigned tasks;
  • Conscientious, organized, and reliable in maintaining the shop and completing assigned duties;
  • Strong attention to technical detail and accuracy;
  • Ability to quickly learn with minimal direction;
  • Ability to adapt to changes in work assignments and environments;
  • Ability to work effectively in both independent and team situations;
  • Must have knowledge and know-how to use computers for vehicle diagnosing, data input, record keeping and email, and have the ability to quickly learn software.
Necessary Special Requirements:  The following conditions must be met and maintained in order to be employed and/or continue employment at CDOT:
  • Must possess a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) class A or B with no restrictions on air brakes at time of application
  • Must pass a pre-employment medical physical exam and a controlled substance test (i.e. drug test)
  • Must be willing to respond to emergencies outside regular work hours and work overtime including weekends and holidays
  • Must be willing and physically able to work in extreme temperature and weather conditions for long periods of time.
  • Must provide the supervisor with a telephone number where he/she can be reached for the purpose of responding to an emergency
  • Must be able to read, understand and follow oral and written instructions
  • Required to lift up to 70 lbs.
  • Required to bend, kneel, climb in/out of trucks when maintaining and repairing equipment
  • Must be able to hear and communicate via cell phone and state radio to relay information and respond to field calls
Employment Screening
If an applicant reaches the finalist stage of the hiring process, the Colorado Department of Transportation may procure a consumer report and/or investigative consumer report on the applicant in connection with his/her application for employment purposes, as defined under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  These reports may be obtained at any time after receipt of the applicant's authorization.  As part of the employment screening an applicant will be requested to disclose any deferred judgments and convictions as well an explanation of the circumstances around any arrest or conviction.  In the event that a screening returns information that the applicant believes is not accurate, he or she will have an opportunity to dispute the information with "Info Cubic".

Info Cubic, a consumer reporting agency, will obtain the report for CDOT.  Further information regarding Info Cubic, LLC, including its privacy policy, may be found online at  Info Cubic is located at 116 Inverness Drive East, Suite 206, Englewood, CO 80112, and can be reached at 877.360.4636.

The report may contain information bearing on the applicant's character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living.  The information that may be included in the report includes: social security number trace, criminal records check, public court records checks, educational records, and driving records checks.  CDOT will only request credit reports insofar as they relate to the position for which the applicant is applying.  The information contained in the report will be obtained from private and/or public record sources.  The applicant will have the right, upon written request made within a reasonable time after receipt of a notice, to request disclosure of the nature and scope of any investigative consumer report.

Supplemental Information

Notifications: All correspondence regarding your status in the selection/examination process will be via email. Include your current working email address on your application and check your email frequently as you could receive time sensitive correspondence regarding this position. We highly recommend that you set up your email to accept messages from "" and "" addresses. It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email.
Applicant Checklist: Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration.  Immediately after you submit your application you should receive an email that confirms that you successfully submitted an application for this position. If you do not, try submitting again until you receive the confirmation email.  Be sure to also check your junk folder for email communications from the State of Colorado's website.
Complete Applications must include the following documents:
1) A complete CDOT Application for Announced Vacancy (please submit online using the link in this announcement)
2) A complete Supplemental Questionnaire (must submit online as part of your application)
3) If using education to help qualify, a copy of your official or unofficial transcript showing that your degree has been conferred and the name of your school, or your NACES accreditation or documentation of your completed apprenticeship program.
Only complete applications will be given consideration. Every effort must be made to submit transcripts by the announcement close date.  Where unusual circumstances prevent timely acquisition of transcripts, they must be submitted within five business days of the announcement close date. 

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application, but may be used to supplement information to the application. Failure to submit properly completed documents by the closing date of this announcement may result in your application being rejected.
Former employees of the Colorado Department of Transportation System or any other State of Colorado Department or Agency, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information on his/her application.
Transfer, Non-Disciplinary Demotion or Reinstatement:
If you believe that you are eligible to be considered as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion or reinstatement to this vacancy, you must submit a completed application following the directions in this job announcement and you will be included in the selection process along with other qualified applicants.  If you are the finalist for this position after the selection process, Human Resources will confirm your eligibility to be appointed as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion or reinstatement applicant.    
The Assessment Process:  Colorado Revised Statutes require that all state employees be hired and promoted through comparative analysis of merit and fitness. Part or all of the assessment for this position will include a review of your application material. Applications will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Experts to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position. They may also use the application material to assess and rank applicants who meet the minimum requirements, to cut to a top group for additional assessment, or establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.
Be sure your application material specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the Major Duties, Education and Experience Requirements, and Exceptional Applicant sections as listed above.  Upload additional pages if necessary to fully explain your experience and accomplishments. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the deadline for application may result in your application not being accepted for this position and may affect your inclusion as a qualified candidate in any of step of the selection process and placement on the eligible list.
Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

The Consolidated Appeal/Dispute Form is available at: . Any appeals must be in writing and received no later than 10 calendar days from the date the examination was administered.  Send appeals to the appropriate address as indicated on the Consolidated Appeal/Dispute Form.  The above ten-day deadline and appeal procedures apply, as well, to all charges of discrimination.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment Guidelines for EDI Compliance for Job Announcements in CO-Jobs Prepared by: Department of Personnel & Administration Division of Human Resources, Consulting Services Page 1 of 3 January 29, 2020 opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.
CDOT is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to Erin Hardin at or call 303-757-9797. 


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