Heavy Equipment Mechanic - Waste Resources at County of Riverside in Moreno Valley, California

Posted in General Business 14 days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


The County of Riverside's Department of Waste Resources has an opportunity for a Heavy Equipment Mechanic - Waste in Moreno Valley. The Heavy Equipment Mechanic (HEM) will be responsible for troubleshooting, repairing, and rebuilding major components on Dozers up to D9T, 637G Scrapers, 140M3 Graders, 836K Landfill Compactors, Loaders, and other pieces of equipment. Responsibilities include inspecting, diagnosing and repairing engines, hydraulic, electrical, emission and air conditioning systems on different types of heavy equipment. The HEM will be assigned to diagnose and make necessary repairs on heavy construction equipment in the field, often under adverse conditions.

The selected candidate will be required to supply their own tools in order to perform essential functions of the position. Additionally, the selected candidate will be required to drive to various locations throughout Riverside County and will work weekends and holidays, as needed.

Competitive Candidates:

  • Experience in the repair and overhaul of heavy construction equipment and diesel trucks

  • Experience using CAT ET and Cummins Insite diagnostic programs

  • Possession of a valid Commercial Class A or B California Driver's License Tanker endorsement and without Air Brake restriction

  • Experience recording hazardous material spills and contamination

The Department of Waste Resources serves the County's solid waste disposal needs by providing for efficient and effective landfilling of County non-hazardous waste, protecting the environment, and promoting recycling in order to ensure a safe and healthy community for current and future generations.


• Inspect, diagnose, and repair mechanical failures and defects in trucks, graders, tractors, skip loaders, backhoes, rollers, truck cranes, stationary motors, power sweepers, and other heavy equipment.

• Adjust, repair, replace, or overhaul a variety of diesel and automotive engines, transmissions, clutches, rear ends, differentials, transfer cases, hydraulic brake systems, axles, pumps, injectors, carburetors, final drives, sprockets, rollers, and truck and steering systems.

• Diagnose and repair electrical defects; repair or replace starting motors, generators, and ignition systems; grind valves and re-bore and re-sleeve cylinders; repair and overhaul compressors.

• Perform welding, complete fabrication, and full repair of heavy construction equipment, trucks, and other equipment; perform complete tune-up on construction equipment and trucks.

• Complete time and material records; may be assigned to act as a team leader on difficult and complex repair jobs.

• Perform some related work on automotive equipment as needed based on operational demands.

Experience: Three years as an Equipment Maintenance Worker or four years as a Mechanics Helper with the County of Riverside.

Experience: Completion of a recognized heavy construction equipment mechanic apprenticeship-training program.

Experience: Four years of increasingly responsible mechanic experience, two years of which are in the repair and overhaul of heavy construction equipment and diesel trucks, and two years of which are in the repair and overhaul of automotive equipment. (Six months of the required experience may be substituted on the basis of completion of 12 semester or 18 quarter units in trade-related courses from an accredited college or university or the completion of 144 hours of trade related instruction from a union training center, adult or vocational school, or specialized industrial program.)

Knowledge of: The principles of gasoline and diesel engines; heavy equipment maintenance and repair; the methods, tools, equipment, and parts used in the repair and maintenance of construction equipment; the operation and application of mechanical diagnostic equipment.

Ability to: Perform repair and maintenance work on construction equipment; diagnose and repair mechanical defects in a variety of heavy-duty gasoline and diesel construction equipment in both the field and shop; operate equipment used in repairing or servicing construction equipment; read and understand shop manuals and mechanical diagrams; follow written and oral directions; perform work safely; work with minimal supervision.

Physical Requirements: The Heavy Equipment Mechanic works in a garage or outdoors and is exposed to the inclement weather. This position requires independent body mobility to stand and move heavy mechanical components, engines and systems from several types of vehicles utilizing a crane. Additionally, the incumbent will be required to perform lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling up to 75 pounds in weight with assistance and walking on uneven ground or wet surfaces carrying tools

DOT Designated Position

This position has been designated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) as safety-sensitive, applicants are required to complete a DOT mandated alcohol and drug-screening. (A positive test or refusal to test during the past two years will disqualify an applicant from consideration for County employment). Reference checks from former DOT regulated employers are also required.

Employees in safety-sensitive positions are subject to DOT alcohol/drug testing in the following situations: random, reasonable suspicion/cause, return-to-duty, and post-accident.

For detailed requirements, visit DOT Requirements .

Veterans' Preference
The County has a Veterans Preference Policy (Download PDF reader) . Upload a copy of your (or your spouse's) Member-4 Form DD-214 (or NGB-22) indicating dates of service, and a copy of your spouse's letter of disability (if applicable) with your application. For privacy reasons, it is recommended that you remove your social security information from the document(s). A Human Resources Representative will review the materials and determine if you qualify for veterans' preference.

Degree Verification
Upload a copy of any license(s), official/unofficial transcript(s), degrees, and/or related employment documents to your NeoGov account. If your education was completed outside of the United States, you will need to provide a copy of your Foreign Education Equivalency evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( NACES ) or Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. ( AICE ).

What's Next?

This recruitment is open to all candidates.
Applicants who are currently County of Riverside employees and/or current employees of the Waste Resources Department may be considered before other applicants depending on the volume of the applications received. Include relevant work experience details on resume and/or application. Applicants who fail to provide information demonstrating they possess the position requirements may not be considered further in the application process. A description of job duties directly copied from the job classification or job posting will not be considered.

Qualified applicants may be considered for future vacancies throughout the County.Applications received prior to the closing date will be considered based on the information submitted. Changes or alterations cannot be accepted. No late applications will be permitted.

Include relevant work experience details on resume and/or application.
Applicants who fail to provide information demonstrating they possess the position requirements may not be considered further in the application process. A description of job duties directly copied from the job classification or job posting will not be considered.

MEDICAL/DENTAL/VISION INSURANCE: A choice of different medical, dental and visions plan are available to elect. The County provides a Flexible Benefit Credit contribution as governed by the applicable LIUNA Memorandum of Understanding to contribute towards the cost of these plans.

Note: Employees on assignment through the Temporary Assignment Program (TAP) receive different benefits. See the list here .
MISCELLANEOUS RETIREMENT: County of Riverside has three retirement Tiers through the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS).

  • Tier I (Classic Member - Formula 3% @ 60): Applicable to current and former County of Riverside local miscellaneous employees hired prior to 08/24/2012 and did not withdraw CalPERS contributions. The employee contribution is eight (8%) percent.

  • Tier II (Classic Member - Formula 2% @ 60): Applicable to local miscellaneous employees 1) hired after 08/23/2012 through 12/31/2012; 2) Previously employed with another CalPERS contracting public agency or a reciprocal retirement system, with a break in service of less than six months between the separation date with the previous employer and the appointment date with the County of Riverside. The employee contribution is seven (7%) percent.

  • Tier III (PEPRA New Member - Formula 2% @ 62): Applicable to CalPERS local miscellaneous new members hired on or after the implementation of the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) which took effect January 1, 2013. As of July 1, 2020, the employee contribution is 7.25% and subject to change annually.

A new member is defined as any of the following:
  • A new hire who enters CalPERS membership for the first time on or after January 1, 2013, and who has no prior membership in any California Public Retirement System.
  • A new hire who enters CalPERS membership for the first time on or after January 1, 2013, and who was a member with another California Public Retirement System prior to that date, but who is not subject to reciprocity upon joining CalPERS.
  • A member who first established CalPERS membership prior to January 1, 2013, and who is rehired by a different CalPERS agency after a break in service of greater than six (6) months.

  • CalPERS refers to all members that do not fit within the definition of a new member as "classic members".

    Contribution rates are subject to change based on the County of Riverside annual actuarial valuation.


    This summary is for general information purposes only. Additional questions regarding retirement formulas can be sent to retirement@rivco.org or by calling the Benefits Information Line at (951) 955-4981,
    Option 2.

    If you have prior service credit with another CalPERS agency or within agencies, please contact CalPERS at (888) 225-7377 to determine which retirement tier would be applicable to you. CalPERS is governed by the Public Employees' Retirement Law. The Retirement Law is complex and subject to change. If there's any conflict between this summary and the law, the law will prevail over this summary.
    DEFERRED COMPENSATION: Voluntary employee contribution with a choice between two 457 deferred compensation plan options.

    VACATION ACCRUAL (Bi-Weekly Accrual):

    0< 3 year = 80 Hours (10 Days)
    4< 9 years = 120 Hours (15 Days)
    10 or more years = 160 Hours (20 Days)

    Maximum Vacation leave accumulation is 480 hours.

    SICK LEAVE: Four (4) hours Sick Leave accrual per pay period with unlimited accrual.

    HOLIDAYS: Normally 12 paid holidays per year

    BEREAVEMENT LEAVE: Allowed 5 days (3 days are County paid; 2 additional days can be taken from accrued Sick Leave balance)

    BASIC LIFE INSURANCE: Equal to one times annual base salary not to exceed $50,000 of term life coverage. Premiums are paid by the County. Additional Supplemental Life plan is available for employee purchase.

    DISABILITY: Short-term Disability benefit pays up to a maximum of $461.54 weekly, payable up to a maximum of 52 weeks.

    POST RETIREMENT MEDICAL CONTRIBUTION: A monthly contribution is made by the County towards retiree health insurance offered through the County as governed by the applicable Memorandum of Understanding.

    OTHER: There may be other benefit provisions as specified in the applicable Memorandum of Understanding. Please contact the recruiter listed on the job posting directly for more information.