CAW - Senior Automotive Mechanic

Revision Date: October 2001
Classification: Senior Automotive Mechanic
Unit: C.A.W.
Hay Point Range: N/A


The Physical Plant Department is responsible for the entire physical plant of The University, including construction, renovations, provision of utility services, and the care and maintenance of all properties.

Under general supervision, the Senior Automotive Mechanic is responsible for the operation of the department's Auto Shop by providing service and maintenance repairs to all vehicles and equipment used by the department, the supervision of subordinate staff and maintaining related records


  • Responsible for the efficient operation of the Auto Shop and the timely servicing of all vehicles, equipment and implements operated by the Physical Plant Department
  • Supervises and instructs subordinate personnel in order to provide all required services in the Auto Shop
  • Maintains and repairs all vehicles, mobile equipment, implements and small engine powered equipment used the Physical Plant Department including frond end loaders, road grader, dump trucks, garbage truck, street sweeper, agricultural tractors, skid steer loaders, cargo vans, passenger vehicles, riding mowers, tree spades, ice conditioner, sweepers, pumps, hand mowers, string trimmers, blowers, snow blowers and other equipment as required
  • Overhauls all diesel and gasoline engines including small 2 and 4 cycle air-cooled engines
  • Repairs and overhauls all vehicle mechanical components and systems except most exhaust systems, transmissions, large tire repairs and radiator repairs
  • Diagnoses mechanical and electronic problems using current diagnostic equipment consistent with the professional Automotive trade
  • Maintains and follows a preventive maintenance schedule for servicing the Physical Plant fleet
  • Responds to urgent and unscheduled repairs by discussing with a supervisor and reorganizing work in the shop accordingly.
  • Works closely with the Physical Plant trades such as welders, machinists and carpenters to co-ordinate and complete repairs
  • Assists the supervisor to schedule the delivery and pickup of vehicles contracted for repair to outside dealers and contractors and those required for regular maintenance in the Auto Shop
  • Responsible for ordering and maintaining stocks of parts to repair and maintain vehicles and equipment
  • Assists with research for new vehicles, equipment and parts
  • Assists with training of staff regarding safety procedures, maintenance requirements and operation of vehicles and equipment
  • Responsible for maintaining daily records of hours worked by personnel on specific jobs
  • Completes work orders, maintains and files all relevant vehicle records


The minimum qualifications necessary for acceptable (satisfactory) job performance are:

Level of Formal Education

  • Education to an acceptable level; high school completion preferred
  • A valid Interprovincial Journeyman Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic License or Interprovincial Journeyman Motor Vehicle Mechanic License as recognized by the Province of Manitoba Department of Labour
  • Must hold a valid Class 5 Manitoba Driver's License
  • An Atmosphere Protection Environmental Certificate or the willingness and ability to obtain one is required
  • A Vehicle Inspection Certificate is an asset


  • A minimum of five years of related experience.

Skills and Abilities

  • Must have excellent diagnostic skills
  • Must have a good knowledge of diesel, gasoline, and small engine repairs
  • Must have training or demonstrated knowledge of fuel injection systems, ABS brake systems, emission control systems, engine electronics, hydraulic circuits and systems and electrical systems
  • Must be willing to take upgrading courses
  • Must be well-organized
  • Must have good communication skills and relate well with subordinate staff and others in the department
  • Ability to maintain related records

Physical Requirements

  • Capable of performing the duties as assigned.

This class specification is intended to illustrate the characteristics of this classification level and should not be interpreted as a description of any one individual position within this classification level.

"In accordance with the University's Health and Safety Policy, and in support of the Workplace Safety and Health Act, Physical Plant is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for all staff and students. 

Physical Plant will instruct all employees to complete an Orientation Workshop, normally during the first day on the job, and the Health and Safety Orientation Module, normally during the probation period.  Employees will also be instructed to complete various workshops, such as Asbestos Awareness, etc. during the first year of employment depending upon an individual's classification."

Questions or Comments? Contact Jindra Vancura at (204) 474-8288