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Maintenance Welder Mechanic

Salary: $21.07-$25.73 hourly / $3,665-$4,474 monthly / Range: 5444

DEFINITION: Under direction, performs skilled welding in the repair, modification, and fabrication of equipment and facilities; makes minor mechanical repairs on a variety of heavy equipment; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from Mechanic/Welder by the responsibility for performing skilled welding as its primary assignment and minor heavy equipment repair as a secondary assignment. The Mechanic/Welder class is responsible for minor and major small engine and heavy equipment repair as its primary assignment and welding as a secondary assignment.


1. Repairs, modifies, designs, lays out, or fabricates (with or without blueprints) a variety of metal work including construction vehicles and equipment, ornamental iron work, debris gates, and fencing.
2. Cuts, fits, and welds metal using gas and electric welding equipment; performs skilled brazing and soldering; and uses a variety of machines, such as power saws, grinders, and drills, in completing work.
3. Diagnoses and repairs minor mechanical defects in gas- and diesel-powered engines, including graders, loaders, rollers, dozers, sweepers, tractors, and other heavy equipment.
4. Operates dump trucks and trailers to haul non-functioning heavy equipment from worksites to County or private shops for repair.
5. May operate heavy equipment during emergencies.


1. Two years of experience in skilled gas and electric welding plus one year in minor repair of gas- and diesel-powered heavy equipment; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Equipment Mechanic I with Santa Barbara County plus six semester units in welding technology. A minimum of one year of additional experience in welding may be substituted for the required coursework; or,
3. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: tools and methods of the welding trade, including brazing, soldering, electrical, and arc welding; the operation, minor repair, and preventive maintenance of gas- and diesel-powered construction equipment; and safety practices related to welding and equipment repairs.

Ability to: read, interpret, and work from blueprints and technical manuals; design, fabricate, and repair a variety of metal work; estimate costs and materials; maintain simple records; perform minor repair and maintenance on a variety of diesel-powered heavy equipment; operate a variety of construction equipment; and work cooperatively with others.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License with the ability to obtain a Class A Driver's License during the probationary period.

Once an incumbent has obtained the Class A license, he/she will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs prior to being assigned work requiring such a license; once assigned, incumbents will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs and/or alcohol on a random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up basis.

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