Maintenance Generalist II

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • May 12, 2022
Full Time - Continuing

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Maintenance Generalist II

Job Description:

The Animal Sciences Department in IFAS is seeking a Maintenance Generalist II. This position is primarily responsible for maintaining and repairing the equipment, vehicles, and facilities located at, or associated with, the UF Beef Units. Additionally, this position will be responsible for assisting with the complete coverage of the Beef Units.

This position is primarily responsible for the maintenance, upkeep, and repair of: vehicles, farm tractors, heavy equipment, sprayers, agricultural and livestock equipment, semi’s, dump trucks, trailers, small motors, pumps, lawn equipment, and farm facilities located at or associated with the two UF Beef Units.

This includes, but is not limited to: routine preventive maintenance (i.e. oil changes, tune-ups, lubrication, rust prevention, pressure washing); diagnosis and repair of engine and systems malfunctions; clutch replacement; brake work (including air brakes); auto body repair; front end and drivetrain repair; engine rebuilding and repair; saw and mower repair; hydraulic work including cylinder rebuilding; painting; repair and upkeep of ag. equipment (hay equipment, squeeze chutes, rotary mowers, tillage equipment, etc.). Equipment serviced and repaired will include gas, diesel, and 2 cycle power systems. Maintenance of equipment is to include the keeping of up to date service records and development of a preventive maintenance schedule. This will also encompass ordering and maintaining an inventory of parts and supplies. This position is also responsible for welding and fabrication of equipment and facilities through the use of arc welders (both stick and wire), torches, and layout equipment.

Other primary responsibilities include:

Working with cattle (i.e. chute work, tagging calves, administering injections, detecting heat, assisting with calving).

Maintaining the farm shops, tools and equipment in an attractive, safe and orderly fashion.

Maintaining fuel facilities and records. Ordering fuel and lubricants. Maintaining vehicle travel logs.

Ensuring the compliance of vehicles, equipment and mechanics’ facilities with safety, environmental and regulatory standards.

Administering the safety and training programs related to shop safety, hazardous wastes, and related matters.

Operating Heavy Trucks and equipment including Dump Trucks, Tractor-Trailer Semis, Loaders, Dozers, Backhoes, Farm Tractors etc. This will include loading trailers and securing loads, and will primarily involve transporting equipment, feed, hay, and cattle. This may include overnight travel (seldom).

Supervising an OPS employee (weekend student labor).

Constructing and maintaining fences, pens, small sheds and structures, irrigation equipment and other facilities.

Maintaining roads, ditches, culverts, and right-of-ways.

Feeding and transporting hay.

Assisting in the cultivation of pastures and hayfields (e.g., spraying pesticides, mowing, fertilizing, planting and harvesting), including hay and silage making.

Operating tractors and equipment.

Advising and helping develop specifications for equipment to be purchased.

Neatly and accurately observing and recording research data.

Maintaining grounds, facilities, and equipment in a manner appropriate for public viewing. Including mowing, trimming, sawing trees, etc.

Other typical farm and ranch tasks.

Expected Salary:

$18.25 per hour

Minimum Requirements:

High school diploma or equivalent and two years of relevant experience. Appropriate vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in Diesel, Gas and small motors mechanics.

ASE certifications would be beneficial.

Experience in the operation and repair of agricultural or forestry equipment.

Arc and MIG welding training or experience.

Experience in operating farm equipment. Experience working with cattle. Experience in making hay.

Experience in construction and maintenance of fences, roads, and facilities.

Ability to calculate acreage and calibrate sprayers.

Knowledge of, and ability to properly adjust tillage, hay baling, spraying and mowing equipment is highly preferred.

Experience in the operation of heavy trucks and trailers.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload your resume.

This position is covered by the Federal Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991. Individuals applying for this position or incumbents of this position are required to hold a valid FL commercial driver's license as a condition of employment. The act requires that all such individuals be subject to pre-employment and continuing post employment drug and alcohol testing. Failure to comply with such testing is grounds for dismissal from employment with the University.

Class A CDL. The commercial driver’s license is needed for operating tractor-trailer used for hauling hay and equipment to various other units.

SAE certification in Steering and Suspension" and "SAE certification in Brakes".

Six months to complete the acquisition of these licenses.

This position is eligible for veteran’s preference. If you are claiming veteran’s preference, please upload a copy of your DD 214 Member Copy 4 with your application for consideration. See our Veteran's Preference Page for more specific information.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required:Yes