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Mechanic Helper

The mechanic helper assists installation, maintenance, and repair workers in maintenance, parts replacement, and repair of vehicles, industrial machinery, and electrical and electronic equipment. The mechanic helper performs duties such as furnishing tools, materials, and supplies to other workers; cleaning work areas, machines, and tools; and holding materials or tools for other workers.

Basic Skills

The mechanic helper will:

  • Give full attention to what other people are saying, take time to understand the points being made, ask questions as appropriate, and not interrupt at inappropriate times.
  • Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring/assess performance of self, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Talk to others to convey information effectively.
  • Understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem solving and decision making.

Technical Skills

The mechanic helper will:

  • Watch gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Perform routine maintenance on equipment and determine when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Repair machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Determine causes of operating errors and decide what to do about it.
  • Control operations of equipment or systems.

System Skills

The mechanic helper will:

  • Consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Determine how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Identify measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance relative to the goals of the system.

Task

The mechanic helper will:

  • Transfer tools, parts, equipment, and supplies to and from work stations and other areas.
  • Disassemble broken or defective equipment to facilitate repair and reassemble equipment when repairs are complete.
  • Install or replace machinery, equipment, and new or replacement parts and instruments, using hand or power tools.
  • Examine and test machinery, equipment, components, and parts for defects to ensure proper functioning.
  • Hold or supply tools, parts, equipment, and supplies for other workers.
  • Position vehicles, machinery, equipment, physical structures, and other objects for assembly or installation, using hand tools, power tools, and moving equipment.
  • Adjust, maintain, and repair tools, equipment, and machines and assist more skilled workers with similar tasks.
  • Adjust, connect, or disconnect wiring, piping, tubing, and other parts using hand or power tools.
  • Clean or lubricate vehicles, machinery, equipment, instruments, tools, work areas, and other objects using hand tools, power tools, and cleaning equipment.
  • Assemble and maintain physical structures using hand or power tools.
  • Tend and observe equipment and machinery to verify efficient and safe operation.
  • Apply protective materials to equipment, components, and parts to prevent defects and corrosion.
  • Order new parts to maintain inventory.
  • Diagnose electrical problems and install and rewire electrical components.
  • Prepare work stations for use by mechanics and repairers.

Work Activities

The mechanic helper will:

  • Operate vehicles, mechanized devices, or equipment.
  • Communicate with supervisors, peers, or subordinates.
  • Get information.
  • Inspect equipment, structures, or materials.
  • Performing general physical activities.
  • Handle and move objects.
  • Update and use relevant knowledge.
  • Repair and maintain mechanical equipment.
  • Identify objects, actions, and events.
  • Monitor processes, materials, or surroundings.
  • Work at elevated heights.

Travel

  • Travel is on an as-needed basis and may include domestic and international trips.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Motor-vehicle driver check

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