Agricultural Mechanic

University of Idaho

Moscow, ID

ID: 7079501
Posted: June 7, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Overview
Provides support for the University of Idaho’s Palouse Research and Extension Center research activities and farm operations including but not limited to: maintenance and repair of machinery, small engines and various other mechanical and electrical equipment, fleet vehicles, and upkeep of station buildings. Coordinate equipment maintenance and repair schedule with farm staff to avoid conflicts of research demand and make sure equipment is ready for necessary activities. Ensure work is completed in accordance with all written or verbal work orders, all while maintaining a clean, safe and well-organized work area. Purchase parts, supplies and equipment. Assurance of equipment upkeep will be achieved by use of maintenance logs for both motorized and non-motorized equipment. Creates a work environment that emphasizes teamwork and safety.

Unit Overview
The Palouse Research, Extension and Education Center is located in Moscow and is operated by the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences through the Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station. The center consists of eight facilities and research is conducted in plant and animal sciences.

Plant science projects underway at the center include:
Weed, insect and plant disease management
Crop production, plant breeding and genetics
Woody landscape plants
Soil microbiology and ecology
Organic farming

Livestock projects address:
Reproduction
Genetics and physiology
Nutrition and animal health in dairy cattle
Beef cattle
Sheep

Funding This position is contingent upon the continuation of work and/or funding.
A visa sponsorship is available for the position listed in this vacancy. Uncertain
Internal Posting?
Position Responsibilities
Key Accountability Provides support of research activities and farm operations by:
Job Duties
- Performing and overseeing routine, winterization, and preventive maintenance on all of the center’s agricultural field and research equipment and vehicles, which includes but is not limited to: servicing and working on gas engines, diesel engines, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, brake systems, small engines and various other mechanical and electronic systems found on farm equipment, motor-pool vehicles, and research equipment.
- Troubleshooting problems on agricultural equipment by locating and diagnosing the machine’s problem and then generating a cost-effective solution.
- Ensuring that work is completed in accordance with all written and verbal work orders, while maintaining a clean, safe and well-organized work area.
- Assuring equipment upkeep will be achieved by the use of maintenance logs and vehicle repair tickets for motorized and non-motorized equipment.

Key Accountability Provides support of research activities and farm operations at Palouse Research and Extension Center by:
Job Duties
- Repairing, designing, and fabricating agricultural and research equipment using, but not limited to a drill press, grinders, welders (arc, TIG, MIG, oxy-acetylene, brazing, wire feed), and a large variety of powered and non-powered hand tools.
- Working with the Farm Managers and researchers to ensure that all custom equipment meets their needs and safety requirements.
- Fabricating various devices and equipment from blueprints, sketches, and pictures as requested by the Farm Managers and/or researchers. This includes researching designs and parts to achieve desired outcome, ordering parts for equipment, maintaining fabrication and spare parts inventory, and re-stocking shop supplies.

Key Accountability Provides support to farm operations and to various Palouse R&E Center programs by:
Job Duties
- Operating tractors and other equipment in field operations which could include fertilizing, planting, cultivating, spraying, harvesting, and performing cultural tasks including irrigation.
- Controlling weeds, insect and plant disease pests by application of approved pesticides.
- Servicing and hooking up implements to tractors and operate forklift for movement of materials and equipment.

Key Accountability Contributes to team effort by:
Job Duties
- Maintaining accurate records.
- Organizing equipment storage.
- Working with the Farm Managers to maintain a safe working environment.
- Removing snow when needed.
- Supervising temporary help when directed by the Superintendent.
- Organizing grounds and parking of implements.
- When directed by the Superintendent, scheduling outside businesses to perform major repairs on equipment, vehicles, and/or buildings.
- Attending classes, seminars, and other instruction appropriate to job.

Required Experience
- Experience using: software programs for record keeping practices; farm equipment use.

- Experience analyzing and detecting mechanical problems and implementing new procedures as needed, work and communicate with diverse audiences.

- Experience repairing and maintaining diesel systems, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, brake systems, small engines and various other mechanical and electronic systems found on farm equipment, vehicles, and research equipment.

- Experience repairing and maintaining buildings and facilities, which may include carpentry, and working with heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical, and structural systems.

- Experience operating gas and arc welding equipment.

- Experience reading and interpreting technical service manuals.

- Working with minimal supervision.

Required Education
- Education: High school diploma or equivalent.

Required Licensures, Certifications or other
- Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to successfully pass a driver’s record check prior to employment.

- May require hours outside of normal business hours.

Additional Preferred
- 5+ years as a skilled craftsman.

- Post-secondary education, preferably in a technical and/or mechanical field.

- Post-secondary training and certification as a mechanic and/or welder.

- Experience in: modifying, repairing, and fabricating equipment used for field, greenhouse, and laboratory research.

- Experience in safety precautions and procedures relating to mechanical equipment and repair shops; the use, care, and disposal of hazardous automotive material and waste.

- Experience operating tractors and other agricultural equipment.

Physical Requirements
- Physical condition and stamina sufficient to perform strenuous work, bend and stoop, and to frequently lift, carry, and/or otherwise move heavy objects weighing up to 50 pounds and occasionally up to 75 pounds.

Working Conditions
- Ability to work in adverse environmental conditions.

- Dirty and dusty conditions and inclement weather.

Degree Requirement Listed degree qualification is required at time of application.



 

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