Automotive/Diesel Mechanic

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

ID: 7104441 (Ref.No. BSU31884)
Posted: July 1, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Under general supervision, perform skilled mechanical maintenance and service duties on automobiles and other related vehicles and equipment and/or grounds and construction equipment, complying with EPA, OSHA, and all appropriate regulations and codes following proper procedures and techniques.

The Facilities department has an opportunity for a full time Automotive/Diesel Mechanic on the beautiful Ball State University campus. This 2nd shift, full time opportunity comes with excellent pay and a great benefits package that includes medical and prescription plans, dental, flexible spending and health savings accounts, paid time off, holiday pay, retirement programs, tuition discounts, employee discounts to the pools and workout facilities and much more!

Job Function:

Under general supervision, perform skilled mechanical maintenance and service duties on automobiles and other related vehicles and equipment and/or grounds and construction equipment, complying with EPA, OSHA, and all appropriate regulations and codes following proper procedures and techniques.

Minimum Education:

1.High School diploma or equivalent (GED).

Preferred Education:

Completion of a post-secondary program in automobile technology, medium and heavy-duty diesel truck technology or heavy equipment repair.

Minimum Experience:

1.Successful completion of an Automotive Mechanic apprenticeship program as approved by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, or an equivalent combination or education and experience from which comparable job knowledge can be acquired as determined by Ball State University.
2.Two (2) years or more full-time experience working as a mechanic in a professional garage.
3.No allergies to soaps, cleaning agents, chemicals, or environmental factors.
4.Must be able to read and comprehend OSHA and hazardous materials info.
5.Must be able to handle multiple tasks at once, provide friendly and prompt customer service, and work independently.
6.Must be able to read and comprehend all specified policies and procedures for safety, hazardous materials information, and University policies, procedures, and communications, and perform basic mathematical calculations.
7.Must posses and maintain a valid Driver’s License and be insurable under the university’s auto fleet policy. Must possess and maintain a valid Commercial driver’s license (CDL), or obtain such licensing within a reasonable time period after hire as determined by Ball State University if the position requires the employee to hold a valid CDL.
8.Must pass post-offer/pre-employment mandatory drug and alcohol test.
9.Must be able to perform all mental and physical requirements as outlined in each job duty.
10.You must be 18 years or older.

Preferred Experience:

1.Successful completion of an Automotive Mechanic apprenticeship program as approved by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, or an equivalent combination or education and experience from which comparable job knowledge can be acquired as determined by Ball State University.
2.Two (2) years or more full-time experience working as a mechanic in a professional garage.
3.No allergies to soaps, cleaning agents, chemicals, or environmental factors.
4.Must be able to read and comprehend OSHA and hazardous materials info.
5.Must be able to handle multiple tasks at once, provide friendly and prompt customer service, and work independently.
6.Must be able to read and comprehend all specified policies and procedures for safety, hazardous materials information, and University policies, procedures, and communications, and perform basic mathematical calculations.
7.Must posses and maintain a valid Driver’s License and be insurable under the university’s auto fleet policy. Must possess and maintain a valid Commercial driver’s license (CDL), or obtain such licensing within a reasonable time period after hire as determined by Ball State University if the position requires the employee to hold a valid CDL.
8.Must pass post-offer/pre-employment mandatory drug and alcohol test.
9.Must be able to perform all mental and physical requirements as outlined in each job duty.
10.You must be 18 years or older.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Repair automobiles, buses, trucks, landscape and agricultural equipment, stationary generators, and related equipment. Inspect, diagnose and repair gasoline and diesel engines used throughout the university system. Disassemble, repair, and/or overhaul engines, transmissions, differentials and all subcomponents. Demonstrate the ability to rebuild component parts and assemblies using accepted practices and special tools. Must be able to safely use acetylene and electric welders to facilitate repairs or modifications. Must be able to test drive all University vehicles. Must be able to learn and demonstrate mastery of CFAWin and Shop Floor software record keeping systems.
  • Troubleshoot ignition, electrical systems, fuel delivery and computer controlled operational systems. Repair and service air conditioning, heating, and engine-cooling systems. Utilize test equipment and wiring charts to diagnose and repair complex automotive, truck, and bus wiring. Must be able to understand loading and flow of electricity to diagnose and repair those items that do not have wiring charts or manuals. Must be computer literate to utilize software programs to diagnose and repair electrical, emission and electronic controls on automobiles, trucks, and buses.
  • Make wheel alignments and repair of braking systems in light, medium, and heavy-duty configurations. Must be able to use common alignment machines and techniques to repair or restore proper alignment to cars, trucks, and buses. Perform 2- and 4-wheel alignments. Repair vehicle braking systems along with associated components to include hydraulic brakes and air brakes.

  • Install and repair accessories such as radios, heaters, mirrors, and windshield wipers. Must be able to follow included component instructions to install radios, heater, mirrors, windshield wipers, etc. In the absence of detailed or written instructions, must be able to complete accessory installation or repair using safe, sound, and accepted mechanical practices. May be required to modify existing or fabricate new wiring harnesses or hose bundles.
  • Perform routine and scheduled maintenance services including oil changes, lubrication, and tune-ups. Follow checklists to ensure odometer and/or hour meter records are updated, maintenance reminders rest, all important parts are examined, including fluid levels, belts, hoses, tire condition, steering systems, braking systems, and alter potentially troublesome areas.
  • Perform paint and body repairs. Repair damaged automobile, truck, and bus bodies. Assess damage sequence and return damaged panel to original state. Reform, cut, reseam and restore sheet metal to paintable status. Repaint repaired area and blend paint to make repairs practically indiscernible within acceptable professional standards. Complete estimates of damage on a varied pool of equipment.
  • Use specialized garage equipment, gauges, machines and other tools. Operate all assigned equipment and be knowledgeable in the recovery of that equipment irrelevant to condition or location. Specifically must hold a valid Commercial Driver’s License rated to qualify for all university equipment and combinations. Operate common shop tools used within the trade to diagnose, repair, and rebuild automotive and truck components. Complete all associated paperwork and/or electronic records required to document repairs performed and/or conditions of equipment. Accurately record time expended on required time cards and maintain accountability.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


At Ball State University, we recognize inclusive excellence as an integral endeavor to fulfill our University’s mission and our strategic plan. We recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. We encourage and reward diversity of thought. We promote a work environment that encourages and rewards innovation and creativity. We pledge to keep Inclusive Excellence at the highest level of institutional importance and as a foundation in all that we strive to do. Our over-arching goal for Inclusive Excellence is to adopt a university-wide Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.