Small Engine Mechanic D

Dulles Project Mgt Office, VA
Sep 27, 2022
Sep 28, 2022
Full Time
Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or possession of a General Equivalency Diploma (GED).


Twelve (12) months following the achievement of a particular grade level (i.e. Grades D, C, B, A and AA), an incumbent may be advanced to the next grade level provided he/she has taken and passed any required written or practical tests, acquired any required certifications and has met acceptable fitness for duty, work record and job performance requirements.
  • Level D
    • A minimum of (2) years experience working as a Small Engine Mechanic

  • Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license issued from the jurisdiction of residence.

Medical Group

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Mission Essential Designation
  • In accordance with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) this job has been identified as critical to mission essential functions. Incumbents in this role may be required to report to or continue to work in the event of authorized office closings or service suspensions due to severe weather, natural disaster, fire, operational emergencies or related events.


The Small Engine Mechanic repairs gasoline and diesel-powered engines and equipment, stationary engines, discharge pumps, power washers, small tractors, lawn equipment, snow removal equipment, and troubleshoots related problems. Performs routine preventive maintenance and responds to equipment trouble reports, determines problem(s), and repairs and restores the small engine equipment to serviceable status.

Job Levels : At each successive grade level of this job (i.e. Grades D, C, B, A and AA), the incumbent is expected to demonstrate increased, distinguishing levels of proficiency and efficiency in knowledge, skills and abilities when performing the assigned duties and essential functions described in this job description

Essential Functions
  • Troubleshoots, repairs, and installs a variety of small engine systems for power washers and a range of seasonal landscape machines, such as push mowers, handheld edgers, rider mowers, walk-behind mowers, push mowers, weed eaters, backpack blowers, truck-mounted salt spreaders, and tractors.
  • Arranges work assignments, determines methods, techniques and materials needed to effectively repair equipment. Repairs and overhauls defective components, operates devices to test performance, and lubricates and cleans components and equipment. Makes major adjustments to functional components, devices, and control instruments.
  • Dismantles small engine units to gain access to and remove defective parts by using hoists, cranes, and hand and power tools. Rebuilds components and assemblies (e.g., carburetors, fuel pumps), fits and installs rings, pistons, gears, etc. Aligns, meshes and connects repaired units to related mechanisms; ensures fuel, electric, and related systems are properly adjusted and connected.
  • Operates a lathe, drill-press, grinder and other powered and hand tools, performing welding and burning tasks as necessary, to assure that the small engine powered vehicles operate safely and in accordance to manufacture's guidelines.
  • Performs preventive maintenance inspections on seasonal lawn equipment in compliance with required frequencies.
  • Performs all tasks and assignments within the established safety practices and maintenance guidelines, attends required training classes, and assists in training co-workers.
  • Responds to, and assists in, operational emergencies such as supporting efforts during emergency snow events, to ensure equipment is operating correctly for workers who are assigned to correct unsafe conditions.
  • Maintains records of inspection reports and performs follow-up action to ensure deficiencies noted are corrected in a timely and effective manner. Utilizes maintenance management database to document equipment maintenance activities.

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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