Heavy Equipment Mechanic Apprentice

Washington D.C
Apr 26, 2019
May 12, 2019
Full Time
As a Heavy Equipment Mechanic Apprentice in the Airports Authority's Trades Apprentice Employment Program, you will have the opportunity to gain the experience and training that can lead to becoming a licensed, journey level Heavy Equipment Mechanic.

Heavy Equipment Mechanic Apprentice

This is a non-career, term job.

Serves in the Engineering and Maintenance Department (Department) at either at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) or Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Participates in a state-approved the Airports Authority Trades Apprentice Employment Program to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to become a licensed, journey level Heavy Equipment Mechanic. Performs progressively complex and responsible equipment maintenance and repair work as knowledge, skills and abilities in the trade increase. Training received is both on-the-job and in the classroom. Performs related functions.


Learns to determine causes of operating problems and make repairs to heavy equipment, from elementary to fully proficient levels, as consistent with the Trades Apprentice Employment Program.

Learns to proficiently use manuals, technical guides, electrical diagrams and schematics, various and hand and power tools, instruments and devices, used by the trade.

Assists full performance (journey) level Heavy Equipment Mechanics to assemble and transport tools and materials to the job site, and at the job site to complete the work to include handling of tools and cleaning up.

Guided by a full performance (journey) level Heavy Equipment Mechanic, learns to perform preventive maintenance, determine causes of operating problems, trace and locate defects, and make repairs and modifications to mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems for light and heavy mobile gasoline and diesel fueled equipment.

Performs other tasks as assigned including storing and stocking materials and equipment, removing debris and cleaning shop/work areas shop keeping tasks common to the trade requiring elementary to fully proficient levels of Heavy Equipment Mechanic knowledge and skill consistent with the Trades Apprentice Employment Program.

Learns and applies knowledge of US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations for proper handling of refrigerants, and other codes and regulations pertinent to the trade or airport environment.

Assists in preparing and maintaining work orders, trouble calls and preventive maintenance; utilizing the Airports Authority's computerized work order system.

Drives a pick-up truck or similar vehicle (with tools, parts, etc.) on the airport complex, to landside and airside and to/from suppliers with tools, parts, etc.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire.

Must be eligible to work in the United States.

Ability to learn bodies of knowledge and gain skills in the Equipment Maintenance trade consistent with the schedule for progression as an Apprentice in the Trades Apprentice Employment Program.

Ability to drive a pick-up truck and learn to use similar vehicle (with tools, parts, etc.).

Ability to work safely and knowledge of the safety rules, regulations and procedures needed to do so.

Ability to speak and write effectively.

Skill in using a computer, computerized work order and time and attendance system.

Ability to successfully complete an Airports Authority background investigation.


A high school diploma or a Certificate of General Educational Development (GED) at the time of hire.

Completion of at least one trades course (such as Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, Automotive Mechanics) in high school OR be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program at a trades school accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Labor.


A state driver's license in good standing at the time of hire.

Depending on assignment, may be required to obtain a Class B Commercial Driver's License within 90 days of hire or placement in the position.


Work is physically demanding and requires stooping, crouching or otherwise positioning self to access confined and hard to reach places and requires climbing and ascending large vehicles (such as crash/fire trucks). May work on a slippery surface, particularly when work is performed outside during inclement weather or due to a chemical spill.

Work may require the ability to lift, push/pull or position items weighing up to 100 pounds.

Work is typically performed on an airfield around large operating aircraft and outside in all kinds of weather (rain, snow, ice). May be exposed to hazardous chemicals, temperatures exceeding 115 degrees F; and to the loud operating noise of motors and engines. Uses personal protective equipment.

Work is typically reviewed in progress and upon completion for quality, quantity, timeliness, teamwork, customer service, and other factors.

Subject to shift holdovers and recall on a 24-hour basis, for essential services and emergencies, including night hours and weekends and for snow removal.

Operates a vehicle airside and landside (requires AOA permit).


A background security investigation will be required for all new hires.

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.| Follow us on Twitter @MWAAcareers.

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