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Mechanic

The focus of this position is to carry out as part of a team, all types of mechanical work on mobile vehicles and plant assigned from internal service requests, in an efficient, timely, tradesman-like, and competitive manner whilst drawing on skills and training at a level above and beyond a tradesperson.

Tasks and tools used

  • Vehicle maintenance and repair using various hand tools (e.g. spanner, shifter, pliers, wrench, hammer, socket set, breaker bar, drills etc.), grease gun, oil system, water system, air system, manual jacks, hydraulic jacks, car hoist, various plant parts (e.g. filters, spark plugs, bearings, brake pads, radiator, water pump, clutch, suspension, battery, nuts, bolts etc.), ladder, upright trolley, oil catcher, step, creeper.
  • Demonstrate industry experience and application of additional cross trade or advanced in-trade competencies related to large fleet maintenance operations across light vehicle, truck and heavy equipment maintenance operations.
  • Operate standard industry air or electrical power tools and a wide range of complex machines or equipment in a safe manner.
  • Perform inspections and report on a range of technical issues associated with vehicles, trucks and plant.
  • Articulate a technical knowledge specifically relating to Mechanical Trade operations for light vehicles, heavy plant and equipment.
  • Heavy vehicle maintenance and repairs:
    • Perform inspections, repairs and maintenance and report on technical issues related to heavy plant, including but not limited to; trucks, tractors, garbage trucks, street sweepers, graders, dozers etc.
  • Light vehicles:
    • Perform inspections, repairs and maintenance and report on technical issues related to light plant, including but not limited to; cars, utilities etc.
  • Breakdown:
    • Respond to distress calls regarding light and heavy plant vehicles which have broken down and attend to them onsite.
    • Perform inspections and repairs on breakdown vehicles onsite when required.
  • If plant cannot be repaired onsite, arrange for transport to the workshop to continue repairs.

Personal protective equipment

  • steel capped boots
  • hearing protection
  • safety glasses
  • sun protection (e.g. hat)
  • gloves.

Critical physical job demands and other task requirements

Critical job
demand descriptor

% of time the
task is performed

Task

Constant

>66%

  • Constant hand function (fine and gross) and lifting waist to overhead and carrying up to 2kg;

Frequent

34%–66%

  • Frequent standing, forward reaching, overhead reaching and static neck postures;
  • Frequent lifting from floor to overhead and carrying from 2kg to 15kg;
  • Frequent pushing and pulling;

Occasional

5%–33%

  • Occasional floor to waist lifting and carrying 16kg to 20kg
  • Occasional walking, sitting, lying, squatting / kneeling and forward bent posture

Rare

<5%

  • Rare neck movement, crawling, stair / ladder climbing, foot movement,   trunk flexion and lateral flexion;
  • Rare lifting floor to waist 21kg to 30kg and waist to overhead 16kg to   20kg;
  • Rare exposure to inhalable dust, high noise levels, arm / hand and   whole body vibrations.

Physical Demands of Working Day

(Percentage of actual time spent doing task)

R = Rare (0-5%)

F = Frequent (34-66%)

O = Occasional (6-33%)

C = Constant (67-100%)

Factors

R

O

F

C

Comment

1.0 POSTURAL TOLERANCES

1.1 Standing

  

X

 

Dynamic standing required during maintenance and repairs both within the workshop and when working onsite. Surfaces vary and include gravel, mud, concrete etc.

1.2 Walking

 

X

  

Surfaces within the workshop are concrete, however may vary including gravel, mud, dirt etc. when onsite.

1.3 Sitting

 

X

  

Sitting may be required when conducting maintenance and repairs in the cab or underneath the vehicle. Operating vehicles.

1.4 Laying

 

X

  

May be required when conducting maintenance and repairs in the cab or underneath the vehicle (use of creeper required).

1.5 Forward bent posture

 

X

  

When conducting maintenance and repairs, forward bent postures may be required. Particularly when accessing parts of the vehicle which are located in confined spaces (e.g. belts, starter motor).

1.6 Forward reach

  

X

 

Required to perform large aspects of the job role, with exception to working under the vehicle while on the hoist (overhead reach required) and parts on the outside of vehicles (e.g. wheels, mirrors etc).

1.7 Overhead reach

  

X

 

Required to perform large aspects of the job role, particularly when working underneath the vehicle while it is on a hoist; Reaching up to 2030mm to access the oil, air and water systems; Reaching up to 2000mm to access the top storage shelf within the workshop.

1.8 Squatting / kneeling

 

X

  

Performing repairs and maintenance in awkward positions, usually while vehicle is grounded (e.g. heavy plant equipment); Conducting repairs when working onsite (e.g. roadsides).

1.9 Static neck postures

  

X

 

Static neck flexion and extension required when performing repairs and maintenance (e.g. looking up while underneath a vehicle, looking down while reaching over the top of the motor); Static neck rotation required when reversing vehicles (e.g. into / out of workshop and onto / off vehicle hoist ramps).

1.10 Neck movement

X

   

Dynamic neck rotation required when driving.

1.11 Crawling

X

   

May be required when accessing and egressing awkward positions and confined spaces (e.g. vehicle cabs).

1.12 Stair climbing

X

   

Required to access store room located within workshop.

1.13 Ladder climbing

X

   

Accessing and egressing vehicles (e.g. grader etc.); Ladders and step ladders.

1.14 Trunk twisting / lateral flexion

X

   

During maintenance and repair work, trunk twisting and lateral flexion may be required (e.g. leaning over motors, accessing awkward positions).  Trunk rotation may also be required while operating vehicles.

1.15 Hand function (grip and dexterity)

   

X

Required to perform all aspects of the job role; Repetition required when tightening / loosening nuts and utilising other hand tools.

1.16 Foot movement

X

   

Driving vehicles.

2.0 WEIGHTED TOLERANCES

2.1 Floor to Waist Lifting

21kg-30kg

16kg-20kg

Up to 15kg

 

Utility wheel (30kg); Front disks (20kg); Break drum (17kg); Tail shaft (16kg); Stopper (15kg); Jacks (5-15kg); Ladders (5-13kg); Parts – filters, radiator, water pumps, shock absorbers, batteries etc. (2-15kg); Hand and electric tools (up to 2kg).

2.2 Waist to Shoulder Lifting

16kg-20kg

 

2kg-15kg

Up to 2kg

Tail shaft (16kg); Parts – filters, radiator, water pumps, shock absorbers, batteries etc. (2-15kg); Hand and electric tools (up to 2kg).

2.3 Overhead Lifting

16kg-20kg

 

2kg-15kg

Up to 2kg

Tail shaft (16kg); Parts – filters, radiator, water pumps, shock absorbers, batteries etc. (2-15kg); Hand and electric tools (up to 2kg).

2.4 Carrying

 

16kg-20kg

2kg-15kg

Up to 2kg

Front disks (20kg); Break drum (17kg); Tail shaft (16kg); Stopper (15kg); Jacks (5-15kg); Ladders (5-13kg); Parts – filters, radiator, water pumps, shock absorbers, batteries etc. (2-15kg); Hand and electric tools (up to 2kg).

2.5 Pushing

  

X

 

Manoeuvring of wheels, parts etc. into and out of plant vehicles, both in front of the body and overhead; Pushing while using hand tools (e.g. spanners, sockets etc.); Pushing oil catcher trolley (handle ht. = 850mm); Pushing hydraulic jacks (handle ht. = 1370mm); Pushing toolbox draws shut (ht. = 200mm - 1700mm).

2.6 Pulling

  

X

 

Manoeuvring of wheels, parts etc. into and out of plant vehicles, both in front of the body and overhead; Pulling while using hand tools (e.g. spanners, sockets etc.); Pulling oil catcher trolley (handle ht. = 850mm); Pulling hydraulic jacks (handle ht. = 1370mm); Pulling toolbox draws open (ht. = 200mm - 1700mm).

3.0 ENVIRONMENT

3.1 Inhalable Dust

X

   

Minimal exposure to roadside dust, predominantly when working on breakdowns.

3.2 High Noise Levels

 

X

  

Heavy plant vehicles entering and exiting the workshop (e.g. grader etc.)

3.3 Vibration exposure – hand/arm

X

   

Use of machines (e.g. drill etc.).

3.4 Vibration exposure – whole body

X

   

Driving.

Suitable duties

  • goals must be clear, realistic and achievable
  • must have 'buy-in' from the worker
  • worker helps to set the goals, and must be answerable if goals are not met (this allows barriers to return to work to be identified at an early stage and obstacles overcome)
  • workers need to understand they have an obligation to participate in rehabilitation and return to work as per Section 232 of the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (the Act).

Return to work suggestions

Worker can begin with light duties and include more tasks as their capacity for work changes. We'll work with all parties, including the treating medical provider, employer and worker to ensure everyone is aware of where the worker is with their rehabilitation and stay at, or return to work.

Note: some tasks are dependent on worker's injury and capacity, and some tasks may require the assistance of a co-worker.

Offsite

Return to work can begin at home for those having difficulty with transport, medication or the injury prevents them from returning to work.

If the worker needs to take a break from work, their rehabilitation can still begin at home. Tasks can include:

  • video on safety issues can be viewed (lying in bed if injury type requires)
  • computer-based programs, CDs or DVD on work related subjects
  • phone-based work
  • emails
  • training
  • other worksite inductions
  • checking or auditing paperwork, e.g. helping the WHSO audit lost time injuries (LTI's) for a six month period.

Host employment

In the event an employer is unable to provide suitable duties, a host placement may be required. If this is the case, the worker may be placed at a different employer in a graduated return to work plan until they're able to 'upgrade' back to his/her pre-injury role with their pre-injury employer.

WorkCover's Recover at work program places injured workers in short term host employment with employers who have an established track record of successful return to work outcomes with their own workers.