Posted: 11/09/2023


--- The hourly rate advertised represents Step 1 on the pay table. Additional steps may be available depending on qualifications. Additional compensation includes a monthly vehicle allowance. ---
Under general supervision, performs daily work assignments for the Solid Waste-Landfill Division of the Utilities Department in accordance with the Employee Manual, Department Policies and Procedures, City of Alamogordo Ordinances, and any applicable State or Federal authority.

Recruitment Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent;
  • Three (3) years of experience in automotive and heavy equipment repair;
  • Two (2) Automotive Service Excellence (ASEs) for medium and heavy truck test series or the ability to obtain within twenty-four (24) months;
  • Valid New Mexico Driver’s License with a driving record acceptable to the City of Alamogordo;
  • Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Required within six (6) months:
  • New Mexico A/B/C (Petro) Operator certification issued by an authorized provider such as Petro Classroom.
Required within eighteen (18) months:
  • Solid Waste Facility Operator Certification issued by the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED).
  • Graduation from a Formal Technical School in a related field.

Essential Duties

  • Plans work procedures using charts, technical manuals, and experience;
  • Performs inspections of vehicles and equipment; communicates observations, repairs, and recommendations to the manager as needed;
  • Operates landfill vehicles and equipment, including automobiles, compactors, scrapers, bulldozers, rubber tire loaders, tractors, water trucks, motor graders, and pickup trucks;
  • Services automotive drive trains, electrical, cooling, and fuel systems, hydraulics, engines, transmissions, and control valves on landfill vehicles and equipment, including automobiles, compactors, scrapers, bulldozers, rubber tire loaders, tractors, water trucks, motor graders, and pickup trucks;
  • Performs repairs of hydraulics, drive trains, electrical, cooling, fuel systems, and bodywork;
  • Performs oil changes, grease jobs, and other periodic preventive maintenance to vehicles and equipment;
  • Diagnoses engine and mechanical problems and needed repairs on vehicles and equipment;
  • Performs welding, cutting, and fabrication work as needed;
  • Requisitions parts and supplies needed for repairs, travels to obtain parts, and maintains adequate inventory;
  • Maintains computerized records of vehicle and equipment maintenance and history;
  • Maintains a basic list of tools needed to perform various mechanical functions and is responsible for shop tool inventory;
  • Maintains tools, equipment, and related devices used in testing and recording vehicle performance data;
  • Maintains and uses all safety and protective devices on all equipment and tools and personal safety equipment provided; knows and practices safe working procedures;
  • Maintains warranty information on vehicles and equipment; communicates with manufacturers and service technicians to schedule repairs, replacement, or maintenance of warranted items;
  • Ensures that the equipment maintenance program is timely executed;
  • Writes and maintains Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) related to the duties of the position to ensure the continuity of work and services during absences;
  • Cleans and maintains tools and equipment used to perform mechanical tasks;
  • On a daily basis, responsible for cleaning up after oneself and performing janitorial duties to ensure that the work area and shop are maintained in a safe, neat, clean, and orderly condition; participates in keeping the common areas clean and immediately reports any concerns about workplace cleanliness or items in any landfill facility that are damaged, broken, or missing to the manager;
  • Operates various equipment to compact and cover disposed waste at the City's landfill, as needed;
  • Provides technical assistance to all landfill employees and supports other landfill positions to cover absences;
  • Safely operates City vehicles and equipment;
  • Contributes to a high-quality work culture through participation in training and mentoring to develop skills, including safety-related training and skills;
  • Interacts professionally and provides excellent customer service to all levels of City staff and citizens to ensure high operational and service standards; and
  • Performs duties in accordance with the Employee Manual, Department Policies and Procedures, City of Alamogordo Ordinances, and any applicable State or Federal authority.
  • Must obtain and maintain required licenses and/or certifications;
  • Provides on-the-job training to less experienced personnel as assigned; 
  • May be called upon to provide functional direction and guidance on a project basis as needed;
  • Occasional non-traditional work hours may be necessary during evenings, weekends, and on holidays;
  • Maintains the confidentiality of information obtained during the performance of duties; and
  • Performs such other duties as may be assigned.
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. 
Knowledge of:  
  • Principles and practices of effective customer service;
  • Processes and techniques to effectively repair and maintain division vehicles and heavy equipment, including mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic systems; 
  • Safe operation of automotive, light, and heavy equipment;
  • Welding and fabrication techniques, materials, equipment, and procedures;
  • Spray painting and minor bodywork; and
  • Job related O.S.H.A requirements.
Skill/Ability to
  • Demonstrate proficiency in both oral and written communication; understand and follow instructions;
  • Perform tasks and other daily activities in a positive and professional manner alongside employees of varied backgrounds and personalities;
  • Attend work, as scheduled and on a regular basis, to effectively perform the position’s essential duties and responsibilities;
  • Exercise common sense and good judgment in the performance of essential duties;            
  • Perform strenuous work outdoors and tolerate outside working conditions, including exposure to adverse weather conditions;
  • Diagnose and repair hydraulic systems, gasoline and diesel engines, and heavy equipment; perform welding and fabrication work; 
  • Read wiring diagrams and electrical circuits; 
  • Work with a variety of hand and power tools; 
  • Operate a computer using standard word processing and inventory control software; maintain accurate records;
  • Safely operate landfill vehicles, tools, and equipment; 
  • Demonstrate professionalism and tact with the public; respond quickly and positively to customer complaints;
  • Work proficiently without direct supervision;
  • Maintain professionalism under pressure;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; and
  • Provide excellent customer service to ensure high operational and service standards are met and maintained for the citizens of Alamogordo.

Work Environment

  • Work is typically performed outdoors and may be subject to inclement weather conditions;
  • Daily physical labor that includes extended periods of walking, sitting, standing, kneeling, bending, reaching, climbing ladders, lifting heavy objects, swinging heavy hammers;
  • May be subject to repetitive motion such as painting, digging, driving;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud;
  • May be exposed to hazardous chemicals, contaminants, pathogens, toxins, pollutants, or allergens which can adversely affect the skin and/or the respiratory system, such as gases, smoke, odors, mists, fumes, dust, pollen, oils, solvents, pesticides and/or herbicides;
  • Hazards include exposure to insects, rodents, snakes, and other wildlife typical of the southwest;
  • Terrain may be uneven or undeveloped;
  • Lift and/or move items weighing up to fifty (50) pounds; the lifting of any object greater than fifty (50) pounds by a single individual is prohibited. Lifting objects, materials, or equipment weighing more than fifty (50) pounds requires the buddy system or the use of devices designed to assist with lifting or moving. Proper lifting techniques shall be used when lifting items of any weight; and
  • Required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for job assignments, including protective footwear, marked by the manufacturer, with a minimum standard of M/F I/75/C75, 6" ankle height work boots, per current ASTM F2413 standard.


City Of Alamogordo
1376 E 9th St

Alamogordo, New Mexico, 88310

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