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State of Minnesota Heavy Equipment Mechanic in Brainerd, Minnesota

Working Title: Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Job Class: Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Agency: Transportation Dept

  • Who May Apply : Open to all qualified job seekers

  • Date Posted : 05/24/2023

  • Closing Date : 06/02/2023

  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Transportation Dept / Transportation-Dist 3-AFSCME

  • Division/Unit : District 3A - Brainerd / Equipment Shop Baxter

  • Work Shift/Work Hours : Day Shift

  • Days of Work : Monday - Friday

  • Travel Required : No

  • Salary Range: $29.16 - $33.78 / hourly; $60,886 - $70,532 / annually

  • Classified Status : Classified

  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 202 - Craft, Maintenance, Labor/AFSCME

  • Work Area :Baxter Repair Shop

  • FLSA Status : Nonexempt

  • Telework Eligible : No

  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities (https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/diverse-workforce/people-with-disabilities/connect700/) : Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

This position serves for the purpose of performing skills diagnostics via advanced technology computer software to troubleshoot mechanical and electrical/electronic problems for the repair and maintenance work on engines and drive drain, hydraulic and emission systems for a variety of equipment some of which work in a corrosive environment. This includes heavy and light duty vehicles (E85 and Bio-diesel Vehicles), specialized equipment for snow and ice control, construction, road, and site maintenance purposes. This position also works on equipment in remote field locations, truck stations, shops, and other locations as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

To qualify for Heavy Equipment Mechanic, applicants must meet the following:

  • Approximately 3 years of experience as a heavy equipment mechanic which includes:

  • diagnosis, repair, maintenance and modification of both heavy-duty diesel trucks and equipment and gasoline powered vehicles.

  • diagnosis and repair of mechanical and electronic control systems for engines, brakes, drive train, steering/suspension, and hydraulics.

  • use of electronics sufficient to make engine, transmissions and brake adjustments and diagnose problems; and the use of computerized testing equipment and/or onboard computers sufficient to diagnose problems and adjust the functions of components.


  • Completion of Heavy Equipment Apprenticeship program or graduation from a two-year Heavy Equipment Mechanic or related training program that included:

  • diagnosis and repair of engine, drive train, brakes, steering/suspension, and hydraulics for heavy equipment, (e.g., trucks, tractors, busses).

  • training in electronics sufficient to make engine adjustments and diagnose problems.

  • training in the use of computerized testing equipment and/or onboard computers sufficient to diagnose problems and adjust the functions of components.


  • Working knowledge of English sufficient to read, write, speak, and understand oral and written information; communicate with employees and the public in-person or via two-way radio and other electronic devices; and to maintain routine written logs and simple records.

  • Licenses: Minimum of a valid Class A or B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) permit at the time of hire with the ability to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License with no air brake restriction and tanker endorsement within 6 months of hire/placement. The incumbent will be required to register in the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, and consent to employer inquiries.


  • Valid Commercial Vehicle Inspector Certification within 6 months of hire

  • Air Conditioning Certification within one year of hire

Preferred Qualifications

  • Valid Commercial Vehicle Inspector Certification

  • Air Conditioning Certification

  • Possess four current ASE certifications (functionally distinct) in heavy truck mechanics or equivalent certifications

  • Welding experience using modern techniques (i.e., arc and acetylene welding, plasma cutting, and wire feed (MIG) welding

  • Three (3) years of Heavy Equipment Mechanic experience within the last five (5) years

Additional Requirements


Successful candidate must pass past-employer reference checks and criminal history check

It is our policy that all candidates submit to a background investigation prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:

  • SEMA4 Records Check

  • Criminal History Check

  • Employment Reference Check

  • Education/License Verification

  • Driver‘s License Check

  • Pre-employment physical

  • This position is contingent upon the selected job candidate having a valid Commercial Driver’s License, submits to a Federal Department of Transportation Pre-employment drug test (with negative test results), is subject to future random drug and alcohol testing and is registered in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Commercial Driver‘s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is an Equal Opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us . Please indicate what assistance is needed.