Polk County


Waste & Recycling.Fleet Technician - CareerLadder Group.3468

Winter Haven, Florida

Waste & Recycling Fleet Technician, Polk County, Florida. Polk County is seeking a Fleet Technician III. This is a career opportunity to serve in a fast-paced local government as part of the operation of a comprehensive solid waste management system - Class I landfill, residential collections, transfer stations, recycling processing, and landfill post-care operations for two remote landfills.

The successful candidate for this position will become part of a supportive team of Waste and Recycling employees. This candidate will enjoy a full range of benefits, including health and dental insurance, employee assistance program, 12 paid vacation days per year, plus 8 holidays and an hourly rate that could range from $21.75 - $32.51

Shift: 8am-5pm (hours may vary and may include some Saturday hours)

Location: 10 Environmental Loop, Winter Haven, FL 33880

Must have the physical, developmental and mental ability to perform job tasks, work efforts, responsibilities and duties of the job illustrated below:


Skilled mechanical work at the journeyman level in the maintenance and repair of diesel and/or gasoline powered on and off highway equipment. Responsible for the entire maintenance spectrum including diagnosis, repair, and overhaul of rubber tired and tracked vehicles including those with hydraulically powered work mechanisms. Must troubleshoot, disassemble, repair and reassemble components of all sizes and types involving the mechanical operation of the vehicles/equipment described above. Performs preventive maintenance including oil and filter changes and lubrication. May change tires. Operates both arc and oxygen/acetylene welding equipment. Uses both hand and air driven power tools and other related shop equipment.

Performs repairs both at shop and on field located job sites. Performs emergency road service during and beyond routine business hours when required. Completes and maintains repair orders, part requisitions, time sheets, and other records as required. Maintains a clean working area.
May occasionally oversee the work of others.

May be required to demonstrate proficiency in the use of modern diagnostic equipment.

Performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of the methods, materials, tools, and standard practices of the automotive and heavy equipment trade. Such as, Waste Compactors, Bull Dozers, Excavators, Off Road Dump Trucks, Front End Loaders, Moto Graders, Roll-Off Trucks, Skid Steers, Rollers and Light Duty Vehicles. Knowledge of safe work practices associated with the prevention of injuries caused from inattention to the occupational hazards of the trade. Knowledge of electrical systems (including interpreting schematic diagrams), hydraulics (automotive and heavy), internal combustion engines, and drive train (rotary and tracked) which are common to the automotive and heavy equipment trades.

Ability to diagnose, troubleshoot and repair the variety of equipment referenced above. Ability to read and understand repair manuals, diagrams, drawings, pm lists/diagrams and computer repairs. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing. Ability to follow oral and written instructions. Ability to perform mathematical tasks. Ability to research, investigate, experiment, detect, inspect, verify, recognize, and recommend solutions. Ability to think rationally, react calmly and responsively in stressful or emergency situations.

Ability to perform physically difficult tasks. The ability to work on equipment overhead causing much of the manual work performed with raised aims and hands above the head for extended periods of time. The ability to operate hand tools and torque wrenches requiring in excess of 100 pounds of lateral pressure applied to the tool. The ability to work in confined spaces such as pit areas, engine compartments and underneath vehicles requiring significant bending and/or stooping to access critical areas of the equipment being repaired. Ability to perform duties on a variety of floor surfaces, both flat and variable.

The ability to work with and around various chemicals such as diesel fuel, gasoline, motor oil, hydraulic fluid, cleaning solvents, anti-freeze and other substances common to Heavy equipment and Landfill environment repair trade.

Ability to see. Ability to ambulate independently, drive and operate unassisted, automotive and heavy equipment as described above. Ability to bend, stoop, sit, crouch, crawl, climb and stand. Ability to lift and hold parts and components in excess of sixty five (65) pounds. Ability and agility to perform various tasks in all weather conditions. Work environment includes waste processing facilities including Landfills, Transfer stations and Recycling processing.


Graduate of an accredited high school or possess an equivalency diploma and have a minimum of five (5) years of experience repairing equipment of the types noted above which included three (3) years as a Journeyman Mechanic. A comparable amount of training and related experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.


Must possess a valid Florida driver's license at the time of employment and be able to secure a Florida Class B CDL driver's license within six (6) months of employment as required by state statute and Florida Senate Bill 658. Must provide customary hand tools, common to the automotive and mechanical trade.

This position may be required to report for work when a declaration of emergency has been declared in Polk County.


Prefer that applicants be ASE certified or possess related certifications. Familiar with Leachate pump stations and sumps.

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