Diesel Mechanic

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Morehead, Kentucky, United States
Job Type

Talascend is currently seeking a Diesel Mechanic for a contract opportunity in Morehead, KY


Mechanics perform repairs and preventive maintenance on Garbage Trucks. The preventive maintenance may involve assembly, disassembly, and/or repair of lubrication systems, cooling systems, electrical systems, hydraulic systems, brakes, suspension systems and exhaust systems


  • Inspect brake systems, steering mechanisms, wheel bearings and other important parts to ensure that they are in proper operating condition
  • Perform routine maintenance such as changing oil, checking batteries and lubricating equipment and machinery
  • Adjust and reline brakes, align wheels, tighten bolts and screws and reassemble equipment
  • Raise trucks or equipment using hydraulic jacks or hoists
  • Test drive trucks to diagnose malfunctions or to ensure that they are working properly
  • Inspect, test and listen to defective equipment to diagnose malfunctions, using test instruments such as handheld computers, motor analyzers, charts and pressure gauges
  • Examine and adjust protective guards, loose bolts and specified safety devices
  • Inspect and verify dimensions and clearances of parts to ensure conformance to factory specifications
  • Specialize in repairing and maintaining parts of the engine
  • May drive forklift or other powered industrial truck
  • May lift a tire and a rim onto mounting mechanism to mount tire onto rim


  • Two years of vehicle/hydraulic maintenance or welding experience demonstrating progressive levels of skill attained
  • HS Graduate or Equivalent, GED and equivalent work experience
  • Knowledge of DOT, OSHA and other related state and federal regulations
  • Ability to communicate effectively across various levels of the organization, and communicate with customers and external vendors
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedural manuals
  • Must meet all regulatory requirements to operate trucks and other equipment used
  • Equipment/Tools Used: Hand tools such as screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, pressure gauges, precision instruments. Power tools such as pneumatic wrenches, lathes, welding equipment and jacks, torch and hoists
  • Certified to operate forklift


  • Protective Clothing & Equipment Used: Steel-toe boots, gloves, goggles, ear plugs and overalls
  • Slippery floors due to oil and grease spills
  • Cramped conditions under trucks and in truck compartments
  • Petroleum products and solvents
  • Hot temperatures from engines and coolant systems
  • Vibration from powered hand tools
  • Occasional exposure to extreme temperatures
  • May be exposed to solvents and chemicals, and refuse in trucks.
  • Other risks associated with working around machines, tools and trucks.
  • Ability to operate trucks and other equipment used as needed
  • Ability to organize various office systems through adjusting, connecting, lifting, pulling, pushing, bending or folding for the purpose of proper records development and/or management
  • Ability to use a computer and related devices, such as a keyboard or mouse or other related equipment, throughout the workday while seated at a desk or workstation
  • Ability to climb ladders, bend or stand for long periods of time. In addition, individuals must be able to reach above shoulders and lift a minimum of 50 pounds

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those qualified individuals who closely meet the qualifications of the position will be contacted. The details of the position are only a summary, other duties may be assigned as necessary.

Drug Screen may be required for this position.

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