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Get To Know Me - Steve

Position:  Equipment Mechanic II
Agency:  Delaware Department of Transportation, North District

Class Specification

Why did you go into this field?
I was kind of born into the whole trade. My grandfather was a mechanic in the Army. My uncle was a mechanic. My father was one of those guys that could do just about anything from building a house to working on trucks.

What do you like most about your job?
What I would probably have to say I like most is probably the fact that nothing is set in stone. You don't do the same thing every day. Every day is a little bit different. You don't get bored doing the same daily routine tasks over and over again. Some days we work on tractors and dump trucks. But, I really like working on heavy equipment the most. It's a dirty, heavy, greasy job. But that's what I really enjoy doing.

What is a typical day like for you?
A typical day as a mechanic can vary. It can be something as simple as a vehicle needs fluids. Or, it can be a vehicle doesn't start. Sometimes we'll get road calls. Some days we'll have to hop in one of the service trucks and go fix a vehicle on the side of the road. But, probably the most challenging part of our job is during the winter time when we're in a snow emergency. Then we stay here as long as it takes to get the job done.

What kind of knowledge would someone need to do this job?
Knowing how the vehicles function. Knowing how to work on a diesel motor is something that is definitely required to be a mechanic. The other thing is the ability to be taught. The ability to learn. Not everybody knows everything about these specific vehicles coming into it. You have to know how to work with them. How to work with your coworkers and the guys you work with. Everybody has their own way of doing something that can make the job a lot easier. Just being able to work with somebody makes that so much easier.