• Helper - Tractor

    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
    Union or Non-Union
    Union - 701
    Altorfer Industries Inc.
  • Overview

    POSITION SUMMARY: The purpose of the Shop Helper is to contribute to the overall efficiency of the shop by completing semi-skilled and unskilled tasks, enabling Journeyman Technicians to dedicate their time to tasks requiring highly-skilled and technical expertise.

    Basic Duties

    PRINCIPAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES (including, but not limited to):



    • Assist Journeyman Technicians with skilled and/or technical jobs in the shop when a Journeyman is assigned to the job.
    • Perform preventative maintenance and scheduled service on equipment, attachments, and components. May perform up to 500 hour interval PM services and associated tasks independently.
    • Removal and installation of parts requiring use of hand and air operated tools only, excluding parts that require fine tuning for proper system operation.
    • On a previously blocked-up machine, removal of undercarriage parts limited to the following: carrier rollers, and sprocket segments.
    • Minor painting (not to include professional spray equipment) and heating associated with repair work.
    • Conduct preliminary diagnosis of machinery, component, and system problems (Helpers may not use diagnostic equipment).
    • Installation and replacement of minor electrical components, alternators, ECM’s excluding electric motors.
    • Complete service reports as required
    • Locate and use service literature and/or technical information as required
    • Maintenance and repair of shop equipment and tools.


    • Load/unload components, parts, equipment and machinery.
    • Conduct machine inventories.
    • Conduct storage tank and shop supplies and tool inventories.
    • Maintain tanks and settling pits.
    • Transport or deliver components and equipment as directed.
    • Clean, pressure wash, or otherwise prepare equipment, mechanical parts and components.
    • Maintain wash bays and associated equipment.
    • Perform general shop and facilities clean-up as required.

    General Expectations

    • Successfully complete and pass all Service Training and employee development classes
    • Conduct repairs according to Caterpillar published guidelines and recommendations
    • Complete tasks in a timely manner as required by management
    • Use safe working practices and required personal protective equipment at all times
    • Maintain clean and organized work areas
    • Complete all paperwork, data entry and reporting as required
    • Perform other duties as assigned by management
    • Adhere to guidance and directions given by supervisors
    • Adhere to all company policies and procedures
    • Regular and predictable attendance is required


    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: This position requires no supervision of staff.



    • Two years experience with hands-on mechanical repair work on diesel or gasoline engines, hydraulic systems, or earthmoving or industrial equipment, OR related certification from an accredited technical school, community college or training program.
    • A successful candidate will be required to provide their own tools including but not limited to ¾ inch drive ratchet & socket sets, box wrench set up to1 ½ inch, ½ inch torque set, ½ inch drive impact tools and additional hand tools. A complete tool list will be provided to candidates during the interview process.
    • Good computer skills with a working knowledge of Microsoft Office
    • Working knowledge of DBSi a plus
    • Physical Requirements: Ability to lift 100 lbs, ability to push/pull with 60lbs of force, ability to lift and work overhead, ability to stand/walk continuously for long periods of time and ability to squat, kneel and bend repetitively.


    • Experience in hands-on mechanical repair work with diesel or gasoline engines, hydraulic systems, or earthmoving or industrial equipment.
    • Ability to read and comprehend regulations, instructions, and technical information.
    • Good oral communication skills.
    • Strong mechanical aptitude.
    • Reliably follows verbal instructions and guidance.
    • Completes tasks without supervision.
    • Strong desire to meet performance expectations.
    • Desire to learn and develop skills.
    • Good attitude and a cooperative spirit.

    Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vets


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