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MRF Mechanic I
MarBorg Recovery
Job Location: Santa Barbara, CA


Job Description

JOB TITLE: Mechanic I

LOCATION: MRF Tajiguas Landfill


PREPARED DATE: January 2020

REPORTS TO: General Manager


A TYPICAL DAY: This is not just a job; this is a dedicated team determined to redefine waste recovery. We believe in making a difference every hour, every day. Our positive energy and time is invested for the purpose of a cleaner future for our county, next generation, and a healthier environment.

POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for maintaining the day-to-day operation of equipment located inside the Material Recovery Facility (MRF). This includes ensuring proper preventative maintenance inspections and troubleshooting on engines, motors, pneumatic tools, conveyor systems, and production machines. The plant mechanic must be able to accurately follow diagrams, sketches, operation manuals, manufacturers instructions, and engineering specifications. Position is to ensure functionality and reliability of heavy equipment, conveyors, screens, shredders, and facility building.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to the following:

Performs planned maintenance inspection (PM); diagnose, repair, and rebuild major equipment/components including but not limited to balers, conveyors, hydraulic power packs, eddy currents, electro-magnetic belts, optical sorters, diverters, compressors, trash compactors, motors, glass breakers, wire tie systems, fans,
pumps, forklifts, front-end loaders and building equipment.

Make necessary repairs to plant production equipment and support equipment as required.

Maintain inventory control of maintenance repair parts. Must be able and willing to work with outside vendors
as it pertains to troubleshooting and repairing any and all equipment necessary to our operation.

Schedule and set priorities for maintenance and repair work on equipment. Establishes and adjusts work procedures to meet production.

Make initial inspection on equipment to be repaired and diagnose defects.

Generate work orders and evaluate repair work on its completion.

Perform highly technical work on hydraulic systems, fabrication projects, and rebuilding assignments.

Locate, correct and adjust defects in light and heavy duty vehicular and mechanical equipment.

Adapt available tools and repair parts to specific repair problems.

Read and interpret and work from sketches, diagrams, and electrical schematics.

Acts as a lead worker by regularly instructing and directing others by assigning, reviewing and checking work.

Inspects the quality of third-party repairs and or rebuilds.

Recommends measures to improve production, equipment performance and product quality

Performs service calls for emergency breakdowns.

Requires a flexible work schedule, which may include nights and weekends to support operating schedule and the needs of the facility.

Manage facilities improvements with contractors

Work with building management to resolve any issues

Occasionally run small errands

Help make this a fun place to work.

Maintains a feeling of pride in work; strives to achieve all goals.

Supports the MarBorg Mission.

Other duties as assigned.



  • Doing Good (i.e. Code of Conduct).
  • Making Good (i.e. Accountability, responsibility and ownership for a problem).
  • Treating People Well (i.e. Works cooperatively and effectively with others).
  • Environmentally Focused (i.e. Employee takes initiative as a LEED building initiative to preserve and improve our local environment for future generations).
  • Observant: (i.e. Employee can identify safety or operational deficiencys and to quickly implement a correction).
  • Safety Matters: Employee actively participates and promotes a safe and healthy workplace.

JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES: Diagnostic skills, work ethic, technical aptitude, resourcefulness, works quickly under pressure

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Working knowledge of electrical and control systems and have reached a high level of competency within a specific trade or discipline (e.g. welding, millwright, mechanics), but will have a functioning ability level in multiple areas.

Must have knowledge/skills to be able to work on Conveyor belts and Motors that drive the belts.

Principles of automotive repairs and preventative maintenance.

Forklift Trained

Trained on all needed hand tools to complete the following tasks (Able to demonstrate the correct/safe use of all required tools to complete the following tasks)

Able to perform preventive maintenance on the BALER (Able to replace hydraulic components, adjust baler
knifes, Demonstrate correct/safe use of the high torque machine)

Able to perform preventive maintenance on BALER tier system (Able to trouble shoot and replace all

Trained on making hydraulic hoses (Able to demonstrate)

Able to perform preventive maintenance on PRI-MAX (Clean shafts, replace filter, clean cooler fan)

Able to perform preventive maintenance on all conveyors (Able to change buckets, and replace take

Trained on advanced conveyor repair (Replace bearings, change transmissions, replace head/tail pulley)

Trained on correct/safe use of rigging equipment

Ability to multi-task and manage multiple priorities.

Valid drivers license.

Ability to perform under limited supervision.

Ability to recognize routine mechanical difficulties and malfunctions.

Ability to use of variety hand, power tools, and equipment.

Ability to always work safely and institute safe work practices.

Ability to work as part of a team.

High school diploma or general education degree (GED). Minimum of 5 years of mechanic service and repair experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Position requires excellent verbal and written English communication skills including; ability to read, comprehend, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. Bilingual in Spanish and English a plus.


Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: We are a drug free & alcohol-free work environment. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes, or airborne particles. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious, confined places; fumes or airborne particles; and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud and dirty. Required to put on protective outfits, like gloves, safety footwear, and hardhat.


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