Equipment mechanic works from work orders and verbal instruction to perform maintenance and repair (scheduled and routine, as well as emergency), to building service equipment, installed personal property, portable equipment, furniture and fixtures. Such equipment includes beds, gurneys, pumps, air compressors, vacuum systems, ventilation systems, glassware washers, conveyors, dietetic type equipment, a completely automated material transport system, an automated pneumatic tube system, floor scrubbers, buffers, etc.
Building Repairs: The equipment mechanic lays out and installs guard rails, hand rails, room partitions and dividers, and he removes and accomplishes repair of metal doors. He analyzes automatic door operators, adjusts, repairs and overhauls same. He replaces door closers, metal sash balances and window casement operators. Fabricates, repairs and installs insect screens.
Building Service Equipment: The equipment mechanic performs preventive maintenance or complete overhaul of items such as condensate pumps, sump pumps, and circulating pumps. In addition to standard preventive maintenance and overhaul, he evaluates and determines malfunction or problem areas of the more complex equipment, and repairs or modifies equipment to meet required standards of performance. These pieces of equipment include such items as air compressors, centralized vacuum pumps, medical and laboratory washed air type compressors, exhaust units, material transport system, pneumatic tube system, etc.
Personal Property: Performs preventive maintenance and repair, performs major overhaul of dietetic equipment such as industrial ovens, mixers, dish washers, etc. Repairs and overhauls building management equipment such as automatic floor. scrubbers, buffers, vacuum cleaners, automatic pressure washers, etc. Repairs and maintains engineering equipment such as power hacksaws, handsaws, drill presses, grinders, hoists, etc. Repairs all types of power hand tools. Equipment mechanic performs work of other trades such as touch up painting using pre-mixed paints; patches plaster in small areas disrupted during repair work; installs piping and tubing on specified jobs not requiring plumbing mechanics. Makes simple sheet metal repairs; does miscellaneous wood work as may develop to expedite job assignments. The equipment mechanic may infrequently be detailed to work odd shifts, or work op an overtime basis, to accomplish maintenance or repairs to equipment critical to the hospital function.
Skills and Knowledge
Must be able to interpret blueprints, sketches, and diagrams. Required to lay-out work and write out nomenclature for preparation of VAF 07-2237, for purchase of parts and materials. Must have the knowledge and ability to maintain and repair equipment of an automated and complex design. He must have a complete understanding of the many electrical and mechanical component parts to seal, V-belts, locking devices, gears, etc., relative to their purpose, fits and tolerances. Must understand and deal with the principles and workings of hydraulics, pneumatics, spring actions, valve functions, cylinder and piston operations, clutches, gearing, reductions, couplings., etc. Must have familiarity with the coordination of mechanical functions involving level actions, eccentrics, cams, etc., in the relation to timing of related parts.
Must be skilled in trouble-shooting techniques involving interrelated electrical equipment, such as the material transport system, pneumatic tube system, air and vacuum systems, etc. These systems utilize many air valves, solenoids, air cylinders, stop switches, and electrical programmers. This equipment contains multiple functions whose systems are interrelated so that an inoperative circuit may impede the operating performance of other functions.
Must comply with established rules and regulations regarding safety, conduct, and preventive care of equipment and buildings. Must make accurate and quick decisions in emergencies and keep himself reasonably physically fit for the job; must constantly strive to be aware of any abuse to equipment or safety regulations and report conditions to the VA. He is required to exert care in the use of expensive equipment, tools, and use of materials to complete tasks; must understand and accept responsibility in filling out Engineering work order documents or other administrative documents clearly and as accurately as reasonably possible.
Must go in and out of difficult and out of the way places, such as attics, sub-basements, and steam tunnels, which requires much walking, kneeling, stooping, lifting, crawling and ladder climbing.