AUTO MECHANIC - REF: AT MEC /02/03/2020
- Muchai Drive, Nairobi, Muchai Drive, Kenya
Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian and development organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. CARE commenced its humanitarian programme in Kenya in 1968. Since then we have built a substantial development and humanitarian program including refugee operations, emergency response, livelihoods, food security, climate change adaption, sexual reproductive and maternal health, women and girls’ economic empowerment, and youth employability.
CARE’s committed to meeting international standards of quality and accountability when responding to emergencies. Responding to humanitarian crises means that CARE staff may potentially exercise significant power over stakeholders, particularly affected communities. To ensure that CARE earns the trust and respect of those we are serving, we need to be sure that we are being accountable to them. By improving accountability, we also improve the quality and performance of our response in meeting essential needs and to achieve greater impact. .
Reporting to the workshop Foreman, the incumbent will repair and service fleet booked into the workshop for both auto electric and mechanical tasks, diagnosing faults finding on the fleet and determining the extent of repairs required. Stripping, fitting and replacing components on fleet of various makes, types and kinds. She/he shall undertake routine inspections, repairs and maintenance of Tyres in Dadaab region and ensure that all vehicles, plant and equipment meet or exceed set repair and maintenance standards.
In addition, S/he will be required to Carry out steering geometry checks to ensure vehicles are within the required specifications.be put emphasis on quality control on her/his day to day work and comply with the Workshop Standard Operating Procedures, Internal Control Procedures and CARE’ Kenya’s vehicle operation & maintenance management policy.
II: TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
R1: Trye Service and Repair
1. Roll new rubber treads, known as camelbacks, over tire casings, and mold the semi-raw rubber treads onto the buffed casings.
2. Rotate tires to different positions on vehicles, using hand tools and Seal punctures in tubeless tires by inserting adhesive material and expanding rubber plugs into punctures, using hand tools.
3. Separate tubed tires from wheels, using rubber mallets and metal bars, or mechanical tire changers.
4. Unbolt wheels from vehicles and remove them, using lug wrenches and other hand and power tools and Clean sides of whitewall tires.
5. Identify and inflate tires correctly for the size and ply.
6. Apply rubber cement to buffed tire casings prior to vulcanization process.
7. Buff defective areas of inner tubes, using scrapers.
8. Glue boots (tire patches) over ruptures in tire casings, using rubber cement.
9. Hammer required counterweights onto rims of wheels.
10. Inflate inner tubes and immerse them in water to locate leaks.
11. Inspect tire casings for defects, such as holes and tears.
12. Locate punctures in tubeless tires by visual inspection or by immersing inflated tires in water baths and observing air bubbles.
13. Patch tubes with adhesive rubber patches, or seal rubber patches to tubes using hot vulcanizing plates.
14. Place casing-camelback assemblies in tire molds for the vulcanization process, and exert pressure on the camelbacks to ensure good adhesion.
15. Place wheels on balancing machines to determine counterweights required to balance wheels.
16. Prepare rims and wheel drums for reassembly by scraping, grinding, or sandblasting.
17. Raise vehicles using hydraulic jacks, Reassemble tires onto wheels and Remount wheels onto vehicles.
18. Replace valve stems and remove puncturing objects.
R2: Safety precautions and quality control
1. To consistently deliver high quality repairs in the required timeframes, which will ensure clients’ needs and requirements are met.
2. To ensure that all electrical appliances are turned off in the evening before closing for the day.
3. To complete all work orders and record all additional repairs and parts and ensure that a checklist has been performed.
4. Ensure workshop safety rules and procedures are followed, including designating highly flammable substances and use of right tools and equipment.
5. Complies with statutory regulations of vehicle requirements by testing engine, safety, and combustion control standards.
6. Observe and implement NEMA environmental laws concerning the handling of hazardous materials routinely used in fleet service operations.
7. Observe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, and fleet policies and procedures pertaining to the safe performance of fleet service operations.
8. To segregate used parts before disposal.
9. Maintains vehicle/equipment appearance by cleaning and washing.
10. Protect exposed sensitive sensors during engine/operating unit/components cleaning.
R3: Mechanical and electrical diagnosis and interpretation of repair manuals
1. Interpret instructions, technical manuals (manual/digital), illustrations, specifications, diagrams, schematics and other guides in conducting repairs and modifications.
2. Keeps workshop equipment operating by following operating instructions; troubleshooting breakdowns; performing preventive maintenance; inform supervisor of any pending repairs.
3. Skilled usage of measuring instruments and test equipment such as tyre changer machine, wheel balancing machine, compressors etc.
4. Ensure proper use of vehicle computer-controlled diagnostic machine on ABS braking and transmission systems.
Education: Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Automotive/Plant) and a Certification in Handling Tyre Repair Machines is a must. The candidate must have a valid driving license with Class B, C, E.
Experience: Demonstrate experience of at least 3 years in repairs and maintenance of tryes for vehicles and equipment’s especially 4WD, forklifts, backhoe and tractors in the automotive industry.
Working experience in a busy tyre service center.
Experience of working with modern technology in wheel alignment and Wheel balancing equipment will be an added advantage.
Certificate: Computer literate with good knowledge of MS office.
• Excellent diagnostic and good trouble shooting skills
• Problem solving
• Team player
• Safety skills
• Reporting writing skills
• Coaching skills
· Spending Authority: none.
· Supervision: None
· Decision Making: Decisions limited within prescribed standards.
IV: CONTACTS/KEY RELATIONSHIPS
· External: UNHCR, WFP and other implementing partners, operating partners with MOU with CARE.
· Internal: All CARE staff.
V: WORKING CONDITIONS:
The position is based in Dadaab Main Office with occasional visits to the camps and other program sites. This is a non-family work station. Hot weather is prevalent throughout the year with limited basic amenities. Road movement between the work station and Garissa as well as inter-camp movement must be under police escort (scheduled convoys), with strict adherence to safety and security instructions all the time. It is a six days work station with a compensatory time off according to CTO policy.
The incumbent shall reside in the CARE compound while executing official duties and shall obey and adhere to residential compound regulations.