A ground service equipment mechanic is usually employed at airports or at other areas that service airplanes. The mechanic will maintain ground service equipment within the facility, such as tow tractors, buses, trucks, and service vans. It is important to keep detailed records and logs of any observations and work done. The mechanic will troubleshoot and diagnose ground support equipment and provide periodic maintenance prior to any problems occurring.
When ground service equipment malfunctions, the mechanic will remove the equipment until it is restored to full working order. In some cases, the ground service equipment mechanic will not only have to maintain equipment, but will also have to carry out modifications of certain systems, such as the brakes and electric systems of associated equipment. There are usually minimum physical requirements that need to be met, such as the ability to crawl, bend, stoop, and lift heavy items. The mechanic will also be called on for any emergency situations.
Usually, a high school diploma is required for this job, along with a degree from a technical school. The mechanic may have to drive ground service equipment occasionally, so it is important to be certified and licensed to do so. Proficiency with various power and hand tools should be demonstrated. It is important to always adhere to any established guidelines, so that safety can be maintained at all times. Much of the work is done on a team, though individual tasks will be assigned that should be carried out in a proficient and timely manner.
Ground Service Equipment Mechanic Tasks
Maintain and repair heavy equipment, hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical machinery and systems.
Maintain shop supplies, shop and tools.
Read, understand and apply information from technical manuals, prints and schematics.