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Natural Resources, Department of

Equipment R&D Technician (Mechanic) - $2000 sign-on Bonus - Re-Announcement
Job Announcement Code(s): 19-00158

Jackson, Sawyer
Classification Title: / JAC:
  Job Working Title:
    Equipment R&D Tech / Mechanic

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
**$2000 HIRING BONUS FOR ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES** Hourly rate of pay is $17.29 per hour. Pay for current state employees may vary based on the State of WI Compensation Plan. This position includes an excellent benefits package, including health care, vacation, sick leave, and retirement benefits. This position is non-represented and included in Pay Schedule / Range 06-13. A one-year probationary period may be required.
Julie Jaksa, HR Specialist, 608-266-0520,
Bargaining Unit:
Area of Competition:
Deadline to Apply:
These positions were previously posted in October 2018 (Job Announcement Code 1802767).
Assessment Information:
90770 -  012  FORESTRY TECHNICIAN-ADV (Equipment R&D Tech/Mechanic 
Preview Assessment  

This is the perfect time to join our team as an Equipment R&D Technician/Mechanic in DNR's Division of Forestry! We're so convinced that you'll enjoy working for the Division of Forestry that we're offering a $2000 bonus to encourage you to apply and be chosen as our next new Technician/Mechanic. We'll give you full details about the bonus during the interview.

We're currently looking for experienced mechanics to fill positions in Hayward and Black River Falls. In these positions, you'll be on the front line whenever our wildland fire fighters need equipment or vehicles repaired on the spot. Other times you'll be able to work independently in the shop to diagnose, repair and maintain automobiles, trucks, tractors, heavy equipment (diesel), and small engines. You'll also gradually be trained to become a forest fire equipment operator.

In-person interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of March 4th.

Don't miss this great opportunity to put a new twist on your mechanical skills and be part of team dedicated to preventing and suppressing forest fires.

Position Summary:   
Equipment R&D Technicians/Mechanics provide preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, and training on specialized forestry and fire equipment, including automobiles, light and medium trucks, tractors, heavy equipment (diesel), and small engines. They may also research, develop, fabricate, and assemble customized systems, equipment and vehicles. Most positions will gradually be responsible for serving as a forest fire equipment operator. Positions in Hayward, Black River Falls and other locations also have responsibilities related to inventory, shop budget, and facilities/grounds maintenance.

We encourage you to review the full position description by clicking here.

Special Notes:   
Most technicians/mechanics spend a small amount of time (up to 15%) assisting in the suppression of forest fires. Specialized training will be provided. All employees who perform fire duties are required to meet and maintain physical fitness standards.

These positions also require:
  •  Ability to obtain and maintain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  •  Ability to meet requirements to operate specialized heavy-duty forestry & fire equipment
  •  Ability to meet requirements to operate forklift trucks

The selected candidates will be required to pass a background check prior to an offer of employment.

DNR does not sponsor work visas. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify eligibility to work in the United States by completing the required I-9 form upon hire.

To be eligible for the current positions, you must have at least one type of mechanical experience from the list, plus some experience related to fabrication, electrical OR the preferred criteria listed below. Best-qualified candidates will possess experience in all three core functional areas, plus most of the preferred criteria.

CORE AREAS (Only One is Required)

   Mechanical experience such as:
    • auto mechanic diagnosing and repairing problems in automobiles or light trucks
    • small engine mechanic repairing and maintaining small engines
    • heavy truck mechanic performing work on chassis, diesel engines, drive lines, or brakes
    • installing and repairing hydraulic pumps, motors, controls, or related pieces
      on motorized equipment
    • millwright or industrial mechanic repairing, installing, dismantling, or reassembling

   Fabrication experience such as:
    • fabricating parts for automobiles or trucks (e.g., cutting or stamping out parts, and
      welding or assembling them together)
    • fabricating sheet metal (e.g., for HVAC purposes)
    • fabricating heavy iron (e.g., welding truck frames, structural steel, etc.)
    • machinist using mills, lathes or precision grinders

   Electrical experience related to motorized equipment wiring, including constructing or
      repairing wiring harnesses for vehicles or automated equipment


  •  Experience in two or three core areas listed above
  •  Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  •  Experience as an residential or industrial electrician; or electronic or electrical engineer
  •  Experience using flow meters
  •  Experience with multiple welding methods, including torch welding; arc welding;
      MIG; and TIG
  •  Experience using multiple fabrication machines, including shears; brakes; plasma torch;
      band saw; metal worker; and hydraulic press
  •  Work experience using blue prints or schematics for motorized equipment
  •  Experience with data acquisition systems
  •  Experience wiring harnesses
  •  Related education, training or certification

It’s critically important that your application materials clearly describe your education and experience related to the stated criteria so that the job experts who will evaluate your application materials are able to make an accurate judgment regarding your qualifications.

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