• Equipment Engineer

    Location US-WI-Milwaukee
    Job ID 2018-1038
  • Overview

    The Equipment Engineer recommends the procurement of equipment and provides maintenance procedures to maintain the bus fleet at a minimum cost while observing proper engineering practices and principles. This position develops and coordinates specifications, policies, programs and procedures to ensure effective ongoing development and improvement in the fleet preventative maintenance inspection program and building Maintenance.  The Equipment Engineer also coordinates the dissemination of technical information to all operating areas and provides technical assistance as required to address and resolve equipment and material problems.


    1. Develop maintenance policies and procedures for bus support vehicles and equipment on an ongoing basis.
    2. Monitor preventative maintenance inspection activities and work with respective areas to ensure compliance; investigate breakdown and defective equipment problems and take action necessary to prevent re-occurrence.
    3. Coordinate procurement of new buses from specification development phase through in-service break in.
    4. Develop technical specifications for company equipment and building projects in conjunction with Materials Management.
    5. Collaborate with Materials Management, Shops and Garage Divisions to investigate and resolve equipment and material problems.
    6. Review vendor service bulletins and implement affected equipment and material changes.
    7. Develop and approve equipment, material and fluid specifications in conjunction with Materials Management.
    8. Evaluate new products with emphasis on those products which pertain to existing operating problems and reduced operating cost.
    9. Contact and meet with vendors to resolve equipment problems.  Review new products and/or services offered by vendors and determine usefulness of product or application at MCTS.
    10. Investigate major equipment failures and bus accidents.
    11. Review and monitor changes in federal vehicle regulations, and implement changes accordingly.
    12. Work with staff developing work orders and maintenance memos for warranty administration and retrofit programs.
    13. Provide cost analysis for products and maintenance procedures.
    14. Communicate with Materials Management to ensure engineering requirements are understood and met.
    15. Adhere to and apply procurement requirements, procedures and policies of FTA funding, Milwaukee County Procurement, and MCTS Materials Management Department.
    16. Ensure compliance with all specifications and contracts; which includes but is not limited to contacting vendors when problems arise to ensure the least disruption to MCTS, and identifying the quickest possible solution.
    17. Assist personnel from other departments in areas of technical nature.


    1. Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, or related field is strongly preferred.
    2. Three (3) years of experience in fleet maintenance operations.
    3. Experience in fleet maintenance operations within a transit environment is strongly preferred.
    4. Three (3) years of experience writing technical specifications.
    5. Experience in procurement administration.
    6. Comprehensive knowledge of principles, policies and practices of vehicle and facility maintenance programs.
    7. Comprehensive knowledge of mechanical engineering; diesel engine operation and maintenance.
    8. Comprehensive knowledge of preventative maintenance inspection and servicing; facility maintenance and repair; and production and quality control procedures.
    9. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    10. Previous engineering background.
    11. Excellent organization and record keeping skills.
    12. Ability and desire to learn and develop new techniques, procedures and equipment.


    1. Ability to inspect bus construction and problems in, on or under buses.
    2. Ability to climb, kneel, crouch, crawl from pit to suspension members and reach.
    3. Adequate balance to climb ladders, stools, etc.
    4. Must have good finger and manual dexterity.
    5. Ability to effectively provide both oral and written communications requiring good verbal expression, satisfactory hearing and eyesight clarity sufficient to read.


    The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. MCTS is an equal employment opportunity employer. 


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