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Job Standard for Shop Foreman

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The statements on this job standard are intended to describe the general nature of the role and level of work being performed. They are not intended to represent an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the employee.

Shop Foreman Overview

  • Person Group: Classified
  • Job Code: 06346
  • Pay Grade: K
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Career Level: Level 3
  • Family: Campus Planning & Facilities
  • Function: Facilities Operations Services


To plan, organize, direct, and perform maintenance, repair, and overhaul of a variety of gasoline and diesel powered light and heavy duty and construction type vehicles and related equipment; serve as an assistant to a shop superintendent in a large shop or as the only supervisor in a small shop or over a fleet of motor pool vehicles; perform related work.

Level Scope

Regularly works on tasks that are varied and complex. Applies full range and job knowledge; frequently adapts procedures, techniques, tools, materials, and/or equipment to meet specialized needs; may serve as lead; performs broad and/or focused assignments under general supervision; originality and ingenuity are often required to help establish procedures in functional area; relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish assigned tasks.

Minimum Qualifications

Good knowledge of: the diagnosis, maintenance and repair of heavy and light duty gasoline and diesel engines and related mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and electronic component systems; the practices, materials, and tools used to repair and refinish damaged vehicular bodies and parts; the operations of a large multifaceted mechanic/repair shop; machine/mechanic shop safety practices.

Some knowledge of: supervisory practices.

Experience: using and caring for the tools and equipment common to a multifaceted equipment repair shop; training staff in equipment maintenance and repair; fabricating and welding specialized equipment devices. Commercial Driver’s License (CDL); class and endorsements vary with positions.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate and convey information effectively
  • Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair and maintenance

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Shop Foreman must:

  • The general functions are: mechanics, body and fender repair, service station operations, machining/welding, or equipment operation. Instructs shop personnel on completion of necessary paperwork; prepares job orders and estimates costs of labor and parts; writes specifications and prepares requisitions for materials; codes and charges costs to proper funds; maintains inventories; prepares records and reports; conducts studies to determine operational efficiency.
  • Inspects/operates vehicles and equipment to diagnose problems and determine repairs needed; issues repair orders; directs and/or performs the maintenance; designs and fabricates special devices and components to improve and enhance vehicle system capability; operates specialized shop tools and equipment; maintains preventive maintenance schedules for equipment and vehicles; keeps current on the latest technology.
  • Assigns work to staff; sets work schedules; trains staff; inspects work and evaluates performance; meets with suppliers and technical personnel, sets-up seminars to insure staff is current on technology.

35% of Time the Shop Foreman

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Shop Foreman

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Incumbents must have physical condition and stamina sufficient to perform strenuous work and lift and carry objects weighing approximately 80 pounds, with hearing and eyesight acuity to detect engine noises, read gauges, and detect metal fractures.

Travel Requirement

Not applicable for Shop Foreman

Career Path

Shop Superintendent

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.