PAE, Inc Vehicle Mechanic, Heavy Equipment, Lead in Baghdad, Iraq

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Vehicle Mechanic, Heavy Equipment, Lead

The Vehicle Mechanic, Heavy Equipment, Lead will be based at one of four PAE sites in Iraq and serve the Operations and Maintenance Support Services contract in support of the U.S. Department of State. This position will be responsible for performing heavy vehicle/equipment maintenance and repairs and will report to the Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor. The duties and responsibilities listed below are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.


  • Perform responsible preventative maintenance and mechanical repair work related to the maintenance and repair of specialized fire vehicles, heavy vehicles, and equipment.

  • Determine preventative maintenance needs and provide necessary maintenance/repairs for all heavy vehicles and equipment.

  • Determine stock needs and order/maintain replacement parts and supplies.

  • Diagnose and repair engines, transmissions, brake systems, hydraulic systems, water pumps, and accessories.

  • Supervise and schedule daily work assignments for foreign national (FN) and local national (LN) subordinates.

  • Be responsible for tracking and completion of work orders (WO) produced by the Fleetmate database.

  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge of site vehicle maintenance requirements for a fleet of vehicles (passenger vehicles, large and small trucks, materials-handling and heavy equipment, recovery vehicles, and special purpose vehicles).

  • Perform heavy vehicle systems and component failure analyses.

  • Provide input to staff regarding budget, equipment utilization, equipment replacement, and equipment needs.

  • Develop specifications for new heavy vehicles and equipment.

  • Provide direction to the Mechanic Apprentice, temporary assistants, and/or interns in shop-related duties.

  • Attend regular training to maintain basic and advanced skills and certifications.

  • Assist the Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor in identifying appropriate training opportunities for Heavy Vehicle Mechanics and the Apprentice Mechanic with a goal of providing succession training.

  • Perform related duties similar to the above in scope and function as required.

  • Participate in equipment inventories.

  • Maintain service logs and records of maintenance on vehicles and motorized equipment.

  • Keep tools, equipment, and work area clean, organized, and in good working condition.

  • Assist in training lower-level workers in automotive mechanic techniques as needed.

  • Road tests vehicles.

  • Complete records, maintains tools and equipment, and perform various clean-up activities.

  • Observe and follow all safety rules and procedures, including wearing required personal safety equipment.

  • Perform additional duties and projects as assigned.


  • Minimum Acceptable Experience Level: Ten (10) years’ experience in mechanical field.

  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to follow directions.

  • Ability to lift heavy parts and equipment.

  • Methods and tools used in repair and maintenance of heavy vehicles/equipment, including diesel engines, fire pumps, hydraulic, electrical, and pneumatic systems.

  • Basic ability and understanding of record keeping and work order system procedures.

  • Working knowledge of diagnostic software as it relates to general automotive fleet and heavy vehicle equipment.

  • Basic computer skills using Microsoft Windows Office Suite applications and computerized fleet work order systems.

  • Knowledge of safety precautions related to maintenance of heavy equipment

  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills.

  • Operate and drive a variety of heavy vehicles and equipment.

  • Understand, diagnose, and repair/troubleshoot modern electrical systems, including computerized engine, transmission and brake systems.

  • Use mechanic tools and diagnostic equipment with skill and safety.

  • Plan, organize, assign, and coordinate the work of assigned staff.

  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance or required duties.

  • Ability to read Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Technical Manuals in English.

  • Education: A high school diploma or GED.

  • Licenses and Certifications: Valid drivers’ and truck driver’s licenses from Home of Record.

  • Security Vetting: Must possess an active DoD or DoS Secret security clearance and maintain eligibility for the duration of the contract.

  • Language Skills: Strong, professional, oral and written English communication skills.

  • Citizenship: US Citizenship is required.

  • Medical: Favorable passage of a drug screen and physical examination.


  • Relevant overseas automotive mechanical experience.

  • Hands-on experience working with equipment manufacturers such as OSHKOSH, Sutphen, Grove, Terex, and Caterpillar.

  • Previous out of home country experience is highly desirable and previous work experience in harsh environmental conditions a plus.

  • Experience working with PAE.


  • Knowledge of principles and processes involved in supporting automotive mechanical functions at an overseas facility.

  • Knowledge of automotive repairs and maintenance.

  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing excellent customer services.

  • Experience in the maintenance of large fleets to include procurement of spare parts.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment that requires handling multiple tasks at a given time and rapidly adapting to changing priorities and schedules.

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity with an international perspective.

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.

  • Ability to become an active and functioning member of a team.

  • Ability to get along well with co-workers.

  • Must have the ability to be innovative and be an agent for change.

  • Expert communication skills to facilitate and disseminate information.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. PAE’s hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations. With over 60 years of experience, PAE supports the execution of complex and critical missions by providing global logistics and stability operations, technical services and national security solutions to customers around the world. PAE has a workforce of approximately 15,000 people in over 60 countries on all seven continents and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

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