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happens regularly, one or more Automotive Mechanics will remove or install the part by hand.

  • 8.

    Several times during step 7, the Automotive Mechanic will search the shop for shared specialty tools that he must use (1/2 or 3/4-inch impact gun, creeper, snipe or cheater, etc.). **

  • 9.

    Walk to the Parts Room to order or pick up the required part.

  • 10.

    Walk back to the shop bay. At this time, if the part is not available, the Automotive Mechanic will start repairing another vehicle. Steps 1-9 are repeated on the new vehicle. **

  • 11.

    Once the parts arrive, the first repair can be completed. Parts are cleaned in the parts washer and reinstalled with the new parts.

  • 12.

    The vehicle is reassembled.

  • 13.

    Several times during step 12, the Automotive Mechanic will search the shop for shared specialty tools that he must use (1/2 or 3/4-inch impact gun, creeper, snipe or cheater, etc.). **

  • 14.

    Test or test-drive the vehicle to ensure the repair has been completed satisfactorily.

  • 15.

    Complete repair report.

  • 16.

    Repeat steps with the next vehicle.

The presence of ** indicates non-value added tasks. These are tasks that do not contribute to the stated purpose of the work.

Administrative Issues

The Automotive Mechanic works an eight-hour day, Monday to Friday from 0700 to 1530 or 0830 to 1700. He receives a ten-minute rest period in the morning, a 30-minute lunch break and a ten-minute rest period in the afternoon. The Automotive Mechanic rarely works overtime. Current parts manuals are not always purchased and the Automotive Mechanic will often make the repair by trial and error. Some manuals and diagrams are difficult to read. There are seven bays for seven Automotive and Heavy Equipment Mechanics.

There are several safety issues in the Automotive/Heavy Equipment Shop. These issues can increase the risk of injury and/or decrease the productivity of the Automotive Mechanic. These safety issues centre on the lack of adequate workspace for each Automotive Mechanic. Several vehicles and heavy equipment pieces (Garbage Truck, Grader, Sweeper, etc.) fill the entire bay and some are even too large to enter the bay. During normal daily work or in the event of an emergency, access and/or egress in, around or out of the shop is restricted. In addition, in some instances, where it would be prudent to use a mechanical lifting device, the mechanical lifting device can not get near the vehicle. When this happens, the Automotive Mechanic(s) will remove or install the part by hand.

The Automotive/Heavy Equipment Shops air exchange system does not work well as diesel, gasoline and other fumes hang in the air when the shop doors are open or closed. Lighting has been improved with the installation of overhead mercury vapor lights.

The lack of adequate workspace and adequate ventilation are factors that will negatively affect productivity. The shop bays are often out of service as the Automotive Mechanic waits for parts to arrive (hours, days). The lack of bays for each Automotive Mechanic significantly decreases productivity. Pushing tools boxes from one bay to another is time consuming and access to another bay may be blocked by vehicles or heavy equipment.

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