Heavy Equipment Mechanic - Baton Rouge, LA


Baton Rouge, LA, US, 70807

Category:  Transload Operations

Start a Watco Career and Discover the Difference

Keep the world’s supply chain moving. That’s what the Watco team does every day at our short line railroads, switching sites, terminals, ports, and logistics hubs. 

Whether you’re at one of these locations or in a support-services role, there’s one thread that ties everyone together. We’re all on the same team. One Watco

Here’s what you can expect from Watco: 

  • Award-winning culture recognized by Forbes and Newsweek
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • Paid on-the-job training with peer trainers 
  • Operations training at the Safe Performance Center in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Leadership and development programs offered through Watco University 
  • Career advancement opportunities

Working at Watco

Watco has a reputation for putting people first. In fact, our company was named to Forbes’ 2021 list of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers.

Working at Watco means working in the exciting field of transportation and supply chain logistics. We’re involved in domestic and international operations that are expanding all the time. Working at Watco also means a supportive, collaborative environment where you can learn and build a career.  You’ll find that safety is at the heart of everything we do. We look out for our team members’ safety and the safety of the people in the communities where we work.  In addition to these strengths, we offer competitive pay and industry-leading benefits.

Come to Watco and join a team where you'll leave each day knowing you've made a difference.

Starting Pay: Depending on experience up to $36.00 per hour


General Purpose


Performs scheduled inspections, makes repairs, and performs preventive maintenance on heavy equipment following company guidelines and checklists, using hand tools, power tools and precision measuring and testing tools, by performing the following duties.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Observes mechanical devices in operation and listens to their sounds to locate causes of trouble.
  • Dismantles devices to gain access to and remove defective parts, using hoists, cranes, hand tools, and power tools.
  • Examines form and texture of parts to detect imperfections. Inspects used parts to determine changes in dimensional requirements, using rules, calipers, micrometers, and other measuring instruments.
  • Reads and understands parts books and schematic drawings to determine parts needed and work procedures
  • Lubricates moving parts and operates repaired equipment to verify conformance to specifications
  • Trouble shooting hydraulic and pneumatic repair on heavy equipment
  • Sets up and operates grinders and other metalworking tools to make and repair parts.
  • Records hour meter readings for inspection, preventive maintenance and repair.
  • akes lube oil samples, cooling water samples.
  • Understanding of diagnosing heavy equipment (Dozer, Front End Loader, Track Hoe, etc.)
  • Cleans oil separator screens and lube oil strainers.
  • Checks for and repair air-fuel, oil, lube oil, water, and exhaust leaks.
  • Test safety equipment.
  • Performs modifications as required.
  • Repairs and installs mechanical units, such as fuel and water pumps, control valves, governors, distributors, windshield wiper motors using mechanics’ hand tools.
  • Operates overhead cranes, truck cranes, forklifts, welding equipment, and cutting tools as needed.
  • Performs other duties as requested or required.



  • High school education or general education development (GED); or 3 to 6 months mechanical experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


  • Knowledge of and skills in using hand tools, including screwdrivers, socket wrenches, torque wrenches, pry bars, and specialized mechanic tools.
  • Knowledge of and skills in using power tools including cut-off saws, drills, portable band saws, skill saws, air impact wrenches, grinders.
  • Knowledge of and skills in using hydraulic tools including hydraulic wrenches and barring over tools.
  • Knowledge of and skills in operating welding equipment and cutting tools.
  • Knowledge of and skills in operating heavy equipment including overhead cranes, truck cranes, and forklifts.
  • Knowledge of and skills in mechanical maintenance.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, blueprints, drawings, schematics, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of an organization.
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as area, circumference, length, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic shop math.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Ability to read and interpret gauges and precision measuring tools.

Physical Demands


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Must be able to see well enough to read gauges, precision measuring instruments, schematics, maintenance manuals 100% of time.
  • Must be able to talk and hear well enough to communicate with co-workers, supervisors, and others within the company 100% of the time.
  • Must be able to reach with arms and hands to perform inspection, maintenance, and repair duties 100% of the time.
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, twist, kneel, squat 100% of the time.
  • Must be able to use hands to grasp, handle, and finger and feel 100% of time.
  • Must be able to climb and balance well enough to climb up and down steps 30% of the time.
  • Must be able to walk on level or uneven ground 100% of time
  • Regularly required to exert up to 20 pounds of force; and/or frequently required to exert up to 50 pounds of force; and/or occasionally required to exert up to 125 pounds of force.


Work Environment


  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly exposed to a high noise level; moving mechanical parts, moving machinery, outside weather conditions and elements; fumes from gasoline, oil, and grease.

Nearest Major Market: Baton Rouge