Apprentice Fleet Technician / Fleet Technician

Hattiesburg, MS

This position is for a Fleet Tech or Apprentice Tech to provide maintenance, repair and support to the diverse electric utility MS Power Fleet in order to remain in compliance, safe operating order and a reliable asset to the company.

This position requires availability and accessibility in times of emergency, including storm duty which may require working evenings, nights, weekends, holidays and out of state travel. A collective bargaining unit, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union covers this position. Membership is optional. This job is governed by a seniority process.


  • Diagnose and perform major and minor repairs to gasoline, and diesel engines, involving inspection and replacement of broken, worn parts and electronic/electrical systems.

  • Diagnose, repair and overhaul power transmission systems, including such parts as clutches, automatic and standard transmissions, differential units, gears, bearings, universal joints and hydraulic units.

  • Inspect service and repair vehicle braking systems.

  • Diagnose, repair and adjust steering mechanisms and other controls.

  • Diagnose and repair vehicle air conditioning systems.

  • Repair vehicle body and chassis parts, using hand and power tools, electric arc and oxyacetylene welding equipment.

  • Road test vehicles; drive truck or equipment as required; inspect vehicles in the shop and field.

  • Diagnose engine, chassis, drive train systems using PC based diagnostic equipment.

  • Diagnose and perform electrical, hydraulic and any other needed repairs in the field. Perform preventive

  • Maintenance work, DOT inspections, minor and major repairs on aerial devices, digger derricks, cranes, trenchers, construction equipment, medium/ heavy trucks, automobiles, light trucks and other equipment.

  • Read and interpret manuals, drawings, inspections forms and specifications.

  • Perform welding work on vehicles, equipment and tools; fabricate metal parts for vehicles, equipment, tools, tanks, plates, grates, etc.; straighten and repair bent vehicles, equipment and tools; fabricate and install bumpers, ladder racks, tool boxes, pipe railings etc.

  • Fleet Technicians will be required to test aerial devices which will require operating the platform at elevated heights (must be able to work at heights on a routine basis.)

  • Adherence with safety policies and procedures must be observed at all times.

  • Focus on customer service is a must.


To be considered the following is required:

  • Documented completion of a 2-year vocational/technical school program in automotive, truck, equipment, hydraulic or diesel technology study, or equivalent


  • 4 years or more work experience in a Fleet maintenance facility or military Wheel Vehicle maintenance experience in the following military occupational specialties (MOS): 3521, 3522, 3524, 91B, 91L, and 2T3X2


  • A combination of related work experience in a Fleet maintenance facility (or military Wheel Vehicle maintenance experience) AND training/coursework completed in automotive or diesel study totaling 4 years.


  • ASE certifications, welding and/or hydraulic certifications are a plus

  • International Fluid Power Society Mobile Hydraulic Mechanic a plus

  • Manufacturer specific work experience and or certifications Ford, Freightliner, International, ALTEC or TEREX a Plus

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to perform hydraulic, electronic, mechanical, maintenance and repairs on medium/heavy duty trucks, aerial devices, light vehicles, forklifts, and other specialized Fleet equipment. Specifically: hydraulic principles, air conditioning, diesel/gasoline engines, automatic transmission, braking systems, electrical systems and electronics, basic cutting/welding, and basic computer skills.

  • Ability to use PC based software to troubleshoot and repair Ford, Freightliner, International, Cummins, Caterpillar and other Electronic equipment Fleet equipment.

  • Demonstrate effective communication skills, good organizational skills and be a proven problem solver.

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully work in a team environment.

  • Ability to take instruction/direction and translate into actions.

  • Ability to read, understand, and follow procedures, rules, and regulations.

  • Ability to perform physically demanding activities while working in all types of temperature extremes (cold/hot).

  • Display ethical behaviors and demonstrate "Our Values" which are: Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior

  • Performance and Total Commitment.

  • Exhibited safe work practices as evidenced by a history of working accident and injury free.

Other requirements:

  • Must successfully qualify on pre-employment exams the written Construction and Skilled Trade Test (CAST)

  • Must have a valid State of Mississippi Motor Vehicle Driver’s License.

  • Must currently possess or ability to obtain a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) - Class “A” with air brake certification and a valid DOT Medical Card OR a Class “A” CDL Learner’s Permit and a valid DOT Medical Card. MUST obtain a Class “A”CDL within 6 months of hire date.

  • Because of the nature of the work, there are weight limitations of our equipment for the safety of our employees… weight guidelines require a candidate's current body weight to be at or below 270 pounds (fully dressed in work boots, but does not include tools) and maintained at all times.

  • Candidate should meet the physical requirements of the position, including (but not limited to): bending, kneeling, crawling, climbing, walking, stooping and standing for long periods of time.

  • Candidate must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Candidate must be available for after-hours support, and to work storm duty (additional hours/overtime) which could include: working evenings, nights, weekends, holidays and possible out of state travel.

  • Candidate must be available to work at other company locations when needed, including traveling out of town and overnight stay.

Mississippi Power , a subsidiary of Southern Company, provides clean, safe, reliable, and affordable energy to more than 192,000 customers and communities in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. In its 98th year, Mississippi Power is a leader in customer service, workforce development and education, environmental stewardship, and employee volunteerism. The company is an industry leader when it comes to working safely, providing around-the-clock reliable service and its expert storm response. Mississippi Power has been at the forefront of innovation in the state through strategic partnerships in electric transportation and solar energy. The company has worked with the Coast Transit Authority to put the state’s first electric public transportation bus in operation and with Forrest County Agriculture High School on the state’s first electric school bus. It also partnered with the Hattiesburg Zoo on a new electric train and worked with the country’s largest Domino’s franchise to electrify its delivery fleet. Also, a leader in renewable energy, Mississippi Power partnered with the Naval Construction Battalion Center to install the first microgrid at a Navy facility. The company was among the first to introduce utility scale solar in the state with nearly 160 MW of renewable energy produced, enough to power 23,000 homes for a year. Mississippi Power’s mission is to provide world-class value to our customers and communities every day.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Identification: 4911

Job Category: Fleet & Automotive Services

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Mississippi Power