Includes: automotive, special equipment repair.
Fred Montano, Interim Manager (30 years with APS, recently appointed Interim Manager of Fleet Maintenance) 15 technicians and support personnel
Craft Shops include Vehicle Maintenance; Specialty Equipment Maintenance; Tire; and Fueling Station. Fleet Maintenance provides safe and reliable vehicles and grounds equipment for use by the entire District. Its approximately 1,136 vehicles (44 fewer than last year) consist of cars, trucks, heavy equipment, earth-moving equipment, backhoes, loaders, road graders, snow removal equipment, and wreckers. The District’s grounds equipment, approximately 69,500 pieces, includes timers, mowers, blowers, chainsaws, and more.
In addition to being certified mechanics, all technicians are also skilled welders and hold a Commercial Drivers License. Emissions tests and certifications for the APS fleet are conducted on-site. The highly qualified technicians work in a state-of-the art facility consisting of 26 bays and a welding shop. Off-site work is provided by the Tire Shop technicians who provide road service repair as well as drive wreckers.
Unlike all other M&O departments, Fleet Maintenance is not in the SchoolDude/FIMS system. FleetVision, the Department’s “smart” management software system, includes security features that track mileage and gas use, as well as maintenance records.
The Fleet Maintenance Department is short a parts supervisor and a secretary and the positions will not be filled at this time. The wage/billing rate for Department mechanics has remained the same since the 2008-09 fiscal year, $28.48 an hour. Commercial auto repair charges are considerably higher ($60-90 per hour at low end, source: aa1car.com; $82-$115 per hour is more typical, source: Consumers’ Checkbook). APS’ in-house fleet maintenance operation is responsible for considerable savings for the District.
As funds are not available to replace vehicles, the Department is especially challenged with maintaining the aging fleet. These high mileage vehicles require more maintenance and breakdown more frequently; reactive work is required to maintain aging fleet.
“Our biggest factor and challenge is the age of our vehicles District wide and their needed repairs.”
-- FRED MONTANO, INTERIM MANAGER, FLEET MAINTENANCE
Improved level of service, in spite of being short of staff
Transmission and exhaust work brought in-house
The Fleet Maintenance Department no longer uses outside contractors to perform this work. (This leaves only newer vehicles under warranty, some specialty vehicle repairs, and body work that are not performed in-house.)
Increased volume of school equipment
With the opening of new schools in the District, approximately 50 pieces of additional grounds equipment are being maintained.
Increased vendor list
Changed to a synthetic motor oil to extend life of engine
Purchased 14 new police vehicles
Mini vans replaced large mail trucks
Extended life of 11 old vehicles
Cars that “should have been salvaged” were serviced, painted, and re-upholstered, extending their life and usefulness.
Reduced overall fleet by 44 vehicles
PM programs (ongoing)
Status of 2009-10 Fiscal Year Goals