I am looking for information/policies related to mechanics tool allowance/reimbursements. Does anyone have anything they would not mind sharing with me?. Thanks
Our mechanics purchase their own hand tools. Our company purchases larger tools. We do not have an allowance but will replace a tool if it breaks while performing work.
Our mechanics tool are furnished hand tools through diagnostic equipment. The thought or rational is to have quality tools reducing potential injury from defective tools, improve productivity and offer moral boost working with quality tools.
XXXXX County recognizes the personal investment that its automotive and heavy equipment technicians have made towards hand and air tools required to perform their job on county vehicles and equipment efficiently and effectively.
The County recognizes that its service technicians are required to continually upgrade their tool selection to meet the ever increasing needs of Health and Safety and technologies.
The County shall provide to its journeyman certified technicians an annual tool upgrade allowance, which is a taxable benefit. This tool upgrade allowance shall be provided to each technician as outlined in the following guidelines:
• Each technician will be provided with a prescribed total amount of credit, which must be used towards tool purchases
• This total annual credit amount is calculated and set for each calendar year, on or about January 1st, at 0.07% of the regular hourly wage
• The tool may be purchased with an Fleet Maintenance Services purchase order, otherwise reimbursed with receipt of invoice
• The tool amount will be deducted from each individual technicians credit limit
• The credit amount may be carried over 1 year only to allow for the purchase of a tool priced over the established annual credit amount
We provide a tool allowance under the terms of our labor agreement, as follows:
ARTICLE 32 - TOOL ALLOWANCE
Section 1. All employees in the classification of Journeyman Equipment Mechanic, Junior Equipment Mechanic, Equipment Mechanic Leadworker, and Welder Mechanic, shall be eligible to receive up to $750.00 for the acquisition of new tools and the replacement of old tools.
All employees in the classification of Equipment Service Worker, shall be eligible to receive up to $500.00 for the acquisition of new tools and the replacement of old tools.
Section 2. Employees shall submit a request for tool allowance reimbursement that will include the original receipt. The tool allowance period shall run for the term of the AGREEMENT. Unused tool allowance balances shall not be carried over from term of the AGREEMENT to the next. Employees can use up to 50% of the tool allowance during the first year of the AGREEMENT. Employees must be on the payroll by July 1, of any given year to be entitled to the Tool Allowance for that year.
When a new mechanic comes aboard, he/she is required to have basic automotive tools. Our budget includes replacement of broken tools, to include upgrade/special tools as required.
At NV Energy, when we hire a mechanic, they are required to supply a standard compliment of tools. We have a list of these. Many mechanics have tools much larger than what is required. That is their option. Any tool that is needed beyond our standard list. we will purchase for the department and store it in a common location, like the part room. While on the job, if they break a tool, they are required to turn in the broken tool and then we replace it. We do not replace lost or stolen tools.
We do not have a tool allowance for our techs. They are required to provide their own hand tools and we provide the larger and speciality tools in a common tool room. We also provide a tool box if they want one. We do however insure their tools against loss or theft if they provided us with a tool inventory list. It is to their benefit to keep it up-to-date.
INDIANAPOLIS FLEET SERVICES DIVISION :ADDENDUM TO MASTER AGREEMENT
Section 3. Tool Allowance. All pay positions except those referenced later in this paragraph will receive a tool allowance of $425.00 for the first and second year of this agreement and $450.00 for the third and fourth year of this agreement. Tire Repairmen and Tire Truck Operator positions will receive a tool allowance in the amount of $175.00 each year of this agreement. Custodian, Parts Chaser, Service Writers and Stockeeper will not receive a tool allowance. Each eligible employee must submit detailed receipts for tools purchased before he or she will be reimbursed under this section. Employees will not be paid any monies without a receipt. Employees beyond new hire probation may choose to have the City purchase tools for them, up to the maximum dollar amount allowed by this section.
Historically our mechanics have provided their own personal tools with no tool allowance support from the company. The company currently provides all shop tools, such as impact guns, or other types of shared tooling.
The current city of Phoenix Union contract has the following language related to tool allowance. These contracts are up for renegotiation so this language may change.
Section 5-8: Tool Allowance
A. Unit employees in the following eligible classifications will receive a tool
maintenance allowance of three hundred dollars ($300.00) per annum.
Payment for tool allowance will be made on or about September 1.
User Technology Specialist U2
Airfield Maintenance Worker I
Airfield Maintenance Worker II
Operations and Maintenance Technician
Heavy Duty Maintenance Mechanic
Instrumentation and Control Specialist
Trades Helper, Assigned U2
Traffic Maintenance Worker, Assigned U2
Equipment Operator IV, Assigned U2
Equipment Service Worker I
Heavy Equipment Mechanic, Assigned Lead
Traffic Signal Technician Trainee
Electrician, Assigned Lead
Traffic Signal Technician
Welder, Assigned U2
Building Maintenance Apprentice
Building Equipment Operator I, assigned U2
Building Equipment Operator Apprentice
Building Equipment Operator II, assigned U2
Building Maintenance Worker, Assigned U2
Communications Technician Aide
B. Unit employees in the following eligible classifications will receive a tool
maintenance allowance of six hundred dollars ($600.00) per annum.
Payment for tool allowance will be made on or about September 1.
Equipment Maintenance Helper, Assigned U2
Equipment Service Worker II (Mechanic’s Helper)
Auto Mechanic Apprentice
Automotive Technician and all assignments
Heavy Equipment Mechanic and all assignments
Equipment Repair Specialist
Body Repair Specialist
Fuel System Support Technician
Thank you everyone for your input.
I'm responding on behalf of gwilson, a fleet manager:
"When I was a fleet manager with Allied Waste we had a policy of $150.00 per calendar year. This had to be approved by the maintenance manager as per appropriate for the job. Once they were approved, receipts were turned in to payroll and the mechanic received reimbursement from the company. This was only approved after an employee's probation period of ninety days."
I'm responding on behalf of Cschlothauer, a fleet manager:
"We provide a stocked toolbox for our Serviceman to work out of. Our Mechanics have to provide their own tools and box.
Any tools over $1,000 we pay for and keep in our tool room."
Thank you all for your responses.
At MnDOT mechanics are responsible for "basic hand tools" and the State purchases more expensive diagnostic items and unique tools realavent to our equipment.
I would be interested in seeing a copy of your basic tool lists from those that have them.
Our mechanics provided their own personal tools. The organization does not provide a tool allowance. The organization does provide all shop specialty tools and other types of shared tools.
We have a $500.00 per year allowance. They all have their own basic tools. We provide all the large tools and test equipment and specialty item
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