The Goodyear blimps travel thousands of miles every year, but not only in the air. On the ground a fleet of support vehicles include a bus, a tractor-trailer unit and two vans that follow or lead the way on every cross country trip the blimp makes. The Chief Ground Service Equipment Mechanic (CGSE) main duties are to see that these vehicles are maintained in compliance with DOT and company regulations and standards. This equipment includes gasoline and diesel engines, air conditioning units, mast stake-driving power tools, power haulers for moving heavy parts and pieces and auxiliary power units.
The CGSE has one or more Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications and the skills to supervise other mechanics and maintain a proper automotive shop.
The CGSE reports to the Ground Crew Chief.