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Large vehicles and machinery are the specialty of Solon Service Department’s youngest employee Justin Cubbison, 24, who began recently as a diesel service technician. From plow trucks to the city’s safety vehicles and small machinery, Mr. Cubbison repairs and maintains well over 100 pieces of equipment.

For Solon’s youngest member of the Service Department, enthusiasm is evident during each day on the job.

“I bring a new outlook and energy to the service department,” 24-year-old Justin Cubbison said. He also brings a positive and can-do attitude, the Streetsboro resident added.

As the department’s newest full-time diesel service technician, Mr. Cubbison also brings a great deal of experience to the role, despite his young age.

He has worked on cars and other pieces of machinery since he was a young boy, he said, enjoying taking things apart and putting them back together.

Mr. Cubbison studied automotive service technology at Cuyahoga Heights High School as well as at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center. Prior to his role in Solon, which he began last month, he worked on semi-trucks for a leasing company as a heavy duty diesel technician.

In Solon, he repairs and maintains well over 100 pieces of equipment, from heavy equipment like plow trucks, police cars and firetrucks to small, miscellaneous pieces of equipment such as lawn mowers and various other lawn equipment.

“This field appealed to me because I’m a great problem solver,” Mr. Cubbison said, “and everyone will run into a problem dealing with the automotive field at some point in their life.

“I wanted to be able to solve those problems for people and make a career out of doing that,” Mr. Cubbison said.

A typical day on the job in winter involves repairing salt trucks as quickly as possible to get them back out on the road, Mr. Cubbison said. It is important to keep the streets clean for the motoring public.

He said a variety of issues such as lighting and hydraulics affect the plow trucks, as well as physical issues which result in the trucks wearing out. These tend to be “under the gun” situations where time is of the essence, Mr. Cubbison said.

He goes through a diagnostic process when identifying an issue and will order necessary parts if that is needed.

The more challenging pieces of equipment are ironically the smaller ones, he said, as he has great experience with larger vehicles, such as heavy duty trucks and cars.

He said the most important aspect of the mechanical division of the service department is that they maintain and repair valuable pieces of equipment that are needed for the daily operations of the city, including the plow trucks and the safety forces vehicles.

“It’s very exciting for me right now because I’m working on a lot of different machines and different systems that I have not seen before,” Mr. Cubbison said. “I’m excited to learn about them.”

His hands are always dirty, he said with a laugh, until he gets home.

“I bring a new energy to the service department,” he said, “while also having experience with the trucks that are already there.”

A native of Walton Hills, Mr. Cubbison has one young son, Jaxon Paul Cubbison.

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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