Equipment Technician 3 - Port Orchard, WA

Employer: WSDOT

Job Description:
About WSDOT:
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project.

The Opportunity:
WSDOT is currently seeking an Equipment Technician 3 in the Olympic Region. This position is responsible for performing journey-level inspection, troubleshooting, diagnoses, service, and making major and minor mechanical repairs on all types of equipment used in highway maintenance. Olympic Region, Transportation Equipment Fund (TEF) provides well maintained vehicles and equipment to customers who in turn may accomplish their services to the public in a safe, efficient, timely, and cost-effective manner.

What to Expect:
This position is to perform all aspects of Preventative Maintenance (PM) and repair duties on all inventoried equipment within the Olympic Region’s area of responsibility. The PM and repair functions are the most important maintenance requirements the Equipment Technician 3 has responsibility for. If PM and proper repairs are not accomplished correctly and timely it will have a detrimental operational impact on the equipment, which results in ineffective Road Maintenance operations.

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, you will:
- Inspect, diagnose, and make needed repairs to equipment.
- Utilize digital MultiMate and scanning tools to diagnose and repair computer-controlled fuel systems (both diesel and gas), steering and suspension systems, hydraulic and air brake systems.
- Design, diagnose, repair, and install hydraulic systems.
- Perform machinist, body and glass repair, and welding fabrication work. Fabricate brackets, attachments, and specialized equipment attachments.
- Paint and perform touch up paint to preserve the exterior finish of equipment.
- Road tests vehicles and equipment.
- Perform PM on all WSDOT equipment and vehicles to ensure reliability of equipment for user groups. Perform PM to detect and repair safety items on equipment to reduce field down time and to extend the service life of equipment.
- Operate computer to maintain shop records.

To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
- High School Diploma or GED and three (3) years of experience in the performance of preventative maintenance and repairs assisting a journey-level mechanic.
- Journey-level standing as a heavy equipment mechanic, demonstrated by completion of a recognized apprenticeship, or by journey-level standing as recognized by a labor union.
- Successful completion of vocational technical training in heavy equipment and/or industrial/commercial equipment repair, including welding may substitute year for year for up to two (2) years of experience, or one (1) year of experience as a journey-level mechanic maintaining and repairing heavy-duty equipment, or journey-level standing as a heavy equipment and/or industrial/commercial mechanic as demonstrated by completion of a recognized apprenticeship; or by journey-level standing as recognized by a labor union.
- Possession of a Washington Class A CDL with N endorsement, without airbrake restrictions (required within six months of hire).
Supply basic hand tools.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
- Currently possess a valid Washington Class A CDL with N endorsement without airbrake restrictions.
- Experience using Fleet Equipment Management System (FEMS) and Microsoft Office Suite programs including Excel, Word, and Outlook.
- Experience reading and understanding equipment manuals, blueprints, and technical drawings.
- An Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification in automotive or light/heavy equipment repair.
- Two (2) year degree in Automotive Technology or Diesel Technology.
- Three (3) years’ experience in the automotive repair industry.
- Experience operating shop tools such as welders, drill presses, grinders, presses, hoists, air tools, and jacks.

- Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle.
- Paid Leave – In addition to 10 paid holidays, full-time employees earn up to 25 paid vacation days per year!
- Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.
- Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.

Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT?

How to Apply:
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.

In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:
- An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
- An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
- Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.

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WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.

WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit

Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Sidra Fields, at Please be sure to reference 21DOT-OR-30339e in the subject line.


Contact Person:
Location: Port ORchard, WA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: $52,776 - $61,224 YR

Posted on June 14, 2021

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