Equipment Technician 3 - Union Gap, WA

Employer: WSDOT

Job Description:
The Opportunity:
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has an exciting opportunity for an experienced mechanic who wants to utilize their skills to work on a variety of motor vehicles and highway maintenance equipment for the Union Gap Maintenance Shop. We are looking for an Equipment Technician 3 to perform journey level preventative maintenance, inspection, repairs, and other services on all inventoried equipment including passenger vehicles, dump trucks, heavy equipment, and other various highway maintenance equipment. This position plays a vital role in ensuring the safety and well-being of WSDOT employees and the public. If you are a reliable, safety-minded mechanic, then we have an exciting opportunity for you!

At WSDOT, 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 perspectives while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. To learn more, please watch the following video: Why WSDOT?

This position will perform the following work:
- Safely move in, on, and around heavy equipment for the purposes of inspections, diagnoses, journey level repairs, and road tests used in highway maintenance, construction, and repair.
- Provide 90% completion rate for on-time preventative maintenance goals for the South Central Region Equipment.
- Operate various shop equipment such as welders, torches, grinders, digital Volt/Ohm and similar diagnostic equipment, electronic diagnostic tooling, drill press, hydraulic press, wheel pullers, hoists, vehicle lifts, cranes, jacks, air tools, hand tools, various power tools, diagnostic scan tools, and other various diagnostic and repair tools and equipment.
- Inspect, diagnose, and repair gas and diesel engines, various power train systems, and all vehicle systems; including, but not limited to: fuel and engine systems; operating controls; electrical systems; brake systems; drive train, steering and suspension systems; hydraulic systems, and cooling systems, etc.
- Safely operate and transport equipment as needed for repair or testing purposes on site and to/from region shops and repair facilities.
- Safely raise engine cowls on trucks and other equipment, and accurately maneuver replacement parts or loads up to 50 pounds without assistance.
- Operate a PC or laptop computer for diagnostic processes, communications, timecards, and maintain shop records and parts inventory levels.
- Support and participate in the WSDOT Safety Program ensuring that personal, team work practices, and shop areas are safe and clean.
- Read, interpret, and comprehend vehicle repair manuals, online technical information; and assist other employees on new systems and repair processes.
- Support and work effectively, safely, productively, and efficiently with co-workers of various experience levels and personalities; and be willing to assist as needed when completing various maintenance and repair duties.
- Maintain clean and organized work areas, wash/clean equipment and shop areas as required.
- Maintain & contribute to accurate Work Order management.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

Required qualifications for this position are:
- High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
- Class A CDL with N (cargo/tanker) endorsement without airbrakes restrictions, valid medical card, and the ability to operate all motor vehicles designated under Class A CDL specifications (or the ability to obtain within six (6) months of appointment through the WSDOT internal process).
- Extensive working knowledge of vehicle systems, including power plants, electrical/electronics, drive trains, and other equipment utilized by WSDOT.
- The ability to read and comprehend vehicle repair manuals and printed materials.
- Ownership of a basic set of hand tools to accomplish all repairs, diagnosis, and maintenance.
- Effective communication skills with diverse groups utilizing oral, written, and electronic communication methods with internal and external customers.
- The ability to learn new systems; and mentor/train and assist other employees on new systems and repair processes. - The ability to stand for multiple 30 minute periods of time during a 10 hour work shift (Day or Night) in all weather conditions.
- Ability and willingness to work nights, weekends, and holidays, perform standby when necessary.
- The ability to lift and manipulate up to 50 pounds of various materials without assistance, and loads over 50 pounds with assistance.
- Ability to work in adverse weather conditions and traverse steep and uneven terrain.
- The ability to use both hands for grasping, griping, twisting, and fine finger manipulation; bend and twist torso to access tight locations on vehicles and equipment; accessing from above, in front of, and below.

Candidates will be considered for Equipment Technician 2 or Equipment Technician 3 depending upon qualifications, experience, and skills as follows:

Equipment Technician 2 ($46,452.00 - $53,904.00 Annually):
Three (3) or more years' experience assisting a journey-level mechanic performing preventative maintenance and repairs.

Successful completion of vocational technical training in heavy equipment may substitute year-for-year experience.

Equipment Technician 3 ($51,240.00 - $59,436.00 Annually):
Minimum of three (3) years' experience as a journey-level repair technician diagnosing, maintaining, and repairing light, medium, and heavy duty equipment and vehicles in an established vehicle repair facility.
Journey level standing or certification as a journey level heavy equipment mechanic through completion of a recognized labor union apprenticeship program.

Preferred qualifications for this position are:
- Associate of Applied Science degree or a Trade School certificate in Automotive, Diesel Technology, Heavy-Duty Equipment, or related field.
- Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Certifications.

Condition of Employment:
WSDOT is committed to an alcohol and drug free workplace. This positions is subject to the drug and alcohol testing requirements of the Federal Highway Administration. For more information, please go to DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing.

How to Apply:
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. You may need to set up an online account profile. To be considered for this position, you will need to attach a resume and cover letter to your electronic application, and answer the supplemental questions. Your cover letter should describe how your experience, training, and education make you a viable and competitive candidate for this position. To view the entire job announcement and apply, please visit: Equipment Technician 3.

Contact us:
For inquiries about this position, please contact Renee Mason via email to Please reference recruitment number 18DOT-SCR-50458.

WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, and 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 Person:
Location: Union Gap, WA
Application Method: Online
Base Pay: $46,452 - $59,436 YR

Posted on July 22, 2019
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