Equipment Technician 3 - Grant County-Ephrata, 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 Ephrata 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!

** Please note, this is a non-permanent position with an expected duration of 6-12 months. **

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.
- Proficiently operate a variety of Class A highway equipment safely and efficiently. (May be required to operate Class B and Class C equipment as needed).
- Operate shop equipment such as welders, torches, grinders, vacuum tooling, digital Volt/Ohm meter, electronic diagnostic tools, drill press, hydraulic press, wheel pullers, hoists, vehicle lifts, cranes, lathes, jacks, air tools, hand tools, various power tools, diagnostic scan tools, emission testers, and other various diagnostic and repair tools and equipment.
- Perform preventative maintenance and repairs to a wide variety of highway maintenance equipment in the Ephrata Maintenance Shop; as well as, in the field.
- Inspect, diagnose, and repair 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.
- Complete seasonal mounting, repairs and metal fabrication to sanders, snowplows, self-propelled sweepers, weed sprayers, tractor mounted mowers, trailers, and other specialized equipment; such as, boom lifts, bucket lifts, and equipment attachments.
- Design, weld, and fabricate one of a kind specialty parts, tools, or accessories as requested by supervision.
- Safely operate and transport equipment as needed for repair or testing purposes on site and to/from region shops and repair facilities.
- Raise engine cowls on dump trucks and move loads up to 50 pounds without assistance.
- Repair and maintain fuel sites by repairing leaks, conducting site cleanup, and other various functions related to the fuel sites.
- Prepare newly delivered equipment for service and transfer equipment between regional shops and vendors.
- Operate a PC or laptop computer for diagnostic processes, communications, and to maintain shop records and parts inventory levels.
- Support and participate in the WSDOT Safety Program ensuring that shop areas are safe and clean.
- Utilize personal protective equipment to ensure a safe working environment.
- Read, interpret, and comprehend vehicle repair manuals, online technical information; and mentor/train 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.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

Required qualifications for this position are:
- High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
- Experience as a journey-level mechanic diagnosing, repairing, and maintaining light, medium and heavy duty equipment in an established vehicle repair facility OR - Journey-level standing as a heavy equipment mechanic as demonstrated by completion of a recognized apprenticeship or recognized by a labor union.
- Brake Inspector Certification from an accredited college or trade school.
- Class A CDL with N (cargo/tanker) endorsement without airbrakes restrictions and the ability to operate all motor vehicles designated under Class A CDL specifications (or the ability to obtain one within six 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 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 and 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.

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.
- ASE Master Certification.

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.

Contact us:
For inquiries about this position, please contact Renee Mason via email to
Please reference recruitment number 18DOT-NCR-24604Cn2.

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: Ephrata, WA
Application Method: Online
Base Pay: $49,932 - $57,948 YR

Posted on October 07, 2019
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