Fire Mechanic II - Yakima, WA

Employer: City of Yakima

Job Description:
High school diploma/GED or equivalent plus five (5) years experience in the automotive repair and maintenance of gas and diesel engines in commercial (medium to heavy) trucks, and/or heavy equipment. Certificate of completion from a trade or vocational school with emphasis on diesel engines or heavy equipment may substitute for up to two (2) years of the required experience. Lead experience is preferred. Experience as a City of Yakima Mechanic is preferred. Building maintenance experience is desirable.

Must possess the following tools at the time of appointment:

6" Diagonal Cutting Plier 6" #1 Phillips Screwdriver
5" Needle Nose Pliers with Side Cutter 6" #2 Phillips Screwdriver
6" Slip Joint Pliers 6" #3 Phillips Screwdriver
12" Multi-purpose Plier (Water Pump) 3/8" Drive Deep Socket Set 1/4" to 7/8"
1/2" Capacity Ignition Plier 1/2" Drive Socket Set 3/8" to 1-1/4¨"
14" Pipe Wrench 3/8" Drive Socket Set 1/4" to 3/4"
7" Vise Grip Plier 1/4" Drive Socket Set?3/16" to 1/2"
8" Adjustable Wrench 1/2" Drive Ratchet
12" Adjustable Wrench 1/2" Drive Flex Handle
1/4" to 1-1/4" Combination Wrench Set 1/2" Drive 3" Extension
Allen Wrench Set with Sizes .050" to 9/16" 1/2" Drive 6" Extension
8 Piece Basic Ignition Wrench 1/2" Drive 10" Extension
Flare Nut Wrench Set with Sizes 1/4" to 7/8" 3/8" Drive Ratchet
8 oz. Machinist Ball Peen Hammer 3/8" Drive Flex Handle
12 oz. Machinist Ball Peen Hammer 3/8" Drive 3" Extension
16 oz. Machinist Ball Peen Hammer
8 oz. Plastic Tip Hammer 3/8" Drive 6" Extension
4" Flat Blade Screwdriver 3/8" Drive 10" Extension
6" Flat Blade Screwdriver 1/4" Drive Ratchet
3" Flat Blade Screwdriver 1/4" Drive Flex Handle
Set 3/8" Drive Univ. Sockets 3/8" to 3/4" 1/4" Drive 3" Extension
Set Overhead Valve Feeler Gauges 1/4" Drive 6" Extension
Blades from .0015 to .035 Hacksaw Frame and Blades
Set Punch and Chisels Flashlight
Brake Adjusting Tool (Star Nut Adjustment) 1" x 7" Putty Knife
16" Lady Foot Pry Bar Rolling Cabinet (5 drawer chest)
Metric Allen Wrench Set 1.5 to 10mm 12 volt Test Light
3/8 Drive Metric Sockets 7mm-19mm 5/8" Spark Plug Socket
1/2 Drive Metric Sockets 10mm-24mm 13/16" Spark Plug Socket
6mm-23mm Combination Wrench Set 12" Adjustable Wrench
Brass Drift Retrieval Tool, Magnetic or Mechanical
3 Pt. File Pocket Knife
10" Rd. Bastard File Special Fastener Tools as Required
10" Flat Bastard File Wire Strip/Crimp Pliers
Brass Feeder Gauges .0015 to .030 1/2 " Impact Drive Socket Set 1/2"
1/2" Air Impact Wrench 15" Tool Bag
Drive Metric Socket Set 10mm to 24mm 3/8"to 1-1/4"
Internal Torx T-10 to T-55 External Torx E-6 to E-16
Mechanics Creeper "O"-Ring Pick Set
Inspection Mirror Set Internal / External Snap Ring Pliers


Must possess and maintain a valid Washington State Driver's License. Must obtain and maintain: Basic First Aid card including CPR and AED within six (6) months of appointment; Emergency Vehicle Incident Prevention (EVIP) Certification within sixty (60) days of appointment; Certification to service air brakes and air systems, and Emergency Vehicle Technician (EVT) level I and II Certifications within one (1) year of appointment; and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Certification in Automobile and Light Truck and Medium/Heavy Truck within two (2) years.

Job Summary:
Under limited supervision of the Chief or Deputy Chief, performs semi-skilled, skilled, and specialized mechanical work to repair and maintain the Fire Department apparatus, vehicles and equipment in a state of readiness. Provides leadership, work direction and assistance to other fire maintenance personnel. Work is performed with considerable latitude for independent judgment and decision-making. Performance is evaluated by conferences, observation and results achieved.

Essential Functions:
Plans, prioritizes, schedules, coordinates and performs repairs and preventive maintenance on fire department apparatus, vehicles and equipment.

Acts as lead worker to provide on-going, day-to-day support of operations by being a resource to other employees; provides a high level of knowledge and skill of the equipment, policies, procedures and techniques to handle issues as they arise. Assigns, prioritizes, monitors work and provides necessary training to subordinates. Provides information and feedback to Deputy Fire Chief on subordinate performance and contributes to performance evaluation process.

Diagnoses, troubleshoots, repairs or coordinates repairs performed by vendors. Prepares estimates of the cost of maintenance and repair work. Repairs range from scheduled preventive maintenance to overhaul of diesel engines, transmissions, drive lines, hydraulic pumps, generators, gasoline engines, small two and four-stroke engines, breathing apparatus, high-pressure air compressors, and other equipment components.

Performs testing of repair work, component functionality, as well as, manufacturer and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) required testing to include: fire pumps, ground ladders, aerial devices, extrication equipment and engine emissions. Inspects assigned equipment, diagnoses electrical, mechanical and hydraulic problems and determines the extent of repairs.

Responds to fires or emergencies as directed; assists emergency crews with on-site mechanical difficulties; transports equipment and materials to and from stations or fire scenes as required. Performs performance and safety tests as required.

Installs equipment necessary to prepare new vehicles to go into service and facilitates needed equipment changes or additions.

Performs safety inspections of vehicles and equipment; identifies safety hazards and makes necessary repairs and adjustments to assure safe operation of vehicles and equipment.

Operates and maintains a variety of tools (small and large, manual and powered) and diagnostic/testing equipment.

Tunes and adjusts a variety of diesel and gas engines, transmissions, pumps, valves and drive trains of assigned equipment.

Designs, fabricates or modifies body, engine and other parts, pneumatics, hydraulics, mounts and other components. Fabricates from wood, metal, aluminum or steel from plates, extrusions, tubing and other materials using saws, cutters, shears, metal lathe, brakes, cutters including plasma torch. Welds and cuts using oxy-acetylene, MIG, Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG), aluminum spool, and arc welders

Establishes and maintains a preventive maintenance program. Plans and schedules preventive maintenance time for all vehicles and apparatus; develops and maintains an inventory of often used spare parts; procures additional repair parts as needed. Maintains electronic maintenance reports and records for vehicles and equipment including manufacturer-required preventive maintenance work. Assists in preparing bid specifications for new equipment; writes detailed specifications for new apparatus; conducts on-site inspections of manufacturers and assembler's businesses to ensure equipment is prepared in accordance with specifications. Coordinates with vendors to obtain warranty work or obtains clearance to perform the work and receive reimbursement from the vendor or manufacturer.

Performs or coordinates mechanical maintenance functions at Fire Department facilities such as the training burn room and standby generators; and, may make building modifications and emergency repairs. Maintains records of work performed; provides information in preparation of the annual budget.

May be required to attend factory/certification training for apparatus and equipment.

Requires regular and reliable attendance.

Performs other related duties as required.

Major Worker Characteristics:
Knowledge of: methods and tools used in repairing and maintaining pumper and aerial-type fire apparatus, Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting (ARFF) vehicles, passenger trucks and automobiles; principles of internal combustion engines, pumps and hydraulics; air compressors, occupational hazards and safety precautions of the mechanical trade; local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations, and safety requirements relating to vehicle and equipment repair; manufacturers or suppliers of repair parts, equipment and materials to maintain emergency apparatus.

Ability to: work with limited supervision or direction; use machine tools to fabricate parts and components; use a wide variety of hand and fixed power tools and equipment; diagnose and fix mechanical and electrical problems; weld, fabricate and modify equipment; use test equipment; perform strenuous work and lift heavy objects with and without assistance; establish and maintain effective working relationships with department employees, employees of other City departments, vendors, manufacturers, sales persons and others. Must possess well developed communication skills, both written and oral, with appropriate use of business English including but not limited to correct grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation; read and comprehend complex diagrams, blueprints, technical manuals and other written materials; perform typing and operate various computer systems, record management systems, word processing, spreadsheets and database work with working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; prepare a variety of records and reports; and answer inquiries by telephone, e-mail, or in person. Must adhere to a high level of non-disclosure standards and maintain confidentiality boundaries.


Work is performed frequently inside and occasionally outside. Continuous use of both hands in reaching/handling/grasping/fingering while performing duties operating on various vehicles, equipment and machinery. Occasional heavy work includes lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds. May be required to lift heavier weight with assistance of others or mechanical devices up to 100 pounds. Occasionally ascends/descends stairs, ladders, and inclines while maintaining balance. Physical strength and ability sufficient to perform heavy manual labor for extended periods under wet, cold, heat and generally unpleasant conditions. Frequent bending/twisting at knees/waist/neck while performing mechanical repairs and maintenance items. Frequent kneeling/crouching/crawling while making repairs. May work at heights, alone, with others, or in noisy work area. Occasional travel to a variety of locations. Continuous moving, sitting or standing for excessive periods of time. May work outside with all weather extremes, be exposed to insects, pollen, dust, smoke, electrical hazards, noxious odors, fumes, chemicals, oil, construction debris, vibrations, water, hot metals and/or traffic. Continuous use of all senses including feeling/talking/hearing/seeing while performing duties; while communicating with co-workers, general public and completing all tasks as assigned. Must be able to distinguish color and maintain long-term and short-term memory. Will be required to wear safety protective gear. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.


Exposure to exhaust fumes and smoke, motor and siren noise, grease, dirt, hot metals, high pressure hydraulic or water lines/hoses; and weather extremes. Subject to 24-hour emergency call back. Must provide own hand tools as required.

Contact Person:
Location: Yakima, WA
Application Method:
Base Pay: $31.47 - $40.17/hr

Posted on January 15, 2020
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