Heavy Equipment Mechanic - Bingen or Goldendale, WA

Employer: WSDOT

Job Description:

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 two experienced mechanics who want to utilize their skills to work on a variety of motor vehicles and highway maintenance equipment in our Bingen & Goldendale shops. We are looking for mechanics to perform preventative maintenance, inspections, repairs, and other services on all inventoried equipment including passenger vehicles, dump trucks, heavy equipment, and a variety of highway maintenance equipment. These positions are critical in ensuring that equipment is ready to roll to keep our highways free of hazards and open to the traveling public year-round. If you are a reliable, safety-minded mechanic, then we have an exciting opportunity for you.

What to Expect

These positions work a 4/10 schedule, with opportunity for overtime. Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, you will:

Make repairs and adjustments on a variety of heavy-duty diesel engines to include fuel delivery systems, blowers and superchargers, cooling and exhaust systems, and engine control systems.
Make repairs and adjustments on heavy equipment power trains to include clutch replacement and adjustment, transmission (manual and automatic) overhaul and repair, drive line repair, to include inter axle differentials, overhaul and repair of transfer cases, differentials and axles, major repairs of air and hydraulic brake systems and brake adjustment.
Rebuild suspension systems to include springs, walking beams, torsion bars and linkages, rebuild and repair steering gears and linkages. Make steering angle adjustments.
Inspect, diagnose, and make needed repairs to equipment, such as vehicles over 15,000 GVW, mechanical equipment as specialty trucks, power shovels, graders, backhoes, dozers, heavy trucks and accessories, snow blowers, loaders, rollers, sweepers, oil distributors, catch basin cleaners, and all other state-owned equipment used in highway maintenance and engineering.
Utilize digital electronic test equipment and scan tools.
Design, diagnose, repair, and installs hydraulic systems.
Operate shop equipment such as grinders, vacuum gauge, voltage and regulator tester, wheel balancer, drill press, wheel pullers, lathes, jacks, air tools, and various hand tools and other equipment used in heavy equipment repair.
Road tests vehicles and equipment.
Perform preventative maintenance, inspections, and repairs on all WSDOT equipment, both in the shop and in the field to reduce field down time and extend service life of equipment used by WSDOT.
Use fabrication skills to repair equipment by the use of welding, cutting, grinding.
Maneuver in, on, around and under various pieces of equipment for the purpose of inspecting, servicing, diagnostic testing, and repairing in an efficient manner.
Operate a computer to maintain shop records.
Keep shop safe, clean, and orderly.


To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

Three (3) years' experience preforming preventative maintenance and repairs assisting a journey-level mechanic (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 years of experience); OR one 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.
Valid driver’s license, with ability to obtain CDL within six months of hire through on-the-job training.
High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
Ability to relocate tools, equipment, and materials weighing up to 50lbs from one location to another in safe manner, which may include replacing plow bits, loader bucket bits, big tires, and wheels.
Experience operating computerized diagnostic testing equipment, welders, drill presses, hoists, air tools, and jacks.
Basic mechanics hand tool set.

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.

*You may be asked to provide copies of transcripts, certifications, or other related credentials you have.

Important Notes

By issuance of proclamation, the Governor of Washington State mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes; however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.
These positions are subject to the drug and alcohol testing requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA). For more information, please go to DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing.
This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.


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. As such, there are a number of flexible schedule options available, including occasional telework for eligible positions.
Paid Leave – In addition to 11 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 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.
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.

Please click the "APPLY" button to proceed. Note that you will be prompted to either sign in or create an account. This step is required in order to submit an application to this opportunity.

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 www.uscis.gov

Contact us

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Robyn Lovely at lovelyr@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference 21DOT-SWR-40002m in the subject line.

Contact Person:
Location: Bingen or Goldendale, WA
Application Method: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/wsdot/jobs/3300673/heavy-equipment-mechanic-et3-bingen-goldendale?keywords=heavy%20equipment&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs
Base Pay: $60,692.00 - $70,407.00/ear

Posted on December 02, 2021

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