Automotive Mechanic -Ellensburg, WA

Employer: CWU

Job Description:
Job Summary
Central Washington University is recruiting an Automotive Mechanic to join our FMD Motor Pool team in Ellensburg, Washington. This role is an important member of our team as they enhance the vision for the University. The role is a campus-based position, which means you get to see the lives you are impacting. We're offering a salary, depending on experience, $46,980 - $53,100 annually plus the awesome CWU benefits.

Who we are:

We are a team of individuals committed to Changing Students' Lives. No matter what job, each of us plays a part in supporting and empowering our students to fulfill their dreams.

Working in higher education provides career growth and career choice. Think of a university campus like a mini city, operating across 380 acres. You’ll find diverse academics, libraries, athletics and sporting events, full service and quick serve dining, conferences and events from small to large, recreation centers, housing for ~10,000 students, health services, police and public safety.

For the seventh time in eight years, CWU is a recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Come join us on our journey to encourage, inspire, and create spaces where all identities thrive on campus.

Tour our campus in Ellensburg here:

What we offer:

Our investment in you begins the day you join our team, a healthy and successful future for you is important to us. We offer medical, dental, life and disability insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, tuition assistance for you and your dependents, discounts across town, an employee assistance program for individualized counseling, and a wellness incentive program. Learn more:

The Role:

Provides journey-level services for the university motor pool fleet and maintenance operations by providing inspections, diagnostics, major/minor overhauls, repairs and preventative maintenance on a variety of University owned vehicles and equipment. Work is performed professionally and efficiently, incorporating both personal integrity and mutual respect. All employees are expected to support CWU’s commitment to diversity and to bring and support inclusion into the university environment.

Job Duties
Perform all aspects of an Automotive Mechanic duties to include but not limited to:
- Effectively communicate and maintain positive working relations with faculty, staff, students and the campus community as well as Facilities Management Department (FMD) management team. Perform work in a manner that provides excellent service with nominal to no inconvenience or disruption for the client. Perform quality work that meets or exceeds the expectation and satisfaction of the client.
- Perform work using Best Practices while maintaining compliance with applicable laws, policies and procedures to provide a safe workplace.
- Perform a variety of journey-level inspections, diagnoses and make major/minor repairs and preventative maintenance on a variety of electric, gasoline, and diesel powered equipment including, but not limited to passenger vehicles, heavy-duty trucks, forklifts, emergency generators, small engines, police cruisers, and golf carts.
- Observe, listen and determine mechanical defects and malfunctions. Perform engine tune-ups and ignition system adjustments.
- Inspect, adjust and reline brakes within specified guidelines.
- Use a variety of hand tools, diagnostic equipment and a variety of mechanical aids in the repair, adjustment and maintenance of motorized equipment, such as: voltage and regulator tester, wheel balancer, wheel pullers, jacks, air tools, On-board diagnostics (OBD) scanner, computerized diagnostic devices, emission testers.
- Utilize electric and acetylene-welding equipment for repairs and fabrication of parts.
- Road test equipment to ensure that malfunctions have been corrected.
- Order, requisition and maintain an appropriate inventory of parts, materials and supplies. Assist with and make recommendations for ordering of new vehicles and equipment.
- Use a computer to maintain complete and accurate digital service records pertaining to vehicle/equipment service and repairs, inventories of shop parts, materials, and supplies. Provide feedback to Lead and Supervisor on the need to order parts, materials, and supplies.
- Ensure that safe workplace requirements are met, and acceptable housekeeping standards are maintained.
- Perform monthly and annual fuel system physical inspections and document conditions (tanks, pipes, pumps, etc.). Run monthly computerized leak test on fuel system. Monitor fuel system daily, order fuel as needed. Monitor as fuel is being delivered into underground tanks. Maintain complete and accurate records in digital format. Perform routine maintenance on system. Make recommendations for repairs.
- Prepare accurate and itemized cost estimates for vehicle/equipment repairs and maintenance.
- Read, interpret, and process work orders in a timely manner.
- Support Ground Equipment maintenance and repair for vehicles and equipment over 15,000 GVW.
- Assist in snow and ice removal from areas such as walks, stairs, roads, ramps, and parking facilities using hand tools or specialty equipment. Apply ice-melt, sand or gravel as required for safety.
- Attend departmental meetings, safety training and other training workshops.
- Enter Time and Attendance daily with accurate work order numbers.
- Respond in emergency situations.
- Keep all work areas clean, well-organized and safe at all times. Ensure all tools and equipment are maintained in good working order.

- Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Experience in:
Four (4) years as a journey-level automotive mechanic.
Interpreting mechanical, electrical, and other schematics and diagrams.
Diagnosing, locating, and repairing mechanical and electrical malfunctions and defects.
Using Word, Excel, e-mail, and/or similar software applications to produce written correspondence, document service/repair records, create simple reports, receive and respond to e-mail inquiries, report time, etc.
Knowledge of:
Computerized shop systems, principles, methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in the maintenance and repair of a variety of electric, gasoline and diesel-powered motorized vehicles and equipment.
Principles and theories of the internal combustion engine.
Legal mandates, policies, regulations, and guidelines pertaining to the repair, overhaul, and maintenance of automotive and heavy-duty equipment. Safe working methods and procedures.
Ability to:
Perform the job duties of the position and meet the physical demands of the working conditions.
Communicate both orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner.
Possession of a valid Washington State Driver's License.
Obtain forklift operator’s certification within 6 months of employment and maintained throughout employment.
Obtain Washington State Underground Storage Tank (UST) Class A/B Operator Training Certification within 6 months of employment and maintained throughout employment.
Demonstrate willingness and/or experience working with students and/or co-workers from a wide range of abilities, backgrounds, and experiences.
OR applicable combination of education and/or experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.
Preferred Qualifications

Experience in:
Journey-level mechanic in maintenance and repair of a commercial automotive fleet.
Three (3) years of experience in repair and maintenance of heavy gasoline and diesel-powered, farm and construction equipment.
Operation of shop equipment such as hoist, grinder, vacuum gauge, voltage and regulator tester, wheel balancer, drill press, wheel puller, lathe, jacks, air tools, welder, diagnostic scanning devices and software, digital volt meters.
Working knowledge of plumbing and hydraulic systems.
Specialized training or coursework in electric, gasoline and diesel-powered motorized equipment repair, overhaul, and maintenance.
Accident and general safety.
Possession of a current vehicle emissions testing certificate.
Possession of a Class B Commercial Driver's License with an air brake endorsement.
Ability to incorporate multicultural perspectives and issues into everyday conversations.
Life experiences that demonstrate an ability to contribute to CWU’s commitment to inclusion and diversity.

Perform our Best: Interact daily with faculty, students, staff and others in the campus community in a professional manner. Treat others and be treated with respect; perform with integrity, honesty and professionalism; participate constructively in open communication; help to resolve issues and difficult situations in ways that reduce conflict and maintain good working relationships; improve work performance and take an active part in generating a mutually supportive environment. Recognize that diversity is an asset and value cultural, physical, and professional differences.
Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines and work schedules.
Judgement: Makes timely, informed decisions. Analyzes options and determines appropriate course of action.
Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual support to achieve goals. Encourages participation and mutual support.
Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts approach and methods to achieve results; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternatives.
Commitment to Diversity: Recognizes the value of diversity and helps create environment that supports and embraces diversity.
Don’t meet every single requirement? At CWU we’re dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every requirement, we encourage you to apply anyway. This may be the job for you!

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary: $3,915 /month with periodic increases up to $4,425 /month

Schedule/Appointment: Generally Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm (1 hour lunch) / May vary depending on department need / WFSE Bargaining Unit 1

Working Conditions: This position will work indoors and outdoors, including work in inclement weather during daylight and dark hours at times in hot/cold/noisy/dirty/wet/confined areas such as mechanical rooms, manholes and excavations. Will need to physically access work areas with the equipment and tools necessary for completion of the job. This position often requires standing/crawling/bending/ walking/climbing while carrying (up to 50 pounds)/pulling/pushing/lifting associated with moving of equipment and tools. Some stooping, kneeling, repetitive motion of arms and hands, and other physical movements as required by assigned tasks and essential functions of the position. In addition, this position will work with and be exposed to machinery, tools, electrical equipment, and chemicals associated with solvent tanks and pesticide application. Will work around all utilities during excavations, maintenance and installations and be exposed to insects that may be in the environment. Must maintain awareness of immediate vicinity in order to recognize, respond to and/or avoid potentially hazardous conditions/ surroundings. Frequent use of personal protection equipment such as ear plugs, safety glasses and gloves will be required as needed. Will need to drive a service vehicle in congested areas.

Scheduled hours will vary depending on the needs of the department. Occasional overtime and shift work are required. May be required to work weekends, days, evenings, and holidays. Occasional travel may be required. This position is considered an essential position and availability will be required to respond to callback situations including University emergencies.

Benefits: CWU offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance, along with vacation and sick leave plans depending on employment classification. For additional information please visit:

An employee of CWU may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program if the employee has student loans. To learn more, visit:

How To Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach:

Resume including work history, education, training; and

Contact information for three professional references.
Screening Begins: January 9, 2023

**Priority will be given to applications received by the screening date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Contact Information
Name: Blair McNeillie
Title: Grounds Supervisor
Phone: (509) 963-3469

Please contact Human Resources at or 509-963-1202 if you require technical assistance with the on-line application process.

Conditions of Employment
Prior to employment, final candidate(s) will be required to sign a Sexual Misconduct disclosure in pursuant to RCW 28B.112.080 and submit to a background check. All information obtained through background investigations will be strictly confidential and revealed only to those required to have access.

This position is part of a Washington Federation of State Employees Bargaining Unit I.

Contact Person: Blair McNeillie
Phone: (509) 963-3469
Location: Ellensburg, WA
Application Method: Online :
Base Pay: $3,915 /MO

Posted on December 21, 2022

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