Journey-Level Machinist - Seattle, 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.

Washington State Ferries (WSF), a division of WSDOT, is the largest ferry system in the U.S. and safely and efficiently carries nearly 25 million people a year through some of the most majestic scenery in the world. The WSF system is an essential part of Washington's transportation network, linking communities on both sides of Puget Sound with the San Juan Islands and internationally to Sidney, British Columbia. WSF has more than 1,800 employees throughout the Puget Sound region on vessels, in terminals, at the Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility and at the headquarters facility in Seattle.

The Opportunity
WSDOT is currently seeking a Machinist Journeyperson to perform skilled machinist and marine diesel mechanic work in accordance with Federal, State, and US Coast Guard regulations.

What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Journey-Level Machinist will:

Respond to equipment failures around the clock
Work in harsh weather conditions
Overhaul, repair, marine propulsion engines, and replace all vessel machinery and engines above and below decks
Repair and overhaul pumps to include sewage, potable water, raw water, fuel, oil transfer, and saltwater.
Operation of lathes, milling machines, drill press, and other shop equipment.
Precision alignment of pumps with a dial indicator and laser alignment tooling.
Diagnose and repair hydraulic systems.
Stock and operate tool room and sign shop for Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility

To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
Journey-level status as a Machinist, OR
Completion of a recognized apprenticeship as a Machinist.
Valid Washington State Driver’s License
Ability to obtain and maintain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) within 90 days of hire.
Physical ability to perform job responsibilities under the stated working conditions and under emergency conditions/situations.
Annual respiratory questionnaire and fit test, which may include the requirement to shave if necessary to obtain a skin-to-rubber seal.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
Experience in rigging heavy equipment out of and into vessel compartments

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 by no later than October 18, 2021. This is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes.
This position is subject to the completion of a respiratory questionnaire as required by the regulatory authority, and an annual fit test, to obtain a skin-to-rubber seal.
This position is 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.

Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensuring that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individual’s lifestyle.
Paid Leave – In addition to 14 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum of 14 paid vacation days per year!
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.

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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

Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Renee Mason, at Please be sure to reference 22DOT-WSF-C0211 in the subject line.

Contact Person: Renee Mason
Location: Seattle, WA
Application Method: Online :
Base Pay: $5,947.32 /MO

Posted on December 27, 2022

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