Employer: Ellensburg School District

Job Description:
The mechanic is responsible for performing demand repair and preventative maintenance at the direction of the head mechanic. The mechanic is responsible for work on diesel and gasoline vehicles including school buses, motor-pool vehicles, maintenance department vehicles, and maintenance department equipment. The mechanic is expected to be able to effectively diagnose problems and to perform appropriate repairs in a timely manner. The mechanic is also expected to carry out preventative maintenance activities and to perform safety inspections according to documented procedures. The mechanic is responsible for the accurate documentation of the work he or she completes. The mechanic is expected to contribute to the professionalism, order, and cleanliness of the shop. The mechanic is also expected to be able to assume the duties of the head mechanic in his or her absence, with particular attention directed to the management of vehicle defect reports, contracted repair services, parts ordering, and the preventative maintenance plan.


The position is 8.0 hours per day, 260 days per year, and PSE Union represented.

Hours will be set by the Transportation Director. The mechanic may be required to work additional hours depending on the needs of the department.


High school graduate, GED, or equivalent required.
AS degree, military training, or technical college Certificate of Completion in an automotive or commercial vehicle program preferred.
Minimum of 5-yrs experience as a mechanic preferred.
Hold, or obtain, and continue to hold a class B commercial driver’s license.
Hold or obtain, and continue to hold, a current commercial driver’s license physical certification.
Pass and continue to pass a WSP & FBI fingerprint background check.
Must pass and continue to pass a drug test.


Ability to accurately diagnose mechanical problems with diesel engines, gasoline engines, air brake systems, hydraulic brake systems, automatic transmissions, electrical systems, and any other systems requiring repair.
Ability to plan and carry out repairs in compliance with district, regulatory, and legal requirements.
Ability to understand written manuals with particular attention directed to the Washington State Patrol School Bus Inspection Manual.
Ability to keep accurate documentation.
Ability to keep documentation up-to-date.
Ability to use computer systems including engine and transmission interface software; Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and Access; and digital video system setup and diagnostic programs.
Ability to communicate effectively and positively with equipment users including school bus drivers, motor-pool vehicle drivers, and maintenance department staff.
Ability to perform duties in a disciplined, independent manner with minimal supervision.
The placement of high value on safety and high quality work.


Diagnose and repair mechanical problems to district, regulatory, and legal standards.
Perform preventative maintenance tasks including engine, transmission, and fuel system services; application of grease; and axle services.
Perform vehicle inspections to Washington State Patrol and Department of Transportation standards.
Document work completed according to legal, regulatory, and district requirements.
Carry out direction provided by the head mechanic.
Perform duties with minimal supervision.
Make recommendations with respect to areas of responsibility.
Assume the duties of the head mechanic in his or her absence.
Promote a positive work environment by communicating effectively and addressing driver concerns about equipment in a timely and adequate manner.


The position requires regular lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, crouching, fine finger manipulation, kneeling, reaching above shoulder height, reaching below the knees, and repetitive arm and hand motion. The position involves regular exposure to noise, chemicals, fumes, and dust. The position also requires sitting, standing, walking, driving, climbing stairs, climbing ladders, bending and twisting at the waist, crawling, handling items, grasping, talking, hearing, and seeing.


Health insurance benefits for employees working 630 hours or more per year include medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability plans through the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB).

School employees | Washington State Health Care Authority

Retirement benefits provided through the WA State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS).

State of Washington: Department of Retirement Systems

260 Day Employees - Paid leave benefits to include 12 days of sick leave, 3 personal leave days, and 13 holidays. Vacation days starting at 5 days per year.


This Job description is intended to provide an overview of the requirements of the position. As such, it is not necessarily all-inclusive, and the job may require other essential and/or nonessential functions, tasks, duties, or responsibilities not listed herein. The District reserves the right to add, modify, or exclude any essential or nonessential requirement at any time with or without notice. Nothing in this job description, nor by the completion of any requirement of the job by the employee, is intended to create a contract of employment of any type.

Applicants interested must follow the application procedures carefully. Consideration will only be given to fully completed application files. Minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants of diverse backgrounds encouraged to apply.

Ellensburg School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Title IX Coordinator and and Section 504 Coordinator,Rhonda Schmidt, 509-925-8011, [email protected] Civil Rights Coordinator, 509-925-8007, Alexis.H[email protected] 1300 East Third Avenue, Ellensburg, WA 98926.

Contact Person:
Application Method: Online: https://ellensburg.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=4959
Base Pay: $26.07 - $28.30 /HR

Posted on August 10, 2023

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