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Heavy Equipment Mechanic (ET3)

By November 21, 2022
  • Full Time
  • Kent, WA
  • December 12, 2022

Washington State Department of Transportation

The recruiting efforts for this position may be extended beyond the displayed closing date for as long and until a sufficient candidate pool has been established. However the first review of applicants will be on November 7th 2022. The Appointing Authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time thereafter. It is to your benefit to submit your application as soon as possible.


Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure that 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 eager to an experienced mechanic interested in utilizing their skills to work on a variety of motor vehicles and highway maintenance equipment for our equipment shop located in Kent. We are looking for mechanics to perform preventative maintenance, inspection, and other services on all inventoried equipment including passenger vehicles, dump trucks, heavy equipment, and a variety of highway maintenance equipment. This position is 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

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Heavy Equipment Mechanic will:

Perform preventative maintenance, inspection, and correction of major and minor repairs on all WSDOT equipment, including all types of light and heavy equipment used in highway maintenance and construction.
Troubleshoot, overhaul, and repair gas and diesel engines, transmissions, electrical & electronic systems, brakes, hydraulic systems, suspensions, steering and fuel systems.
Repair and maintain steering and suspension systems; diagnoses and repairs hydraulic and air brake systems including anti-lock brake systems; designs, diagnoses, repairs, and installs hydraulic systems.
Detect and repair safety items on equipment to reduce field down time and extend the service life of equipment used by WSDOT.
Safely operate welders, drill press, grinder, press, hoist, air tools, jacks and other shop equipment.
Fabricate, weld, and install additional equipment to vehicles.
Maneuver in, on, around and under various pieces of equipment for the purpose of servicing, diagnostic testing, and repairing in an efficient manner.
Keep shop safe, clean, and orderly.
Oversee work, share knowledge and mentor Equipment Technician 3 in-training personnel.
Abide by all safety policies and procedures.
Other duties as assigned.

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

Three (3) years of experience in the performance of preventative maintenance and repairs assisting a journey-level mechanic; OR
Journey-Level standing as a heavy equipment mechanic demonstrated by the completion of a recognized apprenticeship; OR
Journey-Level standing as recognized by a labor union; OR
One (1) year of experience as a journey-level mechanic maintaining and repairing heavy duty equipment.

In addition to:

High School Diploma
Computer skills with the ability to operate Microsoft Office Suite and the M5 Fleet Equipment Management System.
Ability to communicate verbally and in the written form.
Experience reading and understanding equipment manuals, blueprints, and technical drawings.
Ability to manipulate up to 50 pounds with or without reasonable accommodation.
Ability to stand stationary for periods up to 30 minutes at a time and alternate between standing and walking up to long periods per work shift.
Experience operating computerized diagnostic testing equipment, welders, drill presses, hoists, air tools, and jacks.
Current Class A Commercial Driver’s License with “N” and Air Brake endorsements, no automatic transmission restriction and DOT medical certification or the ability to obtain with six months of employment.
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

Current Class A Commercial Driver’s License with “N” and Air Brake endorsements, no automatic transmission restriction and DOT medical certification.
Successful completion of vocational technical training in heavy equipment, light vehicles and/or industrial/commercial equipment repair, including welding/fabrication.
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.
This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
This position is not eligible for remote work.
The salary listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County, the 10% Assignment Pay premium, and the general wage increase of 3.25% for all state employees effective on July 1, 2022.
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
WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov


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.
Paid Leave – In addition to 12 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options, and free dental coverage! Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.
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.
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.
An attached Cover Letter that further details your qualifications, and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
Contact information to be included in the “References” section of the online application for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, knowledge base, and job-related competencies.
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.


Contact us:

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at SaniatE@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference 22DOT-NWR-10794 in the subject line.

Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.

To apply for this job email your details to HQHR@wsdot.wa.gov

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