Thurston CountyOlympia 98501
Full Time +

Two years of experience working under the direction of a journey-level mechanic and one year as a journey-level mechanic maintaining and repairing light and/or heavy-duty highway equipment.

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Equipment Mechanic

Thurston County
Full Time, Temporary 3000 Pacific Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501, United States


**This employment opportunity will remain open until filled. Thurston County reserves the right to close the recruitment at any time.**
Thurston County is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the temporary position of within the Fleet Services (ER&R) Division of the Central Services Department.
*Please note: This is a temporary position expected to last approximately six (6) months.**

About Central Services

Central Services provides a wide range of professional internal services to County offices and departments including vehicle and equipment fleet management, facilities operations and maintenance, records management, surplus, and mail services. Centralizing these services is an efficient and effective means of delivering service and providing access to internal expertise. The department has approximately 50 employees, supporting a County workforce of more than 1,200 employees.

  • Mission - Partner with our customers to deliver public resources that promote a vibrant community.

  • Vision - We are united as effective stewards of public resources delivering exceptional services that meet customer business needs.

  • Customer Commitment - We are open and collaborative. We build trust. We ensure that our customers feel welcomed, heard, informed, confident, and successful.

About this position
This position inspects, diagnoses, and repairs vehicles and many other types of equipment used in highway maintenance. As a member of the Fleet Services Division, the Equipment Mechanic is expected to contribute effectively to the organization's overall growth and development. 

As part of a 15-member Fleet Services team, specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Inspecting, diagnosing, and repairing mechanical equipment on passenger vehicles, power shovels, graders, dozers, heavy trucks, loaders, and all other County-owned equipment.
  • Designing and repairing electrical systems.
  • Testing and repairing starting and charging systems.
  • Entering job order data on county provided computer using FIMS software.
  • Reading and interpreting blueprints, schematics, and service manuals.
  • Utilizing a variety of diagnostic software applications and scan tools.
  • Checking bearings, wrist pins, and cylinders for wear.
  • Replacing injectors and fuel pumps and reassembling to specifications.
  • Pulling wheels and replacing or repacking wheel bearings and refacing or replacing drums; replacing brake linings and shoes; repairing air cans and checking brake systems for leaks.
  • Repairing air compressors, air governors, air brakes, and hydraulic systems.
  • Operating shop equipment such as grinders, boring bars, vacuum gauges, voltage regulator testers, wheel balancers,  drill presses,  wheel  pullers, jacks, air tools, scopes, timing lights, arc welders, oxy and acetylene welding and cutting equipment, and various hand tools, diagnostic testing and other equipment used in automotive repair.
  • Designing, modifying, and installing hydraulic systems and other special accessories to the equipment on hand.
  • Maintaining shop service records.
  • Road testing vehicles and equipment after repair.
  • May do machinist, welder, or blacksmith work; may do specialized work such as body repair and painting.

Working Conditions:
Approximately 90% of duties are performed in an automotive shop environment with physical effort exerted while lifting machine parts and tires ranging from 25 to 125 lbs. Physical injury can result from exposure to a variety of automotive and welding fumes and moving parts. Driving is required to move vehicles and equipment as a regular part of daily responsibilities.

Please ensure your resume and letter of interest demonstrates the following required qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Two years of experience working under the direction of a journey-level mechanic and one year as a journey-level mechanic maintaining and repairing light and/or heavy-duty highway equipment.
  • Current Washington State Driver's License or have requested and obtained an appropriate accommodation.
  • Must have the ability to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver's License with air brake and tanker endorsement, within 6 months from date of hire. 
  • Contingent on a successful background check and fingerprints. 
Desired Skills

The ideal candidate will also possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Ability to diagnose and repair major and minor mechanical and electrical defects in vehicles and heavy equipment.
  • Knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions of the mechanical trade.
  • Skill in operating a variety of hand and power tools used in automotive maintenance work.
  • Ability to weld and fabricate vehicle body repairs and modifications.
  • Ability to service and maintain County vehicles and equipment.
  • Current ASE Certification.
  • Formal education beyond high school and trade school is preferred.
  • Knowledge in the areas of troubleshooting and repairing engines, drive train components, electrical systems, hydraulic systems, steering and suspension, heating and air conditioning, hydraulic, mechanical, welding, and other related systems.
  • Ability to remain alert to new methods and equipment  that  will improve and enhance a safe working environment, expedite job completion and provide cost savings.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, and respectfully with members of the public, customers, and internal staff.
  • Ability to work as an effective team member