Pierce Transit

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Journey Level Mechanic #19007

Pierce Transit
Lakewood, WA Full-time
Posted on January 24, 2019

Journey Level Mechanic

Salary: $32.30 - $36.66 Hourly

Location: Lakewood, WA

Job Type: Full-time

Department: Maintenance

Job Number: 19007

Closing: 2/25/2019 4:00 PM Pacific


Pierce Transit is an independent municipal organization, dedicated to fulfilling the mission of improving people's quality of life by providing safe, reliable, innovative, and useful transportation services that are locally based and regionally connected.

We are currently recruiting for seasoned and highly skilled Journey Level Mechanics to join the Fleet Maintenance Department in Lakewood.

If you or someone you know is a Journey Level Mechanic looking for a career with a well established employer that can offer a career with a future and a comprehensive benefits package then we invite you to consider Pierce Transit.

The individual we are looking for is a well rounded professional with the skills and abilities to step into a high performing team. This person will have a reputation for being reliable, conscientious and an expert mechanic who takes great pride in their work.

We intend to select someone who will value the excellent reputation we have established  with our community and the riders who rely on us everyday. Some of the regular duties in this role will include:

  • Providing preventative maintenance,
  • Troubleshooting and diagnosing issues,
  • Repairing natural gas, diesel and gasoline powered vehicles and equipment.

Essential Functions

The following functions are not intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed  in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

  • Diagnoses malfunctions and adjusts fuel, electrical, programmable logic controls (PLC's) and mechanical systems to specifications.
  • Repairs, adjusts, or replaces complete or integral parts of natural gas, diesel and gasoline engines, transmissions, drive trains and differentials, and lubrication, cooling, exhaust after treatment, and air or hydraulic systems.
  • Removes, rebuilds, and replaces automatic transmissions in buses.
  • Inspects, adjusts, troubleshoots, and repairs bus door operation, air-ride systems, steering systems, and wheelchair lifts.
  • Makes bus changes throughout the Pierce Transit service area.
  • Notifies the Fleet Assistant Manager, or delegate, of necessary repairs that had not previously been assigned.
  • Enters work order data on Agency personal computers and on handwritten work orders.
  • Maintains a clean and orderly work area.
  • Regular and predictable attendance is required.
  • Must have the ability to maneuver objects weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


The Journey Level Mechanic will possess the knowledge  of:

  • Methods, materials, tools, and standard practices related to the maintenance and repair of heavy-duty vehicles and equipment.
  • Principles of spark-ignited or diesel powered engines.
  • Safety precautions followed in heavy equipment repair shops.

The Journey Level Mechanic will possess the ability to:

  • Use jacks, wrenches, grease guns, hydraulic hoists, cleaning materials and other tools and equipment used in the service and repair of heavy equipment.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Work with other employees in a directed work team environment.
  • Conceptualize required work through personal observation or a verbal description and determine what is necessary to obtain quality results.
  • Perform computerized work order procedures.
  • Pass a job-related examination; pass federally required drug and alcohol testing.
  • Drive all job-related vehicles.

Minimum Qualifications:
Candidates must meet at least one of the following:

  • Three (3) years of journey-level mechanical work experience in transit, bus, or over-the-road coach maintenance. Note: Experience must include at least one year of heavy duty diesel mechanic work experience or alternative fueled spark ignited engines.


  • Completion of a two (2) year diesel mechanic vocational course of study plus two (2) years journey-level mechanical work


  • Certification as a diesel mechanic by a private or public agency recognized by Pierce Transit


  • Completion of a four (4) year diesel mechanic apprentice program.


  • Must possess a valid Washington State driver's license with an acceptable driving record at the time of hire and throughout employment in this position and  obtain a Class B Commercial License Permit within thirty (30) days of hire and obtain a Class B CDL with air brake and passenger endorsement within ninety (90) days of hire.

Special Requirements:

  • Must be willing to work any shift (assignment to swing shift, graveyard and/or weekends likely).
  • Must possess a complete set of heavy equipment tools and a roll-a-way tool box necessary to perform the essential functions of the position.

Journey level mechanical work experience on natural gas or propane-powered spark-ignited vehicles or equipment.

Experience acquired at a heavy duty truck or equipment dealership is highly desired.

Important Information:
Pierce Transit reserves the right to underfill this position with a Mechanic I, if we are not successful in identifying a candidate with sufficient qualifications to meet the requirements of the  classification.

For additional information regarding the Mechanic I position, please click here: Mechanic I Class Spec.

Supplemental Information

This position is represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Local #758 union bargaining unit for Pierce Transit.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
Pierce Transit has a strong commitment to the community we serve and our employees. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class.

Pierce Transit's Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

Please note: Any required education must come from an accredited college or university whose accreditation is recognized by the U S Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or foreign equivalent.