Kitsap County, WA
November 10, 2023
Port Orchard, WA
Job Type



Position Information
Under the direction of the assigned supervisor, the incumbent performs skilled mechanical work on gasoline and diesel powered vehicles and equipment, performing a variety of mechanical, preventive maintenance and related work to ensure effective readiness and operation of the County's vehicles including but not limited to autos, pickups, trucks, road maintenance and sewer equipment. Other assignments include servicing and Diagnosing equipment, repairing and mounting tires, modifying and fabricating equipment and parts, welding broken items and maintaining tools and the shop area in a clean and orderly condition.


Required Education and Experience

  • Associates degree in automotive/diesel technology or related field; and
  • Two years recent experience as a heavy duty diesel/gasoline mechanic; OR
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the work.

Preferred Experience

  • Master Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certificate or equivalent.
  • Experience in electrical/electronics, hydraulics, and hydraulics systems with air or low voltage control circuits
  • Metal Fabrication, welding and/or machine shop experience.
  • Washington State Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) for the operation of related equipment with Endorsement N or X and air brake restriction removed.

Driving Requirements
The successful incumbent must meet the driving requirements of this position and submit a copy a current driving record/abstract (from state of residency) to review for eligibility to drive for Kitsap County prior to employment. The successful incumbent must obtain a valid Washington State Driver's License prior to hire and maintain a satisfactory driving record as outlined in the Kitsap County Vehicle Use Policy. This position is categorized as:
CDL Driver: Operating County owned vehicles and CDL vehicles. Successful candidate must [have a current or obtain within 12 months of employment] a Washington Class A endorse N or X with air brake restriction removed. Prior to CDL Assignment:

  • CDL drivers must submit a driving abstract and a current medical card.
  • CDL Drivers in accordance with federal regulations and Kitsap County Drug and Alcohol Policy and Procedures for CDL Drivers, no employee will be allowed to operate CDL vehicles or equipment in this position for Kitsap County until he/she has successfully passed a breath alcohol test and urine drug screening; and enter into a random DOT regulated drug and alcohol testing process.

Required Licenses, Certificates, Examinations/Tests and Other Requirements

Please note: The incumbent is responsible for obtaining and maintaining all of the following required licenses, certifications and other requirements.

Prior to employment the successful candidate must :

  • Authorize and complete a criminal background and driving record check. Information received is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and will not necessarily remove a candidate from consideration.
  • Pass medical/physical evaluation, including audiometric testing, conducted in accordance with WAC 296-817-400
  • Pass all job-related examinations/tests necessary to demonstrate required knowledge, skills and abilities, as determined by the hiring authority.
  • Submit official transcripts from an accredited college or university if education is being used to meet the minimum qualifications.
  • Provide references that demonstrate reliability, a good attendance record and a positive work ethic/attitude.

Within 12 months employment the successful candidate must :

  • Obtain Forklift Certification
  • Obtain a Washington State Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) for the operation of related equipment with Endorsement N or X and air brake restriction removed.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Standard practices, procedures, tools, materials/parts, utilized in gasoline and diesel repair.
  • Gas and electric welding and cutting.
  • Vehicle/Equipment computer systems.
  • Safety regulations, standards, wear tolerances and applicable replacement criteria.
  • Hydraulic systems.
  • Service and Repair HVAC systems.
  • Parts ordering work-order's and fleet software systems.
  • Safe working practices and procedures.

Skills and/or Ability to:

  • Appear for scheduled work with regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative, effective, and productive working relationships using tact, patience and courtesy with other employees and the general public.
  • Provide outstanding customer service
  • Effectively plan and organize work and complete tasks within prescribed timeframes.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Read and understand technical materials such as repair manuals, parts catalogs, electrical and hydraulic schematics and gasoline/diesel specifications.
  • Maintain records and reports.
  • Proficiently diagnose defects in and repair a wide variety of maintenance and construction equipment as well as general automotive equipment.
  • Use fleet software, evaluate fleet data, and maintain work force performance.
  • Operate diagnostic computers.
  • Comply with safety standards concerning the wearing of personal safety clothing and protective equipment.
  • Maintain a safe and clean work area.
  • Work over 40 hours in a workweek as required. Be available on standby work when required.
  • Report for duty on time and remain at work until the end of their scheduled shift even if an inclement weather event or emergency is declared as an "Essential Employee" under the Public Works Inclement Weather/Emergency Response policy.

Working Conditions/Physical Activities

(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).

Positions in this class typically require:

  • Work is performed primarily in a vehicle repair shop and outside field and some mining locations.
  • Test-driving of vehicles is required.
  • Must be able to work safely around heavy equipment and work in awkward positions such as operating tools while lying on your back under a vehicle.
  • Exposure to loud noises, exhaust fumes, power tools and equipment is inherent in the job.
  • Bending, stooping, reaching (over shoulders, at waist and below waist), walking, standing, adequate vision to operate power equipment, etc.
  • Adequate vision sufficient to view gauges and traffic and other signals, to operate equipment and read instructions and plans.
  • Able to communicate instructions, diagnosis and other important information.
  • Hearing sufficient to respond to audible alarms, signals, radio and telephone.
  • Exertion of force of up to 50 lbs. occasionally, and/or up to 35 pounds frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds continually to lift/carry/move objects and to operate a variety of power equipment.

Incumbents may be:

  • Exposed to other physical hazards out in the field.
  • Exposed to potentially hazardous conditions when dealing with disgruntled or hostile individuals.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Perform Preventative Maintenance the County's vehicles and equipment using the tools required for the job.
  • Inspect, diagnose and make repairs to OEM specification on all County vehicles and equipment such as; loaders, graders, dozers, compactors, medium and heavy-duty trucks and accessories, light duty trucks, automobiles using the tools required for the job.
  • Inspect, diagnose and make repairs to Engine, Transmission and Emission systems also air, electric, hydraulic controls and circuits found on County owned vehicles and equipment using the tools required for the job.
  • Fabrication (plasma cutting, oxygen / acetylene cutting and welding arc welding, mig welding) using the tools required for the job.

Other Job Duties:

  • Perform related work as required.


Positions in the classification are:

  • Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public. Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process, which may include testing for office and computer skills.
  • This position is classified as non-exempt and is eligible to earn overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • This position is covered under a collective bargaining agreement with Council ( https://www.kitsapgov.com/hr/Pages/Collective-Bargaining-Agreements.aspx ) and the Kitsap County Personnel Manual ( https://www.kitsapgov.com/hr/Pages/Personnel-Manual-2019.aspx ) Membership in the (union/guild) is optional. Internal applicants should be aware that a change in union status or bargaining unit may impact your benefits and accruals. Please contact Human Resources if you have questions.
  • Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.
  • This posting may be used to fill other vacancies in this classification.
  • Only authorized employees and hiring authorities have access to the application materials submitted. Per RCW 42.56.250, all applications for public employment, including the names of applicants, resumes, and other related materials submitted with respect to an applicant are exempt from public inspection.

At Kitsap County, we strive to take care of our team! Our employees are the greatest asset of Kitsap County, and we take pride in offering a highly competitive compensation and benefits package to all eligible employees.

County Paid Benefits Include:
Medical - Kaiser Permanente (HMO) or Aetna (PPO)
Dental -Delta Dental or Willamette
Vision - VSP
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
Life Insurance - Basic, Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D), Voluntary Term Life Insurance (VTL)
Disability - Short-term disability & Long-term disability
Voya Voluntary Insurance
Transportation incentives
Employee Assistance Program
Travel Assistance Program
Wellness program https://spf.kitsapgov.com/hr/Pages/Wellness.aspx
Benefits become effective on the first calendar day of the month following the month in which the employee is hired except if the employee's hire date is the first calendar day of the month, benefits begin on the day of hire. More information about employee benefits is available on the county's website at: https://spf.kitsapgov.com/hr/Pages/Benefits.aspx or the Kitsap County Digital Benefits Guide .

*Voluntary benefit options also available at the employee's expense

Employees are covered under the PERS retirement plan provided through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and Social Security.

Deferred Compensation (IRS Plan 457b): tax-deferred savings program

11 paid holidays and 2 additional floating holiday per year

Vacation Leave
New employees are credited with 48 hours of annual leave upon hire and will be begin accruing at the rate of 8 hours per month starting on their 7th month of employment. Employees may carry over 360 hours from one calendar year to the next. Annual leave accrual will increase upon tenure, as follows:

Upon completion of 3 years: 15 days per year (10.00 hours per month)
Upon completion of 5 years: 20 days per year (13.33 hours per month)
Upon completion of 10 years: 25 days per year (16.67 hours per month)
Sick Leave
All new hires will be credited with 48 hours of sick leave upon hire and will begin accruing at the rate of 10 hours per month starting on their 7th month of employment. Employees may carry over 1200 hours from one calendar year to the next.

***Part-time employees benefit contributions and leave accruals will beprorated***

Current County Employees
If you are transferring or promoting into this position you are responsible for reviewing these benefit changes; prior to accepting a position. In addition, it is your responsibility to notify the Auditor's Payroll Division of a change in union status.

Union Membership
This position is covered under Council collective bargaining agreement. To view the bargaining agreement please visit our website: https://www.kitsapgov.com/hr/Pages/Collective-Bargaining-Agreements.aspx

NOTE: This is a general overview of the benefits offered through employment with Kitsap County, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts or is incorrect with the provisions of the Personnel Manual, applicable laws, policies, rules or official plan documents they will prevail. The Personnel Manual is available at: https://www.kitsapgov.com/hr/Pages/Personnel-Manual-2019.aspx

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