Truck Mechanic – Temporary Leave Replacement

November 5, 2023
Tacoma, WA
Job Type



Tacoma Public Schools

Expected Start Date: November 2nd, 2023

FTE: 1.0

Hours per day: 8.0

Salary Level: $55.10 Hourly wage is based off of 64% of the State of Washington's Prevailing Wage Rates for Pierce County for each craft's applicable prevailing wage

Union/Days per year: Maintenance260 days/8 hrs

Benefits: This job has the full range of benefits offered by Tacoma Public Schools.
Additional Information: This is a temporary leave replacement assignment for the 2023-2024 school year. It is anticipated to work from November 2nd, 2023 - December 31st, 2023, or when employee on leave returns, whichever date comes first.
Examples Of Duties

This position monitors District vehicle equipment, parts, and supplies; troubleshoots, diagnoses, and repairs District vehicles and small engine equipment in shop and field environment; performs preventive and routine maintenance on inventory of District vehicles including light duty vans, medium and heavy diesel engine trucks; promotes quality service work environment and demonstrates quality customer service.


1. Schedules daily operations based on preventive maintenance schedule and emergency call-outs of District vehicles; responds to field service calls.

2. Prepares recommendations and corrective course of action consulting with lead person, as necessary.

3. Performs routine maintenance and safety checks; makes repairs and adjustments; installs, replaces, rebuilds, or repairs the parts and/or equipment in a timely manner according to specifications.

4. Maintains vehicle history for each District vehicle and small engine repair; determines vehicle status using onboard computer system, service documents, and product improvement and support programs.

5. Performs general housekeeping duties; maintains a clean and safe environment; secures all tools, equipment, and machinery at end of shift; completes all required documents.

6. Monitors and contains cost by using warranties, evaluating the service, and parts options.


1. Maintains and updates knowledge and skills necessary for success in the position by participating in training activities, meetings, seminars, and workshops, as assigned

2. Performs related duties, as assigned, on a temporary basis

3. Ensures trades have satisfactory transportation to complete essential duties

4. Regular, reliable, predictable attendance or physical presence is an essential job requirement and critical to the performance of the work.


May be required to make emergency repairs at hours other than normally scheduled; may be required to work outside of regular work hours; exposure to loud noises and machinery with moving parts; may be required to lift heavy objects; may be required to work outdoors in inclement weather and at heights; may work in confined areas; travel to District sites, required; may be required to lift and carry up to 50 pounds and more (note KSA below), bend, squat, stoop, kneel, crouch, walk, twist, climb, and/or be mobile.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

High school graduation or equivalent and three years' experience as a full-time mechanic with gas, diesel, propane vehicles, air brakes, and mechanical systems servicing both diesel and gasoline vehicles; engine and chassis diagnostic software experience, preferred; or any combination of experience and training which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the work.

Licenses/Special Requirements

Valid Washington State driver's license.

Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with appropriate endorsement, required; class A with air

brakes, preferred.

Required to pass a US DOT physical.

Fingerprints and successful WSP and FBI background clearance/Sexual Misconduct clearance.

Allowable Substitution

Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be evaluated by the Human Resources Department for comparability.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of routine maintenance, repair, and safety procedures for vehicles.

Knowledge of the tools, materials, and equipment used in vehicle maintenance and repair.

Knowledge of proper safety precautions and procedures

Knowledge of vehicle electrical wiring system.

Knowledge of Federal, State, and local standards and codes relating to vehicle maintenance.

Skill in the operation and maintenance of all tools and equipment for vehicle maintenance.

Skill with word processing and spreadsheet, software.

Skill in obtaining, clarifying, and exchanging information.

Skill in decision-making and problem solving.

Ability to follow technical instructions, to plan, organize, and order materials.

Ability to make minor repairs and adjustments on transportation vehicles.

Ability to lift up to 70 pounds using proper equipment and safety precautions.

Ability to stand for extended periods of time.

Ability to work under pressure and meet established deadlines.

Ability to organize, prioritize, and maintain good follow-through procedures.

Ability to work independently with little or no supervision.

Ability to demonstrate reasonable, reliable, and regular attendance.

Ability to participate as a member of a team.

Ability to focus on safe working environment and practices.

Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people in a multi-cultural, diverse socio-economic setting.

Supplemental Information

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. District administration has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the primary functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

Tacoma Public Schools 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:

  • Civil Rights Coordinator: Renee Trueblood, 253-571-1252,
  • Title IX Coordinator, Elementary: Christa Erolin, 253-571-1318,
  • Title IX Coordinator, Secondary: Wayne Greer, 253-571-1191,
  • 504 Coordinator, Elementary: Jennifer Herbold, 253-571-1096,
  • 504 Coordinator, Secondary: Megan Nelson, 253-571-1003,

Mailing address: P.O. Box 1357, Tacoma, WA 98401-1357.

Closing Date/Time: 11/5/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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