Tacoma Community College is hiring a Maintenance Mechanic 4. Click here to view the job posting on their website. 

Salary  $44,880.00 – $58,956.00 Annually

Location  Tacoma WA 98466, WA

Job TypeFull Time

DepartmentAdministrative Services

Job Number15-31-CS

Closing date and time 11/16/2015 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada); Tijuana

Position Summary

The main campus of Tacoma Community College is located on 150 acres upon which are located over 30 buildings with a total area exceeding 479,000 square feet. The college also occupies one 13,000 square foot satellite campus building in Gig Harbor requiring support and maintenance. In addition, the college owns equipment and vehicles necessary for the support of the two campuses. This position provides professional and effective facility maintenance and operation services to ensure an attractive and efficient physical plant that will provide students, faculty, staff, and visitors a safe and productive environment to learn, work, and enjoy recreational and cultural events.

This position serves as a first-line supervisor, directs, coordinates and supervises activities of skilled journey, apprentice and entry level maintenance mechanics and hourly staff. Responsible for the College’s buildings and equipment. Supervising the installation, repair, and maintenance of mechanical equipment and systems. This position is required to plan and assign the work of subordinate employees, to review work performance and products to ensure conformance with established codes, methods, policies, and procedures.

Essential Functions

  • Supervises, mentors, trains and evaluates staff.
  • Prioritize and direct the work of employees; identifies staff development and training needs and ensures that training is obtained.
  • Evaluates and verifies employee performance through the review of completed work assignments and work techniques.
  • Prepares requisitions, purchase orders and/or purchases supplies, materials, and tools.
  • Maintains records, prepares reports, and composes correspondence relative to the work.
  • Studies blueprints and diagrams in order to plan material and labor needed to accomplish tasks
  • Inspects buildings in order to determine maintenance needs by visual observation, gages, meters, and other test devices.
  • Estimates cost of materials needed to accomplish tasks; performs related work as assigned.
  • Familiar with computer programs to maintain CMMS work order system, e-mail correspondence and other computer programs.
  • Troubleshoot, test, calibrate, and repair mechanical systems including electric, electronic, pneumatic, and DDC systems.
  • Layout, fabricate, and install control systems.
  • Troubleshoot DDC controls, understand computer control language.
  • Provide preventative maintenance on all HVAC equipment and ensures preventative maintenance program for all college facilities, as required by manufactures specifications.
  • Point of contact for boiler and chiller maintenance and repair.
  • General working knowledge of natural gas and kitchen equipment along with maintenance and operation of equipment.
  • Operates machines and other equipment to observe operation and diagnose malfunctions or to test repaired equipment.
  • May develop specifications from general description of parts of assemblies to be fabricated and draw or sketch device to be made.
  • Perform any task assigned to subordinate staff.
  • Participate in college functions and meetings.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • High school graduate or equivalent, and trade school certificate or completion of a recognized apprenticeship program demonstrating equivalency of journey-level competency in HVAC.
  • Minimum 5 years as a journey level HVAC technician with 3 years supervisory experience.
  • Working knowledge in all building maintenance trades, CMMS, PM, purchasing procedures and work safety requirements.
  • Experience working in a school setting, hospital, or other multi-facility establishment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a higher education setting as a facilities maintenance supervisor.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain and improve CMMS, HVAC and PM operations. Journey level in multiple trades.

Conditions of Employment

  • Successfully complete a criminal history background check prior to employment.
  • Must possess a current valid unrestricted driver’s license.
  • Must carry a two-way radio and be available for on-call duty.
  • Capable of moving or relocating items up to 50 pounds, ability/willingness to work at heights above 10 feet and in tight or confined spaces and ability to perform repetitive functions such as reaching, bending, lifting, pulling, crawling and kneeling.
  • Ability to work effectively for extended periods during inclement weather, perform rooftop maintenance and cleaning, cleaning of debris, and assist the grounds crew clearing pathways, roadways and stairways of snow and ice, etc. and perform work by using ladders, crawling, bending over, stooping, twisting, lifting, and digging.
  • Ability to work with the following conditions:  wet floors, dust, fumes, odors, working outside, inside, handling chemicals and cleaning agents.
  • Must have good vision, near and far; good depth perception; good field of vision; good night vision; and be able to recognize the full spectrum of light/color.
  • Must have the ability to wear safety equipment which includes: chemical protection goggles, safety glasses, face shields, dust masks, ear plugs, ear muffs, hard hats, back support belt/brace, waist support, elbow support, knee pads, gloves, protective clothing, rain gear, protective footwear.
  • Regular and predictable attendance.

The Successful Candidate Must Demonstrate

  • Demonstrated strong leadership skills, excellent communicator who takes initiative, problem solves, is results driven with great technical capacity and a team player.
  • Ethics, integrity, and sound professional judgement.
  • Excellent customer service skills; including establishing, building and maintaining internal/external customer satisfaction.
  • The physical ability to do the required work.
  • An appreciation of diversity and the benefits of a commitment to cultural awareness and sensitivity in the workplace.
  • Journey level experience and knowledge of building and equipment maintenance.
  • Adaptability and flexibility to respond to changing business needs, conditions, and work responsibilities.
  • An understanding and willingness to follow applicable laws, regulations, and other standards to establish and/or maintain a safe work environment.
  • Must be able to follow and receive direction and instructions and receive supervision.
  • Must have good cognitive skills including: short and long term memory, attention to detail, abstract reasoning and decision making.
  • Must have the physical ability to deal with environmental stresses, emergency situations, deadlines, a variety of duties and working alone.

Application Process

Application Materials

Complete application packages must include the following: (Packages received that do not contain all of these materials will not be considered by the screening committee.)

  1. Tacoma Community College application form.
  2. Resume and cover letter – In your cover letter, describe in detail how your background and experience uniquely qualifies you for this position.
  3. Current driving abstract from the Department of Licensing that will be evaluated by the College to determine a responsible driving record.

Terms of Employment

This is a full-time overtime exempt classified position scheduled to work Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Flexibility in scheduling is required to meet department needs and some evening hours may be required. This position may serve as essential personnel during emergency situations or inclement weather. The salary range for this position is $3,740 – $4,913 per month, DOE/DOQ. Tacoma Community College offers a generous benefits package to include: life, health, dental and long-term disability insurance, state retirement, vacation leave, sick leave and holiday pay.  A collective bargaining agreement exists and membership in the the Washington Federation of State Employee’s or payment of a service fee is required within 30 calendar days of employment.  The layoff unit for this position is “All other WFSE Classified.”


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