Thurston County is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Facilities Technician III within the Facilities Services Division of the Central Services Department.The Facilities Technician III is the senior level position of maintenance and repair of County buildings and equipment. The incumbent in this position will perform journey-level assignments in the maintenance and repair of County buildings, while ensuring that work performed meets code requirements and County guidelines. Read the full job description and apply here. 

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Identifying, troubleshooting, and diagnosing problems with boiler system, electrical, electro-mechanical, electronic, and pneumatic control systems/components, fire alarm, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), security and other complex systems in County facilities.
  • Setting up standard test apparatus or devices to test equipment and circuitry, to conduct functional, operational and environmental life test, and to evaluate performance and reliability of equipment. Analyzing and interpreting the test data and adjusting, calibrating, aligning, and modifying the circuitry and components as needed. Recording effects and developing maintenance and troubleshooting procedures.
  • Setting and adjusting parameters within computer software system, which controls: fire monitoring system, Direct Digital control (DDC), and security systems.
  • Performing activities as an electrician, electronics or HVAC specialist, related to planning and implementing maintenance and repair projects such as: participating in meetings with vendors, customers, engineers, architects and user department representatives; estimating costs; writing technical reports; developing troubleshooting procedures; evaluating code, safety or other implications and long and short term affects of the planned project.
  • Laying out, repairing, testing, installing and modifying HVAC, electrical and electronic components of building systems and equipment. Reading, sketching and interpreting complex circuitry and other blueprints and drawings.
  • Performing preventive maintenance and repairs on major pieces of equipment, including: diesel/generators, air compressors, air handler units, fans, pumps, rotary screw chillers, water heaters, heat recovery systems, heat exchangers, heat pumps, gas furnaces, and refrigeration equipment as assigned. Keeping detailed preventive maintenance records.
  • Making scheduled rounds to major equipment areas as assigned. Operating equipment/systems as assigned; adjusting, starting, stopping special schedules, and testing. Establishing/recording equipment reading i.e., pressure, temperature, volumes, electrical quantities for variable operating/climate conditions.
  • Performing periodic confidence testing and preventive maintenance on power generators to include, but not limited to, switch gear inspection, uninterruptible power supply maintenance, battery bank testing and replacement, and fault detection. Coordinating annual load bank testing and scheduling fuel deliveries. Maintaining detailed logs of testing, replacement and maintenance work that has been performed. Responding during power outages to ensure generators are functioning properly.
  • May participate as a team member on County capital improvement projects, reviewing plans and specifications, complying with County building standards.
  • May direct the work of individuals and crews performing a variety of facilities projects and participating as a working member on a crew on the more significant projects. Providing on-site direction and performing the more complex functions on the job. Overseeing and inspecting construction work when performed by outside contractors.
  • Assisting with key system and records, including: keying locks, making keys, maintaining inventory, training, key issuing, and record keeping.
  • Assuring adherence to safety rules, regulations, procedures, and precautions while involved in work tasks.
  • Operating a wide variety of hand and power tools and test equipment.
  • May perform landscaping duties and repairs to irrigation systems.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions:
Work is performed in a wide variety of locations including high security areas such as Juvenile Detention and the Thurston County Corrections Facility (TCCF). Lifts up to 75 lbs. regularly. bends, stoops, crouches, pushes, pulls, and reaches above the shoulders in the performance of duties.

Operates a variety of hand tools, machines, small power driven equipment and diagnostic equipment. Works on roof tops, uses hand and power tools, works with electricity, and climbs ladders, and sometimes works in confined spaces. Stands for long periods of time. Drives a motor vehicle. Works with noisy machinery and alarms. May be exposed to dust, liquid and epoxy chemicals, smoke, noxious odors, fumes, and solvents. Work is performed indoors and outdoors in all types of weather and temperature extremes.

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Completion of vocational training program(s) in a building maintenance field or equivalent experience.
  • Must possess a certification or license in electrical systems, mechanical equipment and controls, plumbing and back flow systems, and advance knowledge of the codes and regulations.
  • Three years experience in building equipment/systems maintenance and operation which includes one year of hands-on experience in controls, two years of hands-on experience with major mechanical equipment and electrical repairs.
  • Knowledge of the materials, methods, tools, and equipment used in building mechanical maintenance and repair work, and in the maintenance of plumbing back flow, heating, air conditioning, and electrical systems.
  • Must possess a valid Washington State Driver’s license, or the ability to obtain a license within 30 days of employment, or otherwise meet the travel requirements of the position.
  • Must pass a security background check.

Other Position Related Information

Thurston County Central Services Mission:
Partner with our customers to serve the public.

Our Vision:
One team united as effective stewards of County resources to deliver continually improving competitive services that meet customer business needs.

Our Customer Commitment:
We strive to build trust and to ensure that our customers feel welcomed, heard, informed, confident, and successful.

Contact Person: Julie DeRuwe, Facilities Manager, (360) 867-2944

This position is:
– Represented by a Union
– Eligible for benefits
– Eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
– Contingent upon passing a security background investigation

Items required for consideration:
– Application
– Resume
– Letter of Interest describing how your experience, training, and education qualify you as a competitive candidate for this position
– Supplemental Questionnaire


2 thoughts on “Thurston County (WA) Seeks Facilities Technician”

  1. Julie, I have some very good refrigeration students about to graduate from Wenatchee Valley College. What is the entry wage? Would you accept a college graduate with a 2 year technical degree in Refrigeration?
    Greg Jourdan
    BOC Instructor
    Professor-Wenatchee Valley College
    Environmental Systems and Refrigeration Technology
    Office ph. 509.682.6637
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    1. Greg- I shared this courtesy of WSU and am not sure Julie is following this post. I would give her a call Julie DeRuwe, Facilities Manager, (360) 867-2944

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