• Journeyman Mechanic

    Location US-WA-Seattle
    Company Alaska Marine Lines
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Coordinate and complete efficient repairs and preventative maintenance of the company’s equipment; primarily forklifts with capacities from 4K and up to maximize equipment availability.  Repair and maintain all manner of company equipment; forklifts, chassis, trailers, generator sets (15kw to 200kw), tractors, containers and refrigeration equipment. This position is a Safety Sensitive position.


    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

    • Diagnose & repair company equipment using specialized tools and meters as well as hand & power tools.
    • Perform preventative maintenance to ensure reliability of equipment. Foresee problems and make corrections before they happen. Make sound decisions in stressful situations quickly and accurately.  Spot errors and make corrections in the equipment repair process.
    • Observe, listen and operate mechanical devices (both in and out of operations) to locate causes of trouble or signs of failure.  Read company maintenance records on computer to determine correct repair procedures and other types of related information.
    • Install new systems either as designed or as changed by the company. Install special functional and structural parts in devices.  Lubricate and clean parts.  Make all equipment modifications on a level consistent with an experienced journey level mechanic.
    • Set up and operate all types of hand tools such as a press, grinder and other metalworking tools to make and repair parts.  Operate cutting torch or welding equipment to cut or join metal parts.  Set up and operate all manner of testing devices such as fluke meters, multi meters and gauges.
    • Start and drive repaired equipment to verify conformance to specifications and to test performance.  Operate equipment as required.
    • Diagnose and repair both high and low voltage electrical circuits using wiring diagrams and schematics.
    • Generate repair orders and parts inventory in fleet maintenance program.
    • Work with Shop Lead and Department Manager in maintaining adequate inventory of spare parts, materials, and tooling.  Work with Purchasing Department in requisitioning items in the absence of Shop Lead and/or Department Manager.
    • Learn and properly use the manufacturer’s service software with electronic equipment.
    • Own basic hand tools common to the trade and be willing and able to acquire additional tooling as the position requires.  Properly use and maintain company supplied tooling.
    • Comply with all company safety polices, including use of protective equipment and Fit for Work.


    QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and physical demands in the work environment.



    • Journey level mechanic with at least 4 years related experience.
    • AA certificate from college or vocational/technical school preferred.
    • CFR 82 subpart F certification related to EP approved handling of Freon products.
    • Ability to read and understand electrical schematics.


    Ability to read and interpret documents like safety rules, operating & maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence & communicate effectively with employees, vendors and customers.



    Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percentage and apply those concepts to work related situations.


    REASONING ABILITY:                                                                                                   

    Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables.  Ability to interpret and follow a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.



    Valid driver’s license and good driving record is required. Must be eligible to apply and be issued a TWIC (Transportation Workers Identification Card) Able to meet forklift certification requirements for operating fork trucks with lifting capacities between 3,000# and 100,000#. Identification or passport valid for travel required.



    • Ability to meet a regular work schedule.
    • Ability and willingness to work overtime as required.
    • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work to meet schedules/deadlines.
    • Regular attendance and timeliness are essential functions of this position. Daily physical presence is required.
    • Ability to work alone or as part of a team with minimal supervision. 
    • Ability to change focus and job duties in a fast moving, time restricted environment.
    • PC skills required:  Windows, Excel, Outlook, keyboarding.
    • Occasionally travel for emergency repairs in Alaska.


    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands and fingers to hold, handle, objects, tools, or to key data entry; reach with hands and arms to clean, spray or perform repairs; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl with legs and knees; and talk or hear while communicating using telephones or radios.  The employee frequently is required to walk and climb or balance.  Employee is regularly required to climb ladders.  The employee is required to use fall protection.  The employee is regularly required to use eyes, ears, arms, hands, legs, and feet to safely operate motor powered vehicles.


    The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals and may be required to wear air purifying respirator.


    Employee is required to wear PPE as outlined in Company’s Industrial Health and Safety Manual which may include hard hat, safety toe shoes/boots, gloves, safety glasses/goggles, hearing protection and respiratory protection. The employee needs the ability to work in a constant state of alertness and in a  safe manner.



    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts.  The employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; and vibration. 

    The noise level in the work environment is moderate in the office to very loud in the barge operation.



    This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.  Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

    Federal law requires Alaska Marine Lines to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.  Alaska Marine Lines will provide the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.  
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    A post conditional offer of employment physical, drug test and background investigation are required.
    Random drug testing is required of all Alaska Marine Lines employees.

    Alaska Marine Lines, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or national origin.

    Veterans and Minorities are encouraged to apply. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
    Priority referrals for protected veterans.


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