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Vehicle Maintenance/Auto Mechanic

University of Puget Sound
Facilities Services

Job Details

Job Title: Vehicle Maintenance/Auto Mechanic
Location: Facilities Services
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 7144
Staff Posting Details Appointment: regular, full-time, (1.0 FTE) This position would not start until after July 1, 2023.

Position Summary:

The person in this position will be responsible for the maintenance, repair, and search for purchase of all transportation fleet equipment for the university. The job will entail dealing with the university’s different departments for their needs of vehicle maintenance, repair and or purchase. This person will need to be knowledgeable with area dealerships and parts and tire outlets to acquire repair and maintenance parts for a very aged vehicle fleet.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Deals with vendors for parts and materials for the maintenance and repair of university owned vehicles and gas powered equipment.
  • Maintains vehicles owned by other departments, i.e. ASUPS, Dining & Conference Services, and Security Services.
  • Performs scheduled preventive maintenance on campus vehicles.
  • Generates schedule of maintenance for campus vehicles.
  • Inspects and makes assessment of vehicle conditions, recommend replacements and value of vehicles.
  • Canvases area dealerships for replacement vehicles, work with campus staff for needs, schedule presentations for vehicles. Inspect purchase vehicles, create folders for maintenance histories, work on vehicles to bring them in acceptable campus appearance.
  • Overhauls transmissions, engines, brakes, on equipment, not limited to trucks or autos. Includes preventive maintenance and repair of lawnmower, backhoes, tractors, high lifts, and forklifts.
  • Fabricates materials for obsolete equipment, does somebody work and makes paint ready restorations. Operates motor vehicles as required.
  • Maintains vehicle records. Updates preventive maintenance records on computer.
  • Ability to use a computer, to maintain electronic records, and for searches when looking for parts.
  • Fiscally conscience and will look for the best pricing possible when searching for equipment and parts.
  • Ability to push/pull up to 75 pounds.
  • Ability to lift/carry up to 100 pounds.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Budget Responsibilities

This position has no fiscal responsibilities


  • Must be familiar with carbureted, injected motorized equipment as well as two cycled motors.
  • Must be familiar and able to troubleshoot vehicles from the 1950’s to present.
  • Must be capable of rebuilding, removing and replacing transmissions.
  • Must be able to use tools of the trade; transmission testing equipment, oscilloscopes, battery charger, and computer testing equipment.
  • Must be able to perform a variety of skilled automotive mechanical maintenance functions.
  • Ability to trouble shoot engines, brakes and electrical systems.
  • Should be capable of doing preventive maintenance and some level of repairs on diesel engines and emergency generators on campus.
  • Ability to use a computer, Microsoft Word, Excel, and manage electronic files.
  • Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community.
Compensation and Benefits:

The range for this position is $26.00 - $28.37 per hour. Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package for eligible staff employees, including:

    Medical, dental, and visionLife insurance and long-term disabilityEmployee Assistance ProgramRetirement plan options and 403(b) contributionsPaid vacation, sick leave, floating holiday, campus holidays and bonus holidaysEducation benefits, such as full tuition for eligible employees and their familiesAccess to university facilities and entertainment (fitness center, pool, library, concerts, lectures and more!)
Please note:

-Positions that work less than .75 FTE (1,560 hours per year) do not qualify for long-term disability or education benefits.
-Positions that work less than .50 FTE (1,040 hours per year) will accrue paid sick leave but are not eligible for additional benefits.
-Temporary positions that work at least .50 FTE (1,040 hours per year) will be eligible for benefits after 6 months of continuous employment.

This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

For more information on Puget Sound’s non-exempt staff benefits package, visit:

For the Campus Holiday and Bonus Day Schedule, visit:

Application Deadline: Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

Required Documents:

    ResumeLetter of Interest
Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks.

    We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.
Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.


Working at University of Puget Sound

The University of Puget Sound is an independent residential undergraduate liberal arts college with selected graduate programs building effectively on a liberal arts foundation. The University, as a community of learning, maintains a strong commitment to teaching excellence, scholarly engagement, and fruitful student-faculty interaction.

The mission of the University is to develop in its students capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. A Puget Sound education, both academic and co-curricular, encourages a rich knowledge of self and others, an appreciation of commonality and difference, the full, open, and civil discussion of ideas, thoughtful moral discourse, and the integration of learning, preparing the University's graduates to meet the highest tests of democratic citizenship. Such an education seeks to liberate each person's fullest intellectual and human potential to assist in the unfolding of creative and useful lives.

The University of Puget Sound campus offers a unique blend of ingredients for immersing yourself in learning: the unparalleled scenery of the Pacific Northwest, traditional Tudor-Gothic architecture, leafy enclaves for quiet study, and common areas infused with an indisputable energy. The campus is just minutes away from downtown Tacoma, with its revitalized waterfront, thriving arts and culture scene, and an eclectic mix of retail shops and restaurants.

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